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Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

8
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 20, 1991 on CBS

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  • Trivia

    • The opening of the show was filmed at Six Flags Magic Mountain (Los Angeles), anyone who has been there knows that the park is located off the 5 Freeway. So, why is there an (obviously fake) digital image of water surrounding the roller coaster?!? The image is actually placed over what is really the park's parking lot. If you look closely at the "shore-line" you'll notice the water isn't flowing anywhere. Guess fake water looks better on television than a parking lot! 

    • When Karen runs into the house screaming because the Lambert kids brought animals, look closely for the hilariously fake sets that are supposed to look like the outside street and surrounding houses. You can totally tell that they are not real.

    • When Carol bends down to feel Al's forehead in the kitchen scene, you can see that Al's braids are in front of her face. However, in the next shot, they are behind her shirt.

    • Goof: If you look very closely at the ketchup stain on Dana's dress, you can tell that it changes three different times during the scene.

    • For the pilot episode only, the flight of stairs are in a different position than their usual place.

      The color of the kitchen is also different and the cabinets are dark blue instead of the light blue that it switches to after th Pilot.

    • if you look in the background behind Penny after she asks about Al's necklace during the barbeque scene, you can see the original actor that was supposed to play Mark Foster about to sit down and play with Brendan. He is also in the background when Karen complains about Al squirting ketchup all over her shirt. For the most part, they did a pretty good job at hiding him, but when Al stands up after talking to Penny about her necklace, you get a very brief glimpse of the boy.

    • Notice there's no sign of Penny when they walk in the park, or when they're on the rollercoaster.

    • For season one's opening credits, you can see a brown haired kid with the cast, he must have been originally supposed to play Mark Foster. By season two, Christopher Castile (the real Mark Foster), is insterted in that scene in the opening credits.

  • Quotes

    • Carol: (making a grocery list in bed) Is there anything you want, Frank?
      Frank: Yes. (writes something on her list)
      Carol: Frank, the kids might see this!
      Frank: Well, then, let's hurry up and get it crossed off the list.

    • Karen: Oh, no, I'm getting a major zit!
      Dana: Where?
      Karen: It's an undergrounder right now, but it's coming!
      Dana: Let me know when it gets here, and we'll set another place at the table.

    • Carol: Why didn't anybody wake me?
      Dana: Well, it was your first morning back from vacation. I thought I'd let you sleep in.
      Carol: I know, but I've got an early morning customer, and I can't be late!
      Dana: Mom, you're a hairdresser, not a heart surgeon. Get some perspective.

    • Karen: (screams) Mom, they brought animals!
      Al: (walks in with a pig) What a wuss! I swear, every time this girl hears thunder, she probably wets her pants!

    • Frank: I don't know what I was thinking about, Carol. If you hadn't been there, I might have sent Al off to school, and her appendix might have burst.
      Karen: I wish this zit would burst!

    • Al: Dad, I don't feel good. I don't think I should go to school today.
      Carol: Oh, what's the matter, honey?
      Frank: Don't worry, Carol, she does this a lot. What is it this time-a spastic colon? A geography test?
      Al: My stomach hurts.
      Frank: Oh, well, that's because it's empty. Here, Carol made you a nice... egg thingie. Put it between two pieces of toast, and it's almost as good as an Egg McMuffin!

    • Mark: I sure hope your sister's going to be okay.
      Brendan: Getting your appendix out is no big deal. I got mine out, see? (opens his mouth)

    • J.T.: You're not that bad-looking for an old man. You could do so much better than that bimbo.
      Frank: Hey, you watch the way you talk about a woman. Carol is not a bimbo. She reads books. Hardbacks!

    • Penny: Oh, what a pretty necklace!
      Al: I didn't steal it! My dad brought it to me from Jamaica. I wanted a voodoo doll!

