Family Matters

Season 1 Episode 21

Bowl Me Over

Aired Unknown Apr 17, 1990 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Laura goes up to bowl and Eddie coughs to make her miss. Then Steve goes up to bowl. In the rules of bowling, unless you get a strike, you always have two turns. Laura didn't take her second turn.

  • Quotes

    • Carl: (the Bowling Alley blacks out after he throws his final ball) It was a strike! I distinctly heard ten pins fall!

    • Carl: Hi, honey.
      Harriette: Hi, sweetie. How was your day?
      Carl: Rough. I just spent two hours talking a guy off a ledge, then found out he was a window washer.

    • Eddie: This competition stuff is stupid.
      Laura: You're right, Eddie. I'm goin' to bed.
      Eddie: Me, too… race you upstairs!

    • Laura: (seductively) Hi, Steve.
      Steve: Hi, Laura.
      Laura: You know, I shouldn't be mingling with the opposition, but I just wanted to tell you how handsome you look under fluorescent lighting.
      Steve: Really?
      Laura: Yeah. And, I just wanted to wish you good luck. (Grabbing his arm) Ooh! My, what strong arms.
      Steve: (Dropping his bowling ball and hyperventilating)
      Carl: Steve? Steve?
      Steve: She touched me, Carl! I can't breathe! All the pins look like Laura!

    • Laura: He started it.
      Eddie: How did I start it?
      Laura: By being born first. You got the whole family off on the wrong foot.

    • Carl: You know, bowling was a great idea. I can't think of a single reason not to do this every week.
      (Steve enters)
      Steve: Hi, everybody!
      Carl: I just thought of a reason.

  • Notes

    • The German episode title is "Kurzschluß auf der Bowlingbahn", meaning "Short Circuit at the Bowling Alley".

    • The scene in the season 2 opening credits where Steve is holding a life-size photo of himself is from this episode.

  • Allusions