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Carol cuts all luxuries from the family budget when an overdue rental video she finds under Brendan's bed costs the family over $80 in fees. The other kids blame Brendan for causing the severe new policy, and he runs away from home.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x11
Production Number: 447911
Airdate: Friday December 04th, 1992

Director: Judy Pioli
Writer: Joe Fisch

Alternate Airdates:

Denmark Sep 17, 1994
NZ (TVNZ) Nov 12, 1994

  • Currently 6/10
6/10 (1 Vote cast)
Main Cast
Patrick Duffy
As Frank Lambert
Suzanne Somers
As Carol Foster Lambert
Staci Keanan
As Dana Foster
Brandon Call
As JT Lambert
Angela Watson
As Karen Foster
Christine Lakin
As Alicia "Al" Lambert
Christopher Castile
As Mark Foster
Josh Byrne
As Brenden Lambert
Sasha Mitchell (1)
As Cody Lambert
Episode Notes
The movie that Carol had to buy because Brendan lost it was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Secret of the Ooze.

This episode is the first one that features Cody calling Karen by his nickname for her, "Care-bear"

Episode Quotes
Dana: Cody you sleep in your van right?
Cody: Yeah.
Dana: Ever check for an exhaust leak?
Cody: You know you're like the third person that's ask me that this week.

(Brendan talking to Cody about running away)
Brendan: ...you gotta swear not to say a word about what I'm doing.
Cody: Alright, OK. Not a word.
Brendan: Cross your heart?
Cody: Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye, take a scaple and cut out my spleen if I don't say what I really mean.
Brendan: EWWWWWWW!

(Cody needs to NOT talk to Frank and Carol about Brendan)
Frank: Carol, let's go in the living room and not talk to Cody.

(Frank talking to the kids about the rules)
Frank: Carol, may I say something?
Carol: Sure Frank.
Frank: Here's your consensus. Alright, from now on two videos per weekend period. Now pass the rolls and shut up.

Episode Goofs
The beginning of the episode featuring Carol claiming the kids had rented 8 videos over the weekend and it cost 84 dollars because she had to buy one (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Secret of the Ooze) because Brendan had lost it under his bed. But she later slipped up and said it was 10 videos instead of the original 8.

Cultural References
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze The second of three films in the original late 80's/early 90's series about three ninja using live action turtles. It was referenced when Frank reads the title of the video Carol had to buy.

Oddly Enough?!?

Even though this episode features yet another of the numerous 'Carol goes over board' outings it's not nearly as over done as the usual suspects. In this one Carol over reacts to the kids being pig headed about what they would be willing to give up. So she bans everything. Typical.

Even though I thought it was a fun outing I still have to wonder why Carol's first reaction is to ALWAYS over do it. We tried this in episode 01x03 (Rules of the House) and it didn't work any better back then. I'm becoming more and more convinced that Carol is not very bright. Either that or she doesn't learn her lessons very well.

Or maybe it was something more simple...the writers recycled an idea from Season One with a mild twist. Yep that's it.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorWilliam Bickley  |  Michael Warren (2)
DeveloperRobert L. Boyett  |  Thomas L. Miller
Executive ProducerMichael Warren (2)  |  Thomas L. Miller  |  William Bickley  |  Ross Brown
Co-Executive ProducerRobert Griffard  |  Howard Adler
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 EditorEric Levinson
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
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