List of Family Matters episodes

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Family Matters is a television sitcom that premiered on September 22, 1989 on ABC, then moved to CBS for its final season which ended on July 17, 1998. A total of 215 episodes were produced spanning nine seasons.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 22 September 22, 1989[1] April 27, 1990[2]
2 25 September 21, 1990[3] April 26, 1991[4]
3 25 September 20, 1991[5] May 8, 1992[6]
4 24 September 18, 1992[7] May 14, 1993[8]
5 24 September 24, 1993[9] May 20, 1994[10]
6 25 September 23, 1994[11] May 19, 1995[12]
7 24 September 22, 1995[13] May 17, 1996[14]
8 24 September 20, 1996[15] May 9, 1997[16]
9 22 September 19, 1997[17] July 17, 1998[18]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1989/90)[edit]

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1 1 "The Mama Who Came to Dinner" Joel Zwick William Bickley & Michael Warren September 22, 1989[1] 445230
When Harriette invites Mother Winslow to come live with them Mother Winslow starts bossing everybody around and the whole family doesn't get along, meanwhile Eddie wants to go to a party but Carl won't let him go, so Mother Winslow tries to convince Carl to let him go to the party.
2 2 "Two-Income Family" James O'Keefe Robert Blair September 29, 1989[19] 446002

When Harriette gets fired from her job as elevator operator at the Chicago Chronicle from taking Carl's advice for asking for a raise, the Winslows go through depressing times so Carl keeps encouraging Harriette that she'll find a job that's good for her. Meanwhile, Eddie is interested in buying some new high tops but Carl says he has to earn his own money to buy them.

Note: Jaimee Foxworth assumes the role of Judy Winslow with this episode, and will continue to appear as Judy through the end of Season 4.
3 3 "Short Story" Joel Zwick William Bickley & Michael Warren October 6, 1989[20] 446001
Rachel's idea for a new short story almost involves the family in it. At first everybody thinks she was making fun of them but then they all forgave her except for Harriette only because she thought that she was being helpful to her than instead being pushy and mean, so they both keep arguing at each other because of the short story. Meanwhile Carl is upset about the water bill so he tries to save money. Also, Eddie tries to ask a girl out after being inspired by Rachel's story, but ends up on the wrong end when a jealous boyfriend comes after him.
4 4 "Rachel's First Date" John Bowab Sally Lapiduss & Pamela Eells October 13, 1989[21] 446004

Rachel is nervous and guilty about going on her first date again ever since her husband has died.

Note: After the airing of episode 12, "Laura's First Date", the original cold open for this episode was replaced for reruns and syndication with a new cold open featuring Steve Urkel, making this Urkel's earliest appearance in the syndication run.
5 5 "Straight A's" John Bowab Geoff Gordon & Gordon Lewis October 20, 1989[22] 446007
When everybody thinks that Eddie was going to get bad grades on his report card, it turns out that Eddie had straight a's. But Eddie finds out that his prank master friend Rodney, found out a way to switch everyone's real report card with a fake one. So Eddie is nervous to tell Carl his real report card, the one with B's and C's on it. Meanwhile, Laura is upset about getting only one B on her report card.
6 6 "Basketball Blues" James O'Keefe Barry Gold November 3, 1989[23] 446003
When Carl finds out that basketball tryouts are about to begin at school, he trains Eddie too hard to the point when Eddie wants to quit playing basketball. Trying to to get Eddie to change his mind Carl invites Will "The Thrill" Morgan over to their house to get Eddie to play basketball again. Meanwhile, Rachel wants to start cooking more often.
7 7 "Body Damage" James O'Keefe Ken Kuta November 10, 1989[24] 446005

Carl plans to ride a vintage 1940s police car in a parade, but spreads the news to the whole family, that no one is to touch the car. But then Rachel convinces Harriette for them to take a spin but they come back with a huge crack on the car. Harriette and Rachel go behind Carl's back and try to fix it bringing Eddie, Laura, and Judy into it.

Note: After the airing of episode 12, "Laura's First Date", the original cold open for this episode was replaced for reruns and syndication with a new cold open featuring Steve Urkel.
8 8 "Mr. Badwrench" John Bowab Alan Eisenstock & Larry Mintz November 17, 1989[25] 446006

Carl wants to build a new shower for Mother Winslow while she is gone so he forces Eddie to help him fix it, but Harriette knows that Carl can't fix anything so she tells Carl to call a plumber but Carl refuses so things don't go to well. Meanwhile, Rachel claims she heard Little Richie say his first word; "Mama". So she tries to prove to everybody by recording it.

Note: After the airing of episode 12, "Laura's First Date", the original cold open for this episode was replaced for reruns and syndication with a new cold open featuring Steve Urkel.
9 9 "Stake-Out" James O'Keefe Sally Lapiduss & Pamela Eells November 24, 1989[26] 446010
Harriette is jealous of Carl's new beat partner, an attractive female cop. She grows especially worried when she finds out that the two will spend an undercover stake-out at a love motel, and she thinks that Carl might be cheating on her. She pays the price for her jealousy when a bad guy that Carl was trying to nab takes her and Rachel hostage.
10 10 "False Arrest" Peter Baldwin Barry Gold December 1, 1989[27] 446008

An egotistical actor that the family (everyone except Carl) loves named Buddy Goodrich (Ron Glass) wants to sue Carl for false arrest. Eventually the rest of the Winslows despises Goodrich when they find out he did break the law by provoking Carl and orders him out of their lives for good. Goodrich is found guilty and must spend his weekend cleaning up garbage from the side of the interstate.

Note: After the airing of episode 12, "Laura's First Date", the original cold open for this episode was replaced for reruns and syndication with a new cold open featuring Steve Urkel.
11 11 "The Quilt" Peter Baldwin David Scott Richardson December 8, 1989[28] 446009
Laura accidentally sells Estelle's heirloom quilt to an art dealer, then makes an impassioned, tearful all-out plea to get it back. When she does, Estelle tells the family about the quilt's history. Meanwhile, while going through things being sold at the garage sale, Rachel finds her old saxophone and tries to learn to play it despite the family's complaints. She soon realizes that she's simply not cut out to be a professional saxophone player.
12 12 "Laura's First Date" Richard Correll William Bickley & Michael Warren December 15, 1989[29] 446012

Laura is dateless for the upcoming school dance, so well-meaning Carl and Eddie (without consulting each other) set Laura up with three different dates. Carl's pick for Laura's date is a decision that would change their lives and one he would forever live to regret: Steven Q. Urkel.

Note: This episode marked the first appearance of Steve Urkel during first-run broadcasts.
13 13 "Man's Best Friend" Richard Correll Robert Blair January 5, 1990[30] 446013
Carl won't let the kids keep the stray pooch that follows them home from school, but soon becomes attached to it. Carl then realizes he must give it away after realizing its nature.
14 14 "Baker's Dozen" James O'Keefe Ken Kuta January 12, 1990[31] 446014
Rachel persuades Carl to sell his secret recipe for lemon tarts to a local restaurant. The family then gets a huge order for the treats (12,000 tarts), and less than 48 hours to fulfill the contract. This results in a huge food fight, and in the end, it ends up not being a very good idea. In the end, the family only makes $24 in profits.
15 15 "The Big Reunion" Richard Correll Alan Eisenstock & Larry Mintz January 19, 1990[32] 446011
A nervous Carl attempts to lose weight for his high school reunion, but that's easier said than done. However, when he comes to the reunion, he is relieved to find that his friends have gained some weight as well.
16 16 "The Party" Richard Correll Ken Kuta February 2, 1990[33] 446016

Carl tells Eddie "No Friends Allowed" while the adults are out. However, after dinner is ruined, Rodney comes over and brings pizza. Eventually, he invites some friends, which piles up into a huge party. Meanwhile, Carl cannot figure out directions to his brother Darrell's 40th birthday party. He, Harriette and Estelle heads home to bust Eddie as he tries to chase the kids out of the house.

Note: First appearance of Shawn Harrison; credited as "Guy in Towel" for this episode, though in subsequent episodes he assumes the name Waldo Faldo.
17 17 "The Big Fix" Richard Correll Sally Lapiduss & Pamela Eells February 9, 1990[34] 446017
Urkel agrees to tutor Eddie, who is failing his algebra class, under one condition that he set him up on a date with Laura. He holds Eddie's Prince concert tickets as collateral to ensure his wish will come true. His date with Laura is, well, a perfect disaster. Meanwhile, Carl makes a horrible attempt to fix a wobbly chair and Harriette insists he buys another chair.
18 18 "Sitting Pretty" Richard Correll Ken Kuta February 23, 1990[35] 446018
Laura wants to make some extra money and starts a babysitting business, but when her friends bail out for a concert, it's up to Laura, Judy, Eddie, and Steve to keep things under control while Carl invites Captain Davenport to dinner. Rachel ponders whether to tell her new boyfriend she is a mother.
19 19 "In a Jam" Richard Correll Alan Eisenstock & Larry Mintz March 16, 1990[36] 446019
Urkel is being harassed by a huge thug named Bull, who intimidates the diminutive nerd into handing over his lunch money. When Urkel asks Eddie for assistance, he thinks he's merely seeking attention until Rodney sees the bully threaten Urkel with serious injury when he declines to give him any more money. Eddie realizes he needs to stick up for Urkel and fight off Bull. Meanwhile, after Carl busts up a bank robbery, he gets an opportunity at a part-time job as a traffic reporter. Rachel convinces Carl to incorporate some jokes into his first report, but he eventually realizes that Rachel's jokes are flat, and that he needs to be himself while giving the reports. He does, and ends up getting the job.
20 20 "The Candidate" James O'Keefe Barry Gold March 23, 1990[37] 446015
Eddie runs for class president. He and campaign manager Laura make the bid one of style over substance, but when Rodney signs Eddie up for a debate, will Eddie's support beat the other candidate's reasons? Meanwhile, Rachel becomes a recycling addict after writing an article.
21 21 "Bowl Me Over" Richard Correll Robert Blair April 20, 1990[38] 446021
After Laura beats Eddie in a video game, Carl decides to bowl for a Friday night. But when Steve comes, it gets competitive, and also when Harriette admits she let Carl win it turns into a bowling brawl: Carl, Eddie, and surprisingly good Steve versus Laura, Rachel, and Harriette. Soon, Estelle calls them out and reminds them it was God that called them to their senses with the blackout.
22 22 "Rock Video" Richard Correll Geoff Gordon & Gordon Lewis April 27, 1990[2] 446020
Eddie's ego runs amok when he tries to enter a rock video for a contest. His narcissism eventually disgusts his band mates, as the video only focuses on him, thanks to Urkel's loose lips. They desert him, and causes his family to call him out for it. Wanting to salvage his hopes for winning the contest, he eventually calls on Urkel and his family to make a friendly rap video, "We Are a Family" with Estelle as the DJ. Meanwhile, Carl tries to settle the family's taxes to no avail.

Season 2 (1990/91)[edit]

  • Jaleel White becomes a series regular with the episode "Rachel's Place".
  • Shawn Harrison begins a recurring role as Waldo Faldo with the episode "Requiem for an Urkel".


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23 1 "Rachel's Place" Richard Correll David W. Duclon & Gary Menteer September 21, 1990[3] 446451

After Steve accidentally burns down Leroy's, the local teen hangout, Rachel, with Steve's help, wants to open up her own diner and call it Rachel's Place. She asks Carl and Harriette to help obtain the funds, but because Carl invested $5,000 on a stock (which has since gone down), they realize they don't have enough money. However, Estelle comes up with the funds needed, and Rachel's Place has its grand opening a while later.

Note: Jaleel White becomes a series regular in this episode. Bryton McClure assumes the role of Richie Crawford with this episode and will continue to appear as Richie through Season 9.
24 2 "Torn Between Two Lovers" Gary Menteer Janet Lynne Jackson September 21, 1990[3] 446454
Steve's thrilled when he thinks Rachel—who's actually dating a loan officer also named Steve—has a crush on him. That is until he realizes that he must remain true to his love for Laura.
25 3 "Marriage 101" Richard Correll Sally Lapiduss & Pamela Eells September 28, 1990[39] 446452

Steve is paired with Laura in a class assignment about marriage. Urkel goes the extra mile to be a good husband, but when an exasperated Laura goes to Harriette for advice, she learns that her mother is actually envious of the attention Urkel had been showing her. Carl, it seems, had been taking Harriette for granted and was paying less romantic attention to her as of late, deeply concerning her. While Laura is enlightened, Carl gets the hint and promises to do better.

Note: This episode marks the first appearances of Cherie Johnson as Maxine Johnson and Susan Krebs as Ms. Steuben
26 4 "Flashpants" Gerren Keith Stephen Langford October 5, 1990[40] 446455
Carl and Harriette enter the precinct's annual dance contest, but find themselves challenged by Sgt. Charlie Carnellie, an egotistical fellow officer. He hurts his back while practicing, and heals just in time for the contest. He and Charlie tie for the win, however, right before the dance-off, he hurts his back again while bowing. At the same time, Charlie trips over a chair and hurts his ankle leaving both in pain. Just as Charlie and his wife are about to forfeit, Carl mentions that he wants to settle for a tie (which is proven to be against the rules), and Harriette tells Carl she's proud of him for being a good sport.
27 5 "The Crash Course" Gary Menteer Manny Basanese October 12, 1990[41] 446456
An unlicensed Eddie loses control of the family car and crashes it into the front of the house. Wanting his friend to stay out of trouble, Steve takes the fall. Eddie refuses to confess — that is, until Steve announces his family has enrolled him in military school.
28 6 "Boxcar Blues" Mark Linn-Baker Fred Fox, Jr. October 19, 1990[42] 446453

Carl has assigned Urkel as part of a police ride-along program. While staking out a wanted suspect in a railroad stockyard, Carl and Steve accidentally wind up locked in a livestock rail car. Eddie — who earlier rejected Carl's offer to participate in the ride-along program — tries to get a modeling career, but is soundly rejected.

Note: This episode marks the first appearance of Barry Jenner as Lt. Murtaugh.
29 7 "Dog Day Halloween" Gerren Keith David W. Duclon & Fred Fox, Jr. October 26, 1990[43] 446460
Steve learns a painful lesson when he tries to make good on his fantasy of saving Laura, while both of them are held hostage during a bank robbery on Halloween.
30 8 "Cousin Urkel" Gary Menteer Sally Lapiduss & Pamela Eells November 2, 1990[44] 446457

After Steve annoys the entire neighborhood with his late-night playing of "Feelings" to serenade Laura (at Eddie's encouragement), he is sent to live with relatives in Mississippi. The Winslows think they're in for a few Urkel-free weeks, when in pops Myrtle Urkel, the splitting image of her cousin. Myrtle immediately sets her sights on Eddie, and Laura does everything she can to encourage her to get revenge. That is until Carl and Harriette upon learning about their pranks grounds both Eddie and Laura and forces them to apologize to both Steve and Myrtle.

