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Season 2 Episode 13

Love Is Like Pulling Teeth

Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Jan 10, 1991 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Joe is torn, on one hand he promised to take care of Helen, who is gonna be laid up for the night after visiting the dentist. And on the hand he's missing the biggest College Basketball game of the year, when Providence plays Boston College. Joe soon finds out Helen's TV is in the shop, so he bundles up unconscious Helen and takes her to his house and the party. She wanders off and everyone except Roy has to go looking for her.moreless

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  • Joe obliges to take care of Helen after she has her wisdom teeth removed. However, the big basketball game falls on the same night. With Helen fast asleep, Joe has to order his priorities - watch the game or attend to a trusting Helen?moreless

    This was a funny episode. Helen is cute in this episode, with her mouth full of cotten, she is similar to a baby squirrel...or something like that. This is an example of a solid episode. It wasn't excessively funny or overly emotional, but a strong showing nonetheless. The only fault I have with it is wouldn't Joe and Merrywhether have more of a cordial greeting, especially considering the fact that they have not seen each other since their fraternity days back in college? Overall this was a "cute" episode, and definitely one of the stronger episodes in the entire series.moreless
Steven Weber

Steven Weber

Brian Hacket

Timothy Daly

Timothy Daly

Joe Hackett

Crystal Bernard

Crystal Bernard

Helen Chappel Hackett

Thomas Haden Church

Thomas Haden Church

Lowell Mather (Seasons 1-6)

David Schramm

David Schramm

Roy Biggins

Rebecca Schull

Rebecca Schull

Fay Evelyn Schlob Dumbly DeVay Cochran

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    • Even though in the previous episode "Sports & Leisure" it is established that Brian, Joe, Helen, Lowell, and Fay attempt to avoid social interaction with Roy because he is unpleasant and difficult, it seems like it is simply assumed that Roy is coming to Joe and Brian's house for the Boston College-Providence game. This is never explained and quite mystifying, as there is never a moment when the brothers make up with Roy or he seems to have mended his ways. Why would they do everything they can to try to avoid spending time with Roy a few months before and then, when his behavior has not noticeably changed, he is suddenly one of their old buddies who comes over to watch the football game?


    • After Helen has her wisdom teeth out and Joe first brings her home, she has cotton balls stuffed in the sides of her mouth. Joe asks her to say, "You have dishonored the Corleone family." He is attempting to get her to do an impersonation of Marlon Brando's character, mob boss Don Vito Corleone in the classic movie "The Godfather."