Show: Family Matters
Title: Torn Between Two Lovers
Original Air Date: September 21, 1990
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* Steve: Eddie, is this a bad time?
Eddie: Steve I just got dumped.
Steve: Oh good, then you’re free.
* Rachel: You know how people talk when a mature woman dates a younger man.
Mother Winslow: Story of my life.
* Steve: I have reason to believe a certain woman is falling in love with me.
Carl: Well, we can be sure it’s not Laura.
* Carl: It doesn’t look like Laura’s going to be falling into your arms anytime this century.
* Rachel: Steve, I think your cummerbund is on a little too tight.
* Rachel: You’re right Steve. It is Laura you love. Let’s always remember that.
* Mother Winslow: This place is packed tighter than a Cuban cigar.
Synopsis: At Rachel’s Place, a man walks in with flowers. It’s Rachel’s loan officer. Laura is smitten. He’s come to ask her out on a date. She’s hesitant and messes with his head, but agrees to go out with him. At the house, Rachel is in a panic because she can’t find Ritchie. He was reading the newspaper with Carl. At Rachel’s Place, Steve reorganized the freezer and Rachel thanks him. Eddie gets dumped by his girlfriend because he asked another girl out. Steve asks him for advice. However, when he heads back to the kitchen he finds a notebook where Rachel wrote, “Rachel loves Steve.” He thinks she’s writing about him. At the house, Carl is working on the intercom in the kitchen with Ritchie. Ritchie and he tests it out with a scream. Rachel comes back and has a chat in the kitchen with Harriet and Mother Winslow about Steve Webster. She’s worried about the age difference. Steve comes over with notes for Laura. Steve overhears Rachel’s conversation in the kitchen and thinks she is talking about him. When Rachel asks Steve to come to the restaurant Sunday night he misinterprets her intentions and faints. He talks to Carl about it. Carl doesn’t know it’s Rachel and tells him to go for it. He arrives at Rachel’s Place Sunday night in a tuxedo. She thinks it’s a joke. He tells her about overhearing the intercom and she feels bad. Rachel tries to tell him the truth but he smells Laura’s perfume and ends it with Rachel. She plays along to not hurt his feelings. As he leaves, Steve Webber arrives. As they have a romantic evening he tells her the age different isn’t a big deal as she couldn’t be anymore than 30. Later that week, the family is at Rachel’s Place celebrating.