Note: This is the first appearance of Cousin Myrtle Urkel, as played by Jaleel White in a dual role.
31 9 "Dedicated to the One I Love" Gary Menteer Sara V. Finney & Vida Spears November 9, 1990[45] 446458
Harriette catches Carl in the middle of an intimate moment with their sexy new neighbor, Loretta, and worries that he may be drifting away from their marriage. Laura, meanwhile, urges Steve to make over a shy classmate and regrets it.
32 10 "The Science Project" Gary Menteer Sally Lapiduss & Pamela Eells November 16, 1990[46] 446461
Laura has a dream that Steve has created an atomic bomb for a science project, and when it is about to detonate, nobody will listen to her.
33 11 "Requiem for an Urkel" Joel Zwick David W. Duclon November 23, 1990[47] 446462

Laura is being antagonized and bullied by Willie Fuffner (Larenz Tate) for refusing to go to the dance with him. He chases all of her prospect male dates to the sidelines until she's forced to go to the dance with Urkel. Steve stands up for Laura and gets into a fight with Willie at school. Instead of taking the sensible route and get them to apologize, the coach decides they should to get it on in the ring. This leads Carl and Eddie to teach the uncoordinated Urkel everything he needs to know about defending himself in the ring. Meanwhile, Estelle finds a new man in Fletcher Thomas, much to Carl's dismay.

Notes: This episode marks the first appearances of Shawn Harrison as Waldo Faldo and Arnold Johnson as Fletcher Thomas.
34 12 "Fast Eddie Winslow" Gerren Keith Fred Fox, Jr. November 30, 1990[48] 446459

Eddie loses a bet with a pool hustler, named Boyd "Buck" Higgins (Tim Ryan), and unable to pay his debt off, soon finds himself, Rodney and Steve being threatened with serious harm. Steve loans Eddie and Rodney the money they need, but challenges Buck to a double or nothing match ($500). Buck then intentionally breaks Steve's glasses, but just as Steve is about to forfeit, Carl and Estelle show up. Carl threatens to arrest Buck unless he (and Estelle, who takes one shot) steps in for Steve. He and Estelle win and Eddie thanks Carl for showing up. Meanwhile, Judy is on her way to getting a D in English and must write a book report about "Swiss Family Robinson" after she doesn't read the book.

Notes: This episode marks the final appearance of Randy Josselyn as Rodney Beckett. He is mentioned, however, in later episodes.
35 13 "Have Yourself a Merry Winslow Christmas" Richard Correll David W. Duclon December 21, 1990[49] 446465
Steve is all alone for Christmas, his family having left him behind and the Winslows shunning him after he breaks Laura's old-fashioned Christmas ornament. The nerd has also promised Richie that Santa will deliver him the season's hottest toy, Freddie Teddy, a story-telling teddy bear that Carl seems to have a little trouble securing. Eventually, Laura apologizes to Steve after she finds him feeling sad and alone in his basement, on Christmas Eve. She also invites him to spend Christmas with her and her family, and Steve accepts. Soon the Winslows learn there's nothing wrong with Steve still believing in Santa, especially when they discover his letter (with which he asked Santa to let him spend Christmas with the Winslows) and Richie is happy with his present.
36 14 "Ice Station Winslow" Richard Correll Gary Menteer January 4, 1991[50] 446464
Steve tags along on Carl and Eddie's ice fishing trip to Lake Wannamuck, and proves to lend a crucial helping hand when Carl falls through thin ice. Meanwhile, with Richie being the baby of the household, Judy feels like she's getting less attention. Laura soon teaches her that there are some advantages to being the older kid.
37 15 "Son" Gary Menteer José Rivera January 11, 1991[51] 446463
Rachel asks Carl to build a playhouse for Richie, but Carl cannot find his screwdriver. Eddie tells Carl he used it to fix his bike, and ignores Carl and by talking to Jolene on the phone. Carl turns the phone off and they argue. Eddie talks back and Carl grounds him by sending him to his room. Defying Carl, he sneaks out and goes on his date with Jolene. Eddie comes back then and tries to hide the evidence upstairs in his room. However, Carl ironically appears while he is going upstairs. Carl sees the evidence and grounds him for one month, then two more months for his attitude. Carl and Eddie get into a heated argument over house rules, prompting the eldest Winslow son to threaten to move out (even though he doesn't really have a plan). Hariette makes the two sit at a table and she tells the story of when Eddie was born. After Carl talks to Eddie, Eddie decides to stay home saying, "Dad, I'd like to stay", and Carl saying, "I would like that too, son".
38 16 "Do the Right Thing" Gary Menteer Sally Lapiduss & Pamela Eells January 18, 1991[52] 446466
A lesson in conscience, Carl wants to keep a valuable ($15,450) diamond bracelet he found so that he and Harriette can go on a Caribbean cruise. Carl eventually finds the owner of the bracelet, who ironically could not come as soon as she wanted to because she was on a Caribbean cruise. At the same time, Steve wrangles with helping Laura's current boyfriend, Todd, maintain his academic eligibility for playing basketball. When Todd asks Steve to tutor him, he is tempted to give Todd the wrong answers, but eventually helps him get a B in Geometry. He finds out later that Laura broke up with Todd anyway because all he ever talks about is basketball.
39 17 "High Hopes" Gary Menteer Fred Fox, Jr. & Denise Snee February 1, 1991[53] 446467
Steve helps Carl cure his fear of heights by going on a hot-air balloon ride. Things go wrong when a nearby plane causes Steve to fall out, but Carl manages to save Steve's life. Meanwhile, Rachel helps Harriette win a radio contest, but they start to argue on who should get the car that they recently won. After fighting for a while, Estelle suggests they sell the car, and split the money evenly.
40 18 "Life of the Party" Gary Menteer Janet Lynne Jackson February 8, 1991[54] 446468

Steve teaches everyone how to "Do the Urkel" at Maxine's rooftop party, but the party may be his last when Willie Fuffner spikes the punch with whiskey as revenge for humiliating him. An intoxicated Urkel soon tumbles from the rooftop, and is clinging to dear life. Rachel ends up risking her life to try to save Steve's, while Fuffner and his pal, Waldo, end up in juvenile hall. Meanwhile, the Winslows are trying to decide what their one-week vacation will be, and Harriete decides to take Carl's idea to go to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Note: Eddie and Richie only appear in the cold open of the episode.
41 19 "Busted" Richard Correll David W. Duclon & Fred Fox, Jr. February 15, 1991[55] 446470
Both father and son each have a lesson in confessing their mistakes. Eddie wrecks the family car, again after failing to impress Jolene. To obtain the funds and repair the damage without Carl noticing, he and Urkel visit a local bakery that is the front for an illegal gambling operation. Steve wins $32,000, but as they are about to leave, the police show up. Meanwhile, Carl accidentally scatters Harriette and Rachel's great aunt's ashes into a trash can with chimney ashes, thinking the urn is a candy tin. He must also deal with both Harriette's anger when she learns the truth, along with disciplining Eddie for wrecking his car with his unlicensed driving.
42 20 "Fight the Good Fight" Gary Menteer Sara V. Finney & Vida Spears March 1, 1991[56] 446469

Laura and Steve push for Black History classes in their school, but things quickly turn ugly thanks to their racist classmates. However, Mother Winslow encourages Laura to continue fighting for what she believes in after revealing her own encounter with racism when she was young.

Note: In the Nick at Nite airings, the episode cuts to a commercial break right before Laura closes her locker to reveal the racial slur "Nigger" spray painted on her locker. This episode also marks the first appearance of Clyde Kusatsu as Principal Shimata.
43 21 "Taking Credit" Richard Correll David W. Duclon March 15, 1991[57] 446472
Wanting to teach a lesson, Rachel tells Judy and Richie stories about how Eddie and Lt. Murtaugh each wanted to take credit for things someone else did. In Eddie's case, he claimed he wrote a story Urkel actually did, while Carl helped foil a crime spree with little help from Lt. Murtaugh.
44 22 "Finding the Words" Richard Correll Fred Fox, Jr. March 22, 1991[58] 446471
Jimmy Holmes (Paul Winfield), claiming to be a long-lost family friend of the Winslows turns out to be much closer when Jimmy tells Carl that his name is Jimmy Baines, Harriette and Rachel's father, who walked out on them years earlier.
45 23 "Skip to My Lieu" Richard Correll Charlene Seeger April 1, 1991[59] 446474
Carl's chances at a promotion hinge on his ability to get Lt. Murtaugh a date with Rachel. Meanwhile, Steve hopes to vie for Laura's affections with an ID bracelet. But when Rachel and Laura rejects the two, Steve and Lt. Murtaugh spends the rest of their evening at Rachel's place bonding while driking root beer floats.
46 24 "The Good the Bad and the Urkel" Richard Correll Sally Lapiduss & Pamela Eells April 19, 1991[60] 446475
After getting into a brawl with Steve's father over the Urkels' smelly backyard compost heap, Carl dreams of a feud between their two families in the Old West. There, he is the local sheriff who has shot and killed Doc Urkel. Before long, his outlaw son comes to town looking for revenge. Challenged to a quickdraw, Carl is engaged in a shootout with Two-Gun Urkel, the most annoying gunslinger in the West. He ends up shooting and killing Two-Gun right as he wakes up, and realizes he should apologize to Steve and his father.
47 25 "I Should Have Done Something" Richard Correll David W. Duclon April 26, 1991[4] 446473
Carl is haunted by the memory of a hostage situation gone wrong. Even though Carl earned a commendation for his work in capturing a convenience store robber, he was unable to prevent the suspect from killing his elderly hostage, but the victim's widow assures Carl that he wasn't at fault. Meanwhile, Urkel receives Johnny Gill tickets, a singer that Laura adores. So, he uses the tickets as a chance to get a date with Laura.

Season 3 (1991/92)[edit]

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48 1 "Boom!" Richard Correll David W. Duclon September 20, 1991[5] 446902
Urkel makes friends with an orangutan, who is doomed to a life of scientific experiments. Meanwhile, Carl and Lt. Murtaugh try to defuse a bomb hidden in a treadmill, booby-trapped by a revenge-seeker named Nitro Newton (a.k.a. "The Boston Bomber").
49 2 "Brain Over Brawn" Richard Correll Fred Fox, Jr. September 27, 1991[61] 446903

It's a battle of brains vs. brawn, as Urkel and a braggart classmate vie for the affections of Laura in a rope-climbing contest. Meanwhile, Carl and Eddie try to fix a leak in their roof, against Harriette's advice to call a professional.

Note: In the original ABC broadcast, the ending gag is crossed over with Step by Step; Urkel's jet-propelled flight pack causes him to fly through the Winslows' roof and crash-land in Port Washington, Wisconsin, where the Foster/Lambert family is enjoying a barbecue. An alternate ending is included in syndicated, ABC Family and Nick at Nite reruns, featuring Steve's out-of-control jet pack flinging him above the Chicago skyline.
50 3 "The Show Must Go On" John Tracy Gary M. Goodrich October 4, 1991[62] 446905
With the original Romeo in the hospital with appendicitis, Urkel fills in to perform with Laura (who plays Juliet) in the school play. As one might guess, it ends up a disaster. Meanwhile, Carl gets a beeper from Lt. Murtaugh, but as it turns out, he ends up doing meager tasks for him. Carl soon has enough of Murtaugh's meager tasks and destroys the beeper.
51 4 "Words Hurt" John Tracy David W. Duclon & Fred Fox, Jr. October 11, 1991[63] 446904

Harriette and Rachel hire a hypnotist to determine why a sleepwalking Urkel has been acting out his hostilities on Carl. They learn that, during one of his visits, Urkel caused an accident that ruined a model ship Carl had worked three months on. Carl angrily told Urkel to get lost, then (not knowing Urkel could overhear him) told Laura he wished he'd go away permanently. Carl tries defending his actions, but Harriette and Rachel — in an effort to tell him that words hurt — decide to give him the silent treatment until he apologizes.

Guest Star: Earl Boen as the hypnotist
52 5 "Daddy's Little Girl" Richard Correll Sara V. Finney & Vida Spears October 18, 1991[64] 446901
When Carl's new rookie partner, Mike Forbes, pays a visit to their home, Laura immediately develops a massive crush. When Mike gets invited to a diner, she does a "slightly" better job dressing herself, and comes before Mike dressed very sexy and with behavior she thought of as womanly; while it unbeknownst to her, made her look silly. When Carl accidentally hurts her feeling by laughing at her fancy appearance, her feeling are deeply hurt and she feels ashamed in front of the young officer. Soon after, Harriette calls him out for embarrassing Laura and tells him to apologize. Carl and Laura finally make up when he explains he never meant anything bad, but as she is his beloved daughter, he can't think of her as anything else but "his little girl". Meanwhile, Steve lands close to high tide in his family trip to Hawaii, and has a "pleasant" time escaping from a certain Hawaiian woman.
53 6 "Citizens' Court" John Tracy Regina Stewart October 25, 1991[65] 446906

Carl accidentally kills Urkel's prized Peruvian beetle, worth over $500, and Urkel grieved over the loss of his buggy friend. Carl reasons that "it was just a stupid bug", and refuses to apologize or at least compensate for what he had done; Urkel is resolved to see if a small claims court judge agrees, taking his case to Citizen's Court (a parody of The People's Court). There, the two bring out several "proofs" and "testimonies", some of which even fake, but before the judge can decide, Urkel's speech finally makes Carl realize that it doesn't matter if it was "just a stupid bug", because it was of much greater importance to Steve. The two walk out from the court, not interested and never finding out the judge's decision.

Guest Star: Mason Adams as the judge
54 7 "Robo-Nerd" Richard Correll Gary Menteer November 1, 1991[66] 446910

Urkel creates Urkelbot, which soon develops a mind of its own and sets a trap to snare Laura for itself, but Urkel manages to shut it down just in time. Carl tries to slow down Estelle and Fletcher's relationship.

Guest Star: Michael Chambers as Urkelbot
55 8 "Making the Team" Richard Correll David W. Duclon & Gary Menteer November 8, 1991[67] 446909
Urkel is doing his best to get onto the basketball team as he claims he improved, but neither Eddie or the basketball coach believe it, and the coach in the end makes him the equipment manager. Meanwhile, Laura, who just got into the cheerleading team, wants to show some new cheers to a very bossy know-it-all team captain, but she snobbishly refuses, saying that Laura as the only freshman in the team, has no right to do anything but to follow the others lead. For the first time, Laura feels ashamed and feels like an outcast, and decides to ask for advice from Steve, who has to live through that every day. Steve explains that while he does sulk about it, he is constantly reminding himself that giving up is not an option, and the one should always stand up for themselves. In Steve's case, he decides he will make the most of being the equipment manager this year, and hopefully make the team next year. During the game, many of the players get hurt, and the coach, with his job being on the line, and left with no other options, decides to put Steve into the game, which brings amazing results – as they start making a comeback. Laura decides to take matters into her own hands when the cheerleading captain is not even trying to lead her team because she thinks basketball is too boring, and does the cheer that she made up herself – eventually both the crowd, and the team – except for their captain – are into the new cheer. In the end, Steve's team wins, and everything ends well for both of them.
56 9 "Born to Be Mild" John Tracy Jim Geoghan November 15, 1991[68] 446911

A street gang, known as "The Dragons", come into the Rachel's place, and try to stir up trouble, but luckily, Carl comes by just in time to stop it. When back at home later in the evening, the Winslows receive a police call that the dragon trashed Rachel's place and brutally beat up Eddie while he was getting back from a date. Carl is furious and wants revenge, but Steve stops him, saying he shouldn't do anything stupid, or he might lose his badge. Therefore, Steve voluntarily offers to go into the lair of "The Dragons" under a disguise, wired. He keeps them busy long enough to make them confess their crimes, and Carl and his partner barge in at the last moment to arrest them and save Steve.

