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If You Love Something Leave It Alone

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 1/12/05
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  • Episode Description
  • John and Kate go a little overboard on Miles' extracurricular activities, and struggle to find something he's good at.

  • 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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  • Quotes (12)

    • Kate: Who knew he'd stick with it? John: He's growing up to be a pretty healthy kid. Kate: Yeah... How'd that happen? John: No idea.

    • Kate: Magic. Has it really come to this? John: It was either magic or ventriloquism, and he already has enough little wooden friends.

    • John: This is perfect, Kate. Guitar players are cool. And who knows? If he sticks with it, he could wind up in a band with other cool kids. Or at the very least, in a subway with a cup.

    • John: The problem is, we keep letting Miles pick. We know him well enough. We should be able to steer him towards something he's really good at. Kate: You're right. You're right. When I was a kid, my mom thought I'd be great at the piano, so she just signed me up for lessons. She forced me to practice at least an hour every day. I'd sit there, and I'd draw these pictures of her being eaten by little monsters. I hated it. Now... I love to draw.

    • Kate: Oh, honey! How'd it go? Miles: I don't want to talk about it. I stunk. John: Oh, come on. It wasn't that bad. Kate, do you have about a hundred of those little round Band Aids? Tommy: Hey, don't get discouraged. You know, when I was a kid, I sucked at a lot of stuff. John: Not that that is any way relevant to your situation. Tommy: But if something got too hard, you know what I did? I quit. Kate: And your inspirational point is? Tommy: That everybody has something they were born to do. And if you're patient, you're gonna find it. Miles: What did you find? Tommy: I'm not dead yet--it's coming.

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    Notes (5)

    • Co-star Tim Weske, who plays the fencing instructor, also choreographed the fencing scenes and served as sword trainer.

    • Guest star Zachery Ty Bryan is credited as Zachery Bryan.

    • A clip from this episode was featured on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on January 10, 2005, with guest John Goodman.

    • This aired out of order, and was intended to be seen before "Good Parent, Bad Parent."

    • Originally scheduled to air on November 10, 2004. CBS' November sweeps press release even noted the episode airing on that date.

    Allusions (2)

    • John: Hey, behind you, an Ewok!... Alright then, a Hobbit!
      Ewoks are hooded, bear-like creatures from the Star Wars films. Hobbits are creatures smaller than dwarves, from the J.R.R. Tolkien novel "The Hobbit."

    • John: Seventy-five dollars. Finding out your kid sucks at everything: priceless.
      A rip on MasterCard's Priceless Memories commercials.

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