Gimme a Break!

An Unmarried Couple

Season 1, Ep 19, Aired 4/1/82
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  • Episode Description
  • Katie's friend Valerie shows up at the Kanisky house, pregnant and due any day. She tells Katie that her boyfriend Jonathan had a fight with her and the two broke up and she has nowhere to go. Valerie is welcome to stay with the family, however, once the Chief finds out she is pregnant and split with her boyfriend, he does not tolerate this. When Jonathan shows up to see Valerie, the Chief insists that he and Valerie marry before the baby is born and he agrees. Valerie and Jonathan quarrel about marriage until he tells her he loves her and asks her and the baby to marry him. In the end, Valerie goes into labor and decides she isn't having the baby until she and Jonathan are married. Julie rushes outside to find the neighborhood priest and the ceremony is performed. Shortly after the ceremony, as the ambulance arrives, Valerie gives birth in the front of the Kanisky house.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dolph Sweet

    Chief Carl Kanisky [ seasons 1-4 ]

  • Lauri Hendler

    Julie Kanisky Maxwell [ seasons 1-5; episodes 113-114 ]

  • Nell Carter

    Nellie Ruth "Nell" Harper

  • Kari Michaelson

    Katie Kanisky [ seasons 1-5; episodes 113-114 ]

  • Lara Jill Miller

    Samantha "Sam" Kanisky [ seasons 1-6]

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (3)

    • When the character Valerie reappears in Season Two, she is toting a child and this time played by Bonnie Urseth: the same actress who played the ditzy Doris in the "Hot Muffins" episode.

    • This is the third appearance for Jay Johnson, who plays a Reverand this time. He also has played a Priest and a ventriloquist in previous episodes.

    • It was stated in a magazine article that Helen Hunt was one of the many actresses who tried out for the part of Katie on the show, only to be overcome by Kari Michaelsen, the one and only who got the role!

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