Family Matters

Season 1 Episode 10

False Arrest

Aired Unknown Dec 01, 1989 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • When Rachel finally tells Buddy Goodrich her name he says that it's nice to meet her again. However, she did not tell him her name before and Harriette never introduced her.

  • Quotes

    • Carl: Harriette, is my lunch ready?
      Harriette: (from the laundry room) Yeah, it's already on the counter.
      Carl: (sees his lunch and the kids' lunches they left behind) Honey, are you sure this is my lunch?
      Harriette: It's a new diet you're starting today.
      Carl: (puts the kids' food in his bag) Alright, but with all of this food I'm not sure if there will be room left for dinner.
      Harriette: That's the attitude, honey!

    • Judy: (Looking at her lunch) This sandwich is made with chunky peanut butter!
      Laura: (Looking at her lunch) Meat loaf? I can't eat that, I'm a vegetarian!
      Harriette: Since when?
      Laura: Since yesterday! When Barney McGuire laughed so hard that bologna juice came out of his nose.
      Harriette: Laura! Ugh!
      Eddie: Mustard? Mom, there's mustard on my sandwich! I hate mustard!
      Harriette: Hey, what are we? A luxury restaurant? You make your food by yourself, I have to check on the laundry!

    • Carl: Mama, you mean to say you'd rather watch Buddy Goodrich than listen to me?
      Estelle: Well, you're here every night; he's only on once a week.

    • Carl: So this is the new hit TV show, a rich black man who adopts two white boys.
      Eddie: They're adopted? Oh! Now I get it!

  • Notes

    • The original cold open to this episode featured Harriette telling Rachel she's putting Carl on a new diet. Then Eddie, Laura, and Judy come down and complain about what Harriette made for their school lunch, so they leave it on the counter. Carl comes down and sees the extra food and thinks it's part of his lunch. After the original airing of this episode the producers replaced it with a new cold open to feature Eddie helping Steve Urkel lift weights, to make it look as if Urkel was on from the beginning. The first season DVD set uses the original version.

    • The German episode title is "Handschellen für den Star", meaning "Handcuffs for the Star".

  • Allusions

    • The Buddy Goodrich Show is a spoof of the 1978-1986 sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, with the races of parent and children flip-flopped.