Family Matters

Season 1 Episode 3

Short Story

Aired Unknown Oct 06, 1989 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Rachel writes a short story with characters that seem all too familiar; Carl becomes obsessed with the family's out of proportion water bill.

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  • Whole Household's Angry!

    So in this episode Rachel gets an idea from Laura to write a short story about the family. But once it's published, the family are shocked to see that the story is basically about them. Throughout the whole episode, it's about the effects Rachel's novel has on her relationship with her household relatives, particularly her sister Harriette. Great storyline for a third episode, but I felt that it could have gone another way instead of just a basic feud between family members. Regardless, it had its funny moments like when Eddie got beat by a guy named Bubba because of her story or when Carl gets bagged on for being reasonable in money pursuits. Ample show of Family Matters but I liked to see Rachel in the spotlight for the first time.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Harriette: (looking at the water bill) That is a little high.
      Carl: A *little* high? They don't use this much water at Sea World!

    • Carl: Eddie! Did you turn on the sprinklers this morning?
      Eddie: I sure did. And I did it without being told to.
      Carl: Ah but Eddie, you (grabs Eddie's shoulders firmly) forgot to turn them off!

    • Judy: (Following Laura, who took all of the mail, in the house) I'm really getting sick of this! I want some of that mail and I want it now!
      Laura: OK, here!
      Judy: (Looks through the mail Laura gave her) This is junk mail.
      Laura: Hey, you're new in this profession. You've gotta start at the bottom.
      Judy: I was born at the bottom!

    • Eddie: I don't believe this. I do something good, and I'm in trouble.
      Carl: Big trouble. And from now on, ask me before you do something I told you to do.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This is the first episode to feature a cold open. Every episode from this point on uses one except for "Torn Between Two Lovers" due to originally airing with "Rachel's Place", and "Farwell My Laura".

    • The German episode title is "Alles frei erfunden", meaning "All Fictional".

    • The scene in the seasons 1, 2 and 3 opening credits where Carl, Harriette, and Rachel all hug is from this episode.


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