Problem Child

Problem Child

Season 2, Ep 1, Aired 7/27/90
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  • Episode Description
  • Meet Ben and Flo Healy! They want a young child of their own, but Flo is incapable of having a child herself. Enter Junior, a little monster who has been to foster parents' homes since he was a baby and always made himself get thrown out so one day he goes to the orphanage and causes trouble for the poor nuns (although some of them deserved it). So Ben and Flo go to adopt a child and the administrator, Peabody, cons them into taking Junior off their hands. Junior goes home with the Healys to a nice house which includes a bedroom full of clowns! Ben takes an immediate love to his son, no matter what the horrible things he does, even though he injured his grandfather, a bigoted politician, really turned a birthday party into a "blast", sicks a bear onto campers on a camping trip, and even goes on a joyride with convicted killer Martin Beck!moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Nancy Cartwright

    Betsy / Ross (voice)

  • John Kassir

    Yoji / Murph (voice)

  • Cree Summer

    Spencer (voice)

  • E. G. Daily

    Cyndi (voice)

  • Jonathan Harris

    Ben Healy (voice)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (25)

    • [Deleted scene] Junior: I love the smell of spilled milk in the morning. It smells like victory.

    • Junior: [seeing his bedroom full of clowns] Oh my God, they're retarded.

    • Junior: [seeing his bedroom full of clowns] Oh my God, they're retarded.

    • Big Ben is about to go on the air for his campaign speech] Little Ben Healy: Ok I quit as your son! Big Ben Healy: Good, now get the hell out of here I've got a goddamn campaign to win. Little Ben Healy: Oh your campaign, the one thing you do care about. Hey dad why don't you tell all the voters what you really plan on doing with this town! [turns on the TV camera] Big Ben Healy: [not realizing that he's on TV] I don't give a rats ass for the voters! I'll I care about is the power and the power that'll give me the money. That's why I'm a success and you're not! America for the Americans. You believe that nonsense. You're shrewd than I thought! I'd sell my soul to the Japanese if they made me an offer. And as for you, don't come suckering around me if you want something! The only thing you'll get from me is this! [pulls down his pants and moons the camera]

    • [Junior is scrubbing pots and pans on his birthday] Mother Superior: Junior! What is taking you so long? We start serving dinner in 20 minutes. Junior: I only got two hands! Mother Superior: And I want these pots so shiny that I can see my face in them. Junior: [Grabs a messy lid] This one kind of looks like you.

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    Notes (2)

    • The poster for the movie was a spoof of the poster for Parenthood (1989). Imagine Entertainment produced both films

    • References to The Shining (1980).

    Trivia (3)

    • Continuity: When Ben is standing on the bridge watching the truck drive away with his wife in the back, he has the rifle in his hand. Ben and Junior turn around to walk back to the car and the rifle disappears. It seems unlikely he would have left it laying on the bridge.

    • Revealing mistakes: Obvious fake cat when the cat jumps on the Grandfather and his Grandfather falls down the stairs.

    • Continuity: When Junior's dad is about to spank him in his room, the position of the globe on his bed changes.

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