Note: J. Lamont Pope plays Chain, the leader of the Dragons. In Season 7–8, he plays Laura's boyfriend Curtis. He will also play one of the orderlies in the episode "Number One With a Bullet" in Season 4.
57 10 "The Love God" John Tracy Stephen Langford November 22, 1991[69] 446912

Eddie wants to date an "easy" girl, named Vonda (Danielle Nicolet) but Urkel, feeling sorry for her, decides to counsel her on her ways before their first date. He teaches her that she doesn't have to be "easy" to be popular, because her nice and friendly personality will make her popular by default, much to Eddie's chargin. Rachel meets a lovely man, who is a complete stranger to her. Meanwhile, Lt. Murtaugh is enjoying a few laughs when Carl must go out in drag as part of an undercover operation. It turns out well, though as Carl manages to catch a wanted man, Murtaugh is ordered to go out in drag for another undercover operation and Carl enjoys a few laughs as well.

Note: Tammy Townsend makes a guest appearance as "Jenny" in Steve's vision. Starting in Season 6, she would star in the series as Greta McClure, Eddie's girlfriend.
58 11 "Old and Alone" Richard Correll Stephen Langford November 29, 1991[70] 446908
Laura tells Urkel he's banished from her life after he warns her about her new boyfriend's ulterior motives. In turn, Harriette tells Laura that her attitude may result in her growing "old and alone". Sure enough, she has a dream where she becomes an elderly spinster, who has grown "old and alone".
59 12 "A Pair of Ladies" John Tracy Fred Fox, Jr. December 6, 1991[71] 446913
Rachel, in need of some help at an understaffed Rachel's Place, enlists Harriette's help. However, the two soon get into a huge argument after well-meaning Harriette is all too eager to offer suggestions. Meanwhile, Urkel joins in Carl's poker night and gets cleaned out by the hustling Lt. Murtaugh. Soon, Steve gets his revenge on him when he beats Murtaugh with a four of a kind.
60 13 "Choir Trouble" James O'Keefe Mary M. Schwarze December 20, 1991[72] 446907
Choir director Rachel kicks recently converted Urkel out of the choir when the nerd can't sing a lick. Soon everyone else leaves the choir after being fed up with her micromanagement. Estelle sets Rachel straight by advising her that God isn't interested in the quality of the voice, but that the words come from the heart.
61 14 "A Test of Friendship" Richard Correll Regina Stewart January 10, 1992[73] 446915
Urkel faces expulsion from school when he colludes with Eddie (who didn't study) to cheat on a chemistry test against Waldo's admonition in the latter. Although feeling bad about it, Eddie refuses to confess until Laura gives him an ultimatum: do the right thing and confess to save Steve from expulsion or she'll tell everyone about him cheating on the test. Meanwhile, Carl becomes the laughingstock of the precinct (thanks largely to Lt. Murtaugh) when revenge-seeking burglars use sleeping gas to put Carl to sleep, then rob the Winslows blind. However, their second attempt is foiled when Estelle, Harriette and Rachel comes home to nab the burglars by clonking them in the head with a snow shovel and chases them inside the house. End result: the Winslows get their furniture back, Eddie is grounded, he and Steve must retake the test before their suspension is lifted and burglars are back in jail.
62 15 "Jailhouse Blues" Gary Menteer Sara V. Finney & Vida Spears January 24, 1992[74] 446914
Harriette's troublesome Detroit cousin, Clarence (Shaun Baker), is sent to the Winslows to live. He quickly proves to be a bad influence on Eddie, and gets him and an unwilling Urkel (along with a car-ful of pretty girls) in serious trouble for grand theft auto. Harriette sends an unremorseful Clarence back to Detroit to live with his grandmother after she got fed up with his attitude. However, Eddie is remorseful for his actions and while the owner agrees to drop the charge against him, Carl still punishes him to do community service by volunteering at elderly shelters.
63 16 "Brown Bombshell" John Tracy Sara V. Finney & Vida Spears January 31, 1992[75] 446918

Estelle is determined to share the stories of her late fighter-pilot husband and World War II's Tuskegee Airmen to an uninterested Winslow clan. Eventually, she is invited to share her stories to Eddie's American history class. Meanwhile, Urkel's prison pen pal is released, yet she believes Carl is Steve.

Guest Stars: LaWanda Page and Essence Atkins
64 17 "Food, Lies and Videotape" John Tracy Stephen Langford February 7, 1992[76] 446919

Urkel enrolls in a home economics course (just because Laura is in the same class), but he soon learns that he's simply not cut out to be a cook. However, Waldo discovers he might just have a hidden culinary talent. Meanwhile, Richie accidentally breaks Carl's video camera.

Note: In perhaps one of the longest-running subplots on the series (second only to the romantic triangle between Steve, his alter egos, Laura, and Myra), Waldo starts down the path to becoming a chef. His culinary aspirations would become a recurring subplot, transforming his character from a wannabe thug to a more likeable character with career ambition. This episode also marks the final appearance of Susan Krebs as Ms. Stuben.
65 18 "My Broken-Hearted Valentine" Richard Correll Gary Menteer February 14, 1992[77] 446916
Laura becomes further annoyed and angry with Urkel, accusing him of once again butting into her romance with Daniel Wallace (Bumper Robinson). Later, she becomes upset with Maxine when she relates her negative experience with Daniel, thinking it to be little more than jealousy. It turns out that the advice from Urkel and Maxine is best heeded, especially when Daniel tries to attack Laura in her room in order to have sex with her on Valentine's Day. When she tells Harreitte about it, she is told to apologize to her friends at once.
66 19 "Woman of the People" Richard Correll David W. Duclon & Gary Menteer February 21, 1992[78] 446920
Laura is engaged in a heated campaign for class president with snobbish Cassie Lynn. However, things grow ugly when Cassie takes some incriminating photos of Laura seeming to embrace Urkel in order to win. Steve decides to fight fire with fire by having Eddie take photos of himself and Cassie kissing in order to make her realize that blackmailing Laura is wrong. Carl refuses to participate in a neighborhood watch squad.
67 20 "Love and Kisses" John Tracy Jim Geoghan February 28, 1992[79] 446917
When Laura and Maxine are unable to get tickets to his concert, Urkel invites R&B singer Johnny Gill to serenade Laura, in hopes that she will decide to go out with him. However at the last second, he decides it's better to let her make her own decision whether she wants to go out with him or not. Meanwhile, Carl and Harriette take a second honeymoon to a resort, but are quickly left out in the cold.
68 21 "Stop! In the Name of Love" John Tracy David W. Duclon & Gary Menteer March 13, 1992[80] 446922
This time, it's Waldo who has the crush on Laura, particularly when she tries to encourage him after a string of bad luck with dates. Carl and Murtaugh argue of Mother Winslow's driving when Estelle destroys Lt. Murtaugh's new car. Their fighiting esclates with a pie fight, with Urkel taking the hit. Soon the nerd is fed up and decides to throw a pie at both Carl and Murtaugh. However, an unsuspecting Laura ends up being the recipient of the pie, causing her to chase Urkel around.
69 22 "The Urkel Who Came to Dinner" John Tracy Regina Stewart April 3, 1992[81] 446921
When his parents go out of town unannounced, Urkel is invited to stay with the Winslows. But he unwittingly manages to create havoc: he accidentally vacuums and swallows a fish Carl was looking after for Lt. Murtaugh; he encourages Richie to fight a preschool bully; and he drives away Laura's study date (Mark) when he suspects he's got less than admirable motives. When the family confronts him about it, Estelle and Richie ends up mediating the fight. Richie reveals that Steve didn't intend for him to fight the bully, but rather stand up to him. Rachel soon realizes she was wrong and forgives Urkel. Estelle mentions that Laura should've been grateful to Steve in chasing Mark away, especially when she tells her what he did at lover's lane with a certain red haired classmate.
70 23 "Robo-Nerd II" Richard Correll Gary Menteer April 24, 1992[82] 446923

Urkel revamps his Urkelbot into a crime-fighting bot, encouraging Carl to use the technology to solve a rash of convenience store burglaries. Meanwhile, the Winslow women get a nasty surprise when the new shampoo that they ordered causes them to go bald. After buying wigs, the women ask Steve if they can use Urkelbot to trace the shampoo back to the con-artists. They soon discover that Urkelbot has no interest in police work and wants to be a dancer instead.

Guest Star: Michael Chambers as Urkelbot
71 24 "Dudes" Richard Correll Fred Fox, Jr. & Jim Geoghan May 1, 1992[83] 446924
Despite Laura's admonition that the show is sexist, Urkel, Eddie and Waldo are contestants on the local teen dating show "Dudes." Meanwhile, Carl tries to find out what his family is planning for his birthday.
72 25 "Farewell, My Laura" Richard Correll David W. Duclon & Gary Menteer May 8, 1992[6] 446925
A 1940s-style detective spoof, with Urkel playing gumshoe crime fighter Johnny Danger. Danger is paid to protect supper club owner Rachel, who is targeted by an assassin. When Rachel is killed, the "Wigglesworths", Murtaugh, and Waldo are all suspects. Who murdered Rachel, and can he find out fast?

Season 4 (1992/93)[edit]

  • Jaimee Foxworth departs from the series after the episode "Mama's Wedding", although she is credited until episode 96.
  • Shawn Harrison becomes a series regular with the episode "Surely, You Joust".
  • Michelle Thomas begins a recurring role as Myra Monkhouse with the episode "A Thought in the Dark".
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73 1 "Surely You Joust" John Tracy Fred Fox, Jr. & Jim Geoghan September 18, 1992[7] 447801

Carl and Urkel get into a feud, and decide the only way to settle their grievances is to compete on American Gladiators, thanks to Waldo's cousin American Gladiator Sabre.

Guest Stars: Mike Adamle and Larry Csonka
74 2 "Dance to the Music" John Tracy Joseph Cvar & Gary Menteer October 2, 1992[84] 447804
Laura, a nominee for homecoming queen, sets her sights on a popular jock named Ted. Urkel, wanting to make Laura happy, helps Ted break the ice with her. Meanwhile, Carl becomes jealous of Harriette's piano teacher.
75 3 "Driving Carl Crazy" John Tracy Stephen Langford October 9, 1992[85] 447803

Carl is trying to deal with high blood pressure, but instead of listening to his doctor, he takes waiting room advice ("3–2–1, 1–2–3, what the heck is bothering me?"). It's put to the test when Urkel asks him to give him some driving lessons to impress Laura. After suffering a mild heart attack, Harriette convinces Carl to listen to his doctor.

Note: This episode introduced Urkel's vehicle, a BMW Isetta, which he would drive through the end point of the 9th season.
76 4 "Rumor Has It..." Gary Menteer Gary M. Goodrich October 16, 1992[86] 447805

Rumor has it that Ted went all the way with Laura on their date. Urkel knows this isn't true and tries to warn Laura about the fast-spreading rumor around school. Laura tells the nerd never to speak to her again, but then Maxine tells her she heard the very same rumors about her and Ted. Laura then enlists Urkel and Eddie to get the truth out into the open.

Note: This episode marks the first appearance of Shavar Ross as Weasel (although he is referred to by his proper name, Alex).
77 5 "Number One With a Bullet" Gary Menteer Fred Fox, Jr. October 23, 1992[87] 447806

When Steve has to have an emergency appendectomy, Carl thinks he's in store for a few nerd-free days until he is shot in the butt while trying to foil a robbery and winds up sharing the same hospital room as Urkel. But the nerd may prove a helping hand when one of the robbers wants revenge on Carl for having one of his buddies captured.

Note: This episode marks the final appearance of Barry Jenner as Lt. Murtaugh.
78 6 "Whose Kid Is It Anyway?" John Tracy Sara V. Finney & Vida Spears October 30, 1992[88] 447807
Eddie would rather go out on a date than take Richie trick-or-treating, and Waldo accidentally brings home another child. Also, Steve tries to cure Harriette's insomnia and succeeds when he unwittingly tells Waldo about Carl's back problems, via phone conversation.
79 7 "An Officer and a Waldo" John Tracy David W. Duclon November 6, 1992[89] 447808
When Eddie yells at Waldo over a misunderstanding, Waldo's fragile self-esteem takes a huge hit. His response: Join the US Army reserves. Urkel doesn't hesitate to set Eddie straight and they promptly to go after him just to get him to change his mind. Meanwhile, Carl and Harriette deal with a repairman who has a habit for overcharging his clients.
80 8 "Just One Date" Gary Menteer Fred Fox, Jr. November 13, 1992[90] 447812
Urkel, determined to go out with Laura, resorts to his most outlandish trick yet: Camping out on the rooftop of the Winslow home. Meanwhile, Richie tries to fight off the advances of the young girl, Gwendolyn (Naya Rivera), who has just moved to the neighborhood.
81 9 "The Oddest Couple" John Tracy Jim Geoghan November 20, 1992[91] 447810
Eddie gets into a fight with Carl over house rules, while Urkel gets into a quarrel with his parents over his scientific experiments constantly going awry. The result: The two become roommates in a run-down apartment. They soon realize it's harder than they think when Eddie's irresponsibility and Steve's science collide!
82 10 "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Urkel" John Tracy David W. Duclon & Gary Menteer December 11, 1992[92] 447815
While Christmas shopping, Laura really snaps at Urkel for accidentally breaking an expensive crystal ornament, which she had intended to give Harriette as a Christmas gift. She fumes that she wishes he could only see what it's like to be her, then maybe he'd understand. So, Laura's guardian angel, Tyrone (T. K. Carter) grants her wish and Urkel becomes Steve Winslow(in the alternate reality version). However, there's a catch to her wish: she must walk a mile in his shoes as Laura Urkel so she'll find out what's it like to have her feelings hurt and teach her a lesson.
83 11 "Muskrat Love" John Tracy Regina Stewart January 8, 1993[93] 447813
While Eddie tries to date a girl that his friends think is undesirable, Laura tries to get Maxine out of a date with Ted that Laura set up. Meanwhile, thinking it would boost her self-esteem, Carl gives Harriette exercise equipment for her birthday, to no surprise, it makes her feel worse.
84 12 "Hot Wheels" John Tracy Regina Stewart January 15, 1993[94] 447802
Carl buys Eddie a used police car at an auction, hoping the two can restore it together. Only thing is, he would rather bond with Waldo while restoring the beat-up car into a hot rod. Harriette soon sets Eddie straight for it. Meanwhile, Laura meets a guy named Ted selling candy, they quickly attract, and they agree to go out on a date. Soon, there seems to be a little problem with Urkel's new superglue, when it causes the nerd's hand to become bonded with Laura's shoulder.
85 13 "The Way the Ball Bounces" Jeffrey Ganz Stephen Langford January 22, 1993[95] 447817
Both Eddie and Laura learn their lesson in education and sleep. In Eddie's case, he is wooed by a slick-talking college recruiter, who wants him only for his basketball skills and not his meager academic credentials. In order to teach him that education is more important than sports, Harriette invites a college student working at a grocery store to explain the dangers of putting basketball over education. Meanwhile, a sleep famished Laura enlists Urkel to cover as her so she can go to the library to study for the PSAT. She later learns a hard lesson that sleep is vital, when she comes home disheveled from the library.
86 14 "A Thought in the Dark" Gary Menteer Bob Illes & James R. Stein January 29, 1993[96] 447814

Wanting to get Urkel off her back once and for all, Laura asks Ted to set the nerd up. He chooses his cousin, the beautiful Myra Monkhouse, someone who just loves Steve. The foursome head off to a Dave Koz concert, where Waldo is working as an usher. Meanwhile, Harriette discovers that Carl is covering for Judy after she ruined her expensive dress. Soon they discuss when to help out their kids.

