Charlotte and Wilbur

Season 3, Ep 4, Aired 10/16/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Carol's father returns from Florida in time for his birthday party, unaware that she's engaged. When she finally springs the news on him, he's hurt that she's marrying someone he's never even met. At his birthday party, he gives Carol and Dennis the cold shoulder and refuses to speak to her or accept her apology. When she goes to his house to explain, she is shocked to discover that her father remarried a year earlier without telling her. Carol goes ballistic until she finds out that her father may be sick. When she asks him, he denies it. Finally, he visits her and they talk about how they have tried to protect each other ever since her mother died. He finally admits that he's scared and asks Carol to come with him to his doctor's appointment, where they get good news. Warren freaks out about the unfairness of the SAT system and mounts a one-man protest he calls "Pencils Down!". After several fruitless attempts to be taken seriously and enroll anyone else in his boycott, he finally faces up to his fear of failure and joins Molly's SAT prep Eli's long-standing rival taunts him that he'll capture the trophy that Eli has won each time they've competed against each other in the annual jitterbug contest. Ed, whose intentions are better than his dancing techniques, offers to stand in for Eli, who quickly learns that Ed has vastly overstated his abilities on the dance floor. After much practice, Ed performs credibly on the big night until he overdoes it and his drops his partner, thereby losing the trophy. Undeterred by the defeat, Eli teaches Ed and Warren an important lesson about perseverance and courage in the process.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Josh Randall

    Mike Burton

  • Thomas Cavanagh

    Ed Stevens

  • Julie Bowen

    Carol Vessey

  • Jana Marie Hupp

    Nancy Burton

  • Lesley Boone

    Molly Hudson

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Molly (to Carol): What was going through that little blond head of yours when you decided not to tell him you're engaged?

    • Ed: Tell me, Shirley, when did the world start going to hell?

    • Warren (as he's refusing to practice the SATs): It's time to say "Pencil's Down!"

    • Warren: That's why God put me here, assuming there is a God and he puts people places.

    • Ed: I'm more graceful than most men.

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    Notes (3)

    • Carol's father calls her "Sammy", and she has two younger siblings -- a sister named Stella and a brother named Jack.

    • Katie Cameron choreographed the dance sequences.

    • Featured Music: "Do You Wanna Dance" by The Ramones "Dream a Little Dream of Me" by The Mamas & the Papas

    Trivia (2)

    • Phil's Scheme: While Ed is away, Phil challenges Eli to a game of basketball where the winner gets Ed's office. Phil says that Elie has an unfair advantage since he can sit for the entire game. This prompts Phil to try using a wheelchair himself. He later builds a very tall wheelchair to give himself an added advantage.

    • $10 Bet: After a discussion on how male ostriches court females, Mike bets Ed to court a woman at the bus stop, using his best ostrich impression. Ed goes up to the woman, rests on what he supposes are his hocks, flaps his "wings" and screams like a banshee.

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