Growing Pains

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Quotes (457)

  • Jason: You know, I read an article that said two-career couples should really make special effort to always remain... frisky! Maggie: At breakfast? Jason: At all meals.

  • Mike: (walking in while Jason and Maggie smooch) What's the matter, you guys aren't gettin' enough? Jason: Mike, a lot of kids would get smacked for a remark like that. Mike: Come on, Dad. You can't hit me. You're a liberal humanist. Jason: Could be an "accident." Carol: Could be a dream come true.

  • Carol: Mike, you give new meaning to the word, "vacuous." Mike: Oh, yeah? What was the old meaning?

  • Maggie: (overhearing Mike's conversation) Mike, what is the House of Sweat? Mike: Well, it's... you know... Carol: It's that new under-20 dance club on Jericho Turnpike. Mike: Yeah, and it sounds like a great idea, Mom. It's a safe, wholesome place for teens to congregate. Maggie: And the larger the group, the smaller their brains get.

  • Jason: Now that I'm in charge at home, we can try things my way. Mike: All right! Jason: You don't even know what my way is. Mike: Sure, I do, Dad. It's a Sinatra song.

  • Jason: (on phone) No, our Mike is only 15, so he wouldn't be driving a car. I see. Maggie: What did he say? Jason: He said, "That's why your Mike is in our jail."

  • Biker: What are you in for, kid? Mike: I, um... I killed a man just to watch him die! You? Biker: (backing away) Unpaid parking tickets.

  • Jason: Mike, you probably don't remember this, but when you were three weeks old, I took you to the Mets home opener. Cradled you in my arms. Up comes Donn Clendenon, hits a shot off the left-field scoreboard to win it in the 12th. I hugged you real tight, jumping up and down. And you... you threw up in your complimentary Mets batting helmet. Mike: I'm sorry, Dad. Jason: It was my fault. I never should've let you suck that beer off my finger.

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Notes (179)

  • The German episode title is "In schlechter Gesellschaft", meaning "In Bad Company"

  • Actress Elizabeth Ward was the original person to play Carol Seaver but they re-cast her because she didn't quite match the family. You can also see her a little bit in the police scene.

  • The German episode title is "Wer hat meinen Hund angemalt?", meaning "Who Painted My Dog?"

  • Music: Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell"

  • This is the first of Olivia d'Abo's two, unrelated appearances on Growing Pains. She can also be seen in season two's "Employee of the Month."

  • The German episode title is "Die reinste Phantasie", meaning "Purest Fantasy"

  • The German episode title is "Die Testfrage", meaning "The Test Question"

  • Ami was taught only one karate maneuver for this episode; coincidentally, she is now married to competitive-kickboxer/actor Jerry "the Golden Boy" Trimble.

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Trivia (35)

  • The song Jason and Mike sing before they are interviewed by the news crew is "Dancing in the Dark" from Bruce Springsteen's album Born in the U.S.A..

  • Ben's middle name is given as only Humphrey. It would be extended to Hubert Horatio Humphrey in later episodes.

  • When Mike & Lisa turned on the lights of Jason & Maggie's bedroom, the first thing you can see is a picture of Maggie holding a baby. That picture will later be used for the theme song.

  • When Jason is talking on the phone with the police officer, you'll notice the address he says: "15 Robin Lane". In later episodes, the Seavers' address is fixed at 15 Robin HOOD Lane.

  • Though Ben received a dog for Christmas, it simply vanished, never to be seen or mentioned again.

  • This marks Kirk Cameron's first on-screen kiss.

  • Mike describes his mother as "tall, blonde, looks like Donna de Varona," a play on her being the real-life sister of Joanna Kerns.

  • When Maggie and Jason and Carol are talking after she won the money, When Mike and Ben sat down, Ben sat in the chair that Mike sat and Mike sat in the chair that Ben sat.

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Allusions (82)

  • Jason: Mike, do you even know what my way is? Mike: Yeah. It's a Sinatra song. "My Way" is best known as Frank Sinatra's signature song. It was originally a French song by Claude Fran├žois and Jacques Revaux and was adapted into English by Paul Anka.

  • Maggie is heard humming the theme to Who's the Boss? at the start of this episode.

  • Maggie says, "A mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do," complete with Western drawl and swagger, paraphrasing a popular misquote of John Wayne in the 1953 Western, Hondo. The real quote is, "A man oughta do what he thinks is right."

  • Mike's red baseball cap in his back pocket is a reference to Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. album cover.

  • Maggie's editor Fred says, "Well, that's the public for you. They think we all look like Lou Grant." This refers to the news producer introduced in the Mary Tyler Moore Show who later became a newspaper editor in his own show, Lou Grant.

  • Mike: Attack of the Crab Monsters. Attack of the Crab Monsters is a 1957 B-film about scientists who discover that giant crabs mutated by atomic tests have an involvement in the disappearance of researchers.

  • This episode's title comes from the 1983 movie A Christmas Story.

  • The title of this episode comes from a poem by T.S. Elliot titled "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock".

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