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Step by Step: Thirteen with a Bullet

It's Mark's 13th birthday and he doesn't want the normal kiddie party that Carol suggests, he wants a more grown up boy-girl party. The party is a huge success and Mark even gets kissed by the girl that he likes. But things are not always as simple as they appear.

Meanwhile, the news of JT's passing of his final exam in shop class has Dana mouthing about how she can do anything that he can do. This leading directly to a bet with Dana trying to pass the same exam with Cody as the judge and Karen as her assistant.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x15
Production Number: 455466
Airdate: Friday January 28th, 1994

Director: Patrick Duffy
Writer: Bob Rosenfarb

Alternate Airdates:

France Nov 28, 1994
NZ (TVNZ) May 28, 1995

Guest Stars
Marla SokoloffMarla Sokoloff
As Marissa

Co-Guest Stars
Ryan MeyersRyan Meyers
As Stanley
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
Christopher CastileChristopher Castile
As Mark Foster
Sasha Mitchell (1)Sasha Mitchell (1)
As Cody Lambert
Episode Notes
Christine Lakin (Al) and Josh Byrne (Brendan) do not appear in this episode.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Right Said FredI'm Too Sexy 

Episode Quotes
Frank: Honey, look at this. For only $8.95 a month we can join the wild game meat of the month club.
Carol: Wild Game? You mean like deer and buffalo?
Frank: Oh not just that. Listen, we can get moose, bear, badger, otter and look at that...beaver.
Carol: Frank, I am not eating anything that builds a damn.
Frank: Fine, but when you see how juicy my badger burgers are, I'm not sharing.

(Carol and Mark talk about his 13th birthday)
Carol: OK Mark, what kinda party do you want?
Mark: A boy-girl party, with lots of girls.
Frank: Yeah, he's thirteen.

Dana: Auto shop? No, auto shop is not a class. It's a holding cell for criminals until they get out of high school.

(Carol catches Frank letting Mark shave)
Carol: Oh my god, Mark, what are you doing?
Mark: Man stuff, Mom. gotta explain everything to them.

Mark: (Mark singing) I'm too sexy for my Mom. I'm too sexy for my house. I'm too sexy for my street.

Marissa: Hi, Mark.
Mark: Oh hi, come on in. I was on my way to surprise you and instead you surprise me. Mom, this is Marissa. Marissa this is my Mom.
(Marissa and Carol exchange smiles)
Marissa: Mark, I came over...
Mark: ...I know you came over to thank me for the flowers. Forget it. There's plenty more where that came from.
Marissa: Actually... I came over to return them.
Mark: Return them? Why?
Marissa: Well... It wouldn't be right to keep them. 'Cause I kinda like somebody else.
Mark: But, I thought you were my girlfriend. I mean, we kissed and everything.
Marissa: Mark, the bottle pointed at you, so I kissed you. Those are kinda the rules.
Mark: Right. The rules.
Marissa: Well, I better go. Thanks for inviting me to your party. Bye.

(Dana slides under the car to change the oil)
JT: OH, you know, Dana. I'm really enjoying this. I've always dreamed of you being under a car. Well, of course, I was driving it.

Episode Goofs
In the final scene with Dana and Karen changing the oil on the car, Dana forgets to put in the oil plug and gets splashed with motor oil. This happened even though Karen had been reading the book of instructions the two had been using. Apparently it didn't mention anything about using an oil plug.

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
MusicSteven Chesne  |  Gary Boren
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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