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This article is a list of episodes of the 1989-1998 ABC (and later CBS) sitcom, Family Matters. The original airdates are listed.

Season 1 (1989-1990)

22 episodes

# Airdate Prod. Code Title Overview
1 September 22, 1989 The Mama Who Came to Dinner Carl is worried that he will no longer be head of the household when his mother, Estelle (a.k.a. Grandma Winslow) moves in.
  • Note: This was the pilot episode for the series. The house looks different and it seems that the Winslows live in an apartment building. Valerie Jones plays the part of Judy Winslow, and only plays her in the pilot.
2 September 29, 1989 Two-Income Family Harriet is fired from her job as elevator operator at the Chicago Chronicle when she asks for a raise. When Carl frets over the family's mounting debts, Harriet returns to the Chronicle to see if she can get her old job back.
  • Note. Jaimee Foxworth assumes the role of Judy Winslow here, and will continue to appear as Judy through the end of Season 4.
3 October 6, 1989 Short Story Rachel's short story has characters that hit too close to home.
4 October 13, 1989 Rachel's First Date Widowed Rachel is anxious about her first date since the death of her husband.
  • Notes: Brief appearance of Steve Urkel in the beginning of the episode.
5 October 20, 1989 Straight A's Eddie comes home with a report card full of straight A's. Problem is, he didn't get straight A's; unbeknownst to Eddie, his practical joking pal, Rodney, hacked into the school's computer system to change Eddie's report card to show excellent grades. How does Eddie break the news to his family when he finds out?
6 November 3, 1989 Basketball Blues Wanting to live his dreams through his son, Carl pressures Eddie into working toward a professional basketball career.
7 November 10, 1989 Body Damage Carl plans to drive a vintage police car in the upcoming Columbus Day parade. But Rachel beats him to the punch, taking an unauthorized spin and getting into a minor accident as a result, prompting her to make a harried effort to cover up the damage before Carl notices.
8 November 17, 1989 Mr. Badwrench Carl and Eddie renovate (or at least try to renovate) an unused downstairs room into a bathroom for Estelle, despite Harriet's admonition to hire a contractor.
9 November 24, 1989 Stake Out Harriet is jealous of Carl's new beat partner, an attractive female cop. She grows especially worried when the two spend a lot of time together (on a stake out).
10 December 1, 1989 False Arrest An egotistical actor wants to sue Carl for false arrest after he arrests him on assault charges.

Note: First appearance of Jaleel White as quintessential nerd Steve Urkel.

11 December 8, 1989 The Quilt Laura accidentally sells Estelle's heirloom quilt to an art dealer, then makes an impassioned, tearful all-out plea to get it back.
12 December 15, 1989 Laura's First Date Laura is dateless for the upcoming school dance, so well-meaning Carl, Eddie and Estelle (without consulting each other) set Laura up with three different dates. Carl's pick for Laura's date would be the character that changed the entire focus of the series, and one he'd forever live to regret: Steven Q. Urkel.
13 January 5, 1990 Man's Best Friend Carl won't let the kids keep the stray pooch that follows them home from school, but soon becomes attached to it.
14 January 12, 1990 Baker's Dozens Rachel persuades Carl to sell his secret recipe for lemon tarts to a local restaurant. The family then gets a huge order for the treats, and less than 24 hours to fulfill the contract.
15 January 19, 1990 The Big Reunion A nervous Carl attempts to lose weight for his high school reunion, but that's easier said than done.
16 February 2, 1990 The Party Despite Carl's strict rules against houseguests while the adults are gone, Eddie invites a few friends over ... and things spin wildly out of control.
  • Note: First appearance of Shawn Harrison; he is credited as "Guy in Towel" for this episode, though in subsequent episodes he is known as Waldo Faldo.
17 February 9, 1990 The Big Fix Urkel agrees to tutor Eddie, who is failing his algebra class, under one condition ... that he set him up on a date with Laura. He holds Eddie's Prince concert tickets as collateral to ensure his wish will come true.
18 February 23, 1990 Sitting Pretty Laura (with the help of Judy, Eddie, and Steve) attempts to run a baby-sitting service at the Winslows... on the same night Carl invites Police Commissioner Davenport over to ask for a promotion.
19 March 16, 1990 In a Jam Urkel is being harassed by a huge thug named Bull, who intimidates the diminutive nerd into handing over his lunch money. When Urkel asks Eddie for assistance, he thinks he's merely seeking attention ... until Rodney sees the bully threaten Urkel with serious injury when he declines to give him any more money. Meanwhile, after Carl busts up a bank robbery, he gets an opportunity at a part-time job as a traffic reporter.
20 March 23, 1990 The Candidate Eddie runs for class president. He and campaign manager Laura make the bid one of style over substance.
21 April 20, 1990 Bowl Me Over It's the guys vs. the gals in an all-out bowling duel ... on a stormy night at the bowling alley.
22 April 27, 1990 Rock Video Eddie's ego runs amok when he tries to enter a rock video for a contest. His narcissism eventually disgusts his band mates, who desert him. Wanting to salvage his hopes for winning the contest, he eventually calls on Urkel and his family to make a good video, "We Are a Family."
This episode aired on a Monday night, and was the only episode to be aired on another night than a Friday night on TGIF.

