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Step by Step: S.A.T. Blues

Dana is shocked and upset when Cody scores higher than she does on the SAT's. Leading her to demand a re-test (scored by Carol) that ends up with strikingly similar results.

Meanwhile, Frank installs a security device on his closet after the kids keep borrowing his clothes without asking.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x1
Production Number: 447901
Airdate: Friday September 18th, 1992

Director: Joel Zwick
Writer: Matt Ember

Alternate Airdates:

NZ (TVNZ) Dec 17, 1993
Denmark Nov 19, 1994

Guest Stars
Kathy KinneyKathy Kinney
As The Proctor
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
Patrika Darbo and Peggy Rea have been dropped from the cast and no longer appear.

Producer Ronny Hallin now billed as Ronny Marshall Hallin

The credits ending scene which formally featured Carol's Mom and Sister (Peggy Rea and Patrika Darbo) waving as the kids rode the roller coaster, now features Mark and Cody waving.

Episode Quotes
Dana: (to Cody whose looking into a telescope) What are you doing, looking for your home planet?
Cody: (looking into the telescope) No, we're just scoping out the universe. Hey I think I see Saturn.
Mark: Are you sure?
Cody: Well it has yellow rings, check it out.
Mark: (after looking at what Cody saw) Cody, that's McDonald's.
Cody: No way, they opened one up on Saturn? Those dudes are everywhere.

Dana: What are you doing here and don't tell me it's to take the S.A.T's?
Cody: WOW, that was gonna be my answer.

Al: (to Mark if he squeals on them) We'll kill you and bury you in the backyard.

Carol: (while organizing the book shelf) Uh OH, somebody put a mystery in the Travel and Leisure section.

Cody: Oh, please Uncle Frank don't let them make me a brain surgeon.

Cody's NOT a spaced out moron, he's a spaced out Genius?

Cody, the ever spaced out Nephew, is revealed in this episode to be a (borderline) genius when he scores higher than Dana on the SAT's. And then promptly does it again when Dana demands a rematch, so to speak. The second time around though only made it clear that Cody was, apparently, smarter than the girl who thinks she needs to be the smart one.

This is such a typical storyline from the minds that also brought us Waldo Faldo. They don't want you to think that Cody is a spaced out pot-head, which he acts like, so they make him some kind of hidden genius. Although they failed to ever explain why Cody is the way he is (his father is normal) and as the series went on it became something of a running joke. Which doesn't dismiss the need to fill in this this planet sized plot hole, this episode makes it ever more glaring a need.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorWilliam Bickley  |  Michael Warren (2)
DeveloperThomas L. Miller  |  Robert L. Boyett
Executive ProducerRobert L. Boyett  |  Michael Warren (2)  |  William Bickley  |  Thomas L. Miller  |  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
MusicJesse Frederick  |  Bennett Salvay
Music EditorMerelyn Davis
Music SupervisorGregory Sill
HairstylistRachel Dowling
Make-upJoe Hailey
Property MasterPaul Iannizzotto
Re-Recording MixerCharlie McDaniel, III  |  Rick Himot
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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