Growing Pains

Season 5 Episode 6

Carol's Papers

Aired Unknown Oct 25, 1989 on ABC
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An angry Jason confronts Ben and Mike, who give conflicting versions of how Ben came to sell Carol's old term papers to students at Dewey High -- and to date a seductive 18-year-old.

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  • Ben sells Carol's old term papers to students at Dewey High.

    This is a stupidly funny episode. It is told through conflicting flashbacks by both Ben and Mike. Ben, still in middle school, steals Carol's "A" papers and sells them to students at Dewey High. Stealing the papers requires Mission: Impossible-type missions. While selling the papers at school, he is asked out by an 18-year old senior, played by Tracy Wells (the girl from Mr. Belvedere). Mike encourages him to live the dream. After all, Ben can't get in trouble at Dewey High because he is not a student there. We later find out Principal Dewitt has an extradition treaty with Ben's middle school. It's a rare episode in which Ben is the centerpiece. Although, the plot is kind of silly, it is an enjoyable episode.moreless
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Guest Star

Gil Perez

Gil Perez

Student #1

Guest Star

William Joseph Barker

William Joseph Barker

Student #2

Guest Star

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

Mr. Dewitt

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The actress who plays Marlene, Tracy Wells, starred in Mr. Belvedere, as Heather Owens. This was played on by Ben, as he states that Marlene looks "just like the girl in Mr. Belvedere."

    • We learn in this episode that Ben's friend Stinky has a brother named Funky.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Mr. Dewitt: Ever heard this before? "Finally, we have a society in which I, a woman, can be feminine yet forceful. Free to run a corporation and still experience the wonder and beauty of giving birth".
      Carol: Well, sure! That was part of my valedictory address.
      Mr. Dewitt: Ah, ha! I knew Jimmy Droppo wasn't about to experience the wonder and beauty of diddly!

    • Jason: There are two ways we can go on this. You can either make some cock and bull story. I'll get the truth eventually, Mike, and you will be severely punished!
      Ben: Or?
      Jason: Or you can tell me the exact truth, as it happened, and I'll punish you severely!

    • Marlene: So, you free tonight?
      Ben: Uh, free, tonight? Why?
      Marlene: Well, I figure we could go out. There's this great movie I've already seen at the drive in.
      Ben: But if you're already seen it... Ohhhhh!

    • Mr. Dewitt: I just want to apologize to you two young people.
      Marlene: Mr. Dewitt, we were just on our...
      Mr. Dewitt: No, no, Marlene. As the principal, it's my fault. The engraved invitations to class were delayed at the printer. So we've been relying on that annoying bell to let folks know when our sessions begin. Mea culpa, mea culpa.

    • Mike: Hey, guys, you mind if I watch TV down here? I just set off a bug bomb in my apartment.
      Carol: Well, why didn't you just ask your friends to leave?

    • Maggie: Mr. Dewitt, what are you doing here?
      Mr. Dewitt: Oh, working after hours without any overtime thanks to the wisdom of the voters of our community, but why get into that?

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