Family Matters

Season 2 Episode 22

Finding the Words

Aired Unknown Mar 22, 1991 on ABC
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Episode Summary

A charming, mysterious figure, claiming to be a family friend from the past, comes to visit - and turns out to be Harriette and Rachel's long-lost father.

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  • Harriet and Rachel's father returns.

    Harriet and Rachel's father returns. This episode had a dramatic plot and a very interesting one that kept you watching. The ending had to be the best part of the episode. Rachel goes to Harriet and asks her if shes okay and they talk about re-welcoming their father back into their lives. The ending was very sweet and warm to see them forgive their father after all those years he was away. This was a very special episode and a series classic. The plot and script were perfect. Also aside from the main story Steve trying to impress Laura with his grizzly bear story.moreless
  • This episode had very funny scenes. But it was also very dramatic as well. I've always said if you keep the script and try not to be over the top, the outcome is greatmoreless

    I love this episode. One of my all time favorites on Family Matters. I think because it didn't revolve around Urkel. Paul Winfield is such a wonderful actor. I've heard his voice on City Confidental. I think of him in the same sense of Morgan Freeman and James Earl Jones. Larger than life and not a big shot. They just love what they do. Paul did a fantastic job playing a dramatic role in a sitcom. That is not easy to do. But he was so likeable as well that you would not think of him as a deadbeat Dad. I think all kids who idolize their dad should watch this episode. Sometimes we all aren't lucky enough to have a dad growing up. Bottom line: great episode.moreless

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Rachel: (about their father) He's trying to make amends, and if we don't meet him half way, we'll be making the same mistake he did.
      Harriette: I know. But how could the man just leave and never give us another thought?
      Jimmy: I thought about you. I thought about you every day of my life. Harriette, I know that what I did was wrong and I will hate myself forever for it. But what I want you to know... no, what I need you to know, is that even though we weren't together, I never stopped loving you.

    • Carl: Let's say that you really are Harriette and Rachel's father. Why did they think you were dead?
      Jimmy: I was only 18 when I married Darlene, and we had problems from the get go. She thought it would help if we had kids, but in many ways it just made things worse. Now, I stuck it out for five years. But then, when Harriette was three and Rachel was one... I bailed out.
      Carl(sickened) You abandoned them.
      Jimmy: I sent money, and I called, and one day Darlene told me to stop calling. She said she had told Harriette and Rachel that their father had been shot down over Korea.
      Carl: Now why did she do that?
      Jimmy: She said she didn't want her little girls growing up thinking that their father had run out on them.

    • Jimmy: You gave me this when you were three years old.
      Harriette: (reading) "Happy Valentine's Day Dady", D-A-D-Y, "I love you always."
      Jimmy: Always.

    • Carl: Well, you know, it's tough for me to sympathize with you, Jimmy. I mean, no marriage is easy. There were times when I wanted to pull my hair out.
      Jimmy: I can see that.

    • Carl: There is a guy on our couch who says I remember him, but I don't remember him.
      Harriette: Well, tell him you don't remember him.
      Carl: I can't tell him I don't remember him because I already told him I do remember him! So, if I tell him I don't remember him, I'll look like a jerk and I still won't remember him.
      Harriette: Well, if he remembers you, he's used to you looking like a jerk.

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