Family Matters

Finding the Words

Season 2, Ep 22, Aired 3/22/91
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  • Episode Description
  • A charming, mysterious figure, claiming to be a family friend from the past, comes to visit - and turns out to be Harriette and Rachel's long-lost father.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Darius McCrary

    Eddie Winslow

  • Reginald VelJohnson

    Carl Winslow

  • Jo Marie Payton

    Harriette Winslow

  • Kellie Shanygne Williams

    Laura Winslow

  • Jaimee Foxworth

    Judy Winslow

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Harriet and Rachel's father returns.

    By CardcaptorToph, Aug 01, 2008

  • This episode had very funny scenes. But it was also very dramatic as well. I've always said if you keep the script and try not to be over the top, the outcome is great

    By Twitty2000, Jan 09, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Rachel: (about their father) He's trying to make amends, and if we don't meet him half way, we'll be making the same mistake he did. Harriette: I know. But how could the man just leave and never give us another thought? Jimmy: I thought about you. I thought about you every day of my life. Harriette, I know that what I did was wrong and I will hate myself forever for it. But what I want you to know... no, what I need you to know, is that even though we weren't together, I never stopped loving you.

    • Carl: Let's say that you really are Harriette and Rachel's father. Why did they think you were dead? Jimmy: I was only 18 when I married Darlene, and we had problems from the get go. She thought it would help if we had kids, but in many ways it just made things worse. Now, I stuck it out for five years. But then, when Harriette was three and Rachel was one... I bailed out. Carl(sickened) You abandoned them. Jimmy: I sent money, and I called, and one day Darlene told me to stop calling. She said she had told Harriette and Rachel that their father had been shot down over Korea. Carl: Now why did she do that? Jimmy: She said she didn't want her little girls growing up thinking that their father had run out on them.

    • Jimmy: You gave me this when you were three years old. Harriette: (reading) "Happy Valentine's Day Dady", D-A-D-Y, "I love you always." Jimmy: Always.

    • Carl: Well, you know, it's tough for me to sympathize with you, Jimmy. I mean, no marriage is easy. There were times when I wanted to pull my hair out. Jimmy: I can see that.

    • Carl: There is a guy on our couch who says I remember him, but I don't remember him. Harriette: Well, tell him you don't remember him. Carl: I can't tell him I don't remember him because I already told him I do remember him! So, if I tell him I don't remember him, I'll look like a jerk and I still won't remember him. Harriette: Well, if he remembers you, he's used to you looking like a jerk.

    Notes (2)

    • The German episode title is "Wer ist der Kerl?", meaning "Who's this Guy?"

    • Rosetta LeNoire (Mother Winslow) doesn't appear in this episode, but she is credited, however.

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