Even Stevens

Season 1 Episode 8

Family Picnic

Aired Weekdays 10:30 PM Sep 02, 2000 on Disney Channel
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Episode Summary

Family Picnic
Louis is dreading his father's law firm's family picnic because Steve Stevens is determined his family will win the picnic's decathlon for the third year in a row. Donny injures himself in an event, so Louis must participate in the deciding contest, the father-son kayak race. Louis decides he's willing to do anything to win the race.moreless

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  • Cheating is bad!

    There is the traditional family picnic! Louis doesn't want to go, but he does. Steve makes a big deal about it. It pressures Louis into cheating on the kayak race. After the family wins the games, Louis feels guilty about it. He finally tells them, but Ren and Donnie also confess. Even Eileen confesses. Louis learns that cheating is not the way to do things.

    This was a great episode! It had a great lesson! Cheating is wrong and shouldn't be taken lightly. This episode was a little boring to me though. It gets a 9.0 out of 10 from me!moreless
Scott Thomas Baker

Scott Thomas Baker

Porter Dandridge

Guest Star

Greg Siff

Greg Siff

Quincy Dandridge

Guest Star

E.J. Callahan

E.J. Callahan


Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • It looks like the writer tried to sneak one by in this episode. Steve Stevens identifies the Australian couple as Porter Dandridge and his wife Chippy. In the UK and Australia, "chippy" may be slang for a carpenter, but in the U.S. it's an old slang term for a flirtatious or promiscuous woman, or a prostitute. "Chippy" has no lines on the show.

    • During the kayak race, Louis can be seen wearing a retainer. He doesn't wear it during the rest of the show, or in any other Even Stevens episode, as far as we know. Shia LaBeouf, the actor who plays Louis, has been seen wearing the retainer in some of the promos he's done on the Disney Channel.

    • When Louis is saying how he cheated, it shows him in a scuba suit after he drills the holes in Quincy's kayak. Since that was before the race and Quincy was sitting on his kayak at the time, by the start of the race, Quincy's kayak should be full already.

    • Before the start of the kayak race, you can see that Porter is a little ahead of Steve. Shouldn't they start off even?

    • This is the first of two episodes to have voice over work (both times by Louis) with the other being 'Ren-Gate' in Season 2.

    • Just a nitpick: When Steve is at dinner, he is wearing a blue shirt, but later when he is playing pool in the garage, he is wearing a red shirt. It could be a goof, or he could've just changed.

    • In this episode Donny rips his delt playing tennis. Later, when the Stevens family wins the trophy, Donny is seen carrying Louis on his shoulders.

    • Ren refers more than once to the "homemade apple pie contest," but the banner at the picnic simply calls it a "pie contest." Some of the other entries shown are obviously different kinds of pies than apple.

    • After the egg race, a kid throws his egg in the air and it never comes down!

    • Louis says he drilled holes through Quincy's kayak in order to do that, he'd have to get back in his boat, and when it shows Louis waiting for his dad to finish the race, he's dry. Could he really dry that fast?

    • The sportscaster is reading football scores for such games as Arizona-Arizona State, Virginia-Virginia Tech, and Indiana-Purdue. These games betewen intrastate rivals would be played late in the college football season in November, while the company picnic in this episode is obviously supposed to be happening in the spring or summer.

    • Louis identifies his dad's law firm as Deming, Deming, & Deming (and adds "they're not related.") But in the pilot he said his dad worked for Windham, Windham, & Stevens.

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (2)


    • Eileen Stevens: Why don't we have 'em over and throw a shrimp on the barbie?

      This line was suggested by a series of commercials the actor/comedian Paul Hogan (star of the 'Crocodile' Dundee movies) made for the Australian Tourist Commission in 1985 promoting tourism in that country. In those commercials, he was shown grilling giant shrimp on a barbecue and telling the viewer, "I'll slip an extra shrimp on the barbie for ya." That became a popular catchphrase. The Dandridge family that Eileen is referring to is from Australia.

    • Tawny: Do you know the story of "The Tell-Tale Heart?

      "The Tell-Tale Heart" was written in 1842 by one of Amrica's greatest short-story writers, Edgar Allan Poe. He was also one of the world's greatest writers of tales of mystery and horror. As Tawny explains on the show, the story is about a man who commits a murder, then buries the body beneath his floor, but is found out when he is driven mad by the sound he imagines he hears of the dead man's beating heart. The story is often included in literature textbooks. Click here for the text.

    • Ren: We're doing a salute to disco. Stayin' afloat! Stayin' afloat!

      Ren is talking about doing a syncronized swimming routine to the tune of the Bee Gees' #1 hit "Stayin' Alive." The song was prominently featured in the movie Saturday Night Fever (1978). Both the song and the movie were hugely popular and are totally synonymous with the disco era.

    • Louis: ...it's the new Jackie Chan film.

      Jackie Chan is the top martial arts-film star working. He began his career as a stuntman and eventually began starring in and directing his own films. His style involves furious action and comedy, and he performs his own stunts, often at great risk to himself. Chan's popularity is relatively new in the United States, but for several years now his films have been very successful there.

    • Louis: ...that's like asking did Shaq have a growth spurt.

      Shaquille O'Neal (Shaq) is an NBA basketball star and sometimes actor and rap performer who is 7'1" tall.