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Step by Step: It's a Dog's Life

Al and Brendan convince a reluctant Carol to let them take care of the neighbors dog. A huge dog that first has Carol regretting her decision. But she soon turns to adoring the over sized pooch, while Mr. Fritz drives the rest of the family crazy.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x5
Production Number: 447905
Airdate: Friday October 16th, 1992

Director: John Tracy
Writer: Matt Ember

Alternate Airdates:

NZ (TVNZ) Jan 21, 1994
Denmark Aug 06, 1994

  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (2 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Chris (3)Chris (3)
As Mr. Fritz
George HirschmannGeorge Hirschmann
As Ed Higgins
Marsha Clark (1)Marsha Clark (1)
As Joan Higgins
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
Sasha Mitchell (1)Sasha Mitchell (1)
As Cody Lambert
Episode Notes
The funny part in this episode was JT said about Mr. Fritz

JT: Hey, Dana Mr. Fritz looks like you. But only with better legs. Oh, yourself. you can notice only person's stuffs Mr. Fritz did not eat or destroyed or touch was JT's stuffs, Mr. Fritz got everybody else except for JT. The end funny part was when with Al and Brendan when Al and Brendan was trying to get Mr. Fritz to go get the stick that Al threw that didn't work or go catch the Frisbee that Al threw and Mr. Fritz did not go after it, when Mark came out Mr. Fritz chase after him, Mr. Fritz chased Mark away. And It's an Brendan and Al high five.



Episode Quotes
Frank: In a few minutes I will have a complete wing assembly for a B-17 flying fortress. Ohhh I tell ya this almost better than sex... (Carol gives him a certain look) ...with my first wife.
Carol: Good save Frank, I thought for a moment I was gonna have to do damage to your landing gear.

(Mark and JT are playing Monopoly while Dana watches)
Mark: Ah Ha, that's Boardwalk, you owe me 6000 dollars.
JT: 6000 dollars? I'm afraid I'm a little short.
Dana: You're ugly too but you still him the money. OHHHH.

(Cody, Brendan and Al run in trailing Mr. Fritz)
Carol: What is that?
Al: It's Mr. Fritz
Frank: A dog named Mr. Fritz?
Cody: Yeah, that's how he was introduced to us. Maybe after we get to know him a little better he'll tell us his first name.

Carol: Oh you guys tricked me, this isn't a dog it's a Buick with fur.

JT: You know Dana this is amazing, Mr. Fritz looks exactly like you only with better legs.

Cody: (talking to Mr. Fritz) So when I was 14 I demolished my first building, course that one was an accident.



Episode Goofs
'Coleman' calls to inform Frank that he and and the wife are staying in Florida forever and the Foster-Lambert's can keep Mr. Fritz. Prompting Frank to slam down the phone in frustration, leaving the phone laying on the cradle but not securely in it, moments later we see the phone a second time and it's is hung up properly. But Frank nor Carol couldn't have done it.



Cultural References
Dallas: Carol is sitting in Frank's lap helping him do a crossword when the clue is Texas City, six letters. Carol spells out the word D-a-l-l-a-s but poor Frank is clueless. This is of course a rather obvious reference to Patrick Duffy's former Friday night hit series, the soap Dallas.

Poltergiest: When the new neighbors come for a visit at the end of the episode it is revealed they've adopted Mr. Fritz. Prompting Dana to say "He's baaaack". Referencing the famous line from the cult classic film, Poltergiest.

Cujo: Frank refers to Mr. Fritz as this after he finds his model airplane destroyed. The reference is to the killer dog from the novel (and horrible movie) by Stephen King.

Siegfried & Roy: Carol attempts to train Mr. Fritz at the end of the episode. But when it becomes clear that it's not working, Brendan refers to the famous animal trainers as the only way to get the out of control dog to obey.



Analysis
Carol on another trip...

It's truly amazing to see the SBS writers continue to pump out episodes that portray their lead characters as insane. This time though it's not JT or Frank who loose their marbles in pursuit of something, we get another dose of Carol's special brand of insanity. She loses it over a dog and with virtually no explanation as to why.

We seriously went from her not wanting a dog to her preferring the dog in bed with her over Frank. Has she been checked for some kind of mental illness? She also fixes a grand stew for the dog and fish sticks for the family. Who does this and isn't already committed? If this wasn't a sitcom I'd be worried about the sanity of the person.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorWilliam S. Bickley  |  Michael Warren (2)
DeveloperRobert L. Boyett  |  Thomas L. Miller (3)
Executive ProducerRobert L. Boyett  |  William S. Bickley  |  Michael Warren (2)  |  Thomas L. Miller (3)  |  Ross Brown
Co-Executive ProducerHoward Adler  |  Robert Griffard
Supervising ProducerBob Rosenfarb
ProducerRonny Hallin
Co-ProducerKaren Kirchner
Consulting ProducerRichard Correll
EditorPam Marshall
CastingEllie Kanner
Unit Production ManagerStewart Lyons
First Assistant DirectorDon Martin Nielsen
Second Assistant DirectorCharles Siegel
MusicSteven Chesne
Music EditorMerelyn Davis
Music SupervisorGregory Sill
HairstylistRachel Dowling
Make-upJoe Hailey
Property MasterPaul Iannizzotto
Re-Recording MixerRick Himot  |  Charlie McDaniel, III
On-Line EditorBill Breshears
Director of PhotographyTony Askins
Art DirectorTommy Goetz
Sound MixerWalter Baker
Main Title ThemeBennett Salvay  |  Jesse Frederick
Main Title Theme Written/performedJesse Frederick  |  Teresa James
Executive In Charge Of CastingBarbara Miller (2)
Executive Story ConsultantMeredith Siler
Executive Script ConsultantJulia Newton  |  Matt Ember
Women's CostumerGina Trikonis
ContinuityPatti Passarelli
Men's CostumerBob Squire
Technical AssistantErik Emi
 
Warning: Step by Step season 2 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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