Growing Pains

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Unknown Sep 24, 1985 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Maggie goes back to work as a journalist, prompting psychiatrist Jason to move his office into their home so he can keep his eye on the kids. Things don't get off to a great start: the first night he gets a call from the police that Mike has been picked up for illegally driving a car.moreless

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  • This episode was cleverley planned.

    This episode was very well thought out, especially with the last minute change of Carol Seaver. It is so introducing to the series, and is really funny. Right off the start, Mike gets into sets the tone for the entire series. They also really took a good look at the life of Maggie and Jason by giving us background information. They really gave a certain feeling to the show, and it carried on. Ben was so little, but yet really funny...some of the stuff he says and does is unbelievable for his age, and Carol is the smart one, whereas Mike is the joker. The show was so well put together.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Jason: You know, I read an article that said two-career couples should really make special effort to always remain... frisky!
      Maggie: At breakfast?
      Jason: At all meals.

    • Mike: (walking in while Jason and Maggie smooch) What's the matter, you guys aren't gettin' enough?
      Jason: Mike, a lot of kids would get smacked for a remark like that.
      Mike: Come on, Dad. You can't hit me. You're a liberal humanist.
      Jason: Could be an "accident."
      Carol: Could be a dream come true.

    • Carol: Mike, you give new meaning to the word, "vacuous."
      Mike: Oh, yeah? What was the old meaning?

    • Maggie: (overhearing Mike's conversation) Mike, what is the House of Sweat?
      Mike: Well, it's... you know...
      Carol: It's that new under-20 dance club on Jericho Turnpike.
      Mike: Yeah, and it sounds like a great idea, Mom. It's a safe, wholesome place for teens to congregate.
      Maggie: And the larger the group, the smaller their brains get.

    • Jason: Now that I'm in charge at home, we can try things my way.
      Mike: All right!
      Jason: You don't even know what my way is.
      Mike: Sure, I do, Dad. It's a Sinatra song.

    • Jason: (on phone) No, our Mike is only 15, so he wouldn't be driving a car. I see.
      Maggie: What did he say?
      Jason: He said, "That's why your Mike is in our jail."

    • Biker: What are you in for, kid?
      Mike: I, um... I killed a man just to watch him die! You?
      Biker: (backing away) Unpaid parking tickets.

    • Jason: Mike, you probably don't remember this, but when you were three weeks old, I took you to the Mets home opener. Cradled you in my arms. Up comes Donn Clendenon, hits a shot off the left-field scoreboard to win it in the 12th. I hugged you real tight, jumping up and down. And you... you threw up in your complimentary Mets batting helmet.
      Mike: I'm sorry, Dad.
      Jason: It was my fault. I never should've let you suck that beer off my finger.

    • Mike: You know, Dad. I try. I really try. But sometimes, almost without warning, I just find myself doing something really stupid.
      Jason: Sort of an uncontrollable impulse, huh?
      Mike: Yeah.
      Jason: Or is it more like you think you're doing something really stupid and then you weigh your chances of getting away with it and if they're better than ten percent, you go for it?
      Mike: Yeah!

    • Mike: Dad, we've been friends now for a long time, right?
      Jason: Off and on, yeah.

    • Maggie: Ben, imagine you had to spend fifteen years in this house without ever going out to play. You'd go crazy, wouldn't you? (Ben nods.) Well, believe it or not, a lot grown-ups feel the same way about work.
      Ben: That's sick, Mom.
      Maggie: Ben, I know this has been a big change for all of us. And I worry about not being here for you because, well, you're the youngest. And I worry about not being here for Carol because she's a girl and she needs her mother. And I worry about not being here for Mike to keep him from accidentally blowing something up.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode title is "In schlechter Gesellschaft", meaning "In Bad Company"

    • Actress Elizabeth Ward was the original person to play Carol Seaver but they re-cast her because she didn't quite match the family.

      You can also see her a little bit in the police scene.


    • Jason: Mike, do you even know what my way is?
      Mike: Yeah. It's a Sinatra song.

      "My Way" is best known as Frank Sinatra's signature song. It was originally a French song by Claude François and Jacques Revaux and was adapted into English by Paul Anka.

    • Maggie is heard humming the theme to Who's the Boss? at the start of this episode.