For Better or for Worse (2000)

TELETOON (ended 2002)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 16

    LEARNING CURVE

    Aired 2/18/00

  • S 1 : Ep 15

    ONLY WHEN I LAUGH

    Aired 1/1/06

  • S 1 : Ep 14

    THERE GOES MY BABY

    Aired 2/4/00

  • S 1 : Ep 13

    AAARGH!!!

    Aired 1/28/00

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    WHO WAS YOUR SLAVE LAST YEAR

    Aired 1/21/00

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jayne Eastwood

    Mrs. Dingle

  • Vanessa Lengies

    Elizabeth Patterson (voice)

  • Sonja Ball

  • Terrence Scammell

  • Bryn McAuley

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  • show Description
  • Lynn Johnston hosts this animated adaptation of her acclaimed comic strip. The series presents the Patterson's adventures in three different periods of the growing years of the 1980's, the middle years of the early 1990's and contemporary times as we see the family go through the good times and bad while their love for each other goes on. CHARACTERS: Elly Patterson - The central figure of the Patterson family. She is a devoted mother, daughter and wife. John Patterson - John Patterson is Elly's devoted and steadfast counterpart. He is a dentist, a role he has always put second to his family. He has learned that saying too much will get you into trouble but listening never has. The advice John doles out is measured and sound. He dotes on his baby girl, April, and provides "father-knows-best" guidance for his adult children. Michael Patterson - Throughout the show we watch Michael grow up from a young boy to a young man. Elizabeth Patterson - Throughout the show we see Elizabeth work hard at being an aggravation for her older brother, Michael. In the Later Years we see she has grown into a beautiful, responsible young woman. April Patterson - April came as a surprise to the Patterson Family. Since then she has been a welcomed input to the Patterson family. Even as a toddler, April knows all the buttons to push and not push accordingly.moreless

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  • Quotes (106)

    • Elly (To Mr. B and Edgar) Sorry guys. You're not invited.

    • Elizabeth: My best friends stood me up!

    • John: Are you sure you don't wanna come with me? Elly: (Softly) And give up a night to myself? You got to be kidding! John: What? Elly: No, thank you.

    • John: Don't miss us too much. Elly: I'll try not to. (after they leave) Elly: Finally! Alone at last!

    • John: I hate it when she says, "Hang out". We never "hung out". Elly: We do now.

    • Elly: April, it would be too stressful for Mr. B to go to a sleepover. (secretively) Not to mention poor Becky's mother!

    • (Elizabeth teases Michael about his underwear.) Michael: I'm warning you, I'll tell Mom!

    • Elly: Michael, Elizabeth. Get back here!! (Everyone looks at them.) Michael and Elizabeth: Aww, Mom!

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    Notes (33)

    • All of the Opening Animation clips were from "Take My Mom, Please".

    • Opening Animation Clips: 4

    • In, "Take My Mom, Please": The same girl that Elly spilt ice cream on when she was trying to catch April from falling into the fountain at the mall was the same girl who was laughing at Micheal, in the background, when Elly was picking out kiddish underwear.

    • In, "My Dinner With Elly": Elly was sitting at the dinner table at the end of the episode, but she didn't have the food set out on the table.

    • In, "My Dinner With Elly": They didn't explain where Michael was the whole episode (although he was probably with Deanna).

    • Animated Shorts: -Thirst Quencher - Farley and April are thirsty. -Plffttt! - April's little spitting game turns into a huge mess! -Night Heat - John runs outside in his pajamas when Farley gets outside.

    • Farley doesn't appear in the "Growing Years" episode.

    • Series Premier

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    Trivia (5)

    • In, "Take My Mom, Please": Goof: When Michael and Elizabeth are trying to walk away from embarassment at the end of the episode, Micheal's hair turns blonde, Liz's hair colour.

    • The theme song is exactly 44 seconds long.

    • The introductory music for "Three and Sympathy" is different from every other "Early Years" episode in the series.

    • In this episode, it is learned that Weed's real name is Joseph.

    • Elly finds out that she's pregnant with April on her 40th birthday. But in the comics, she has April before her 40th birthday.

    Allusions (1)

    • Title Pun: A Tense Situation

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • From the successful comic strip comes an exceptional show.

    By knuckles_sonic8, Jul 15, 2005