Note: This episode marks the first appearance of Michelle Thomas as Myra Monkhouse.
87 15 "Tender Kisses" John Tracy Fred Fox, Jr. & Jim Geoghan February 5, 1993[97] 447818
Unable to get tickets to a Tracie Spencer concert, Eddie, Waldo and Weasel plot to sneak into the singer's hotel room to procure them. Meanwhile, Carl is suspicious when he constantly sees Harriette writing in her diary and gets Urkel to read it to him, only to discover that she had planted a fake diary because she was aware he'll read it anyway.
88 16 "Heart Strings" John Tracy David W. Duclon & Gary Menteer February 12, 1993[98] 447819
Laura and Ted agree to end their relationship, and a heartsick Laura has no one to love for Valentine's Day until Urkel pays her a visit. Meanwhile, Richie tries to fight off Gwendolyn who wants him to be her "Daddy Mac"! Also Carl gets into a brief quarrel with Harriette for the way she behaves at a romantic restaurant.
89 17 "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad House" John Tracy Regina Stewart February 19, 1993[99] 447811
After Eddie pulls a classroom prank, his teacher (Debra Jo Rupp) wants to refer him to the principal. Knowing he could face dismissal from the basketball team for this offense, he relates a sob story about how he comes from a dysfunctional family. The teacher is so upset that she later confides in Urkel, who recommends that she pay a visit to this family, unaware that she is talking about the Winslows. What Miss Connors observes is exactly what Eddie described: she sees a highly chaotic household, thanks in part to Harriette having gone "on strike" after she became frustrated with her family constantly henpecking her. Having ignored Mother Winslow's warning not to push her, the rest of the family must endure fending for themselves.
90 18 "Higher Anxiety" Richard Correll Jim Geoghan February 26, 1993[100] 447816
Urkel reveals to Eddie that his girlfriend, Oneshia (Mari Morrow), is a two-timer. After he breaks off the relationship, Eddie goes into a week long depression. Waldo and Urkel try to cheer him up by taking him to a party. When Eddie steps outside to get some air, Waldo and Urkel find him on the fire escape, and their combined weight breaks it. With teamwork, Eddie, Urkel, and Waldo manage to get back inside, and Eddie realizes that his friends are more important than a girl. However, he does take comfort knowing that Oneisha's current boyfriend had his car crushed by a fire escape ladder. Meanwhile, Estelle and her beau, Fletcher, have really advanced their relationship and are contemplating marriage, much to Carl's chagrin, after a white water rafting trip. When Harriette calls him out for hurting his mother, she learns Carl's real reason for not accepting their relationship.
91 19 "Mama's Wedding" Gary Menteer Sara V. Finney & Vida Spears March 5, 1993[101] 447820

Carl finally comes to terms with his mother's impending marriage to Fletcher, but the two get into a fight over the wedding arrangements. He wants a big wedding bash for them. However, Estelle just wants a small, family wedding, which Carl eventually agrees to. But his original plan for a huge bash might come to fruition anyway, since Eddie had planned a huge house party for a weekend his parents would be out of town. Only thing is, Waldo needs proof reading skills because he wrote inaccurate invitations to the house party, advertising the gathering as the same night as the wedding. End result, Estelle and Fletcher gets a wedding they'll remember for a long time and Eddie is grounded by Carl to serve time in his room for his plans to have a party.

Note: This episode marks Jaimee Foxworth's last appearance as Judy Winslow, but she was still credited until episode 96.
92 20 "Pulling Teeth" Gary Menteer David W. Duclon & Gary Menteer March 19, 1993[102] 447822
A five-way phone conversation between Eddie, Waldo, Urkel, Laura and Maxine results in the unlikeliest of couples – Waldo and Maxine. And the two really hit it off! Meanwhile, Richie struggles with getting rid of a loose baby tooth, prompting Carl to help get it out. However, he unknowingly fall into his own trick while he was trying to help Richie get rid of a lose baby tooth, as Steve comes over for a visit.
93 21 "Walk on the Wild Side" John Tracy Sara V. Finney & Vida Spears March 26, 1993[103] 447809

Armed with fake ID's and a desire to dump her "Miss Goody Two-Shoes" image, Laura and her friends go to Club Buff (a male strip club) the same nightclub that Harriette, Estelle and Rachel go to frequently. Urkel learns of this and winds up accidentally performing a striptease. Meanwhile, Eddie and Waldo have their own boys night out with two ugly women.

Note: Judy was mentioned in this episode when Harriette says that they had to trick Eddie and Judy into doing chores.
94 22 "Hot Stuff" Gary Menteer Stephen Langford April 30, 1993[104] 447821
Myra asks Laura for advice in snaring the man of her dreams – Steve "Hot Stuff" Urkel. Meanwhile, Eddie buys a discounted car stereo from Weasel. However, he gets suspicious when Steve reveals that it had been stolen and Carl takes action by taking his car to the precinct to get it removed.
95 23 "Stormy Weather" John Tracy Fred Fox, Jr. May 7, 1993[105] 447823

Laura casts potential prom date Steve aside in favor of another class hunk, Jimmy, at the junior prom. However, she soon regrets it when she learns that her date is possessive and jealous. He demands that she ends her friendship with Urkel by telling him to get lost or else. Laura is fed up with Jimmy's demanding and tells him off what she really thinks of him. She immediately ditches him on the dance floor, preferring to keep her friendship with Steve intact. Meanwhile, Urkel attempts to hide his nerdy reputation from Myra as he takes her to the dance, but ends up impressing his peers with her. Carl and Harriette show up to dance the night away.

Guest Stars: Portrait
96 24 "Buds 'n' Buns" John Tracy Jim Geoghan May 14, 1993[8] 447824
Urkel decides to at least advance his budding relationship with Myra. Laura soon misses him when he stops visiting her. Steve is horrified when he sees how jealous and possessive Myra is during their visit to the Winslow home. She somehow has concluded that Laura is serious competition for the nerd's affections, even though she maintains that she and Steve are friends. Meanwhile, Eddie is promoted to supervising manager at the Mighty Weenie, where Carl has taken a part-time job and soon finds himself answering to his son. They get into a serious fight until Harriette reminds them not to let that interfere with their close relationship.

Season 5 (1993/94)[edit]

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97 1 "Hell Toupee" John Tracy Regina Stewart September 24, 1993[9] 455351

Myra visits Urkel at school for lunch, and once again accuses Laura of trying to vie for his affections. The end result is a huge food fight. Meanwhile, Carl – feeling he has lost his romantic touch with Harriette – decides to invest in a toupee.

Note: Jaimee Foxworth and Telma Hopkins no longer appear in the opening credits. Throughout this season, there will be a lot of continuity errors, e.g. Eddie's birth date, Harriette and Carl's marriage, and Laura's age.
98 2 "It Didn't Happen One Night" Gary Menteer Joseph Cvar & Gary Menteer October 1, 1993[106] 455352
Laura oversleeps on the morning of a huge cheerleader competition in Cincinnati, Ohio, and asks Urkel to drive her there in his BMW Isetta. She quickly becomes frustrated with the car's slow speed, and in trying to get Steve to drive faster, causes it to break down. The two are eventually forced to bunk together in a low-rent motel, where Laura really gets frustrated. Eventually, Urkel becomes a little too irked and stands up to her. Meanwhile, Carl gets annoyed as Fletcher and Estelle continually express love for each other in public, which is something he never does with Harriette. He also makes an inept attempt to fix the kitchen window after Steve broke it by jumping through it, against Harriette's admonition to call a professional.
99 3 "Saved by the Urkel" Gary Menteer David W. Duclon October 8, 1993[107] 455354
Carl is trying to repair a lamp and refuses to listen to Urkel's advice: unplug it. Carl electrocutes himself, and only Urkel knows CPR. Steve ends up saving Carl's life. The Winslows find themselves indebted to Urkel and shower him with gratitude. The incident also inspires Eddie and Laura to learn CPR.
100 4 "A Matter of Principle" Richard Correll Jim Geoghan October 15, 1993[108] 455355
In the series' 100th episode, Harriette's job at the Chicago Chronicle as manager of security has taken a back seat to Urkel's antics in the series' four years, but it takes center stage here. The newspaper is experiencing budget cuts, and Harriette's boss, Mr. Rollins, asks her to cut her workforce. Harriette doesn't want to fire anyone, and Carl gives her some advice on how to tell Mr. Rollins this. The end result has Harriette losing her job. Meanwhile, Myra transfers to Urkel's school, all to snare herself a certain nerd. She eventually asks Eddie and Laura for advice in winning Urkel's heart, resulting in a wild comedy of errors.
101 5 "Money Out the Window" Gary Menteer Gary M. Goodrich October 22, 1993[109] 455353
Eddie still hasn't gotten over the gambling habit, and Weasel and Waldo entice him in their football betting venture (even though Urkel warns him about the risks of gambling since he was the only one who did learn his lesson). When Eddie loses a bundle, a thug named Bones (Bubba Smith) pays him a visit, threatening him with serious injury if the debt is not settled in a timely manner. Refusing to listen to Steve, Eddie sells Carl's precious stamp to settle the debt: a decision he will regret and simply wish Bones beat him up before his father finds out(which Carl does via Steve and the owner of the Stamp Emporium). Meanwhile, Laura adds a night job to her hectic schedule to try to get more money for a car, resulting in her being tired throughout the day. Soon Harriette convinces her to focus on her day job and let them come up with the other half of the money.
102 6 "Best Friends" Gary Menteer Fred Fox, Jr. October 29, 1993[110] 455356
Harriette tries (a little too hard) to fit in with Laura's social group to bond with her daughter. Laura is embarrassed until KC and Maxine reminds her that their mothers aren't exactly close to them. Meanwhile, Waldo (who has been fired from a series of jobs) appears to be a failure at his new job as cashier at the Mighty Weenie ... until Eddie remembers that Waldo is a talented cook.
103 7 "Grandmama" Richard Corell Story by: Jaleel White
Teleplay by: Fred Fox, Jr. & Jim Geoghan
November 5, 1993[111] 455357
When Eddie dumps Urkel as his partner in a prestigious 2-on-2 basketball tournament in favor of a star player (Darius McCrary's real life brother, Donovan McCrary as Kenny "The Spider" Jackson), the nerd turns to Grandmama (NBA star Larry Johnson's alter ego). Meanwhile, Carl and Harriette quarrel over Laura's curfew.
104 8 "Dr. Urkel and Mr. Cool" John Tracy Jim Geoghan November 12, 1993[112] 455359

After Laura gets fed up with Urkel's mischievous behavior, she tells him that he needs to change. So Urkel devises the ultimate scheme to win her heart...a potion called "cool genes" that will make him cool. Steve drinks the potion and becomes Stefan Urquelle, an ultra-suave, good-looking ladies man, and quickly wins Laura's heart and becomes popular with other girls as well. However, it isn't long before Laura's fed up with his arrogant narcissistic nature and rather have the irksome nerd back.

Note: This is the first appearance of Urkel's alter-ego, Stefan Urquelle, played by Jaleel White in a dual role.
105 9 "Car Wars" Richard Correll Sheila M. Anthony November 19, 1993[113] 455358
Laura wants to buy a car, but finds the high-pressure salesman more than she can handle alone, given his sexist attitude. At Urkel's suggestion, she dons a mustache and hat and poses as a man to buy a car. Steve is close to spoiling Eddie's love life.
106 10 "All the Wrong Moves" Richard Correll Fred Fox, Jr. November 26, 1993[114] 455361
Laura, Urkel and Waldo each have dates at the drive-in movie theater. Laura's boyfriend wants to have sex, but doesn't seem to understand the meaning of the word "no". Myra wants to have sex with Urkel, but when he too refuses, she decides perhaps its a good idea to wait. Waldo, of course, is Waldo, what with his bringing lawn chairs to enjoy the show, much to an embarrassed Maxine's chagrin. Meanwhile, Harriette starts charging Carl for services after they fight over a credit card reward. Soon Carl realizes his behavior is wrong, apologizes to Harriette and buys her a new refrigerator.
107 11 "Christmas is Where the Heart Is" Richard Correll Stephen Langford December 10, 1993[115] 455363
Urkel and Carl become stranded on a subway car after a power outage on Christmas Eve. Carl and all of the car's passengers are ill-tempered, wanting to get home to celebrate the holidays with their families, leaving it up to Urkel to remind them that Christmas can be celebrated anywhere with anyone.
108 12 "Scenes From a Mall" Gary Menteer David W. Duclon & Gary Menteer December 17, 1993[116] 455360

Myra demands commitment from Urkel or else. When he refuses and asks her to give him his space, she ends up leaving in a crying fit. Steve must now turn to Laura for help. Waldo constantly worries that other boys have their eyes on Maxine, causing him to go into a jealous fit. Meanwhile, Eddie learns that the store model he has a crush on is married. Also, while Harriette is at a job interview, Carl gets burdened with having to watch Little Richie & his friend, Lil' G (Gary LeRoi Gray).

