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Step by Step: Birth of a Salesman

Urged by his parents to either apply to college or find a job, JT takes a part-time position as a car washer at a used car lot. He quickly rises to salesman and not does he enjoy his new job, he's surprisingly good at it. Something that a skeptical Carol has to see to believe.

Meanwhile, Dana's psych class has her analyzing a member of her own family, Cody. A task that is not as simple as Dana would have hoped. And could cost her a good grade.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x19
Production Number: 455464
Airdate: Friday March 11th, 1994

Director: Patrick Duffy
Writer: Julia Newton

Alternate Airdates:

France Dec 02, 1994
NZ (TVNZ) Jul 09, 1995

Guest Stars
Nedra VolzNedra Volz
As Mrs. Slezak
Steve VinovichSteve Vinovich
As Leo Klemky

Co-Guest Stars
Tom JourdenTom Jourden
As Customer
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
Frank is again seen reading the catalog "Sports Oddities". This is the same magazine that contained the Green Bay Packers Chair that Frank wanted in an earlier episode.

The following is missing from the series run in syndication: Prior to Cody's session on the couch, Karen is heading out and she see's Dana preparing questions for Cody. Then Cody enters the room wearing a straitjacket for his session with Dana.

End Credits (deleted during syndication): JT stars in a commercial for the car dealership, featuring him in a farmers suit talking to a cow.

Episode Quotes
(Karen offers Cody a turkey dog)
Karen: Would you like one Cody?
Cody: No way, I tried a couple of those suckers once and it shot through me like a herd of Buffalo.

(Dana looks for a member of the family to study)
Mark: Sorry sis, puberty has hit me big time. There are in things in my mind that shouldn't be aired in public.

(Dana asked Cody about his earliest memory)
Cody: Well, now let's see, my earliest memory was floating in a pool of water with the faint sound of a heartbeat. (imitates a heartbeat) Then I had to squeeze down this narrow tunnel and at the end this dude in a mask grabbed me and slapped me on the butt and said it's a boy. I must have been about three or four at the time.
Dana: Cody I am not interested in your demented memoirs from the womb.
Cody: Boy, that's a relief, because before that narrow tunnel dealy, I don't remember squat. Except for one time, I remember I had a tail and I was swimming around with about a million other dudes who looked just like me. I wonder what happened to those other dudes?

Dana: Alright, I'm gonna say a word and you tell me the first thing that pops into your head.
Cody: Alright! OK.
Dana: Mother
Cody: High tension wires.
Dana: High tension wires? That's what you think of when I mention mother?
Cody: Well sure. You know I'm always welding stuff up for my right? Well last year I found these awesome high tension wires and I welded them up into a hammock for her. Course, uh, she sat in it during an electrical storm and fried off all her hair.
Dana: Father?
Cody: Fire extinguisher.
Dana: Fire extinguisher?
Cody: Well yeah, when Mom caught on fire somebody had to put her out.

Frank: 85 bucks for a mud bath? Honey I got a better idea. I'll just turn on the hose and we can roll around in the backyard.

(Frank reads the reaction of Dana's professor to her paper on Cody)
Frank: Dear Ms. Foster, just because your subject, Cody Lambert, gave some unusual answers doesn't mean he as, as you put it, a nutcase. He seems to be free thinking and creative. You however are narrow minded and judgemental. Get over it. I like this guy.

Episode Goofs
During the scene with JT selling the Mustang he tells the guy that the car needs new break pads and that it'll cost a few hundred bucks to fix. But the guy agrees to buy the car anyway and never mentions wanting the money off (the sticker price) to have that fixed.

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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