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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

Director: William Bickley

Alternate Airdates:

NZ (TVNZ) Dec 24, 1995

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

Co-Guest Stars
Bill StevensonBill Stevenson
As Pizza Man
Sue BugdenSue Bugden
As Nancy
Main Cast
Suzanne SomersSuzanne Somers
As Carol Foster Lambert
Staci KeananStaci Keanan
As Dana Foster
Brandon CallBrandon Call
As JT Lambert
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
Cody's movie was named: Free Goldie

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Other Episode Crew

CreatorWilliam Bickley
DeveloperRobert L. Boyett
Executive ProducerKôichi Motohashi  |  William Bickley  |  Michael Warren (2)  |  Thomas L. Miller  |  Robert L. Boyett
ProducerRonny Hallin  |  Jules Bass
Co-ProducerKaren Kirchner  |  Brian Bird  |  John Wierick  |  Maria A. Brown (1)
Associate ProducerLori Glass
EditorDona Noga
CastingTheodore S. Hann
Unit Production ManagerCarol Himes
Second Assistant DirectorJill Frank
MusicSteven Chesne
Music EditorMerelyn Davis
Music SupervisorGregory Sill
Make-upJoe Hailey
Re-Recording MixerCharlie McDaniel, III  |  Rick Himot
Art DirectorLynn Griffin
Main Title ThemeJesse Frederick
Main Title Theme Written/performedTeresa 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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