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Step by Step: Hello, Mister Chips

Al gets fired from another job because of her attitude and feels compelled to keep the next job she gets. The place she lands one is the newest shop at the mall and features a monkey as a mascot. A monkey that Al is forced by the boss to take home for the night when the trainer doesn't show up.

Meanwhile, JT's greed leads him to bet a pool shark that Mark can beat him. A $1000 bet that Cody doesn't approve of. Also, Carol tries to convince Frank to play Tarzan to her Jane at a fundraiser.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x7
Production Number: 457160
Airdate: Friday November 10th, 1995

Director: Patrick Duffy
Writer: Bob Rosenfarb

Alternate Airdates:

NZ (TVNZ) May 19, 1996

Guest Stars
Jason MarsdenJason Marsden
As Rich Halke
Jerry PenacoliJerry Penacoli
As Troy Hartman
Jerry PenacoliJerry Penacoli
As Troy Hartman
Richard KlineRichard Kline
As Mr. Sloan
Peter SpellosPeter Spellos
As Big Jim

Co-Guest Stars
Jim WiseJim Wise
As Trainer
Jim WiseJim Wise
As Trainer
Patricia BelcherPatricia Belcher
As Mrs. Sawyer
Patricia BelcherPatricia Belcher
As Mrs. Sawyer
Marcy GoldmanMarcy Goldman
As Annette
Marcy GoldmanMarcy Goldman
As Annette
Main Cast
Patrick DuffyPatrick Duffy
As Frank Lambert
Patrick DuffyPatrick Duffy
As Frank Lambert
Suzanne SomersSuzanne Somers
As Carol Foster Lambert
Staci KeananStaci Keanan
As Dana Foster
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
Christine LakinChristine Lakin
As Alicia "Al" Lambert
Christopher CastileChristopher Castile
As Mark Foster
Christopher CastileChristopher Castile
As Mark Foster
Josh ByrneJosh Byrne
As Brenden Lambert
Sasha Mitchell (1)Sasha Mitchell (1)
As Cody Lambert
Sasha Mitchell (1)Sasha Mitchell (1)
As Cody Lambert
Episode Notes
Richard Kline (Mr. Sloane) previously played opposite Suzanne Somers in the late 70's/early 80's ABC series, Three's Company.

It's revealed in this episode that Frank dressed as Tarzan last Halloween.

Episode Quotes
Dana: Gee Al, problems at work?
Al: Yeah I got fired.
Dana: You lost your waitressing job with that sunny disposition, I'm shocked.
Frank: Gee Al, you got canned again. What did you do this time?
Al: Well it wasn't my fault. See this stupid lady spends about 20 minutes trying to decide what kind of cheese she should have on her patty melt. So I made a suggestion.
Frank: Which was?
Al: I told her if I had a butt like that I'd lay off the cheese all together.

Al: UH, Mr. Sloane, you expect me to work with a monkey?
Mr. Sloane: Hey this monkey has opened over 35 stores over the last two years. If he could answer the phone you'd be out of a job.

(Al comes out with her Mr. Chips uniform on)
Al: This is so lame.
Mr. Sloane: Lame? There's nothing lame about representing the fastest growing mall franchise in America. Chin up, shoulders back, show some pride.
Al: I'm wearing a cookie on my head how proud is that?

Al: Nice try honey, but there are three things I will never do it again. Number one, eat sushi. Number two, zip up my pants in the dark and number three, wear a Tarzan suit in public.

JT: What does being smart have to with playing pool?
Rich: Yeah, JT can play pool really good and he's an idiot.

JT: (to Rich about hustling) Whatever you do don't say anything to Cody, he's into honesty and morality and all that crap.

Al: Bad news. The animal trainer won't be able to pick up Mister Chips tonight.
Al: What are you gonna have to take him home overnight?
Al: No, you are.
Al: Wait, me? No, no, I can't do that.
Al: Can't? There is no can't here at Hello, Mr. Chips. If you're gonna keep this job you're gonna take this monkey home tonight.
Al: Well why can't you take him home?
Al: Hey, hey, I have a mother-in-law living with me. One hairy beast in the house is enough.

(Dana sees Al with Mr. Chips)
Dana: Gee Al, even you can do better than that.

Episode Goofs
The place that Al gets her latest job at, "Hello, Mr. Chips", is said by the manager to be the hottest growing "mall" franchise in the country. And Mr. Chips is the company's mascot, a valuable mascot at that. One that would not be subject to going home with a person who had just worked at the place for one day. Most likely, Mr. Sloan, would have had to be responsible for him or get fired.

Cultural References
Tarzan and Jane: Tarzan and Jane are referred to numerous times over the course of this episode as Frank and Carol are playing them in a fundraiser. The characters were created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1912 and were later featured in numerous films and TV series.

Casper: Mark was referred to this by the pool shark, Big Jim. Known as the "Friendly Ghost", and best remembered from the cartoon series of the same name. The 1995 movie, starring Christina Ricci, is also well remembered.

Isaac Newton: His work was referred to by Mark and Cody several times in this episode. Noted as one of the most influential men in history, Newton was born in 1647.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorWilliam Bickley
DeveloperThomas L. Miller  |  Robert L. Boyett
Executive ProducerThomas L. Miller  |  Michael Warren (2)  |  Robert L. Boyett  |  William Bickley  |  Ross Brown
Co-Executive ProducerHoward Adler  |  Robert Griffard
Supervising ProducerJulia Newton
ProducerRonny Hallin  |  Brian Bird  |  John Wierick
Co-ProducerKaren Kirchner
Associate ProducerLori Glass
EditorPam Marshall
CastingTheodore S. Hann
Unit Production ManagerCarol Himes
Second Assistant DirectorCameron Loring
MusicJesse Frederick  |  Bennett Salvay
Music EditorGerry Rothschild
Music SupervisorGregory Sill
HairstylistRachel Dowling
Make-upJoe Hailey
Property MasterKerry Scott Knerr
Re-Recording MixerCharlie McDaniel, III  |  Rick Himot
Art DirectorLynn Griffin
Coordinating ProducerCarol Himes
Sound EditorOtis Van Osten
Sound MixerWalter Baker
Executive Story EditorCasey Maxwell Clair
Main Title ThemeJesse Frederick
Main Title Theme Written/performedTeresa James  |  Jesse Frederick
Executive In Charge Of CastingBarbara Miller (2)
Women's CostumerLyn Paolo
ContinuityPatti Mustari
Men's CostumerBob Squire
Technical AssistantErik Emi
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