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Family Matters

7/10
Release Date 1998-07-17
Runtime 30 minutes
Genres Comedy
Stars Reginald VelJohnson, Darius McCrary, Kellie Shanygne Williams, Jaleel White
Directors Pamela Eells

A long-running dramedy centering on the Winslow family, a middle-class African American family living in Chicago, and their pesky next-door neighbor, ultra-nerd Steve Urkel. A spin-off of Perfect Strangers.

1. Out With the Old

1997-09-19

Steve undergoes an image makeover in order to take part in a kissing auction hosted by Laura's sorority; Carl feels threatened by Hariette's promotion and raise and decides to moonlight as a parking attendant.

2. They Shoot Ducks, Don't They?

1997-09-26

When Commissioner Geiss and Carl go on a duck-hunting excursion, Urkel shows up at the lake with a camera to ""shoot"" the ducks. Urkel is shocked and dismayed to discover that Geiss and Carl are actually trying to slaughter innocent feathered fowl. Meanwhile, Kelly ""borrows"" her mom's diamond earrings for a hot night out at the Sizzle Club and comes home an earring short.

3. Dumb Belle of the Ball

1997-10-03

When Myrtle ends up hospitalized after saving Eddie from being hit by an oncoming car, he promises to take her to the debutante ball. Myrtle is thrilled when her Prince Charming, Eddie Winslow - ""the gravy on her biscuits,"" escorts her to the Biloxi Debutante Ball. Meanwhile, Laura disappoints Carl when she goes to the Sizzle Club in a skimpy dress after agreeing to change into something less revealing.

4. Drinking and Jiving

1997-10-10

Goody-two-shoes Laura has her first beer---and her second and third---at a fraternity party, where she's later rescued by a gallant Urkel. Meanwhile, Carl and Harriette keep their anniversary plans a secret from each other, but not from Eddie, who finds himself in the middle of their fight. When Urkel arrives at a fraternity party to discover a drunken Laura dancing on tables, he takes her home and she kisses him passionately. The next morning when Urkel proclaims that the kiss ""was the kind that changes things forever,"" Laura protests that she doesn't remember - but does she? Meanwhile, Carl and Harriette's wedding anniversary turns into a bone of contention when they both make elaborate - but very different - plans.

5. Who's Afraid of the Big Black Book?

1997-10-17

Unbeknown to Urkel, Laura has given him Eddie's Little Black Book to use as an invitation list to Eddie's 21st birthday party, and all of ex-girlfriends show up. While Eddie isn't having a happy birthday party surrounded by his exes, Carl is promoted to police captain after proving to Commissioner Geiss that he is the one qualified for the job, which Geiss had initially given to his son.

6. A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read

1997-10-24

Urkel doesn't mind at all when a chemistry experiment allows him to eavesdrop on the thoughts of everyone around him, but being able to hear what people are thinking soon becomes far too overwhelming. Meanwhile, Carol becomes a troop leader for the Junior Woodsmen.

7. Stevil II: This Time He's Not Alone

1997-10-31

Stevil, the mischievous ventriloquist dummy, is back to haunt Urkel, but now he's brought along a nightmarish sidekick, Carlsbad. Together Stevil and Carlsbad attempt to take over the souls of Urkel and Carl - wreaking havoc on the whole Winslow household.

8. Trading Places

1997-11-07

When Laura seems distant and distracted, a jealous Stefan cooks up an elaborate plan to swap places with Urkel - the ""man"" to whom he suspects Laura is attracted. Laura knows something's up when Stefan (as Urkel) is a miserable tutor and Urkel has a heck of a time filling in for Stefan at a fashion photo shoot. Meanwhile, Eddie decides to follow Carl around on ""the beat"" with a video camera.

9. A Pain in Harassment

1997-11-28

Steve gets a chance at a $1 million basketball shot. Will he end up rolling dough, or will he get ""nothing but net""? Harriette's new boss has a reputation for being tough, but his employees are blindsided by his verbal abuse as well. Meanwhile, Urkel tries to win a million dollars with a basketball half-court shot in L.A.