Guest Star: James Avery from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air made a surprise guest appearance during the closing credits.
109 13 "Rock Enroll" John Tracy Sara V. Finney & Vida Spears January 7, 1994[117] 455362
Eddie considers postponing college in favor of a singing/songwriting career, particularly when Shanice performs the song he wrote. Shanice soon inspires him to go to college and get his degree when she reveals her plans to finish school. Meanwhile, Urkel becomes depressed when no one seems to remember his birthday, unaware that Laura is planning a surprise birthday party for him.
110 14 "Like a Virgin" Richard Correll David W. Duclon January 14, 1994[118] 455364
Wisecraking, Jimmy blabs about his latest conquest until Urkel lets slip that Eddie has never had sex with anyone, leading to plenty of locker room teasing. He's embarrassed, until Laura reminds him that Jimmy isn't popular with the girls and is the butt of their jokes. Eddie and his friends soon realize that still having your virginity as a teenager is just fine. Meanwhile, Urkel seeks advice from Estelle when he needs her help in avoiding Myra.
111 15 "Good Cop, Bad Cop" Richard Correll Sara V. Finney & Vida Spears January 21, 1994[119] 455366
Carl has warned Eddie about his late-night carousing before. So when Eddie is pulled over for a traffic violation, he says he was the victim of racial profiling by a pair of overzealous police. Carl refuses to accept his son's story of how he was "a black in a white person's neighborhood", and a huge argument ensues. But then Carl sees the two officers at a coffee shop and decides to get their side of the story. What he finds out is the ugly truth (it's all like Eddie explained) when the senior officer is revealed to be a severe racist. An angry Carl threatens to report the senior officer for his racial profiling, while also urging his rookie partner to re-examine his own attitude. Meanwhile, Urkel gets more than he bargained for when he takes a worried Richie to the dentist.
112 16 "Presumed Urkel" John Tracy Felicia D. Henderson February 4, 1994[120] 455365

Accident-prone Urkel is accused of blowing up the school's chemistry lab following an accident. With his academic future on the line, Laura defends Steve against someone who seems a little too eager to have him expelled. Soon Laura proves Urkel's innocence by revealing who was really at fault with a blacklight. Exposed, Dexter Thornhill revealed he framed Steve for the crime because he wanted to win last year's science fair and hated him for it since.

Note: This episode marks the final appearances of Shavar Ross as Weasel & Clyde Kusatsu as Principal Edgar Shimata.
113 17 "Father of the Bride" John Tracy Stephen Langford February 11, 1994[121] 455369

To get him out of his hair for the evening, Carl sends Urkel on a bowling date with Laura, then watches a movie. Estelle warns him that they may fall in love, but he ignores her and dozes off. Carl quickly has a nightmare about how Urkel and Laura fell in love, got married and gave birth to a brood of Urkel-kids in the year 2009.

Goof: In the beginning of this episode, Steve says that Carl promised to do certain activities with him. One of these included a date before 1989, which was the year in which Carl and Urkel had met. This was either an accidental or deliberate series error.
114 18 "Psycho Twins" Richard Correll Fred Fox, Jr. & Jim Geoghan February 18, 1994[122] 455368
Urkel invents some "snooze juice", which is intended to help police officers easily apprehend criminals. The potion is demonstrated at a professional wrestling event, and The Psycho Twins (one of whom is Carl's old high school friend) accidentally drinks the snooze juice, So Steve & Carl have to fill in for the Real Psycho Twins in the ring, The tag team's opponents, the WWF's Bushwhackers, find out Carl is one of something they hate; cops, which spells trouble for Urkel and Carl.
115 19 "That's What Friends Are For" Richard Correll Sheila M. Anthony March 4, 1994[123] 455370
Eddie earns a college scholarship, and everyone's cheering for him but Waldo, who feels like he'll lose his friendship with Eddie once he goes off to college. However, Eddie has a surprise for him: he got Waldo into an elite cooking school. Meanwhile, Carl refuses to tell his own family why he doesn't want to take a police test, which could make him a lieutenant. Steve quickly figures out why, he has a fear of failure and Estelle convinces him to overcome his fears by taking the test. He does and becomes lieutenant.
116 20 "Opposites Attract" Gary Menteer Felicia D. Henderson March 18, 1994[124] 455371
Laura is editor of her school's newspaper, and quickly gets into a series of conflicts with one of the staff writers – whom fall for each other! Meanwhile, Urkel is robbed and gets the hiccups.
117 21 "A-Camping We Will Go" Richard Correll Stephen Langford April 1, 1994[125] 455372

Urkel tags along on Carl's camping trip with Eddie and Waldo. Urkel tries to give Carl some advice, but he refuses to listen ... and everyone could soon regret it.

Note: Only Carl, Eddie, Waldo and Urkel are featured in this episode.
118 22 "Nunsense" John Tracy Sara V. Finney & Vida Spears April 29, 1994[126] 455373

Urkel, offended that his privacy had been violated, tells Myra to get lost when she presents him with a nude drawing of himself. The next morning, Urkel learns that Myra is going to a convent, causing the nerd to assume that she plans to join. He quickly enlists Eddie and Waldo to dress as nuns to find Myra and get her to reconsider her joining the nunnery. Of course, she had gone there to visit her aunt, but none of this comes out in the open until the guys are nearly arrested. Meanwhile, Carl becomes annoyed of Harriette's habit of leaving her wedding ring on the soapdish (located very close to the bathroom sink) when she puts on makeup.

Note: Judyann Elder guest-stars as one of the nuns; she would eventually take over the role of Harriette following Jo Marie Payton's departure halfway through Season 9.
119 23 "Aunt Oona" Gary Menteer David W. Duclon & Gary Menteer May 6, 1994[127] 455367
Urkel's shy Aunt Oona (Donna Summer) from Altoona visits. Harriette and the others help break Oona out of her shell – by taking her to a karaoke bar for a singing contest. Meanwhile, Eddie & Waldo need to win to pay for an accident caused by Waldo's snowmobile.
120 24 "Stefan Returns" John Tracy Fred Fox, Jr. & Jim Geoghan May 20, 1994[10] 455374

Urkel, still pining for Laura's heart, renovates his Stefan Urquelle alter-ego, inventing a transformation chamber to do so. He's a much friendlier person this time, but the formula soon wears off just as Laura professes her love for Stefan. Urkel is resolved to one day make Stefan permanent.

Guest Star: Freddie Jackson

Season 6 (1994/95)[edit]

  • Telma Hopkins returns playing Rachel in a recurring role.
  • Michelle Thomas becomes a series regular, starting with Part 1 of "To Be or Not to Be".
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121 1 "To Be or Not to Be (Part 1)" John Tracy Jim Geoghan September 23, 1994[11] 456201

Harriette asks Carl to go see an eye doctor after he complains about having problems seeing. However, he balks at the idea and takes Eddie's advice by asking Urkel for some help. Urkel, meanwhile, has been perfecting his machine to enable him to be Stefan all the time. Carl asks Stefan to let him step into the transformation chamber to fix his eyesight problems. However, a jealous Myra – wanting to snare herself a certain nerd – tampers with the machine by switching the dial thinking Stefan will use it to change back into Steve. Unbeknownst to her, Carl is really inside and once she learns the truth, she tells Stefan to stop the chamber. Sure enough, the chamber is broken and Myra realizes what she has done when Carl Urkel (instead of Carl Winslow) steps out!

Notes: This is the first two-part episode of the series.
122 2 "To Be or Not to Be (Part 2)" John Tracy Fred Fox, Jr. September 30, 1994[128] 456202
Carl spends the next few days walking a mile in Urkel's shoes, while Myra explains herself to Stefan. Eventually, Stefan (who has kept Urkel's scientific genius, though at a slower rate) repairs the machine, and has him changed back before he can wreak any more havoc on the Winslow household. Carl eventually realizes he could have spared everyone so much grief by following his wife's advice and getting glasses. Soon after, on Stefan and Laura's date, Stefan says he did not recharge and soon reverts back to Urkel.
123 3 "Till Death Do Us Apartment" Richard Correll Sheila M. Anthony October 7, 1994[129] 456203
College freshmen Eddie and Waldo move into their own apartment, but on their first night, Waldo and Maxine's relationship hits a huge misunderstanding when Eddie brings two girls home with him, causing them to break up. The girls show sympathy to Waldo and leave Eddie when they learn how narcisstic and egotistical he is. Meanwhile, with Eddie now in college, Steve tries to be a son to Carl. Carl is displeased until he realises that Steve knows how much he misses Eddie.
124 4 "The Looney Bin" Richard Correll Felicia D. Henderson October 14, 1994[130] 456205
Carl, Urkel and Mr. Looney (Tom Poston) become trapped in the school's old fallout shelter. Now Carl has another source of frustration ... Mr. Looney's penchant for singing show tunes. Meanwhile, Harriette continues her search for a new job, and finds a job at the local clothing store.
125 5 "Beta Chi Guy" Richard Correll Jim Geoghan October 21, 1994[131] 456204

Eddie is invited to join a prestigious fraternity, despite the fact that he has to ditch Steve in order to become a member. Laura immediately sets him straight and makes him realize his friendship with Urkel is more important to him. Meanwhile, Carl orders a peanut helmet from a shopping network, where you're allowed to try a product for 30 days without paying a single cent. However, Richie and his friend, Lil' G go overboard when they order toys from the exact channel.

Note: Telma Hopkins returns in a recurring guest role as Rachel.
126 6 "Dark and Stormy Night" John Tracy Fred Fox, Jr. & Jim Geoghan October 28, 1994[132] 456206
On a stormy Halloween night, Richie is disappointed because he can't go trick-or-treating. To make it up, Steve, Waldo, and the Winslow clan cheer him up by weaving a 19th-century tale about the Duke of Urkel's battle against a vampire family, the Von Winslows.
127 7 "Par For the Course" Richard Correll Gary M. Goodrich November 4, 1994[133] 456208
Carl's sharp-tongued boss, Capt. Savage (Sherman Hemsley), invites him along on a golf outing. Of course, Urkel also gets invited by Savage to tag along (due to both of them being cheese fans), and the result is exactly what one would expect. Meanwhile, Harriette and Laura have it out when she starts coming in past curfew. The last straw came when Harriette showed up at a party, clad in a robe and curlers, to bring her daughter home. Maxine instantly sets Laura straight when she reveals how much her mother is like Steve's parents, uncaring of her well being.
128 8 "Sink or Swim" Richard Correll Fred Fox, Jr. November 11, 1994[134] 456210
Urkel's straight-A record, as well as his high school graduation, are at risk since he can't pass physical education. And to pass physical education, he must pass a simple swimming test. And to pass the simple swimming test, he must get over his fear of water. And to get over his fear of water, he enlists Carl for help. However, Laura ends up being the real source of helping Steve get over his waterphobia, when she plays a drowning victim. Meanwhile, Richie manages to join a roller skating hockey team, and in order to get equipment, Rachel must return an elegant dress. However, when she goes to return it, there seems to be a torn hole on it. Richie eventually confesses to the crime to stop Harriette and Rachel from fighting.
129 9 "Paradise Bluff" John Tracy Sara V. Finney & Vida Spears November 18, 1994[135] 456209
On a date to Paradise Bluff, Myra gives Urkel an ultimatum – commit to me now, or else it's over. Steve is about to let her go by reaffirming his love for Laura, but then a near accident with his BMW Isetta puts both of their lives in danger. After quickly coming up with a way to save their lives, Urkel agrees to commit to Myra for now. Meanwhile, Harriette tries to show Carl a barbecue article from a women's magazine that she borrowed from her hairstylist. However, he accidentally looks at the "Rate Your Mate" article and thinks that she surveyed him poorly. Harriette soon reveals that her hairdresser did that and rated her husband poorly. All she asked for Carl to do is look at barbecue recipes.
130 10 "Flying Blind" Kelly Sandefur Stephen Langford November 25, 1994[136] 456207
Carl and Urkel are passengers on a charter flight. The pilot is an ex-convict named Tony The Farret, a crook that Carl put away several years ago and is back for revenge. He skydives out of the plane, leaving Carl and Urkel to get a crash course in how to fly a plane. Also, Carl puts Eddie on a budget so he can pay off a $75 electric bill.
131 11 "Miracle on Elm Street" Richard Correll Fred Fox, Jr. & Jim Geoghan December 16, 1994[137] 456211
Richie brings home a homeless man (Art Evans) for Christmas, much to the Winslow's chagrin, but he winds up teaching them a holiday lesson about the meaning of the season. Meanwhile, Eddie accidentally throws out Laura's rag doll from her childhood. Laura becomes heartsick over the doll's apparent fate, prompting Urkel to visit a landfill in an all-out attempt to rescue the doll.
132 12 "Midterm Crisis" Joel Zwick Stephen Langford January 6, 1995[138] 456212
Waldo baked a gourmet cake for his mid-term, which is sure to get a passing grade. However, he never turns his assignment in, thanks to a hungry Eddie and Urkel, who quickly attempts to cover up the situation by baking the same cake for his mid-term. Meanwhile, Carl and Harriette invite Capt. Savage over to their house, but Savage's date (Lois) makes Carl suspicious about where he's seen her before.
133 13 "An Unlikely Match" John Tracy Sara V. Finney & Vida Spears January 20, 1995[139] 456215

Urkel learns that a bully (Lamont Bentley) has become stricken with leukemia, due to smoking cigarettes. Urkel does the right thing and puts aside the past and, with Laura's help, stages a bone marrow drive to save the bully's life. Meanwhile, Harriette wants to get new furniture for the living room, despite the fact that it'll cost $3,000 to do so. Carl, in his usual skinflint form, learns from his boss Capt. Savage that he could get furniture for cheap at a police auction. Harriette is displeased with it and eventually Carl agrees to get their old furniture back.

Note: This episode ends with a public service announcement about leukemia from Jaleel White and Kellie Shanygne Williams. However, this announcement is cut out in syndication.
134 14 "The Substitute Son" Richard Correll Story by: Reginald VelJohnson
Teleplay by: Fred Fox, Jr. & Jim Geoghan
February 3, 1995[140] 456216
Eddie has no time to spend with Carl, so Waldo decides to spend time with him instead. Once Eddie begins to miss out on some of the activities, he starts gets the hint(after Harriette and Mother Winslow called him out for it). Meanwhile, Urkel is beat up by a bunch of ruffians and gets his revenge as Bruce Lee Urkel!
135 15 "The Gun" John Tracy Joseph Cvar & Gary Menteer February 10, 1995[141] 456214

In one of the series' most serious episodes, gang member Toni Procopio (Tracey Cherelle Jones) and her friends brutally beat Laura up over her jacket. After being arrested and let out on bail, Toni and her gang tell Laura that she can expect to get shot if she testifies against them again. Laura, scared for her life, decides she needs to buy a gun for self-defense, even though Urkel begs her to reconsider. But then, just moments before Laura can go through with the gun purchase, Toni shoots her other best friend Josie (Trina McGee-Davis) because she refused to give Toni her shoes. Fortunately, the Winslows and Steve start "Save a Life, Turn In Your Gun" and Steve does a rap about saving your life by turning in a gun or other weapons.

Guest Star: Freddie Prinze Jr.

