Mad About You

Season 1 Episode 5

Paul in the Family

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 21, 1992 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (Jamie is rummaging through the kitchen cabinet.)
      Paul: Are you looking for something, honey?
      Jamie: Anything that won't kill my parents.
      Paul: Hey, who says you're not a good hostess?

    • Gus: Do you know who's good at plumbing? Canadians.
      Paul: I did not know that.
      Gus: Common knowledge.
      Paul: Really?
      Gus: That's what they are known for. Bacon, hockey and plumbing.

    • Paul: You know, the only punishment cruel and unusual enough for your parents would be to spend the weekend with my parents.

    • Paul: What's wrong with being a "Peanut?"
      Jamie: Nothing, if you're wearing a tophat and a cane.

    • Here are the lyrics of the song that Lisa and Jaime perform for their parents (and Paul and Murray)
      Sisters! Sisters! There were never such devoted sisters! Never had to have a chaperone, no Sir! I'm here to keep my eye on her, Caring! Sharing! Every little thing that we're wearing, When a certain gentleman arrived from Rome, She wore the dress, And I stayed home! Lord help the mister, Who comes between me and my sister, And Lord help the sister, Who comes between me and my man!

    • Jamie: I'm 30 years old, I'm married, I've a home. How come my parents can still push all my buttons?
      Paul: That's easy, they installed 'em.

    • Gus: She's so skinny. You don't have that bulimia thing again, do you?
      Lisa: NO! And if I did, which I don't, I wouldn't tell you because I wouldn't realize it, that's the way it works.

    • Jamie: Why aren't you wearing the yellow shirt my mom gave you?
      Paul: Because I like this shirt, and I'm saving the yellow one for when I'm lost at sea.

  • Notes

    • Paul's birthday was almost revealed. Later, we find out that he was born on April 19, 1957.

    • The song that Jaime and Lisa perform comes from the movie "White Christmas," where it is sung by Vera Ellen and Rosemary Clooney.

    • This is the first (and only) episode for Paul Dooley and Nancy Dussault as Jamie's parents. Later on in the show different actors continue playing their roles.

    • Tommy Hinkley (Jay Selby) does not appear in this episode, althrough he is credited in the opening credits.

  • Allusions

    • Jamie's and Lisa's song is a real song called "Sisters, Sisters" by Irving Berlin.

    • The episode title is a play on the TV show "All in the Family." Ironically, this episode marks the first appearance of Jamie's parents, Gus and Theresa Stemple; Gus Stemple would later be played by Carroll O'Connor, the star of "All in the Family."