Up your nose with a rubber hose: The Welcome Back, Kotter quiz

By: Maria Trimarchi

Up your nose with a rubber hose: The Welcome Back, Kotter quiz
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"Ooh, ooh, Mister Kotter!" How much do you remember about the former Sweathog, Gabe Kotter, and his class of inner-city troublemakers? "Signed, Epstein's mother."
What fictional high school is the home of the Sweathogs?
James Buchanan High School
It's based on the real New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn, but fictional James Buchanan High is home to the Sweathogs.
James Madison High School
New Utrecht High School
South Shore High School

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What was Gabe Kotter's wife's name?
Angie
Julie
Marcia Strassman played the role of Julie Kotter.
Marcia
Melonie

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Whose stand-up comedy routine was the inspiration for the series?
Lenny Bruce
George Carlin
Gabe Kaplan
Gabe Kaplan based the Gabe Kotter character on his stand-up comedy, which included stories about growing up in Brooklyn.
Andy Kaufman

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Who was considered the ladies' man of the group?
Vinne Barbarino
Even if he's the only one who thinks it, it's Barbarino who's considered the ladies' man of the group.
Juan Epstein
Arnold Horshack
Freddie "Boom-Boom" Washington

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Which character was made into an action figure?
Vinnie Barbarino
Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington
Juan Epstein
Mattel made all of these action figures
In 1976, Mattel sold 9-inch action figures of Vinnie Barbarino, Arnold Horshack, Juan Epstein and Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington, as well as Gabe Kotter.

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Who had everyone saying, "Up your nose with a rubber hose"?
Gabe Kotter
Arnold Horshack
Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington
Vinnie Barbarino
Vinnie Barbarino, that's who. He also liked to say, "I'm so confused!"

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What number is the Sweathogs' homeroom?
No. 1
No. 2
No. 11
Gabe Kotter's classroom -- the Sweathogs' homeroom -- is classroom No. 11.
No. 12

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What subject does Gabe Kotter teach?
English
Geography
Geometry
Social Studies
Kotter teaches Social Studies. The Sweathogs really aren't interested!

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What was Julie Kotter's "world famous" casserole?
chicken fricassee
fonduloha
marshmallow yam bake
tuna
While the world might not have known it, Julie Kotter will tell you she makes a "world famous tuna casserole."

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Gabe Kaplan was one of two creators of the show. Who was the show's co-creator?
James Komack
Freddie Prinze
Alan Sacks
Gabe Kaplan and Alan Sacks were co-creators of the show. Sacks also has many TV movie producer credits.
John Travolta

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Who wrote and recorded the theme song, "Welcome Back"?
John Sebastian
Lovin' Spoonful frontman John Sebastian wrote and recorded the show's theme song, "Welcome Back." The band is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for songs including "Summer in the City" and "Do You Believe in Magic."
Harry Nilsson
Randy Newman
Alan Thicke

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What was "Welcome Back, Kotter," originally going to be called?
Kotter
We know it as "Welcome Back, Kotter," rather than its original name, "Kotter." It was renamed after the theme song, "Welcome Back."
Sweathogs
Fast Times at James Buchanan High
Schooled

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When asked to draw his favorite thing, what does Vinnie Barbarino draw?
a pretty girl
a Whopper with cheese
Arnold getting heartburn
himself
While the other Sweathogs draw girls and burgers (and heartburn), Vinnie draws a picture of himself.

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According to Arnold Horshack, what does the Horshack name mean?
the agony of defeat
the flim-flam man
the cattle are dying
Horshack, according to Arnold, is "a very old and respected name. It means 'the cattle are dying.'"
the thrill of victory

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What was Epstein's full name?
Juan Benicio Moreno Smits Epstein
Juan Luis Felipo Guzmán Epstein
Juan Luis Pedro Felipo de Huevos Epstein
Epstein's first name was Juan. But his full name was Juan Luis Pedro Felipo de Huevos Epstein.
Juan María Conchita de Huevos Epstein

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Who plays Horshack's mother, Mrs. Horshack-O'Hara?
Phyllis Diller
Doris Roberts
Barbra Streisand
Ellen Travolta
John's sister, Ellen Travolta, plays the role of Arnold Horshack's mother, Mrs. Horshack-O'Hara.

