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Step by Step: Thirtysomething

Dana is heading out for a date with her new boyfriend when it's revealed that her new man is, slightly, older than her. Which concerns Carol and makes Dana more determined than ever to make it work. Also Cody, makes a movie (Free Goldie) with the kids as the cast.

Meanwhile, Carol's pregnancy has her "bingeing" on any food she can get hands on (Pizza, turkey legs, Chinese) and it's up to Frank to try and break the habit in any he can.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x14
Production Number: 456363
Airdate: Friday January 20th, 1995


Alternate Airdates:

NZ (TVNZ) Dec 24, 1995

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Guest Stars
John Scott Clough
As Paul (as John Clough)

Co-Guest Stars
Bill Stevenson
As Pizza Man
Recurring
Rob Neukirch
As Himself
Sue Bugden
As Nancy
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 romance novel Al is reading is: Euphoria Island by Mary Ellen Daughtery

Cody's movie was named: Free Goldie

Free Goldie "Cast":
JT as Rambo Ratface
Brendan as Little Timmy
Al as Maria Conssuelo Valencia Debenedictis (Customer #2)
Karen as Customer #1



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Village PeopleYMCAperformed by members of Paul's party


Episode Quotes
Mark: OK, Cody, what's my job in the movie?
Mark: OK, Mark, you're the assistant director, Executive Producer and Vice President in Charge of Production.
Mark: WOW, what do I do?
Mark: Serve lemonade.

Karen: Can I be the sensitive but sultry heroine that nurses Tom Cruise back to health in a PG-13 sort of way?
Cody: Close. You're gonna play the fem fatale. You're beautiful, you're dangerous, you light up the screen. Everyone wants you.
Karen: OOOOHHH, what's my characters name?
Cody: Customer number one.

Dana: Because, Mom, the guys my age are immature dimwits. Their idea of a good time is drinking beer and peeing off the water tower.

Al: (reading a romance novel) This stinks. Where are all the dirty parts?
Karen: Mom tears them out.
Al: Oh great, now we'll never know how lady Catherine repaid stable boy for his kindness.

Lilly: Hi Dana, I'm glad you're a girl, maybe you can help me.
Dana: Sure, what can I do for you?
Lilly: I think I got some toilet paper stuck in my bottom. Would you check?



Episode Goofs
Dana is on her way out for a date when Carol stops her to question her about the date. Dana avoids mentioning one particular fact, that the guy is 36 (to her 19). This secret is soon blown by Al when she bursts through the front door and blurts it out in front of Frank and Carol. Not sure why she didn't first look to make sure the parental units weren't around

In the opening scene with Cody making his movie, he hands out assignments to all of the family members without mentioning who would be the camera man. Even calling for action, with the video camera sitting idle on the counter.



Cultural References
Tom Cruise: Karen wonders if she can nurse him back to health in Cody's movie. Cruise was at the time married to Nicole Kidman.

YMCA (song): Performed by, The Village People, the song was released in 1978 and became one of the biggest hits of the disco era.

Bee Gee's: Were referenced when several members of the party at Dana's boyfriend's place began talking about disco. The Bee Gees were a singing trio of brothers — Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb.

Walton's Mountain: Referring to the setting of the classic 70's CBS family drama, The Walton's.

Marlon Brando: Carol claims if she gains any more weight she'll like the famous Hollywood star in a bikini.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorWilliam Bickley  |  Michael Warren (2)
DeveloperThomas L. Miller  |  Robert L. Boyett
Executive ProducerThomas L. Miller  |  Robert L. Boyett  |  William Bickley  |  Michael Warren (2)  |  Ross Brown
Co-Executive ProducerRobert Griffard  |  Howard Adler
ProducerRonny Hallin  |  Julia Newton
Co-ProducerKaren Kirchner  |  Maria A. Brown (1)  |  John Wierick  |  Brian Bird
Associate ProducerLori Glass
EditorPam Marshall
CastingTheodore S. Hann
Unit Production ManagerCarol Himes
Second Assistant DirectorJill Frank
MusicGary Boren  |  Steven Chesne
Music EditorMerelyn Davis
Music SupervisorGregory Sill
HairstylistRachel Dowling
Make-upJoe Hailey
Property MasterPaul Iannizzotto
Re-Recording MixerCharlie McDaniel, III  |  Rick Himot
Director of PhotographyTony Askins
Art DirectorLynn Griffin
Sound EditorKen Kobett
Sound MixerWalter Baker
Main Title ThemeJesse Frederick  |  Bennett Salvay
Main Title Theme Written/performedTeresa James  |  Jesse Frederick
Executive In Charge Of CastingBarbara Miller (2)
Women's CostumerLyn Paolo
ContinuityPatti Mustari
Men's CostumerBob Squire
Technical AssistantErik Emi
 
Warning: Step by Step season 4 episode 14 guide may contain spoilers
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