Growing Pains

Season 6 Episode 6

Jason Flirts, Maggie Hurts

Aired Unknown Oct 24, 1990 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Maggie announces that she's been married for 22 years and 4 months. This is inconsistent with the season four episode "Anniversary from Hell," where it sounds as though Jason & Maggie's wedding was in 1969, but falls in line more with the 1968 date mentioned in season two's "The Awful Truth."

  • Quotes

    • Mike: I think this is kinda sick! I mean, Mom, if I had a husband and he was flirtin' around with another woman, I would be pretty upset.
      Jason: So would we.

    • Maggie: We won't have a serious conversation about your middle-aged insecurity.
      Jason: I'm not middle-aged.
      Maggie: Oh. You plan to live to be 86?

    • Ben: So dad's just like me?
      Carol: Unfortunately.
      Ben: So you've actually seen the magazines under his bed?

    • Maggie: I should've listened to Oprah. I mean, you can't count on a marriage even when it has lasted for 22 years and 4 months.
      Jason: Oprah didn't do a show on that.
      Maggie: Her point being that a woman shouldn't trust her marriage when it's built on the fragile psyche of the aging male.
      Jason: Oh, yeah? Well, what does Phil Donahue say?

    • Maggie: Admit it, Jason! You find a 20-year-old woman with a fully conditioned body and beautiful hair and eyes attractive!
      Jason: Oh, Maggie, sweetheart, what do I need with a beautiful woman when I've got you?
      Maggie: What?!?

    • Jason: Your Mom and I are tired so we're gonna go up to bed.
      Ben: Alright, Dad!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • The use of Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra when Ben throws his banana into the air and it turns into a cartoon spaceship when he realizes his parents are people refers to the scene at the beginning of Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, when a Neanderthal receives the crucial knowledge to use weapons.