My Wife and Kids

ABC (ended 2005)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 26

    The 'V' Story

    Aired 5/17/05

  • S 5 : Ep 25

    R.V. Dreams

    Aired 5/10/05

  • S 5 : Ep 24

    Michael Sells the Business

    Aired 5/3/05

  • S 5 : Ep 23

    Graduation Day

    Aired 4/26/05

  • S 5 : Ep 22

    Michael's Sandwich

    Aired 4/12/05

  • Cast & Crew
  • Damon Wayans

    Michael Kyle

  • Tisha Campbell

    Janet Marie "Jay" Kyle

  • Jennifer Freeman

    Claire Kyle (Season 2+)

  • Noah Gray-Cabey

    Franklin Aloysius Mumford

  • Andrew McFarlane


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  • show Description
  • Popular film and television star Damon Wayans stars as Michael Kyle, a loving husband and modern-day patriarch who rules his household with a unique and distinct parenting style. As he teaches his three children some of life's lessons, he does so with his own brand of wisdom, discipline and humor. Now that Jr. and his girlfriend, Vanessa, are parents of a baby boy, Michael and his loving wife, Jay, are proud but young grandparents, and are adjusting to their new roles. Not only are they trying to help their son become a responsible father, but they want to help the teenaged couple make some important decisions in their lives. They all seem to have their own opinion when it comes to answering such questions like: Should the new parents continue to live in the Kyle garage? Should they get engaged or married? Will the new baby make Jr., who is terrified in his role as a new dad, act any smarter?While trying to turn his son into a man, Michael begins to look at where his own life has taken him and wonders if he should make some changes. Jay, who also starts to question her purpose in life, pursues her educational goals and, along the way, decides to open a restaurant. Meanwhile, oldest daughter Claire's relationship with Tony, the odd and oddly endearing bible thumper, has endured. Claire is now a high school senior and is more than ready to do all the things that come along with that special time in life.Little Kady feels a bit threatened by the new baby's presence, and her family is there to help her get over any insecurities. She continues her friendship with the young piano virtuoso, Franklin, who often complicates Michael's life. The boy sensed an opening in the family with Jr.'s impending graduation into adulthood, and Franklin is still trying to weasel his way into becoming the "good new son."Michael can only hope his parental advice, mixed with witty humor, will steer his children to act responsibly. Through it all, Jr., Claire and Kady know they can turn to their father when they need his guidance. Sometimes it seems as though, even without their asking, Dad knows ahead of time what they might need, and he's only too happy to provide direction -- often to their chagrin.moreless

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  • Quotes (120)

    • Kim: (to Claire) It's so weird. I saw you today at school and now I've seen you here as well. It's like...deja vu! Tiffany: You know that thing where it's like it's already happened Claire: Yeah. That is so weird. Tiffany: Totally weird! Claire: So who are you all with? Tiffany: Oh we all came together. Who are you with? Claire: (glances round at Michael) Girl, I am all on my own.

    • Junior: (Claire walked in on him changing his report card and he quickly hid it) What did you come in for? Claire: For, for, for, (snatches up the card) forgery.

    • Jay: So do you mean to tell me the hotter your teacher is, the more you learn? Michael: Yes,like my spanish teacher. (speaks spanish) Jay: What does that mean? Michael: I was enchanted by her enourmous breasts.

    • Janet: I'm not Batgirl. Michael: Alright. Then you're Wonder Woman. Cuz everytime I come home I'm wondering 'where's my woman'?

    • (Michael has found the positive pregnancy test, and is saying he wants to tell Charmaine's parents. Claire asks for time to talk to Charmaine first)
      Claire: Wait; how did you know the pregnancy test was Charmaine's, not mine?
      Michael: Because I know my daughterr and I trust her. (beat) Also, because you told me you were going to wait until you were married to Will Smith.
      Claire: That was before Wild Wild West.

    • (Michael has been explaining to Junior that he probably will not make the basketball team because they are busing in talented players)
      Junior: Dad, I'm going to make the team if it kills me.
      Michael: That's the right attitude. (beat) and I'm going to miss you.

    • Michael: What's different in you? Claire: Nothing, I just pulled my hair back. Michael: Well, whatever it is, you look like a whole different person.

    • Charmaine: The only thing I can think to do is run away, but I only have $16. Claire: No, you only have $6, you owe me $10 for the pregnancy test.

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    Notes (153)

    • According to Damon Wayans (Michael), the show was inspired by The Cosby Show.

    • Tisha Campbell (Jay) is only 13 years older than George Gore II (Junior).

    • A copy of this episode without the closing credits was included with the Press Kit.

    • The closing credits featured bloopers from this episode.

    • Kyla Wayans is the real-life daughter of Damon Wayans.

    • Rerun during a Father's Day Marathon of the show on 6/17/01.

    • This episode won the 2002 Prism Award for Best TV Comedy Series Episode.

    • Rerun on ABC during a Father's Day Marathon of the show on 6/17/01.

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    Trivia (77)

    • Kyle (the family last name) is Damon Wayans's middle name.

    • The Kyle's living room would later appear in another pilot for a show. NBC's Scrubs featured the set in the pilot episode as that series was rejected by ABC and picked up by NBC.

    • This is the only time in the show's entire run that we get to see Junior's tattoos. They are never mentioned after this episode, either.

    • In this episode Michael speaks Spanish, but in the pilot episode Kady's nanny speaks to him in Spanish and he doesn't understand her.

    • It's revealed that Jay is actually Janet Marie.

    • Jay's surname was Johnson before she married Micheal.

    • How did the people at the bowling place let Claire leave with the bowling ball?

    • We would later see this same storyline about Michael liking Claire's boyfriend again in Season 3 (Claire's New Boyfriend). This time Andrew plays Tony and not Roger.

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    Allusions (42)

    • Jay said that Claire turned into Smokin' Josephine Frazier. That's a reference to the heavy weight champion boxer Joseph "Smokin' Joe" Frazier.

    • Michael: (to Junior) I told you not to eat in your room! It attracts ants! And possibly Rosie O'Donnell. Rosie O'Donnell is a fat comedian.

    • Michael: I am Darth Vader and this is my empire and the last you want is for The Empire to Strike Back! Michael is alluding the movie Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

    • During the Jay's dream, fat Michael talks like Sherman Klump, the main character of The Nutty Proffesor movies.

    • In the dream sequence, the scene where Kady rolls in wearing blue is a parody of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

    • Marie Antionette never actually said, "Let them eat cake!". That's the biggest rumor ever said about her and many still believe it to this day.

    • The title of this episode is a parody to Marie Antionette's quote "Well let them eat cake."

    • This is similar to the Friends episode "The One Where No One is Ready".

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  • Fan Reviews (109)

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