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Pilot

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/20/91
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  • Episode Description
  • After their parents wed on a whim in Jamaica, Port Washington, Wisconsin's Frank Lambert and Carol Foster's children have to learn to adjust to life with each other.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Suzanne Somers

    Carol Foster Lambert

  • Patrick Duffy

    Frank Lambert

  • Peggy Rea

    Ivy Baker

  • Staci Keanan

    Dana Foster

  • Brandon Call

    J.T. Lambert

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Good for a pilot!

    By cheysm1, May 03, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Carol: (making a grocery list in bed) Is there anything you want, Frank? Frank: Yes. (writes something on her list) Carol: Frank, the kids might see this! Frank: Well, then, let's hurry up and get it crossed off the list.

    • Karen: Oh, no, I'm getting a major zit! Dana: Where? Karen: It's an undergrounder right now, but it's coming! Dana: Let me know when it gets here, and we'll set another place at the table.

    • Carol: Why didn't anybody wake me? Dana: Well, it was your first morning back from vacation. I thought I'd let you sleep in. Carol: I know, but I've got an early morning customer, and I can't be late! Dana: Mom, you're a hairdresser, not a heart surgeon. Get some perspective.

    • Karen: (screams) Mom, they brought animals! Al: (walks in with a pig) What a wuss! I swear, every time this girl hears thunder, she probably wets her pants!

    • Frank: I don't know what I was thinking about, Carol. If you hadn't been there, I might have sent Al off to school, and her appendix might have burst. Karen: I wish this zit would burst!

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    Notes (2)

    • This seasons theme song goes like this: It starts on a city line sign that says "Port Washington, Wisconsin, Population: 9,338. Then a car goes by the sign, and the camera follows the car. In the next scene, it show feet of a bunch of people getting out of the car. Then it shows arms of someone going through the turn style at the park entrance. Then it zooms in on a roller coaster gear. The shot cuts to a riders perspective of going up a hill, and the zooming down it. Then it shows the camera's view of the roller coaster going down the hill until it hits the camera, when a bunch of ballons pop-up. Behind the ballons it shows, Dana, Karen, J.T., Brendan, Frank, Carol, an original Mark, Ivy and Al entering the park, zooming back until you get a birds eye-view of the park, where the show title appears. Patrick Duffy's credit: It shows the kids pointing out different things, and all excited, as Frank watches them, and he sighs. Suzanne Somers credit: Carol hands the kids money, while talking to someone off camera, and then smiles. Staci Keanen's credit: Frank, J.T., Karen and Dana are playing a squirt gun game, when Karen and Dana decide to squirt Frank and J.T., and zooms into Dana laughing. Brandon Call's credit: J.T. plays a test your strength game and rings the bell, as Dana, Carol and Karen watch in amazement. Angela Waton's and Christine Lakin's credit: Karen slides down into a ball pit where Al is sitting at the bottom, and they laugh. Next, it shows Karen, J.T., Al, Dana, and a bunch of other people go down a water coaster, as Frank and Carol stand on a bridge, where the ride soaks them. Patrika Darbo's credit: Penny has a tray full of snacks where the gang takes them, as Penny smiles. Christopher Castile's and Josh Bynes's credit: Mark and Brendan are holding popcorn buckets, when Mark sneezes and the popcorn flie up, on to Brendan. Peggy Rae's credit: Ivy is holding Mark's hand, and he looks up and starts to wave. Ivy looks up and also waves. Then it shows Frank, Carol, Dana, J.T. Karen, Al, Brendan and Penny in a roller coaster car, and they all look down and wave. Finally, it zooms in on their car, slowly zooming out, reveal the whole roller coaster, and an ocean in front of it.

    • For the first season, the show's theme song runs at 1:49. It shortens next season.

    Trivia (8)

    • The opening of the show was filmed at Six Flags Magic Mountain (Los Angeles), anyone who has been there knows that the park is located off the 5 Freeway. So, why is there an (obviously fake) digital image of water surrounding the roller coaster?!? The image is actually placed over what is really the park's parking lot. If you look closely at the "shore-line" you'll notice the water isn't flowing anywhere. Guess fake water looks better on television than a parking lot! 

    • When Karen runs into the house screaming because the Lambert kids brought animals, look closely for the hilariously fake sets that are supposed to look like the outside street and surrounding houses. You can totally tell that they are not real.

    • When Carol bends down to feel Al's forehead in the kitchen scene, you can see that Al's braids are in front of her face. However, in the next shot, they are behind her shirt.

    • Goof: If you look very closely at the ketchup stain on Dana's dress, you can tell that it changes three different times during the scene.

    • For the pilot episode only, the flight of stairs are in a different position than their usual place. The color of the kitchen is also different and the cabinets are dark blue instead of the light blue that it switches to after th Pilot.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Dana compares her family to the Joah family, who are from The Grapes of Wrath. The family is poor and not very civil.

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