Family Matters

Season 5 Episode 15

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Aired Unknown Jan 21, 1994 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Good Cop, Bad Cop
Carl doubts Eddie's claim of getting a ticket "because he was a black in a white person's neighborhood"... until a fellow cop spills the beans. Meanwhile, Urkel tells Richie that he has nothing to fear when going to the dentist, and then has to back up his claim when he has cavities.moreless

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  • Very interesting.

    I really thought this was a good episode of Family Matters. It tackled some of the heavy issues in reality and also was an episode that had some very good acting. After Eddie gets stopped by two white police officers, he tells Carl that they only mistreated him because he was black. Carl doesn't believe him so he finds out for himself. He confonts the officers and finds out that Eddie was telling the truth the entire time. Carl and Eddie then file a complaint against the one officer. Overall, a very good episode with more drama than comedy, which was nice. Thank you.moreless
  • I love this episode!

    I think this would have to be the best of the series. OK, the main reason I like this episode was because of the laughing gas scene. Steve had never been funnier. My favorite part was when he pretended to be a cop and shined the light in the dentist face. That was so funny. I also laughed when he began to play with the water squirter. I also laughed when he was talking with his mouth open and when he lied to the dentist. Another reason I love this episode was because of the white cop scenes. I felt really bad for Eddy, although it was funny when Waldo told on him. But, when Carl was arguing with the cops, I could not turn away for one second. This episode was really funny and really exciting.moreless
Robert Hooks

Robert Hooks

Dr. Smiley

Guest Star

Barry Cullison

Barry Cullison

Officer Evans

Guest Star

Joe Chrest

Joe Chrest

Officer Carmichael

Guest Star

Annie Gagen

Annie Gagen


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Carl sat down with Officer Evans and Officer Carmichael at the coffee shop, he ordered a cruller and a cup of coffee and the waitress left them on the table. But after Carl finished talking to Officer Carmichael, he just left the coffee shop without eating his cruller or drinking his coffee.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Eddie's upset after an encounter with the police)
      Eddie: I was on my way to a party in Burlington Heights! I was driving along, minding my own business, when the cops pull me over!
      Carl: Did they ask you for your liscense and registration?
      Eddie: Yeah! Then I asked what the problem was, and one of them told me to shut up! They he made me get out of the car and lie face down! Then he cuffed me!
      Carl: That's unusual procedure, unless you provoked it.
      Eddie: But I didn't! People were driving by looking at me like I was a criminal, and I didn't even do anything!
      Carl: Son, are you absolutely sure?
      Eddie: Dad, the only reason they pulled me over was because I was a black guy in a white neighborhood!

    • Carl: Edward, you know I tracked down those cops that pulled you over, and I had a little chat with them, and you were right son, they did harrass you.
      Eddie: I told you Dad!
      Carl: Son, it's not that I didn't believe you. But I am a cop, I had to check it out for myself. Now I hope you'll understand that.
      Eddie: Yeah, I guess I do.
      Carl: Good. First thing tomrrow, we'll go down and file a complaint.
      Carl: Now Edward...
      Eddie: Dad, I'll never forget what they did to me! They treated me like an animal!
      Carl: Son, try to calm down.
      Eddie: Calm down?! How do I calm down, Dad?! How do I do that when I'm so angry inside?!
      Carl: Edward, this has happened to me, I've been there. But there are two ways to deal with anger: you can hold on to it, let it eat you away inside, or you can give that anger a voice and do something to make a difference.

    • (Carl just finished an argument with Officer Evans, a racist police officer)
      Carl: Just a second, son. How long have you been on the force?
      Officer Carmichael: About a year, almost.
      Carl: And you like being a cop?
      Officer Carmichael: Yes, sir.
      Carl: Why? It's a very dangerous job, you put your life on the line every day, and you never get credit for it.
      Officer Carmichael: Yeah, well, I just thought I'd make a difference, you know? Good guys against bad guys.
      Carl: Well, that's a very good reason. Just one problem, son... your partner is one of the bad guys.

    • (Carl is talking to Evans and Carmichal about their pulling Eddie over)
      Evans: It was your kid who messed up, so don't try to take it out on me, alright?
      Carl: No, it's not alright. And do you know why it's not alright, Evans? Because I think that you rousted my son!
      Evans: NO WAY! He fit the description of a car jacker we've been looking for.
      Carl: That will not cut it, Evans! Because I am familiar with all of the outstanding car jacking bulletins, and not one suspect even remotely resembles my son!
      Evans: Come on, give me a break! It's dark, it's a black guy!
      Carl: (very sarcastically) Oh, case closed, lock him up.

    • Carl: You work the Burlington Heights district, right?
      Evans: Yeah.
      Carl: Did you pull over a '77 Dodge Monaco last night? The driver was a black teenager.
      Evans: Ran a stop sign.
      Carl: It was failure to signal.
      Evans: And who are you, the activist on the force?
      Carl: No, I'm a father on the force; that kid was my son.

    • Carl: (sitting with Evans and Carmichael, to the waitress) I'll have a cruller and a cup of coffee, black.

    • Carl: How about some pie?
      Harriette: I'd love some.
      Carl: Me, too, bring me a piece.
      Estelle: Carl, you lazy slug, get it yourself.
      Carl: Okay, Mama.
      Estelle: As long as you're up, get me a piece, too.

    • Harriette: Eddie, what was the charge?
      Eddie: Failure to signal!
      Estelle: I got a ticket once. Did you know the sidewalk isn't a passing lane?

    • Carl: (to Evans and Carmichael) You two harassed my son because he's black!
      Evans: (laughs malicously) You can't prove that.
      Carl: Well I can file a complaint! And I assure you, that there will be an investigation into this matter.
      Evans: Go ahead. It's our word against your kid's. Bye.
      (Evans heads for the door)
      Carl: Just a second Evans. You know, I don't know how that badge stays on, because it's pinned to slime!
      (Infuriated, Evans moves to retaliate, and then turns around and leaves)

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