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The most ridiculous moment of FAMILY MATTERS - le stephanois - 08-13-2007

You've all watched it occasionally, so I'm sure you know this show started out being a spin off for Perfect Strangers, and ended up being about Steve and Carl fighting aliens or something. I'm gonna ask, what's the stupidest thing you've seen on an episode of Family Matters? This could be a long thread.

I'm gonna say Urkel and Carl shrinking themselves.


- boney - 08-13-2007

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You've all watched it occasionally

Not at all. Never seen it.


- greg clark - 08-13-2007

Pretty much the entire saga of Stefan. Man, did they milk that gag for everything it's worth.


- edhocken - 08-13-2007

All the episodes that aired when they moved to CBS


- Paul755 - 08-13-2007

The living Ventriquilist dummy that looked like Steve was just...bad...that and when they just ditched the youngest daughter without mention.


- tim pedersen - 08-13-2007

When Urkel rode a jet-pack through the ceiling of the Winslow living room (and, presumably, the rest of the house) and flew from Chicago, IL to Port Washington, WI and crashed through the house of the cast of Step By Step.


- phil - 08-13-2007

I've never seen an episode. But now I want to.


- moltisanti - 08-13-2007

I hate to be Captain Obvious but...




- le stephanois - 08-13-2007

That was really early on, too. I mean, there's no reason the urkelbot shouldn't be a series regular.


- anderson - 08-13-2007

When Urkel invented a time machine, then Carl and Urkel went back in time to fight pirates.

Then, Laura brought some pals along and Harriet offed herself in the kitchen or something.

I'm not sure whether or not that was the episode that made the youngest daughter start doing porn. But, I think it turned Eddie into a Transformer.


- nexus-7 - 08-13-2007

I didn't know this show had anything to do with "Perfect Strangers".

Silly me.


- anderson - 08-13-2007

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Originally Posted by Nexus-7

I didn't know this show had anything to do with "Perfect Strangers".

Silly me.

Dude, Harriet was the elevator operator at Cousin Larry's workplace. She was the cornerstone of so many hi-jinks. Well, not really. I don't think Balki showed up at the newspaper that often.


- btsmgl - 08-13-2007

They shrunk themselves? I never thought the sci-fi bits got beyond the whole Stefan metamorphosis. Shrinking themselves? That's just ridiculous.

I remember when Philip Banks met Carl Winslow. That made my little geek get all excited and jumpy.


- justinmarker - 08-13-2007

i am with phil!

I thought it was a run of the mill sitcom....your descriptions are making it sound like the greatest show ever made


- belethedheliel - 08-13-2007

Oops, wrong thread. Darn multiple tabs!


- le stephanois - 08-13-2007

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Originally Posted by BTSMGL

They shrunk themselves? I never thought the sci-fi bits got beyond the whole Stefan metamorphosis. Shrinking themselves? That's just ridiculous.

I remember when Philip Banks met Carl Winslow. That made my little geek get all excited and jumpy.

They slept in a pringles can, and avoided the neighborhood cat.

Don't forget, in the series finale, Steve and Laura got married I think, but Steve definitely went into space. I dunno which is more insane.


- zollicoffer - 08-13-2007

Used to watch this all the time on that TGIF slot, and then in syndication when I was a kid. The worst has already been mentioned, but one I remember was Urkel and Carl turning into Bruce Lees a fighting guys. Some horrible expired cheese whiz right there.


- owen - 08-13-2007

Shit, man, so many memories in this thread. Memories I thought were long gone.


- nexus-7 - 08-13-2007

I also didn't realize this show jumped the shark in such a ludicrously awesome fashion, I might have watched it had I known.

Silly me.


- patrick ripoll - 08-13-2007

I think there was an episode where Steve and Carl get married in a hot-air balloon?

Great thread, by the way.


- beamish13 - 08-13-2007

It's a toss-up between the episode where Waldo crashed the car into the living room and the slow-motion stabbing incident at the high school.


- scott - 08-13-2007

The one where Carl got shot. People don't get shot.


- kevin k - 08-13-2007

The one where Carl decides to start exercising at the precinct again, and he discovers that there is a bomb in his treadmill and if he stops, slows down, or steps off the treadmill, it will explode. Predated Speed by several years.

