Family Matters

Season 8 Episode 24

A Pirate's Life for Me

Aired Unknown May 09, 1997 on ABC
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Episode Summary

A Pirate's Life for Me
Another trip in the time machine lands Carl and Urkel on a pirate ship.

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  • Really silly.

    This was a decent episode. The problem I have with this and other science fiction episodes is the unrealistic elements and storylines. I didn't care much for the time traveling back to a pirate ship plot. I found it very predictable and silly. It reminded me how completely different this kind of Family Matters is compared to the first 4 seasons. I did like the comedy, as it made up for some of the ridiculous bits. I also liked seeing everybody fight pirates, although I could have done without the last minute predictability. Overall, not bad, but not great either. Thank you.moreless
Kelly Perine

Kelly Perine


Guest Star

Matt Landers

Matt Landers


Guest Star

Peter Dennis

Peter Dennis

Capt. Hightower

Guest Star

Cherie Johnson

Cherie Johnson

Maxine Johnson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (after Carl and the gang are all on the plank)
      Captain Hightower: Any last words before you meet your maker?
      Steve: Yeah. (presses the home button on Myra's time device) So long, suckers!
      Captain Hightower: That's a very strange choice of words.
      (they all disappear back to the present and the captain falls off the plank and into the sea; the shipmates cheer)

    • Steve: At the end of his hunger strike, I gave Gandhi a cookie.
      Eddie: What'd he say?
      Steve: Well, he said, "Oh, thank you very much! I am very hungry!"

    • Eddie: Steve combined his teleportation pad with his time machine so now he can travel anywhere in history.
      Harriette: Isn't that dangerous? I mean, for people in history.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode title is "Captain Carl, der Dicke", meaning "Captain Carl, the Fat One".

    • This episode, the last episode to air on ABC, featured a special 3D scene, for which the network distributed glasses through a special promotional arrangement with Wendy's Restaurants.

    • Music: "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" performed by Reginald VelJohnson, Kellie Shanygne Williams, Michelle Thomas, Jaleel White, and Cherie Johnson.

    • ABC canceled Family Matters (and TGIF companion Step by Step) at the end of the season. The series was picked for a final year by CBS. Rumors also circulated that Family Matters would be picked by The WB Television Network.