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Step by Step: Video Mania

Mark gets a bad grade on a test (an A instead of A+) and Frank thinks if he can get Mark to have some fun that the youngest Foster will relax and not be so compulsive. Frank's idea is a video game (think Sega) and it takes over Mark's life and forces his parents to take drastic measures to help him.

Meanwhile, Cody's case of the common cold drives him to take Dana's suggestion of visiting a health food store. Where he meets a crackpot who teaches him, "Mental Strength", a supposed cure for many of life's ailments.

Episode Info


Episode number: 3x6
Production Number: 455456
Airdate: Friday October 29th, 1993


Alternate Airdates:

France Nov 15, 1994
NZ (TVNZ) Mar 11, 1995

Guest Stars
Brandon BluhmBrandon Bluhm
As Kid #1
Natanya RossNatanya Ross
As Kid #2
Rif HuttonRif Hutton
As Ed Wheeler
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
Mark is in the 8th grade.

The game system that Frank buys Mark is called the "Super Video Buster".



Episode Quotes
Frank: (talking about Mark) Is it just me or is your son wound a little tight?
Carol: Yeah you're right he's compulsive. I wonder how he got that way?

(Carol walks into the living room to find Frank working on the cable box)
Carol: Oh, Frank you're not trying to get the Playboy Channel for free again are you?

(Brendan comes from school and Frank asks him about his day)
Brendan: Great, we made Billy Jenkins laugh so hard that he blew chocolate milk out of his nose.

Frank: You're mothers right, Mark. You're starting to act like...one of my kids.

(Frank and Carol hear a thumping downstairs)
Frank: What is that?
Carol: I dunno.
Frank: It's coming from downstairs.
Carol: OHMIGOD, maybe it's a burglar. Maybe he's strung out on drugs and has a gun and is ready to shoot anything that moves. Go check!

(Cody explains how he beat his cold)
Cody: Scoff if you will non-believer. But I had a major cold and took no medication. I just got plenty of rest, drank lots of fluid and used only the powers of my mind. And now a mere 7 to 10 days later, I'm cured.



Episode Goofs
Frank and Carol are in bed and she wakes him up to investigate the thumping coming from downstairs and it turns out to be Mark playing video games. The loud thumping coming from the TV which was turned up WAY to loud. Why didn't Mark just turn the TV down to a normal level and he would have probably not been found out?



Cultural References
Ricky Nelson, Ozzie Nelson, Full House, Michelle from Full House: All referenced by Cody when he's trying to cure Karen's case of the "monkey bites".



Analysis
Typical!

How is it that Mark goes from being a 24/7 Steve Urkel-type bookworm nerd to a video game addict in about 20 seconds? Simply because he finds something else he enjoys he dives into it with both feet and neglects his grades and even threatens to kill his younger step-brother over it. And this is supposed to reflect something that could happen in the real world?

I don't think the character of Mark was the right choice for this storyline due to the fact that he's way to smart and driven to get good grades to be drawn into a fantasy world. But the writers motives here were to play against type and gives us the one person in the family that would be most least likely to do this and they did. Too bad it came off as rushed and not to believable.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorWilliam Bickley  |  Michael Warren (2)
DeveloperThomas L. Miller  |  Robert L. Boyett
Executive ProducerThomas L. Miller  |  Michael Warren (2)  |  Robert L. Boyett  |  William Bickley  |  Ross Brown
Co-Executive ProducerRobert Griffard  |  Howard Adler
ProducerRonny Hallin  |  Julia Newton
Co-ProducerKaren Kirchner
EditorPam Marshall
CastingTheodore S. Hann
Unit Production ManagerStewart Lyons
First Assistant DirectorDon Martin Nielsen
Second Assistant DirectorJill Frank
MusicBennett Salvay  |  Jesse Frederick
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
Story EditorRich Halke
Art DirectorTommy Goetz
Coordinating ProducerStewart Lyons
Sound EditorChris Rudy
Sound MixerWalter Baker
Executive Story EditorMaria A. Brown (1)  |  John Wierick  |  Brian Bird
Main Title ThemeJesse Frederick  |  Bennett Salvay
Main Title Theme Written/performedJesse Frederick  |  Teresa James
Executive In Charge Of CastingBarbara Miller (2)
Women's CostumerLyn Paolo
ContinuityPatti Mustari
Men's CostumerBob Squire
Technical AssistantErik Emi
 
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