Growing Pains

Season 4 Episode 18

The Recruiter

Aired Unknown Mar 15, 1989 on ABC
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Episode Summary

To avoid going to her parents' college without disappointing them, Carol has Mike hire a homeless man to pose as an uncouth Jason when a recruiter arrives for an interview.

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    Carmen Filpi

    Carmen Filpi


    Guest Star

    Rod McCary

    Rod McCary

    Mr. Jefferson

    Guest Star

    Marilyn Pitzer

    Marilyn Pitzer


    Guest Star

    Kirsten Dohring

    Kirsten Dohring

    Chrissy Seaver

    Recurring Role

    Kelsey Dohring

    Kelsey Dohring

    Chrissy Seaver

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • In the final scene, Maggie sits at the kitchen table, feeding Chrissy, with just a baby food jar in front of them, but in the final shot before the credits roll, a coffee mug suddenly appears in front of Maggie.

    • QUOTES (18)

      • Carol: Mike, Mom and Dad went to Boston College. They met there. They fell in love there. They did God knows what there.

      • Carol: Mike, I need your help.
        Mike: I know. But I don't do electrolysis.

      • Carol: Now, I figured the plan out, but you have got to help me.
        Mike: Why have I "got to help you?"
        Carol: Because. Because you're my brother and you love me.
        (Mike gives a bemused look)
        Carol: Because you're a scumbucket and I'll give you 20 bucks?
        Mike: Done deal.

      • Mike: Alright, what's your plan?
        Carol: Actually, you gave me the idea when you said I should blow the interview by belching and smelling bad.
        Mike: (sniffs Carol) Okay. But can you belch?

      • (Carol explained her plan)
        Mike: All right, Carol! You know, Carol, it saddens me when I think of what a sleazemeister you could have been if you'd only applied yourself when you were young.

      • Carol: Alright, now, I'll meet you downstairs in an hour.
        Mike: Hey, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Come on, you expect me to get a whole new set of parents in an hour? I couldn't do that in a day! I've tried.

      • Carol: Maybe, maybe we can clear Fred up and put one of Dad's suits on him. But Wilma has no teeth!
        Wilma: Hey! I got teeth. Just didn't bring 'em with me, that's all.

      • Mr. Jefferson: So, uh, I'm anxious to meet your parents.
        Carol: Well, only my dad's gonna be here. My mom, as you know, is a news reporter and she's out of town on a story.
        Mr. Jefferson: Oh, I understand. "All the news that's fit to print." (laughs)
        Carol: Actually, it's television news.
        Mr. Jefferson: Oh, well, if you don't tell anybody, neither will I.

      • Fred: (posing as Jason) Say, can I get you a sherry?
        Mr. Jefferson: No, thank you.
        Fred: Great! More for me.

      • Mr. Jefferson: I'm sorry your wife won't be joining us this evening.
        Fred: (posing as Jason) Oh, yes. I'm sick about the fact that Mickey can't be here.
        Mr. Jefferson: Mickey? Isn't that Maggie?
        Fred: Uh, Mickey's just my pet name for her when we're in the sack.

      • Mr. Jefferson: Well, Carol, let me begin by saying that your high school grades are nothing short of spectacular.
        Carol: Thank you.
        Mike: Hey, do you believe she got those straight-As after missing six whole months because of reform school?
        Mr. Jefferson: Reform school?
        Carol: Little misunderstanding over a knife.
        Fred: We're damn proud of the little slut.

      • Mr. Jefferson: Dr. Seaver, is this what you told Carol Boston College is like?
        Fred: Well, to tell you the truth, bub, I don't remember much about the actual classes. Me and Maggie were pretty much into discovering our bodies back then. That's actually how Mike here came along.

      • Ben: Man, I knocked the snot out that little kid. I think I knocked a couple of teeth loose. Isn't that great, Dad?
        Mike: Yeah! Just like you said, right, Pop?
        Fred: Oh, right, right. Like I always tell ya, son, never be scared to sucker punch somebody just 'cause they're a girl in a lower grade.

      • Mike: Listen, Fred, Fred. How would you like to double your money for another part–a college recruiter?
        Fred: A challenging dual role??? Okay!

      • (Fred asked for sherry)
        Jason: Sorry, I'm all out. Can I get you anything else?
        Fred: Uh, sure.
        Jason: What?
        Fred: Like you said, "anything else."

      • Fred: (posing as Mr. Jefferson) Uh, Carol, what's your number one reason for attending Boston University?
        Maggie: Uh, isn't it Boston College?
        Fred: Well, it's obvious you haven't read the alumni flyers. We're expanding into a full university!

      • Fred: Have you thought about a major yet?
        Carol: Well, actually I was planning on...
        Fred: Lemme guess. You're going to follow in your old man's footsteps and study, uh, podiatry.
        Jason: Psychiatry.
        Fred: Excuse me. I believe this is Carol's interview.

      • Jason: Carol, are you implying that your mother and I created an atmosphere in which you could not tell us how you felt?
        Carol: I'm not implying it. I'm flat out saying it!
        Maggie: So you went through this whole charade just so you wouldn't hurt our feelings?
        Carol: Yes! And if you look at it in that light, my deception was... was an act of love.
        Maggie: Don't push it, Carol.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)