Growing Pains

Season 1 Episode 2


Aired Unknown Oct 01, 1985 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • The song Jason and Mike sing before they are interviewed by the news crew is "Dancing in the Dark" from Bruce Springsteen's album Born in the U.S.A..

  • Quotes

    • (Mike skates into the kitchen)
      Maggie: When do they outgrow skateboards?
      Jason: When you buy them a Camaro.

    • Maggie: Jason, our son knows people named Cheech?
      Jason: Aw, Maggie, you can't judge somebody on the basis of a name. Anyway, Mike, you were saying?
      Mike: Yeah, well, Cheech's parole officer didn't think it'd be such a good idea for him to be scalping tickets so close to the trial.

    • (sees Maggie with mousetraps)
      Jason: Do we have mice?
      Maggie: Yup. And if I'm not back in 24 hours... (gives a passionate farewell kiss) a cat.

    • (Jason gets Springsteen tickets)
      Mike: I can't believe it! How did you get 'em?
      Jason: Well, Mike, your mom and I made a big decision. We could either afford to send you to college or we could get those tickets.

    • Carol: So, did you get tickets?
      Mike: Did I get tickets? Carol, of course I got tickets.
      Carol: To Springsteen?
      Mike: No. The Ice Capades!

    • (Maggie prepares mousetraps)
      Carol: Well, Mom, I mean they're cute, harmless little creatures.
      Maggie: Carol, these are the same guys who carried the plague all through Europe during the 10th century and killed millions of people.
      Carol: That was a thousand years ago, Mom! How long are you going to hold a grudge?

    • (after Carol has gone upstairs, upset about the mice, and Mike, as well, about the Springsteen concert)
      Maggie: Is there an irate children's convention upstairs?

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Maggie says, "A mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do," complete with Western drawl and swagger, paraphrasing a popular misquote of John Wayne in the 1953 Western, Hondo. The real quote is, "A man oughta do what he thinks is right."

    • Mike's red baseball cap in his back pocket is a reference to Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. album cover.