Growing Pains

Season 5 Episode 7

Coughing Boy

Aired Unknown Nov 01, 1989 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Mike is excited and everyone is proud when he gets his first bit role in a TV show, but is left disappointed by the end result.

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    Jodi Petersdon

    Jodi Petersdon

    Laura Lynn

    Guest Star

    Beth Toussaint

    Beth Toussaint

    Morgan Chase

    Guest Star

    William Denis

    William Denis

    TV Director

    Guest Star

    Jamie Abbott

    Jamie Abbott

    Stinky Sullivan

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Casting Agent: Hmm. He reminds me of a young Michael J. Fox.

      • Mike: (talking to himself in an imaginary interview) No, no, no, Oprah. My first role was not opposite DeNiro and Streep. It was... it was on New York Heat. You know what, though, we have something in common. I'll tell you, I'll tell you. When I was on the cover of TV Guide, they used Ann Margret's body, too!

      • Ben: (to Mike) You know, I always knew you'd end up on TV. But I figured it'd be on the news.

      • Carol: You weren't acting! You're really going to quit school over one crummy acting job in one stupid TV show!
        Mike: You're calling a TV show on ABC stupid???

      • Carol: Well, why'd they pick you over a real actor
        Mike: A "real actor?" I know we tease each other a lot over the years, Carol, but I thought this time you'd understand. This is my big break. I thought maybe once you'd be happy for me. (sullenly leaves the kitchen)
        Carol: I was only kidding. I mean, that's just what Mike and I do.
        Jason: Yeah, well, maybe this time you've gone a little too far, Carol.
        Carol: I'll go and apologize.
        Mike: (pops back in) Not a "real actor," rat-breath?

      • Mike: Did Mom and Dad tell you?
        Ben: No, I heard Carol talking on the phone. She's been calling all her friends and bragging about ya.
        Mike: This is our sister Carol you're talking about?
        Ben: Yeah, the one with the constipated look.

      • Carol: Mike, whether you know it or not, I love you. I support you. I'm on your side.
        Mike: I... I don't know what to say.
        Carol: See? Anybody can act, bozo!

      • Mike: (incredulously reading his credit off the TV screen) Coughing Boy?! Michael WEAVER!

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Mike excitedly exclaims, "they like me, they really like me!," mimicking the incorrect quoting of Sally Field's acceptance speech for the 1985 Best Actress Oscar, where she said, "I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!"