Family Matters

Season 2 Episode 25

I Should Have Done Something

Aired Unknown Apr 26, 1991 on ABC

Episode Recap

Steve has tickets to a Johnny Gill concert in town and tries to persuade Laura to come with him. Laura accepts the invitation, despite the fact that it means going with Steve. Carl comes home in a foul mood and complains about mundane issues such as taking out the trash, root beer, and a jar of pickles. When Harriette asks him what really is bothering him, he reminds her of what had happened a year back. It was the anniversary of a shooting in which an innocent man was held hostage and shot by a robber and Carl claims he could have prevented the incident. He even stays up late to watch videos of the news reports of the shooting. Steve asks Grandma Winslow if it really was a good idea to blackmail Laura into coming to the concert, and she says no. He decides he was wrong to do so. Carl goes to the cemetery where the man who was shot had been buried. He says that he was sorry and would have prevented it. But then the man's widow comes along and tell him that it was her fault for making him go to the store that day to buy ice cream, and if she hdan't made him go, he wouldn 't have been shot. She also said it took a long time for her to realize that she couldn't have stopped the incident, and that Carl wouldn't have been able to either. At home, Steve decides to do the right thing and give the concert tickets to Laura, who plans to take Maxine. But she realizes that if she doesn't go with Steve, she'll owe him a date and decides to go with him after all. Steve thanks Grandma Winslow for the advice and goes off with Laura on the date.
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