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Who guest-starred as drama coach Alex Welles during the first season?
James Woods
While all of these actors appeared on the show, James Woods played the character Alex Welles.
Pat Morita
Fred Grandy
George Carlin

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During an interview with "People" magazine, which cast member expressed great displeasure about working on the series and with Gabe Kaplan?
John Travolta (Vinnie Barbarino)
Marcia Strassman (Julie Kotter)
Marcia Strassman, who played Julie Kotter, was outspoken about her dissatisfaction working on the show, and her dislike for co-creator and actor Gabe Kaplan. She tried to break her five-year contract and missed out on some movie roles.
Ron Palillo (Arnold Horshack)
Robert Hegyes (Juan Epstein)

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Which Emmy-award winner wrote the episode in which Horshack faces Carvelli in a boxing match?
Normal Lear
Jerry Seinfeld
Garry Shandling
Garry Shandling wrote the episode - it was called "Horshack vs. Carvelli." He also wrote four episodes of "Sanford and Son."
Garry Marshall

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Which city's ABC affiliate decided not to pick up the show when it premiered, citing racial tensions?
Atlanta
Boston
Boston residents missed the first four episodes. The city's ABC affiliate station decided not to air the series because of racial tension in the city at the time. After seeing the show, though, they lifted the ban.
Chicago
Washington, D.C.

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According to Beau, who was introduced in the final season, a real man never steps on what?
an armadillo
a crack
your toes
a pregnant alligator
As Beau will tell you, a real man never steps on a pregnant alligator.

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What were the names of Gabe and Julie's twin girls?
Melody and Melonie
Rachel and Robin
Gabe and Julie's twin girls were named Rachel and Robin.
This One and That One
Wendy and Lisa

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Which comedian did Gabe Kotter impersonate in many of the episodes?
Charlie Chaplin
Stan Laurel
Jerry Lewis
Groucho Marx
Famously a fan of the comedian, Kaplan impersonated Groucho Marx every chance he got.

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Who was the first woman to "officially" become a Sweathog?
Julie Borden
Angie Globagoski
Melonie Haller played the first female Sweathog, "Angie Globagoski," introduced in season 3.
Beau De Labarre
Vernee Watson

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What was the name of the WBAD radio DJ character George Carlin played during his guest appearance on the show?
Al Sleet, the Hippie-Dippie Weatherman
Andy
Cardinal Ignatius Glick
Wally "The Wow" Wechsel
Wally "The Wow" Wechsel, a former Sweathog, was played by George Carlin. Fred Grandy, known for his role as Gopher on "The Love Boat," also made a guest appearance, as Wally's engineer,

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Where was Julie Kotter, Gabe's wife, originally from?
Brooklyn
Upstate New York
Iowa
Nebraska
Julie Kotter was originally from Nebraska. When her sister visits Julie and Gabe, she develops a crush on Sweathog Epstein.

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What "Kotter" spin-off lasted just 5 episodes?
Mr. T and Tina
The 1976 spin-off, "Mr. T and Tina," starring Pat Morita, aired for just 6 episodes in 1976.
Rich Man, Poor Man, Horshack!
The Saturday Night Boys
There Goes Number 5

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What movie did John Travolta appear in during his time as a Sweathog?
Saturday Night Fever
Grease
Carrie
all of these
During his time as Vinnie Barbarino, John Travolta appeared in "Carrie," "Grease" and "Saturday Night Fever." He also starred in a TV movie, "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble."

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John Travolta wasn't the only emerging movie star. What did Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington) appear in while he also starred on "Welcome Back, Kotter"?
Cooley High
Shōgun
Roots
In 1977, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs appeared in the mini-series, "Roots," while also starring on "Welcome Back, Kotter."
The Stand

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During the final season, Gabe Kotter leaves the classroom for what other position in the school?
coach
principal
superintendent
vice principal
During the final season of the show, Kotter becomes the school's vice principal. He spends much less time, if any, in classroom No. 11.

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How high did the show's theme song, "Welcome Back," get on the Billboard Hot 100 chart?
No. 1
The theme from "Welcome Back, Kotter" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week in 1976.
in the Top 10
in the Top 50
in the Top 100

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On which animated sitcom does one of the Sweathogs appear as a sperm donor?
Archer
Family Guy
Futurama
The Simpsons
One of the Sweathogs - not Horshack - is listed in the Springfield Sperm Bank's 101 Frozen Pops catalog, on "The Simpsons."

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Which "Charlie's Angels" actress did not audition for the role of Julie Kotter?
Farrah Fawcett
Jaclyn Smith
Jaclyn Smith did not audition for the role of Kotter's wife, Julie. She is the only actress who remained with "Charlie's Angels" for its entire television run.
Kate Jackson
none of the Angels auditioned

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Which Sweathog went on to sing background vocals on Rick James' "Super Freak"?
Vinnie Barbarino
Juan Epstein
Arnold Horshack
Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, the actor who played Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington, sang background vocals on Rick James' album "Street Songs," which includes "Super Freak."

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What did Gabe Kaplan title his comedy album about a group of high school kids called the Sweathogs?
Holes And Mello-Rolls
In 1974, Gabe Kaplan recorded an album called "Holes And Mello-Rolls," about a gang of high-school kids called the Sweathogs.
I'll Take That Bet
Welcome Back
What? Where?

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