Center of the Universe

And the Silver Medal Goes To...

Season 1, Ep 6, Aired 12/8/04
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  • Episode Description
  • It's Murphy's Law when Kate grudgingly agrees to fix Tommy up with a fellow teacher. Meanwhile, Miles looks for a date to take to a homecoming dance.

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Goodman

    John Barnett

  • Diedrich Bader

    Tommy Barnett

  • Jean Smart

    Kate Barnett

  • Edward Asner

    Art Barnett

  • Melinda McGraw

    Lily Barnett Manning

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Kate: Oh, honey. You look great. What happened to the plaid suit with the bow tie you were going to wear? John: Kilometers here came to realize it was a little too fashion-forward for a junior high dance. Miles: He said it was an invitation for a beating.

    • Marcia: Okay, hold on, hold on. Just to get this straight, this gentleman never wanted to go out with me. He wanted to go out with Miss Kidwell. Student: Oh, yeah! Tommy: Okay, kids, I'll admit it. I was being stupid, but now I've realized that sometimes you find true love when you look past your first choice to the person next to her. That's how John met Kate. Marcia: She said it was love at first sight. Tommy: I know, it's a huge mess. Will you give me another chance? Marcia: Well... we did have fun. Tommy: And that was me masking my disappointment. Imagine how much fun I can be when my heart's really in it!

    • Lily: Wow, this is a big day. Both of my brothers coming to me for advice on relationships. I got to say, feels pretty good. Tommy: Yeah, I figure you better than anyone understands what it's like to be rejected by a man... and if I'm going to win this girl back, I need the advice of someone who's been tossed aside before.

    • Lily: John, the reason that Kate is so upset about how you met is because it was so romantic. Like a fairy tale. The shy prince finally overcomes his fear and wins the hand of the beautiful princess. John: The truth isn't that different. Lily: The horny prince doesn't have the guts to hit on the slutty maiden, so he settles for the only other female in the room? John: I didn't settle for Kate. She was terrific. I was... distracted by the slutty maiden.

    • Tommy: Well, now I got to figure out a way to win Marcia back. I'd better put my thinking cap on. John: That the one with the propeller on it?

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    Notes (6)

    • A clip from this episode was featured on Dennis Miller on December 3, 2004, with guest Jean Smart.

    • Javier Ronceros was deleted from the final cut, but retains credit. He played a security guard.

    • Although they are credited, neither Edward Asner nor Olympia Dukakis appear.

    • Phillip Richard Allen is credited as Phillip R. Allen.

    • Shelley Buckner is miscredited as Shelly Buckner.

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    Trivia (2)

    • In both long shots of John's and Kate's carriage ride, the coachman is very obviously not Phillip R. Allen.

    • In the teaser, there is a jump cut in regards to Tommy's body position while he's walking through the door to the kitchen.

    Allusions (1)

    • John: Deep? My favorite show is Green Acres. Hell, it still is Green Acres.
      The fourth season of Green Acres, the 1965-1971 CBS comedy hit, happened to air in the same time slot that Center of the Universe did.

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