Season 2 Episode 1

The Golden Child

Aired Friday 9:30 PM Sep 18, 1991 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • The DNN news anchor's name is Howard Handupme, a nod to the fact that all the characters are puppets, and also to the puppeteers who make them come to life.

    • When the "food" in the fridge is pouring the sugar into Baby's mouth, the sleeve of one of the puppeteers is visible.

  • Quotes

    • Earl: I came to take you home, but the guard at the door with the machine gun said that wouldn't be possible, son.
      Cave elder: He's not your son, he's the king. You have 2 minutes.
      Earl: I guess I didn't treat you much like a king, huh? You were new, you were my 3rd child and your mother says I should've spent more time with you. But then you became the king and they took you away. I just want you to know that even though all these guys think you're the king because you've got that horn, you will always be my son.
      Cave elder: Your time is up, touch the horn and be gone. (Earl touches the horn and it breaks, the Cave elders gasp)
      Earl: Son, the horn, it's falling off! You need the horn to be the king, without the horn you'll just be my son...
      Baby: Daddy. (Earl removes the horn and picks Baby up to take him home)

    • Robbie: I don't get it. What's the big deal about this cave of old guys?
      Earl: Terror. Horror. No one ever comes back. I hear they once made a guy bite off his own head.

    • Roy: You know, I don't often let people in on this, but there was one time in my life when I had short little stubby arms.
      (Earl looks at him incredulously)
      Roy: Yep, I did.
      Earl: Roy, you're a tyrannosaurus.
      Roy: What are you saying?
      Earl: Nothing.

    • Baby: Say it.
      Mr. Lizard: We're going to need another Timmy!

    • Fran: Finished your cereal?
      Baby: No cereal. Juice.
      Fran: First cereal, then juice.
      Baby: First juice.
      Fran: Then cereal?
      Baby: We'll see.
      (Fran sighs)

    • Roy: I always wanted to play the piano...eat with a fork! Be picked first for the bowling team!
      Baby: Want firetruck?
      Roy: No, I want longer arms.
      Baby: Funny arms.
      Roy: Yeah, I know.
      Baby: Like 'em.
      Roy: You do?
      Baby: Like you.
      Roy: Then I'm just being stupid.
      (Baby hits Roy)
      Baby: Stupid!

    • Baby: I made a big poop!

    • Earl: We're outnumbered, 3 to 2.
      Fran: You're talking about our family, Earl.
      Earl: Excuse me, Fran, but I was prepared for child 1 and child 2. We planned for them, raised them and I thought the family was through. Now arriving on track number 3.
      (Earl jumps as the baby crawls by. The Baby jumps up)
      Baby: Choo choo! Chugga chugga chugga chugga chugga, choo choo! Choo choo!
      (Fran picks up the baby)
      Baby: Hi! I'm the baby, gotta love me!
      Earl: I'm the daddy, gotta go to work. How about a kiss?
      (The baby kisses Fran)

  • Notes

    • Michael Dorn guest starred on this episode as one of the elders. Michael Dorn is better known as Worf on Star Trek: The Next Generation and as the Sandman in the Santa Clause 2 & 3 movie's.

    • This episode features the first appearance of the TV show "Ask Mr. Lizard."

    • The laugh track which was used in the first season has been removed.

  • Allusions

    • Watch Mr. Wizard

      The TV show that is on as the episode opens, Ask Mister Lizard, is much like the old early morning kids show, Watch Mister Wizard, hosted by Don Herbert. The show taught the basic lessons of science in a fun way.

    • The Golden Child:

      The title of this episode seems to be a spoof of the 1986 Eddie Murphy film, The Golden Child.