    • Al: Dad, I don't think I should go to school today. I have a fever.
      Frank: Really? (feels her forehead) Mmm, yeah......it feels like a spelling test. Come on, Al, I'll drive you to school.
      Al: I knew I should have gone with a spastic colon!

    • Carol: Ooh, you feel warm.
      Al: Look, I know what you're trying to do. You're trying to act like my mother. Well, you're not my mother, and you never will be, so just don't worry about me!
      Carol: Do you really have a stomachache, or are you just trying to get out of going to school?
      Al: What difference does it make? Nobody believes me, anyway.
      Carol: Well, I'll believe you.
      Al: It hurts.
      Carol: Well, come on. We're going to the doctor.

    • Carol: Al, I know I'm not your real mother, but I would really like to be your friend.
      Al: Why are you being so nice to me? They found a tumor, didn't they?
      Carol: (laughs) No, no, no. I want to be your friend because that's one of the first steps in becoming a family. And I know this is all happening very fast, but I really think this is going to be a very good thing for all of us. And you know, you and I do have something in common: we both love your father.
      Al: Well, I will be leaving home in a few years--and my dad could use someone to cook for him in his old age.

    • (The Fosters meet the Lamberts for the first time)
      Dana: Oh, my god. It's the rat boy. Mother, this cretin put a dead rat in my locker.
      J.T.: The rat was alive when I put it in there, your gymsocks must have killed it.
      Frank: Hey, great, you two already know each other!

    • Doctor: Well, actually she wanted to see her mother.
      Carol: Really, she called me her mother?
      Doctor: No, she asked for the bimbo. I thought it was a pet name.

  • Notes

    • This seasons theme song goes like this:

      It starts on a city line sign that says "Port Washington, Wisconsin, Population: 9,338. Then a car goes by the sign, and the camera follows the car.

      In the next scene, it show feet of a bunch of people getting out of the car. Then it shows arms of someone going through the turn style at the park entrance.

      Then it zooms in on a roller coaster gear. The shot cuts to a riders perspective of going up a hill, and the zooming down it. Then it shows the camera's view of the roller coaster going down the hill until it hits the camera, when a bunch of ballons pop-up. Behind the ballons it shows, Dana, Karen, J.T., Brendan, Frank, Carol, an original Mark, Ivy and Al entering the park, zooming back until you get a birds eye-view of the park, where the show title appears.

      Patrick Duffy's credit: It shows the kids pointing out different things, and all excited, as Frank watches them, and he sighs.

      Suzanne Somers credit: Carol hands the kids money, while talking to someone off camera, and then smiles.

      Staci Keanen's credit: Frank, J.T., Karen and Dana are playing a squirt gun game, when Karen and Dana decide to squirt Frank and J.T., and zooms into Dana laughing.

      Brandon Call's credit: J.T. plays a test your strength game and rings the bell, as Dana, Carol and Karen watch in amazement.

      Angela Waton's and Christine Lakin's credit: Karen slides down into a ball pit where Al is sitting at the bottom, and they laugh.

      Next, it shows Karen, J.T., Al, Dana, and a bunch of other people go down a water coaster, as Frank and Carol stand on a bridge, where the ride soaks them.

      Patrika Darbo's credit: Penny has a tray full of snacks where the gang takes them, as Penny smiles.

      Christopher Castile's and Josh Bynes's credit: Mark and Brendan are holding popcorn buckets, when Mark sneezes and the popcorn flie up, on to Brendan.

      Peggy Rae's credit: Ivy is holding Mark's hand, and he looks up and starts to wave. Ivy looks up and also waves.

      Then it shows Frank, Carol, Dana, J.T. Karen, Al, Brendan and Penny in a roller coaster car, and they all look down and wave.

      Finally, it zooms in on their car, slowly zooming out, reveal the whole roller coaster, and an ocean in front of it.

    • For the first season, the show's theme song runs at 1:49. It shortens next season.

  • Allusions

    • Dana compares her family to the Joah family, who are from The Grapes of Wrath. The family is poor and not very civil.

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