10. Original Gangsta Dawg

1997-12-05

Jaleel White dons another persona, that of Urkel's visiting hip-hop cousin, O.G.D. (short for Original Gangsta Dawg), who makes a bad first impression on the Winslows - hitting on Laura, spouting controversial ideas, and influencing 3J in a decidedly negative fashion. Meanwhile, a crooked thug who is owed $4,000 by O.G.D. arrives in town looking to collect on the debt. Singer Missy ""Misdemeanor"" Elliott has a cameo.

11. Deck the Malls

1997-12-19

Steve gets all wrapped up in the Christmas spirit when he takes a job as a gift-wrapper, but the new gig leaves him little time to spend with Myra; Carl plays Santa at the mall and appoints Laura to be his elf; a disappointed Richie learns that his mom won't be with him for the holidays.

12. Grill of My Dreams

1998-01-09

Everyone duck! Urkel begins training to become a master teppanyaki chef at a Japanese steakhouse a part of his journey along the self-improvement highway. Laura surprises Urkel at the restaurant while he's slicing and dicing, and he lives up to the specialty of the house - The Tsunami Supreme. Meanwhile, Commissioner Geiss goes on vacation and leaves his talking pet parrot, Andre, in Carl's care and the bird learns some new words: ""Geiss is an idiot.""

13. Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

1998-01-16

Urkel decides to call it splitsville with Myra, but freaks out when she beats him to the punch. Although he is surprised that Myra broke up with him, Urkel decides that it's all for the best and goes to his true love, Laura. But when Myra turns up at the Winslows claiming that she made a mistake and wants ""her man back,"" she discovers Urkel and Laura in a passionate kiss. Meanwhile, Eddie quits school and decides to become a police officer - just like his dad.

14. Crazy for You (1)

1998-01-23

In the first half of this special two-part episode, Myra spies on Urkel's every move with her elaborate ""Stevie-Glasses-cam"". She is shocked to learn of his upcoming Saturday night date with Laura. When she tells Stefan about her rival's pending date with ""her Stevie,"" Stefan agrees to help rain on their parade. Meanwhile, Carl tries to control Eddie's trigger-happy finger during police training. Judyann Elder takes over the role of Harriette.

15. Crazier for You (2)

1998-01-30

Urkel is shocked to discover that Myra has been spying on him, but he thinks she's really snapped her cap when she starts dressing like Laura. Meanwhile, Harriette discovers that her wedding ring was originally intended for another woman.

16. Whose Man Is It Anyway?

1998-06-05

Cousin Myrtle dukes it out in the boxing ring with Greta to win Eddie for her own. Meanwhile, 3J longs to find his birth mother.

17. Polkapalooza

1998-06-12

Eddie gets a new apartment but Carl overstays his welcome. Meanwhile, Laura goes to the biggest polka fest with Steve only to find out he has done a lot in the community through polka, and has become more attracted to him.

18. Throw Urkel From the Train

1998-06-18

Laura's not impressed by Maxine's rich new boyfriend D'Andre.

19. Don't Make Me Over

1998-06-26

Myrtle Urkel tries for the last time to get Eddie. This time, Laura and Maxine give her a complete and total makeover. Myrtle comes out looking terrific, but Eddie still does not like her. So she decides to stop chasing him.

20. Pop Goes the Question

1998-07-03

Urkel asks Carl for Laura's hand in marriage, but Stefan has already given Laura a ring.

21. Lost in Space (1)

1998-07-10

The first of a two-part series finale sends Urkel into space, which means he'll have to postpone his marriage to Laura.

22. Lost in Space (2)

1998-07-17

In the conclusion of the series finale, astro-nerd Urkel's life hangs in the balance when he takes a dangerous walk in space to patch the damaged spacecraft.

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