Family Matters S01, Ep21 – Bowl Me Over

Show: Family Matters
Season: 1
Episode: 21
Title: Bowl Me Over
Original Air Date: April 6, 1990


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Favorite Quotes:

* Steve: Hi Laura, my photogenic little fox.

* Carl: Oh no, there’s two of them.

* Laura: Eddie, I didn’t beat you. I crushed you.

* Harriet: Rachel, will you forget about picking up those two guys and pick up that spare?
Rachel: I can do both, you know.

* Carl: Harriet, I want a rematch.
Harriet: Uh huh, so does Mike Tyson.

* Laura: Someday, when you’re least expecting it, you’re going to wake up with some hair missing.

* Steve: She touched me Carl. I can’t breathe. All the pins look like Laura.


Synopsis: Laura and Eddie are looking at their school photos as Steve comes in. He wants to exchange photos but Laura is not so excited. When he decides to stay, she gives him two. Steve gives her a life size stand up photo. Carl comes in and sees the stand up and thinks there are two Steve Urkels. Another day, Carl comes home and is upset about his day. Eddie and Laura come in the kitchen as well. Eddie is upset that Laura beat his high score in a video game. He says something sexist. Carl takes Eddie outside for a chat. He talks some sense into him. Eddie tries to get along with Laura on it. She enjoys rubbing her victory in. That night, the family goes bowling. Rachel picks up a spare as Carl brings snacks to the lane. Carl is happy until Steve shows up. Steve is a good bowler. He starts trying to coach Carl. Harriet can win if she bowls three strikes in the 10th frame. She gets the first strike. Then a second strike. She gets the third strike for the turkey and the win. He’s a sore loser. He demands a rematch. They get home late and Carl gloats about winning. The kids start fighting too. He takes it too far. She then tells him she let him win and has been for a while. His ego goes too far and both Harriet and Rachel lose their temper. Harriet lays down a bowling challenge. They all go back to the bowling alley. Back at the bowling alley it’s the men versus the women. Eddie starts cheating. Laura then distracts Steve to give the women’s team the edge. He’s so distracted he flies down the lane with the ball. They finally get to the last frame. As Carl throws the last ball the power goes out. The winner cannot be determined. When they get home, they are still fighting. Mother Winslow comes out to yell at them. They finally start talking to each other. Everyone goes to bed but Harriet and Carl. They compromise at a tie. But then Carl speaks up and tells her she shouldn’t have to do less than her best just to protect his ego.

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