Note: This episode ended with a public service announcement about gun violence by Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams, and the episode's cast.
136 16 "Wedding Bell Blues" Richard Correll Sheila M. Anthony February 17, 1995[142] 456220
Mr. Looney is engaged to be married, but on his wedding day, his bride leaves him at the altar. Humiliated, Mr. Looney contemplates suicide, leaving Urkel and Carl to talk him out of it. Meanwhile, Laura gets upset when her parents won't let her go with her friends to see Seal in Toledo for one night, despite letting Eddie go to Canada for 4 days with people Carl and Harriette don't know. Soon they see the error of their ways and allow her to go to the concert providing that she keeps a cell phone with her.
137 17 "Ain't Nothing but an Urkel" Kelly Sandefur Stephen Langford February 24, 1995[143] 456218
To impress an MIT college recruiter, Urkel demonstrates his transformation chamber. Instead of turning into an Albert Einstein variant, Urkel makes himself into Elvis Urkel by mistake. The hunka-hunka-burning Urkel and his blue suede shoes scare the daylights out of the recruiter, which threatens his acceptance into his childhood college. Meanwhile, Carl and Harriette try to help out a young couple who are fixing to get married.
138 18 "My Uncle, the Hero" John Tracy Gary M. Goodrich March 3, 1995[144] 456217
Richie's class takes a field trip to the police station, with tour guide Carl trying desperately to keep the dull tour afloat. Soon the class are impressed when he shows a criminal the dangers of his actions if he kills an innocent police officer. Meanwhile, Urkel and Laura plan a surprise birthday party for Myra. Of course, she thinks the two are fooling around behind her back. However, Myra soon ruins it when she learns that they were planning her birthday party in secret and owes both Steve and Laura an apology.
139 19 "My Bodyguard" John Tracy Felicia D. Henderson March 17, 1995[145] 456221

After foiling a robbery attempt by accidentally knocking out the crook with a broom, Urkel receives a series of threats, prompting Carl to become his bodyguard. Meanwhile, Eddie gets a new girlfriend, who happens to be the daughter of his hard-nosed owner of Mighty Weenie.

Guest Star: Ron Canada as Dave McClure

Note: This episode marks the first appearance of Tammy Townsend as Greta McClure.
140 20 "Cheers Looking at You, Kid" John Tracy Bob Illes & James R. Stein March 24, 1995[146] 456213
Urkel spies on Laura during her latest trip to a cheerleading convention in Omaha, Nebraska. He suspects that her newest boyfriend has less than innocent intentions on her. Meanwhile, Waldo tries getting there by his own inventive way of surprising Maxine at the convention shipping himself to her room in a giant box. However, he needs proof reading skills after a delivery man shows up at the Winslow House to return the box, since he wrote inaccurate mailing addresses.
141 21 "What's Up Doc?" Richard Correll Fred Fox, Jr. & Jim Geoghan March 31, 1995[147] 456219
The Winslows visit a family psychiatrist to air their grievances about Urkel in this clip show. Well, Carl, Eddie and Laura do, anyway. Harriette, however, tells the psychiatrist that even though Steve may seem bothersome at times, he's had plenty of virtues too.
142 22 "We're Going to Disney World (Part 1)" Richard Correll Jim Geoghan April 28, 1995[148] 456224

Thanks to his transformation chamber, Urkel is a semi-finalist in a science competition at Walt Disney World Resort and invites the Winslows along. During the final demonstrations, Urkel changes into Stefan and Laura sabotages the machine, forcing the judging of the contest to be delayed three days while Stefan waits for repair parts. In the interim, he and Laura spend a romantic time together. Meanwhile, Carl, having the time of his life, decides to quit the police force and move the family to Orlando, while Eddie, riding in Waldo's truck from Chicago to Orlando, end up driving towards Canada due to Waldo's poor map-reading skills. During one night of the vacation, Stefan proposes to Laura, leading Myra to jolt awake 1100 miles away in Chicago, sensing something is wrong.

Notes: The majority of this two-part episode was shot on location at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, with Telma Hopkins in her recurring role as Rachel. Both parts of "We're Going to Disney World" were omitted from Nick at Nite's rerun package.
143 23 "We're Going to Disney World (Part 2)" Richard Correll Fred Fox Jr. May 5, 1995[149] 456225

Myra arrives at Disney World to find Stefan engaged to Laura. Upset by Myra's heartbroken reaction, Laura confesses her sabotage and urges Stefan to turn back into Urkel. Meanwhile, Carl wieghs the gravity of his decision to move while, on the road, Eddie and Waldo pick up a female hitchhiker who ends up stealing Waldo's truck.

Note: This is the final appearance of Telma Hopkins as Rachel until season 9 (she is mentioned, however, in season 7).
144 24 "They Shoot Urkels, Don't They?" John Tracy Story by: Stephen Langford
Teleplay by: Sara V. Finney &
Vida Spears
May 12, 1995[150] 456223

Urkel and Carl enter a dance marathon hosted by Fletcher and Estelle, but because the two are so competitive with each other, they both stay up all night dancing until one of them finally gives up. However, Harriette and Myra are sick of their competition and leave them on the dance floor. Soon Steve and Carl realize the consequences of their competitive nature and apologize.

Guest Stars: All-4-One

Note: Fletcher Thomas is played by Whitman Mayo in this episode, replacing Arnold Johnson.
145 25 "Home Sweet Home" John Tracy Sara V. Finney & Vida Spears May 19, 1995[12] 456222

Urkel's father invents a microscopic camera that lets doctors insert it into patient's brains to search for brain damage. He is asked to showcase the camera in hospitals across Russia, prompting them to move. Urkel, not wanting to move away from his friends, tries to think of an idea. Carl, not wanting the nerd to move in with him, convinces Eddie to let Steve move in with him and Waldo. But when his mutant termites are a little too hungry, they break loose and eat the entire apartment, and once their apartment is destroyed, Eddie and Waldo are forced to move back home. Carl weighs the options, and decides to allow Steve to move in. As a reward for straight A's, Harriette and Maxine shop for a dress for Laura, but Laura dislikes it.

Note: This is the last episode to show the theme song on a regular basis. The theme song is played during two episodes in Season 7, but after that the theme song is never played again.

Season 7 (1995/96)[edit]

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146 1 "Little Big Guy" Richard Correll Fred Rubin September 22, 1995[13] 457101
Urkel's transformation chamber is going berserk. The nerd and flustered foil Carl are shrunk to two inches tall, and as a result must work together to dodge hazards such as rolling fruit and large house cats.
147 2 "The Naked and the Nerdy" Richard Correll Stephen Langford September 29, 1995[151] 457102
Urkel and Laura accidentally see each other au naturel in the bathroom, and are embarrassed to speak to each other afterward. Meanwhile, Carl does a favor for his neighbor, Larry Johnson (Spencer Garrett), in the form of keeping his wife's gift (a diamond bracelet) hidden at his home. However, when Harriette mistakes it as her anniversary gift, Carl must set things straight.
148 3 "Bugged" Richard Correll Fred Fox, Jr. October 13, 1995[152] 457103
Urkel fights temptation as he fantasizes about a relationship with a beautiful bug collector (Amy Hunter) he met in an online chat room. He worries that his desire to kiss the girl will interfere with his relationship with Myra. Meanwhile, Harriette asks Carl to allow her boss, Nick Neidermeyer, to participate in his weekly poker game. However, he acts very rude when he keeps winning, testing Carl's patience particularly since her standing at work may be on the line. Soon Harriette loses her patience and tells Nick off that she won't tolerate his disrespectful behavior. She dares him to fire her, only for him to reveal a shocking surprise.
149 4 "Teacher's Pet" Richard Correll Stephen Langford October 20, 1995[153] 457108
Urkel is asked to supervise an English class for his absent teacher, but the students in the class are unruly and have no intention of learning. They eventually embarrass the nerd and push him to the point where he wants to quit. However, Urkel has an ace up his sleeve – Stefan Urquelle, who immediately takes control of the class. Meanwhile, Carl and Harriette bicker over each other's share of the household chores. Hiring extra help particularly, attractive members of the opposite sex only exacerbates matters. In the end, Carl and Harriette agree to divide the housework more fairly.
150 5 "Walking My Baby Back Home" Richard Correll Gary M. Goodrich October 27, 1995[154] 457107

When Eddie brings new girlfriend Greta home after curfew, her father refuses to allow her to see him for a month. Eddie wants to see Greta again, so he arranges for Urkel to act as his go-between, but that only lands the nerd in trouble, due to an unexpected flat tire. Meanwhile, Estelle is audited by the Internal Revenue Service, and Carl finds himself in trouble with the tax man as well when he tries to help her straighten the matter out.

Guest Stars: Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

Note: Carl mentions that Rachel still lives with them. It's also the last appearance of Ron Canada as Dave McClure.
151 6 "She's Back" Joel Zwick Jim Geoghan November 3, 1995[155] 457110
Urkel goes to Russia to visit his parents, giving the Winslows a few nerd-free days. However, Myrtle shows up, hungrier than ever for Eddie's affections. Only this time, Myrtle has to get through Greta first. Meanwhile, Carl and Harriette must deal with a broken garbage disposal.
152 7 "Hot Rods to Heck" Joel Zwick Fred Fox, Jr. November 10, 1995[156] 457111
Urkel finds himself competing with another in a long line of Laura's boyfriends, this time drag racer Curtis Williams. Eventually, the two get on each other's nerves so much that Urkel is left with no choice but to soup up his Isetta (apparently, repaired from last season's accident) and challenge the big-talking Curtis to a winner-take-all race. Soon Myra sets Laura straight when she reveals Steve's real reason he's competing in the race. Meanwhile, Eddie learns how to compromise between him living at home and inviting his friends over at home.
153 8 "Talk's Cheap" Richard Correll Fred Fox, Jr. & Jim Geoghan November 17, 1995[157] 457113

Urkel, his southern belle cousin Myrtle Urkel, and the nerd's alter-ego, Stefan Urquelle, each appear on a talk show to discuss relationships. Appearing with them are the objects of each one's affections: Myra, Eddie and Laura. Waldo also tags along, but this time, what he says actually makes sense. Also, Harriette believes Carl cares more about the news than her. Although it's soon revealed that he only likes watching the news in order to cope with his lack of romantic drive.

Guest Star: Melanie Wilson as Tiffany

Note: Jaleel White plays a triple role, as Steve Urkel, Myrtle Urkel and Stefan Urquelle.
154 9 "Struck By Lightning" Joel Zwick Jim Geoghan November 24, 1995[158] 457104
For some reason, Urkel becomes a human lightning rod and soon develops an intense fear of thunderstorms. Meanwhile, Laura and Myra both apply for sales clerk jobs at Ferguson's Dept. Store, but only one position is available. Both annoy each other as they audition for the job. Eventually, Mr. Waxman chooses Laura for the job and she believes her mother had something to do with his decision. Mr. Waxman explains that Harriette had nothing to do with his decision. He admits even though Myra had higher sales, she also got twice as many returned items because the customers perceive her as conceited and ignorant to their feelings with her lies. Waxman tells Laura that she cares about the customers' feelings and therefore she deserves the job.
155 10 "Best Years of Our Lives" Joel Zwick Sara V. Finney & Vida Spears December 8, 1995[159] 457106

Urkel is put in charge of the senior class homecoming float and despite some bumbling by the nerd and his classmates, the float becomes a huge success. Even better, everyone starts to get to really know one another, and that's something everyone can be proud of even if Urkel ruins the float when transporting it to school. Estelle's constant activities fear Carl about her health until he learns why.

Note: Edmund Cambridge becomes the third actor to play Fletcher Thomas, replacing Arnold Johnson and Whitman Mayo respectively.
156 11 "Fa La La La Laagghh!" Richard Correll Meg DeLoatch December 15, 1995[160] 457114

Just in time for Christmas, Carl gets in a sour mood and refuses to allow Urkel to decorate the house with his crazy light displays. Then, at his poker game, one of his friends says there is a big cash prize for the neighborhood lighting contest, and Carl's mood instantly changes, which Urkel has no idea about. Soon he learns the truth and sets Carl straight for lying to him. Meanwhile, Harriette wants a little more participation from Eddie and Laura in the family's holiday activities. Mother Winslow teaches them the true meaning of Christmas when she stops making her batch of gingerbread cookies.

Note: This is the last episode to include the theme song, after which the names of the show's cast and producers are shown during the teaser scene at the beginning of the show.
157 12 "Friendship Cycles" Joel Zwick Sheila M. Anthony January 5, 1996[161] 457105
Carl is once again pressed into service to teach Urkel how to do something simple this time, riding a bicycle. The usual hijinks ensue. Maxine ponders cosmetology school and although Laura is against it, she realizes her friend's happiness is more important.
158 13 "South of the Border" Richard Correll Joseph Cvar & Gary Menteer January 12, 1996[162] 457109
Waldo learns about the laws of a tiny island nation the hard way. It lands him in jail and causes Eddie, Urkel, and Carl to have to make a long-distance trip to bail their buddy out, and Carl won't pay a $10,000 bail which he thinks is $10,000 American dollars, which is really $30 American dollars(Until much later). Meanwhile, Harriette organizes a blind date for Laura, with a guy she believes is a geek(due to her own relationship with Urkel).
159 14 "Life in the Fast Lane" Joel Zwick Gregory Thomas Garcia January 26, 1996[163] 457112
Laura, concerned about her figure, begins taking diet pills. One day, Urkel mistakes the pills for Vitamin C, which he had been borrowing from Laura, and goes into a stupor that nearly results in the Winslow garage being destroyed and the nerd almost seriously injuring himself. Soon, Harriette tells her to drop the diet pills because she thinks the cheerleaders are just jealous of how great she looks.
160 15 "Random Acts of Science" Richard Correll David W. Duclon & Gary Menteer February 2, 1996[164] 457116
When Urkel's contraptions go haywire once too often, Carl demands that the nerd must put every single invention in storage. On the night that they go about putting everything away at the Chicago Police Warehouse, a street gang (known as Satan's Serpents) breaks in in an attempt to steal the stored weapons and holds both Carl and Steve hostage. Steve tells the gang that the transformation chamber works with the green liquid, "Bruce Juice", but he tricked them into thinking that it was anyone other than Bruce Lee. Both Carl and Steve enter the chamber and are transformed into figures similar to Bruce Lee. Meanwhile, Laura weighs in the possibility of getting a Nose ring, but later decides she's better off without one.
161 16 "Tips for a Better Life" Joel Zwick David W. Duclon & Gary Menteer February 9, 1996[165] 457121

In order to pay off Carl for accidentally damaging his bedroom floor with his latest invention, Urkel takes a second job at Cafe Java, transforming into his alter-ego Stefan Urquelle, and playing smooth jazz. Meanwhile, Eddie battles the bottle as he begins coming home drunk. After coming home drunk one too many times, Carl kicks him out. His situation turns worse Waldo doesn't want Eddie to move in with him, as he had insulted Waldo while intoxicated. Then, he breaks off his friendship with Eddie when he tells him off that anyone who drinks and insults friends are no friends of his. This causes Eddie to finally get the message and vow to give up drinking, and he reconciles with Waldo and Carl allows him to stay home again.

