Still Standing

Season 2 Episode 7

Still Our Little Boy

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 03, 2003 on CBS
9.2
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Still Our Little Boy
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Brian's overuse of cologne is revealed to be due to skipping showers after gym. When Bill confronts him, he finds out Brian is self-conscious about his manhood, but not exactly in the way Bill thinks.

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  • Surprised by Excellence

    9.9
    I admit I\'ve been pretty down on sitcoms for a long, long time. I\'d never really watched \"Still Standing\" for that matter, although I\'ve always liked Jami Gertz\'s work, and I\'d given the show a chance when it first debuted.



    But while I was flipping channels several days ago, I managed to land on this episode. I must have landed on a real good spot, because two or three lines in, I stayed for the whole thing. I hadn\'t laughed so hard at a sitcom in YEARS. This one had so many twists and surprises, and I think what got me laughing so hard was how real the situation felt, between the teenage boy and his parents. Points to the writers for also handling the boy\'s difficulties with puberty \"right on target\": not tossed off as a crude subject as a set-up for tasteless jokes, but using it as a springboard for real character-driven humor. It was universal (dads and sons confused and embarrassed on both sides of having to discuss puberty) yet specific: each family member is a very specific character in his/her reactions. THAT\'S what makes it true art.



    And then there was the subplot of the dad\'s birthday party which created a perfect setup for side-splitting lines and reactions, fueled by comic \"bad timing\" and awkward moments ...



    My only real regret was that I didn\'t have a tape cued up so I could tape it. This episode is truly a \"keeper\".



    And it\'s nice to find out there\'s sitcoms these days that can still me LAUGH like that!moreless
  • Just plain funny.

    10
    This was one of the funniest sitcom episodes I ever saw and a real standout for this show. I simply couldn't believe the jokes they did on such a delicate subject, and I laughed all the way through and recorded it to DVD when they did reruns. Bill is just so funny in this story. He finally found a good reason to respect his son -- the size of Brian's manhood. Hilarious! And the story had a lot of twists and turns all through it. Bill used to practice kissing on his dog, and then he ate the dogs food. Real funny stuff.moreless
Joel Murray

Joel Murray

Danny Fitzsimmons

Recurring Role

Chad Einbinder

Chad Einbinder

Friend #1

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Judy: Want anything special for your birthday, Bill?
      Bill: Yes. But you might find it a little dirty and degrading.
      Judy: I'm not changing the oil in your car, Bill.

    • Brian: Lately in the locker room I look around and I notice I'm different from the other guys.
      Bill: Hey, you're the one looking around.

    • Judy: Brian's a little behind the other boys? How much behind?
      Bill: I would guess he's like that roll of film you've been carrying around in your purse since Christmas.
      Judy: Oh, undeveloped?
      Bill: 35mm.

    • Judy: (getting off phone) That was Brian's calculus teacher. He's been five minutes late for class every day this week. Apparently he's staying late at gym.
      Bill: Well, five minutes isn't so bad. Everybody knows calculus doesn't get interesting until, uh, ever.

    • Bill: I'll just celebrate my birthday the usual way. I'll go to three or four Denny's for my free birthday dinner.
      Judy: Denny's doesn't do that anymore.
      Bill: Okay, this is the worst day of my life.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • As Fitz and Bill watch TV, Bill comments that "the hairdressing guy's not making a move without consulting the fashion guy," a clue they're watching Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

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