Season 3 Episode 11

The Son Also Rises

Aired Friday 9:30 PM Jan 08, 1993 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Earl and Robbie have a big argument. Grandma Ethyl tells Robbie a story that leads him to challenge Earl to the 'Pit Of Death' match which decides the Male head of household. Robbie wins but his new role isn't what he expects it to be.

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Baby: Robbie?
      Robbie: What?
      Baby: Tell me a story.
      Robbie: Life stinks. The end.

    • Earl: (to Robbie) All I ask is that you do everything I say, exactly how I say it, immediately and without question. Now, is that being so unreasonable?

    • Fran: Earl Sinclair, if you hurt one scale on that boy's head so help me, I'll disconnect your premium cable channels!
      Earl: You'd make me watch BASIC? (Robbie tackles him)

    • Ethyl: Way to stand up to your father, kid.
      Robbie: Yeah, did you like the part where I burst into tears and ran sobbing up to my room?
      Ethyl: It wasn't one of your finest moments.

    • Baby: Fight! Fight!
      Fran: There's not going to be any fight.
      Baby: Yes there is. (hits his bottle like a bell) Round one!

  • NOTES (1)


    • The Sun Also Rises:

      The episode title is an allusion to the 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. It tells the story of a WWI veteran who becomes a journalist. During that time he begins to live an isolated life. Some say its because he couldn't handle the war, and thus was "less of a man."

      Similarly, in this episode, Earl is emasculated by Robbie when Robbie wins the right to be head of the household.