Guest Star: Greg Proops as Cafe Java manager
162 17 "Swine Lake" Joel Zwick Stephen Langford February 16, 1996[166] 457120

To improve his basketball skills, Eddie (with Greta's encouragement) takes ballet lessons. Steve and Waldo are enjoying a few yuks. The two are all set to perform as partners in a recital, but there's one problem: Greta's a no-show, but Myrtle is. Later on, Greta soon shows up with her hands cuffed to a sink, due to Myrtle's tampering. Meanwhile, after accidentally being called "grandmother" by Laura's latest boyfriend, Curtis, Harriette tries dressing herself in youthful clothes in order to feel young, but later decides to dress like herself when Carl tells her she still looks young in his eyes.

Note: Jaleel White appears in a dual role as Steve Urkel and Myrtle Urkel.
163 18 "My Big Brother" Richard Correll Fred Rubin February 23, 1996[167] 457122

Steve becomes a Big Brother to a smart-talking, streetwise nine-year-old named 3J. However, 3J's bravado is the cover for an embarrassing secret: The boy cannot read. So Steve decides to teach him. Meanwhile, Carl finds out that Harriette has a separate savings account, making him question his faith in his own wife and later regrets it.

Note: This episode marks the first appearance of Orlando Brown as 3J.
164 19 "Eau de love" Richard Correll Fred Rubin March 8, 1996[168] 457117
Steve accidentally pours his aphrodisiac (a.k.a. Woo Woo Juice) on himself, causing Laura to fall in love with him. However, Urkel knows he still has plenty of work to do to make the girl of his dreams truly fall in love with him once the potion wears off in a weeks time. Meanwhile, Carl and Harriette are having trouble trying to get to their second honeymoon thanks to a bankrupt airline and a lot of snow.
165 20 "Twinkle Toes Faldo" Joel Zwick Felicia D. Henderson March 15, 1996[169] 457115

In the second ballet-based episode of the season, this time it's klutzy Waldo who learns tap dance, which in turn will help him in 3-on-3 basketball with Eddie and Steve. Meanwhile, Laura's high ambitions of going to Harvard University are in jeopardy when Carl's unable to pay the tuition. However, Laura soon realizes the truth and offers to go to another college just to be closer to home.

Note: Donovan McCrary, Darius McCrary's younger brother, returns as Kenny "The Spider" Jackson.
166 21 "Scammed" Richard Correll Gary M. Goodrich March 29, 1996[170] 457118
A smooth-talking scam artist cons Eddie and Waldo into patronizing an exclusive sports bar (the Ace High Lounge) where the Chicago Bulls hang out. After ignoring Steve's warning not to go inside because he suspected foul play, the con-man leaves them with an expensive bill and Eddie must get help from Carl. Meanwhile, Myra tries to help Laura with an all-natural zit-removal mask, but accidentally mistakes Urkel's super glue for milk.
167 22 "Dream Date" Joel Zwick Fred Fox, Jr. & Jim Geoghan April 26, 1996[171] 457124

Their dates are unable to go to the senior prom (Curtis' grandmother had just died, and Myra fell ill at the last moment), leaving Urkel and Laura dateless. So they decide to go together and it proves to be Laura's dream come true—and a once-in-a-lifetime night for Steve as well. Meanwhile, the obnoxious Nick Neidermeyer returns. This time, he's the Winslows' next-door neighbor.

Guest Stars: Immature
168 23 "A Ham Is Born" Joel Zwick Gregory Thomas Garcia May 10, 1996[172] 457119
To bring in extra income into the Winslow household, Carl gets a job as a security guard at a movie studio. In the process, he lands a leading role in a movie, but then has a moral dilemma on his hands: With a passionate kissing scene in the script, should he risk developing real feelings for his gorgeous co-star (Garcelle Beauvais). Meanwhile, Urkel helps Richie with his science project.
169 24 "Send In the Clone" Richard Correll David W. Duclon & Gary Menteer May 17, 1996[14] 457123

Urkel's cloning machine can make exact duplicates of anything; including himself, causing double trouble throughout the household (and putting Myra in a frenzy over her "Stevie-kins"). Then Laura has an idea: Put the Urkel clone into the transformation chamber and make the alter-ego Stefan a permanent human.

Note: This episode marks the final appearance of Shawn Harrison as Waldo Faldo, however he is mentioned in several later episodes.

Season 8 (1996/97)[edit]

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170 1 "Paris Vacation (Part 1)" Richard Correll Fred Fox, Jr. September 20, 1996[15] 465301
The Winslows travel to Paris, France with the help of Urkel's teleportation device (the Urk-Pad). There, Eddie has to work at a restaurant to avoid going to jail, while Stefan and Laura become models. Meanwhile, Urkel is seduced by Nicole, a lovely French girl, whose cohort (Phillpe) is out to steal the teleporter.
171 2 "Paris Vacation (Part 2)" Richard Correll Jim Geoghan September 20, 1996[15] 465302
Stefan and Laura participate in a fashion show, while Nicole and Phillipe capture Urkel and hold him hostage inside the Paris Opera House, where he is forced to build a new teleporter.
172 3 "Paris Vacation (Part 3)" Richard Correll Fred Fox, Jr. & Jim Geoghan September 27, 1996[173] 4465303
When Urkel finds out he will be killed when the Urk-Pad is finished, Nicole turns for Urkel, and Carl rescues Steve. Soon after, Phillipe chases Carl, Nicole, and Urkel throughout the city. They split up at the Eiffel Tower and Steve is thrown off by Phillipe afterwards the French police arrest Phillipe. Down on the ground Carl and Nicole activate the Urk-pad under Steve while he's falling to teleport him to Chicago and save him. After going back to the Winslows' house, Myra tells Steve that it's a dream come true. At the end, Stefan decides to fulfill his career as a model, and stays in Paris.
173 4 "Movin' On" Richard Correll Gregory Thomas Garcia & Fred Rubin October 4, 1996[174] 465304
Urkel finally enrolls in BIT, the Boston Institute of Technology, a fictional prestigious college (a spoof of MIT), which is miles away from Chicago. At first, the Winslows are happy to finally be rid of the pesky nerd, but then take pity on him when they learn he is homesick. Meanwhile, Laura (who has recently reached adulthood) moves into an apartment with Myra, but the two do not get along.
174 5 "3J in the House" Richard Correll Meg DeLoatch October 11, 1996[175] 465305

Orphaned 3J sneaks into the Winslows' attic, afraid that he may be forced to move to another orphanage. Harriette suggests to Carl that they adopt 3J, noting that beneath that sometime smart-mouthed demeanor lies a sweet, innocent young boy who is pining for a family.

Note: This is the first episode where Orlando Brown (Jerry Jamal "3J" Jameson) is credited in the opening credits.
175 6 "Getting Buff" Richard Correll Stephen Langford October 18, 1996[176] 465306
Eddie talks to his girlfriend about her modeling when Steve sees Greta nude in Laura's art class, only for Laura to reveal the shocking truth. Meanwhile, Neidermeyer takes Richie and 3J's football and he refuses to give it back.
176 7 "Stevil" Richard Correll Gregory Thomas Garcia & Fred Rubin October 25, 1996[177] 465309
A ventriloquist's dummy, which looks exactly like Urkel, comes to life and terrorizes the Winslows, and Steve must stop it.
177 8 "Karate Kids" Richard Correll Joseph Cvar & Gary Menteer November 1, 1996[178] 465307

A street gang, known as "The Piranhas", has intimidated Richie and 3J from playing at the local park, and when Urkel tries to intervene, he is quickly roughed up. The street gang begin celebrating their possible new place to deal drugs and play rap music until Bruce Lee Urkel (and similar Richie and 3J variants) show up to even the score. After slipping in the Winslows home, Nick fakes needing a wheelchair and threatens to sue Carl. However, his plans are foiled when Harriette and Eddie exploit his scam and sends him on his way.

Guest Star: Jason David Frank as Skull
178 9 "Home Again" Richard Correll Stephen Langford
Story by: Stephen Langford & Jaleel White
November 8, 1996[179] 465308

Urkel reunites Stefan and Laura. Meanwhile, Carl and Harriette try to spend time alone but are constantly interrupted by Richie and 3J.

Guest Stars: New Edition
179 10 "Nightmare at Urkel Oaks" Kelly Sandefur Gary M. Goodrich November 15, 1996[180] 465310

Eddie has a nightmare where he is the reluctant groom to Myrtle Urkel. When Eddie refuses to marry Myrtle, her wealthy father steps in and bribes him with $10 million. Greta comes and crashes the wedding.

Note: Reginald VelJohnson and Jaleel White both play dual roles, VelJohnson as Carl Winslow and "Big Daddy" Urkel and White as Steve Urkel and Myrtle Urkel.
180 11 "Chick-a-Boom" Joel Zwick Fred Rubin November 22, 1996[181] 465311

Carl once again hopes to impress Police Commissioner Geiss with a full-course banquet. Myra steps forward and volunteers to cook a stuffed chicken-type dish for dinner. However, things start to get explosive when she mistakes Steve's mini fireworks for pepper causing the Chickens to blow up after Eddie's band plays "Roll out the Barrel" triggering the explosions. Meanwhile, 3J encourages Richie to perform a scam to get enough money to go to the movies.

Note: This is the first appearance of Dick O'Neill's character Commissioner Geiss.
181 12 "The Jury" Joel Zwick Gregory Thomas Garcia December 6, 1996[182] 465312
Urkel and Carl are selected to serve on a jury for a store robbery suspect. Urkel is the only one who is convinced that the evidence is not what it seems and proves whose really guilty of robbing the store. Meanwhile, 3J believes he is being sent back to the orphanage, so he begins working in the house and causes problems. Harriette convinces him that when she and Carl adopted him, he'll always have a home with them.
182 13 "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" Gregg Heschong Meg DeLoatch & Gary M. Goodrich December 13, 1996[183] 465313
Steve and Carl search for a Christmas tree from within the Wisconsin woods, but wind up getting lost. Carl is annoyed and freezing, but Urkel's knowledge of astronomy saves the two from becoming icicles on Christmas. Meanwhile, Laura is caught in a love triangle with Stefan and Curtis and must decide once and for all to whom she is most loyal.
183 14 "Revenge of the Nerd" Gregg Heschong Jim Geoghan January 3, 1997[184] 465314

Laura is invited to join a sorority and is excited about becoming a member, until she learns that they constantly ridicule Urkel (and all nerds for that matter) and plan to crown him "king geek". Also, after realizing how his feud with Nick Neidermeyer has become a bad influence on the kids, Carl attempts to see how well they can be as friends.

Guest Stars: Sanaa Lathan as Allison and Jennie Kwan as Kimberly
184 15 "Love Triangle" Richard Correll David W. Duclon & Gary Menteer January 17, 1997[185] 465316

With Waldo having broken off his long-standing relationship with Maxine, Laura encourages her heartbroken best friend to begin dating once again. Maxine soon comes home with none other than Curtis, Laura's ex. The two get into a huge fight as a result. Meanwhile, Carl becomes concerned about Estelle's babysitting habits.

Note: Jaleel White plays a dual role portraying both Steve Urkel and Stefan Urquelle. When Maxine and Laura made up and said they were friends since they both had Punky Brewster lunch boxes this was a coincidence since Maxine was in Punky Brewster as herself, Cherie Johnson, who was Punky's best friend.
185 16 "Father Time" Richard Correll David W. Duclon & Gary Menteer January 31, 1997[186] 465317

Steve and Carl use a time transporting device to travel back in time. In spite of Steve's warnings not to tamper with the past, Carl leaves a note for himself to make investments in stocks that will skyrocket. When Carl and Steve return to the present, they find out that Carl is the richest man in the world, worth about $247 billion. Unfortunately, they also find out that Carl hasn't hugged Estelle in years, that Harriette is divorcing him, and that Eddie and Laura were never born.

Note: This episode retcons Judy's existence out of the show (Carl specifically mentions Eddie and Laura as his children, without a mention of Judy. Harriette mentions that she 'always wanted a boy and a girl').
186 17 "Beauty and the Beast" Richard Correll Meg DeLoatch & Gary M. Goodrich February 7, 1997[187] 465320

The ladies (including Myrtle Urkel) enter the 4th Annual Miss Downtown Chicago Beauty Pageant. Cutthroat tactics and all sorts of similar antics ensue, especially by Myrtle to get Eddie's heart.

Guest Star: Emmanuel Lewis

Note: Steve Urkel only has one scene in this episode.
187 18 "Le Jour d'amour" Richard Correll Stephen Langford February 14, 1997[188] 465321

Urkel hosts three Valentine's Day short stories involving various members of the cast going through the three stages of love.

  • First Love: Richie and 3J vie for the affections of the same girl (Kyla Pratt).
  • True Love: Eddie and Greta run into one of Eddie's ex-girlfriends from high school.
  • Lasting Love: Carl is accused of buying Harriette the same gifts for Valentine's Day as in years past.
Note: Kyla Pratt would later co-star with Jo Marie Payton and Orlando Brown in the Disney Channel animated series The Proud Family.
188 19 "What Do You Know?" Richard Correll Fred Fox, Jr. & Jim Geoghan February 28, 1997[189] 465319

Eddie gets into the transformation chamber to transform Eddie Winslow into Eddie Urkel to gain Steve's smarts, then hopes to clean up on a game show. However, Eddie learns a hard lesson about working hard when Urkel is one of his opponents. Meanwhile, Maxine invites Laura to see Blackstreet in concert, but it just so happens to be on the same night that Laura promised Carl that she would spend some time with him.

