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Step by Step: Beauty Contest

When Frank becomes the emcee of the Mallard Lodge Annual Mother-Daughter beauty contest, Karen decides to enter and drafts her mother Carol with her. Along the way Carol gets hit on by one of Frank's fellow Mallard's and later Karen gets the same treatment.

Meanwhile, Cody becomes the newest member of the lodge and crafts a duck out of a block of Wisconsin cheddar.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x22
Production Number: 447020
Airdate: Friday April 24th, 1992


Alternate Airdates:

NZ (TVNZ) Dec 10, 1993
Denmark Jun 12, 1994

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Guest Stars
Jim JansenJim Jansen
As Howard Gordon
Recurring
Dana CraigDana Craig
As Grand Mallard
Nancy PriddyNancy Priddy
As Doris
Troy ShireTroy Shire
As Bob Gordon
Main Cast
Patrick DuffyPatrick Duffy
As Frank Lambert
Suzanne SomersSuzanne Somers
As Carol Foster Lambert
Staci KeananStaci Keanan
As Dana Foster
Brandon CallBrandon Call
As JT Lambert
Angela WatsonAngela Watson
As Karen Foster
Christine LakinChristine Lakin
As Alicia "Al" Lambert
Christopher CastileChristopher Castile
As Mark Foster
Josh ByrneJosh Byrne
As Brenden Lambert
Patrika DarboPatrika Darbo
As Penny Baker
Peggy ReaPeggy Rea
As Ivy Baker
Sasha Mitchell (1)Sasha Mitchell (1)
As Cody Lambert
Episode Notes
This appearance for Peggy Rea and Patrika Darbo would be their last. The characters were dropped at the beginning of the second season.



Episode Quotes
Al: (to Mark about her pet pig) Hey, you can call me stupid, you can call my family stupid, but lay off the pig.

Frank: One of my first responsibilities is to emcee the lodge's annual Mother-Daughter beauty contest.
Karen: Frank that's wonderful. I've been wanting to enter that pageant ever since I realized I was beautiful.



Episode Goofs
Karen quits the pageant in disgust during the Daughter's speech segment. But in the twist ending her and Carol are awarded the crown(s) of Ms. Mallard. If she quit how could she possibly have won?



Analysis
Karen Quits...and still wins!

During the speech segment of the Mother-Daughter pageant, Karen exposes Howard and his son as sleaze bags and says VERY clearly that she quits. Meaning there's no way she could have won even with the changing of the rules at the very end to an audience vote. Regardless of who the crowd wanted it should not have been allowed due to the simple fact that Karen quit the pageant in disgust. The other Mother-Daughter combo should have been given the crown(s).

But this is SBS, the place where intelligent, reality based plots go to die. But even in this world there should have been some kind of explanation as to how Karen (and Carol) was still allowed to win. But nothing was explained and to be truthful most people probably never considered this. But that doesn't excuse the plot hole or the reason for doing it.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorWilliam S. Bickley  |  Michael Warren (2)
DeveloperThomas L. Miller (3)  |  Robert L. Boyett
Executive ProducerThomas L. Miller (3)  |  Michael Warren (2)  |  William S. Bickley  |  Robert L. Boyett  |  Larry Mintz  |  Alan Eisenstock
Co-Executive ProducerHoward Adler  |  Robert Griffard
Supervising ProducerJoe Fisch
ProducerRonny Hallin  |  John B. Collins (1)
Co-ProducerKaren Kirchner
Consulting ProducerRichard Correll
EditorJohn Randle
CastingTheodore S. Hann
Unit Production ManagerStewart Lyons
First Assistant DirectorDon Martin Nielsen
Second Assistant DirectorCharles Siegel
MusicGary Boren
Music EditorMerelyn Davis
Music SupervisorGregory Sill
HairstylistRachel Dowling
Make-upJoe Hailey
Property MasterCarl Lawson
Re-Recording MixerRick Himot  |  Charlie McDaniel, III
On-Line EditorBill Breshears
Director of PhotographyTony Askins
Story EditorMeredith Siler
Production SupervisorMiles Kristman
Art DirectorTommy Goetz
Creative ConsultantRoss Brown
Sound EditorEric Levinson
Sound MixerWalter Baker
Main Title ThemeJesse Frederick  |  Bennett Salvay
Main Title Theme Written/performedTeresa James  |  Jesse Frederick
Executive In Charge Of CastingBarbara Miller (2)
Executive Script ConsultantJulia Newton
Women's CostumerGina Trikonis
ContinuityPatti Passarelli
Men's CostumerBob Squire
Technical AssistantErik Emi
 
Warning: Step by Step season 1 episode 22 guide may contain spoilers
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