Show: Family Matters
Title: Boxcar Blues
Original Air Date: October 9, 1990
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* Eddie: No problem Dad. I could always be a model.
Judy: Are you gonna be the before or the after?
* Murtagh: Six months in the academy will firm up that grip.
* Steve: Relax, they’ll find us, it’s not like we’re going anywhere.
[train starts rolling]
* Harriet: The joys of being a cop’s wife. You panic every time they’re five minutes late.
* Eddie: How about some sympathy Aunt Rachel? I mean my modelling career only lasted a half an hour.
Laura: Well, that’s longer than most of your dates.
* Steve: I can see the headlines now, “Cop flips out. Kills four cows and an Urkel.
* Steve (to Carl): Sometimes I wish you were my father.
Synopsis: Carl is waiting for Harriet and is getting impatient. A pair of her shoes are missing. Harriet blames Rachel. Rachel comes in looking for something, she also blames Harriet. Mother Winslow comes out of her room. She is wearing the missing shoes, the missing jacket and something of Laura’s. Another evening and the family is eating dinner at the table. Carl asks the kids about school. Laura could go to Harvard, Eddie’s goals are not as lofty. Eddie comes home early from his date. Carl chooses to have a sit down talk with Eddie. Carl suggests Eddie become a police officer. He thinks it’s a joke, but it’s not. Carl invites Eddie to go on a ride along. The next day, Carl brings his Sargent to the house to meet Eddie. Eddie and Steve come home. Eddie decides not to go on the ride along, he has an appointment with a modeling agency instead. In the living room, Murtagh and Steve are looking at photos. Murtagh is not happy and Steve volunteers to keep Carl from getting in trouble. Steve does his ride along with Carl. Carl gets a call. The suspect is in the railyard. Carl goes into one of the rail cars looking for him, but he finds cows. Steve doesn’t follow directions and joins him in the rail car. While he deals with Steve, the suspect locks them in the car. Carl pulls his gun to shoot off the lock, but Steve points out the cows and he stops. Before a plan b can be formulated the train starts moving. At the house, Harriet is concerned that Carl is not home yet. She’s so worried she put the salad in the oven. Eddie comes home looking glum. The modeling agency did not hire him. Back on the train, Steve is spilling his guts to one of the cows. Carl blows up at Steve several times. Carl asks Steve how he snorts, and Steve gives him a lesson. It lightens the situation. Steve tells him how great a dad he thinks he is and how he wishes Carl was his dad. They discuss their futures. Steve’s dad is pressuring him to make a decision about his future. Carl realizes he’s doing that to Eddie. They have a moment and hug. Later that night, Carl is home and tells them how they got out. Steve’s singing caused the cows to stampede. The kids come down to say good night. Eddie and Carl have a chat. Carl apologizes for pressing Eddie about his future.