Guest Star: David Ruprecht
189 20 "Odd Man In" Joel Zwick Fred Fox, Jr. March 14, 1997[190] 465315
Harriette is invited to participate in Carl's poker night and cleans up. Meanwhile, Urkel fills in for Eddie as peanut vendor at Soldier Field, but thanks to the nerd's clumsiness, things go as one would expect. In the aftermath, Eddie loses his job and blames Urkel; that is, until Laura has a talk with her big brother to realize that he has no one to blame but himself.
190 21 "Flirting With Disaster" Richard Correll Story by: Darius McCrary
Teleplay by: Fred Rubin
March 28, 1997[191] 465318
Urkel becomes dismayed after learning he is responsible for Carl's homeowner's insurance skyrocketing (thanks to the nerd's clumsiness), and decides to move out. However, Carl saves the day when he makes his insurance agent believe that Steve will be his next door neighbor in an apartment complex that he lives in. Meanwhile, Eddie learns that it's best to act your age and remain loyal to your current steady when he falls head over heels in love with an older woman.
191 22 "Pound Foolish" Jason Bateman Stephen Langford & Fred Rubin April 25, 1997[192] 465323
Urkel's Aunt Oona (Donna Summer) returns from Altoona for another visit, this time seeking help in losing weight. The nerd suggests his new weight compression chamber, and she loses weight, but soon, Oona regains her weight in an instant. Meanwhile, Eddie teaches 3J his methods for getting a girl to notice him.
192 23 "The Brother Who Came to Dinner" Richard Correll Reginald VelJohnson May 2, 1997[193] 465322
Carl's estranged brother Frank (Ted Lange) comes to visit with a devastating secret: He's in trouble with the law. Even worse, Carl is the one who's assigned to bring him into custody. Carl faces a big moral dilemma as he considers loyalty to his job vs. fixing a long-broken relationship with his brother. Meanwhile, after accidentally breaking Laura's laptop computer, Steve and Eddie try to win $3,000 towards getting a new laptop at the carnival, and Steve's latest invention might give Eddie a boost against "Butterball". However when his latest invention overheats, Urkel challenges "Butterball" and subsequently wins.
193 24 "A Pirate's Life for Me" Joel Zwick Fred Fox, Jr. & Jim Geoghan May 9, 1997[16] 465324

Urkel and Carl go back in time on board a 1700s pirate vessel, where they are made to walk the plank after Urkel accidentally drops his time travel watch overboard. Can they escape back to their present time before they become sharkbait?

Note: This was the final episode that aired on ABC. This episode aired in 3-D as part of ABC's "3-D Week" promotion.

Season 9 (1997/98)[edit]

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194 1 "Out With the Old" Joel Zwick David W. Duclon & Gary Menteer September 19, 1997[17] 466451

Urkel decides that he needs to give himself a whole new look, somewhat similar to alter ego Stefan Urquelle, in order to win Laura's heart. The makeover comes just in time for Laura's charity auction, where bachelors' kisses are auctioned. Eddie makes $5,000 because of Myrtle's bids. When nobody bids on the nerd, Laura, reluctantly, makes the one and only bid on Steve's kisses. This ending foreshadows the changing relationship between Steve and Laura as Laura seems to enjoy the kiss much more than she expected. Meanwhile, Carl gets upset when he learns Harriette is making more money than him after a promotion, so Carl takes a second job to become the breadwinner again.

Note: This was the first episode to air on CBS. Jaleel White plays a triple role, as Steve Urkel, Myrtle Urkel, and Stefan Urquelle.
195 2 "They Shoot Ducks, Don't They?" Joel Zwick Jim Geoghan September 26, 1997[194] 466452
Carl and his boss, Commissioner Geiss go out for a day of duck hunting. Urkel tags along with them, with comedic results and Urkel won't let Carl or Geiss kill the ducks. Meanwhile, Laura "borrows" her mom's diamond earrings for a night at the Sizzle Club, yet comes home shocked to find out that one of the earrings is missing.
196 3 "Dumb Belle of the Ball" Joel Zwick Fred Fox, Jr. October 3, 1997[195] 466453
Ending up in the hospital after saving Eddie from getting hit by an oncoming car, Myrtle is thrilled when Eddie promises to take her to the Biloxi Debutante Ball, and teaching the others, including Big Daddy why Myrtle deserves to be there. Meanwhile, Laura upsets Carl when she goes out to the Sizzle Club in a thin, tight dress after promising to change into anything that was less revealing.
197 4 "Drinking and Jiving" Joel Zwick Gary M. Goodrich October 10, 1997[196] 466454
Laura and Maxine go to a fraternity party and Laura ditches her goody-two-shoes reputation by having her first beer, along with her second and third. Urkel arrives to stop this nonsense and gets a drunken Laura home. There, she gives Steve a huge kiss. In the morning, Urkel mentions the kiss to Laura, yet she claims that she doesn't remember, or does she? Meanwhile, Carl and Harriette have separate wedding anniversary plans and both tell Eddie about their plans. Then, once they both find out about each other's plans, they start to fight, forcing one of them to reconsider their plans. Eddie tells them to compromise instead of fighting with one another.
198 5 "Who's Afraid of the Big Black Book?" Joel Zwick Stephen Langford & Laura M. Stein October 17, 1997[197] 466455
Eddie and Laura play a series of "get even" tricks on each other. Eddie invites Laura's ex, Rick, over on a night she wants to spend with Stefan, but the suave Urkel easily gets rid of his tormentor. An angry Laura decides to get even by tricking Urkel into inviting Eddie's ex-girlfriends to a surprise birthday party. Infuirated, Urkel and Greta sets them straight by making Eddie and Laura realize that their immature tricks are just that. Meanwhile, Carl is upset that Commissioner Geiss passed him over for a promotion to captain, choosing his son instead (despite the fact Carl is more qualified). Carl proves to the commissioner his worth when he is able to defuse a potentially deadly gangfight, and the son also informs his father that he needs more time before he's ready to be a captain, allowing Carl to gain the position.
199 6 "A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read" Joel Zwick Timothy Stack October 24, 1997[198] 466457
While testing an invention to improve memory in a school-funded laboratory, Urkel gains the ability to read minds, but soon gives up his newfound powers when the Winslows feel their privacy has been invaded (But not before hearing that as of late, Laura has been attracted to him). Meanwhile, Carl fills in as a Head Scoutmaster to Richie, 3J and their fellow Junior Woodsmen.
200 7 "Stevil II: This Time He's Not Alone" Richard Correll Jim Geoghan October 31, 1997[199] 466456
The follow-up to last season's Halloween episode "Stevil", an evil ventriloquist dummy that looks just like Steve. In this episode, Stevil is accompanied by Carlsbad, an equally evil dummy that looks like Carl.
201 8 "Trading Places" John Tracy Fred Fox, Jr. November 7, 1997[200] 466458

Stefan, wondering if Laura had developed some loving feelings for Urkel, swaps identities with Steve to find out. Meanwhile, Eddie shoots a class-project video about Carl and what he does as an officer for the Chicago Police Department.

Note: Jaleel White plays the dual role of Steve pretending to be Stefan, as well as Stefan pretending to be Steve.
202 9 "A Pain in Harassment" Joel Zwick Beverly D. Hunter & Meg DeLoatch November 14, 1997[201] 466459
Harriette and her co-workers get a new boss Mr. Benner (Mark Linn-Baker) who uses verbal abuse to try to make his employees perform better. Soon, she confronts him and tells him unless he treats her and the other co-workers better, she quits. This causes Mr. Ferguson to take immediate action and fires Benner for his abuse. Harriette is soon rehired and has a VP/Head of Sales job. Meanwhile, Urkel wins a chance to win $1 million by making a half-court shot during the halftime portion of an Los Angeles Clippers game. Steve does win the $1 million only to lose nearly all of it when he throws the ball up in celebration and inadvertently destroys the scoreboard.
203 10 "Original Gangsta Dawg" John Tracy Meg DeLoatch December 5, 1997[202] 466460

Cornelius Eugene Urkel aka Original Gangsta Dawg (O.G.D.) (Urkel's hip-hop cousin from Detroit, Michigan) has an unwelcome visit to the Winslow household while Steve is away visiting his uncle. Little does O.G.D. know is that he'll need the Winslows' help on evading a titanic thug (known as Fresh Squeeze), to whom he owes $4,000.

Note: Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott makes a cameo appearance in this episode performing "Sock It 2 Me" from the album Supa Dupa Fly at a club featuring Da Brat. Jaleel White played a triple role as Steve Urkel, cousin O.G.D, and Stefan.
204 11 "Deck the Malls" Gary Menteer Stephen Langford December 19, 1997[203] 466461

During the Christmas season, the Winslows and Urkel get jobs at the mall. Steve becomes a gift-wrapper with Myra, Carl becomes a department store Santa Claus and Laura becomes an elf. Meanwhile, Richie finds out that his mom, Rachel, is unable to come home for the holidays – or is she?

Note: This episode marks the final appearances of Jo Marie Payton, Telma Hopkins, Bryton McClure and Rosetta LeNoire. Payton's role of Harriette Winslow was assumed by Judyann Elder thereafter, while the characters of Rachel Crawford (Hopkins), Richie Crawford (McClure) and Mother Winslow (LeNoire) were all quietly dropped. This is the last time where all of the Winslow family cast members (except for Jaimee Foxworth) are together.
205 12 "Grill of My Dreams" Gary Menteer Michael Dawson & Ron Geiger January 9, 1998[204] 466462

In an effort to decrease his clumsiness, Urkel gets a job at Tanaka Gardens (a Japanese restaurant) as a master teppanyaki chef. His training is put to the test when Laura and Maxine drop by for a visit. Meanwhile, while Commissioner Geiss is away on a second honeymoon, Carl must watch his pet parrot, Andre. However, when Andre starts to repeatedly say "Geiss is an idiot," Carl must try to make the parrot stop saying that phrase before Geiss comes home.

Guest Star: Pat Morita as Mr. Tanaka
206 13 "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" Richard Correll Gary M. Goodrich January 16, 1998[205] 466463
Urkel decides to end his relationship with Myra when he becomes aware that she hated his makeover and wanted him to go back to the sexy nerd she loves. He becomes surprised at dinner that she breaks up with him first. However, Steve is unaware that it was just Myra's futile attempt to try to keep the relationship going by trying to get him to renounce his love for Laura. Meanwhile, with mediocre grades in college, Eddie decides to drop out and become a police officer like his dad.
207 14 "Crazy For You (Part 1)" Richard Correll Jim Geoghan January 23, 1998[206] 466464

Myra begins her attack on the Steve Urkel-Laura Winslow relationship with the help of her "Stevie-Glasses-Cam" (placed on Steve's glasses unbeknownst to him) and enlists the help of Stefan Urquelle to try to spoil an upcoming Saturday night date. However, Stefan soon feels guilty about the whole thing and stops after realizing how insane Myra really is. Meanwhile, Carl tries to show a trigger-happy Eddie a lesson in good judgment during police training.

Note: The role of Harriette Winslow is now played by Judyann Elder.
208 15 "Crazier For You (Part 2)" Richard Correll Fred Fox, Jr. January 30, 1998[207] 466465

Urkel finds out that Myra has been using his glasses to spy on him and knows that she's really "snapped her cap" when she dresses like Laura and interrupts their romantic evening. Meanwhile, Harriette finds out that her engagement ring was originally intended for another woman that Carl used to date.

Note: This is the final time Michelle Thomas appears as Myra until the series finale. Also, with this episode, CBS decided to cancel Family Matters. The series was then put in a five-month hiatus, returning to burn off episodes beginning June 5, 1998.
209 16 "Whose Man Is It Anyway?" Richard Correll Meg DeLoatch June 5, 1998[208] 466466
Myrtle is willing to fight for her man, Eddie, so she decides to challenge Greta to a boxing match. Meanwhile, 3J begins asking questions about his biological mother, prompting Carl and Harriette to track the woman down.
210 17 "Polkapalooza" Joel Zwick Stephen Langford &
Saundra Stein-Langford
June 12, 1998[209] 466467
Laura has never been a fan of polka music; she finally decides she has nothing to lose and decides to accompany Urkel to a polka jamboree. But instead of being bored and annoyed by the larger-than-life festival-goers, she actually has a great time and finally realizes that, after all these years, Urkel may indeed be the guy she was looking for all along. While the two are dancing to some slow, more romantic tunes, she finally tells him "I love you too" after one more of his love "confessions". Meanwhile, Eddie gets a room at an apartment building and even allows Carl to come see him anytime. Little does Eddie know is that he'll regret those words when he tries to have some alone time with Greta.
211 18 "Throw Steve from the Train" Joel Zwick Michael Dawson & Ron Geiger June 19, 1998[210] 466468
Carl fumes about not accepting a promotion five years ago that would have transferred him to Washington, D.C. While boarding a train to travel to the nation's capital for a seminar, luggage boy Urkel accidentally stows away. The usual antics result, but the nerd helps Carl realize that "the road not taken" was perhaps the right decision after all. Meanwhile, Laura becomes suspicious about Maxine's new boyfriend D'Andre (Kristoff St. John), especially after he asks her to deliver a package for him and Eddie helps her prove it.
212 19 "Don't Make Me Over" Joel Zwick Beverly D. Hunter & Meg DeLoatch June 26, 1998[211] 466469

Myrtle, making her last push for Eddie, enlists Laura and Maxine to make her over head to toe. But Eddie, firmly in love with Greta, still is not impressed, so Myrtle decides to pursue someone else, which makes Eddie realize he'll somewhat miss her annoying attempts to win him, and asks her what is he supposed to do now that she's leaving for good; to this Myrtle replies with a famous movie quote from "Gone with the Wind" – "Frankly Dear, I don't give a damn". Meanwhile, Carl doesn't want Harriette to worry about his beautiful new masseuse, so he fibs about her appearance, claiming the masseuse is a "big, beefy sistea".

Note: This episode marks the final appearances of Myrtle Urkel and Cherie Johnson as Maxine Johnson.
213 20 "Pop Goes the Question" Joel Zwick David W. Duclon & Gary Menteer July 3, 1998[212] 466470

Carl tells a fellow police officer about Laura's engagement. Both Steve and Stefan propose to Laura. Her past adventures with both the nerd and the one-time "man of her dreams" are replayed through flashbacks (Steve in "Marriage 101," and Stefan in "We're Going to Disney World"). Laura is conflicted between the two, and when Steve feels Stefan is better, he plans to move to Russia to be with his parents, but Laura stops Urkel when she realizes she couldn't live without him, and tearfully accepts his marriage proposal, saying that she is sure that he is the one for her, a promise which the two seal with a kiss.

Note: This episode marks the final appearance of Stefan Urquelle.
214 21 "Lost in Space (Part 1)" Joel Zwick Gary M. Goodrich &
Timothy Stack
July 10, 1998[213] 466471
After NASA buys the patent to one of Urkel's inventions, he's sent into space with a pair of astronauts to test it out. However, Steve's invention unintentionally causes a nearby satellite to crash into the space shuttle, and before long he sends himself hurtling through outer space. Meanwhile, Harriette (worried for the well-being of rookie officer Eddie) demands to have him assigned to giving out tickets for parking meter violations.
215 22 "Lost in Space (Part 2)" Joel Zwick Gary M. Goodrich &
Timothy Stack
July 17, 1998[18] 466472
NASA struggles to recover its astronauts and save Urkel's life. However, all ends well, and Steve returns to Earth a national hero. Meanwhile, while on meter duty, Eddie finds himself in the middle of a shootout. Eddie survives thanks to the lucky bullet-proof vest that Carl gave him. During that time, Carl and Eddie help Harriette realize that the job is dangerous and she needs to support them no matter what. Steve sees Laura at the end of the episode and says "You get more beautiful every time I see you." Laura then says she will kiss him only on one condition, Steve will have to promise to "never go into outer space again." Steve replies with "Only when we kiss, Laura Lee, only when we kiss" and they do, with a final applause from the audience.

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