That episode also involved an orangutan, though I can't remember the context, or if the orangutan story overlapped the bomb story.

EDIT: I almost forgot about my favorite Family Matters episode, where Urkel "accidentally" burns down the diner he works at, and the owner has no insurance so rather than rebuild it he just gives the property to Aunt Rachel, and she opens up Rachel's Place (which is seen throughout the remainder of the series). I always used to speculate that Rachel and Urkel were criminal masterminds and had planned the arson for months, and that Urkel's clumsiness was just a cover for Laura's (and the police's) benefit.


- supremo - 08-13-2007

Wow, I don't remember any of this stuff. If this show is currently in syndication I must watch it.


- kabong - 08-13-2007

I really thought the two hour Nakatomi Building episode was far-fetched.


- abbott & prospero - 08-13-2007

Kabong's post aside, I can't tell if some of you are just making shit up, or if these things actually occured in the series. Treadmill bomb/orangutan storyline? Seriously?


- moltisanti - 08-13-2007

I was going to post about how one time Carl and Urkel went on "American Gladiators" but after reading a few of these other entries that seems rather mundane.


- the ld - 08-13-2007

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Originally Posted by Amphibatron

Kabong's post aside, I can't tell if some of you are just making shit up, or if these things actually occured in the series. Treadmill bomb/orangutan storyline? Seriously?

Ditto. I honestly thought I watched a fair amount of this show back in the day. The wackiest moment I can remember involved some hustling at a pool hall or something.


- edhocken - 08-13-2007

This shit is all true folks, not to mention this show at one point or another would have "serious" epsiodes. Such as ones involving a pair of white cops harrasing Carl's son and a gang kicking Eddie's ass.

Mind you this was also the show that showed Sherman Helmsley as the sleazy Police Captain that was a foil to Carl. The same role that Helmsely transered over as the Judge Phillip Banks ran against on Fresh Prince.


- zollicoffer - 08-13-2007

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Originally Posted by EdHocken

and a gang kicking Eddie's ass.

I remember that one. They destroyed the aforementioned Rachel's Place by trashing everything and spraying graffiti throughout. I think Eddie showed up, wrong place at the wrong time, and got beat down. The make-up was very bad, and so was the acting.


- kevin k - 08-13-2007

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Originally Posted by Amphibatron

Kabong's post aside, I can't tell if some of you are just making shit up, or if these things actually occured in the series. Treadmill bomb/orangutan storyline? Seriously?

I remember the treadmill-bomb storyline like it was yesterday, I assure you it is real. It ended with a stock red wire/blue wire scene they could have lifted from a hundred bad cop movies.

My memory of the orangatan is a little fuzzier, but I'm almost positive it was the same episode.


- le stephanois - 08-13-2007

They were called THE DRAGONS.

So you guys know, the Urkel machine has turned him, Carl, and at one point Richie and 3-J into Bruce Lee, Urkel into Elvis, and one time, believe it or not: Carl into Urkel.


- kevin k - 08-13-2007

Wait a minute, I just remembered another one: Wasn't there an episode where we learned that Urkel had a long-lost relative (twin? cousin?) -- also played by Jaleel White -- who grew up in the hood and was an O.D.B.-style gangsta rapper? Or did I just dream that?


- edhocken - 08-13-2007

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Originally Posted by le Stephanois

They were called THE DRAGONS.

So you guys know, the Urkel machine has turned him, Carl, and at one point Richie and 3-J into Bruce Lee, Urkel into Elvis, and one time, believe it or not: Carl into Urkel.

That did in fact happen and Urkel and Carl's daughter (Whatever her name was) had to change them back in time before they were stuck like that forever.

And that girl who played Myra who had the crush on Steve died of some terrible disease years ago.


- le stephanois - 08-13-2007

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Originally Posted by Kevin K

Wait a minute, I just remembered another one: Wasn't there an episode where we learned that Urkel had a long-lost relative (twin? cousin?) -- also played by Jaleel White -- who grew up in the hood and was an O.D.B.-style gangsta rapper? Or did I just dream that?

That sounds familiar. And for the record, I always found Steve's alter ego Stephan to be the least charming guy on tv. It's like, "wow, now he's Urkel without glasses... ummm"