Season 2 (1990-1991)

25 episodes

# Airdate Prod. Code Title Overview
23 September 21, 1990 Rachel's Place Urkel and Laura are employees at Leroy's, the local teen hangout. When Urkel accidentally causes a grease fire in the kitchen and burns down the place, Leroy decides he wants out of the restaurant business. Rachel, however gets an idea ... and opens up Rachel's Place in place of Leroy's.
  • Note: Bryton McClure is now cast as Richie Crawford, and age-advanced to 3 years old.
24 September 21, 1990 Torn Between Two Lovers Rachel's new boyfriend is named Steve, her loan officer at the bank. Urkel overhears a conversation in which Rachel wants to invite Steve to a candlelight dinner at the restaurant, prompting the nerd to arrive at the erroneous conclusion that Rachel wants to date him.
25 September 28, 1990 Marriage 101 Urkel is paired with Laura in a class assignment about marriage.
26 October 5, 1990 Flashpants Carl and Harriet enter the precinct's annual dance contest, but find themselves challenged by an egotistical fellow officer.
27 October 12, 1990 The Crash Course An unlicensed Eddie loses control of the family car, and crashes it into the front of the house. Wanting his friend to stay out of trouble, Urkel takes the fall. Eddie refuses to confess, even when Urkel announces his family has enrolled him in a military school.
28 October 19, 1990 Boxcar Blues Carl has assigned Urkel as part of a police ride-along program. While staking out a wanted suspect in a railroad stockyard, Carl and Urkel accidentally wind up locked in a livestock rail car.
29 October 26, 1990 Dog Day Halloween Urkel learns a painful lesson when he tries to make good on his fantasy of saving Laura, while both of them are held hostage during a bank robbery.
30 November 2, 1990 Cousin Urkel After Urkel annoys the entire neighborhood with his late-night playing of "Feelings" to serenade Laura (at Eddie's encouragement), he is sent to live with relatives in Mississippi. The Winslows think they will have a few Urkel-free weeks, when in pops Myrtle Urkel, the splitting image of her cousin. Myrtle immediately sets her sights on Eddie, and Laura does everything she can to encourage her.
  • Note: Jaleel White appears in a dual role, as Cousin Myrtle Urkel.
31 November 9, 1990 Dedicated to the One I Love A seductive neighbor sets her sights on Carl, who fails to notice the obvious. Laura, meanwhile, urges Urkel to make over a shy classmate ... and regrets it.
32 November 16, 1990 The Science Project Laura has a dream that Urkel has created an atomic bomb for a science project.
33 November 23, 1990 Requiem for an Urkel Urkel is bullied by Willie Fuffner, who wants to date an unwilling Laura. After the two get into a fight at school, they decide to get it on in the ring, leading Carl to teach the uncoordinated Urkel everything he needs to know about defending himself in the ring.
34 November 30, 1990 Fast Eddie Winslow Eddie loses a bet with a pool hustler, and unable to pay his debt off, soon finds himself being threatened with serious harm.
35 December 21, 1990 Have Yourself a Merry Winslow Christmas Urkel is all alone for Christmas, his family having left him behind and the Winslows shunning him after he breaks Laura's old-fashioned Christmas ornament and telling Richie that Santa Claus is real. In the latter instance, the nerd has promised Richie that Santa will deliver on the season's hottest toy, Freddie Teddy, a story-telling bear that Carl seems to have a little trouble securing.
36 January 4, 1991 Ice Station Winslow Urkel tags along on Carl and Eddie's ice fishing trip to Lake Wannamuck, and proves to lend a crucial helping hand when Carl falls through thin ice.
37 January 11, 1991 Son Carl and Eddie get into a heated argument over house rules, prompting the eldest Winslow son to threaten to move out.
38 January 18, 1991 Do the Right Thing A lesson in conscience: Carl wants to keep a valuable diamond necklace he found, while Urkel wrangles with helping Laura's current boyfriend maintain his academic eligibility.
39 February 1, 1991 High Hopes Urkel helps Carl cure his fear of heights by going on a hot-air balloon ride. Meanwhile, Rachel helps Harriette win a radio contest, but they start to argue on who should get the car that they recently won.
40 February 8, 1991 Life of the Party Urkel teaches everyone how to "Do the Urkel" at Maxine's rooftop party, but the party may be his last when Willie Fuffner spikes the punch with whiskey. An intoxicated Urkel soon tumbles from the rooftop, and is clinging to dear life.
41 February 15, 1991 Busted Eddie wrecks the family car, again. To obtain the funds to repair the damage without Carl noticing, he and Urkel visit a local bakery that is the front for an illegal gambling operation.
42 February 22, 1991 Fight the Good Fight Laura and Urkel push for Black History classes in their school, but things quickly turn ugly thanks to their racist classmates.
  • Note: Despite the almost exclusively African-American makeup of the cast, this is one of the only episodes of the series to not only have the characters explicitly acknowledge it, but place it as the central conflict of an episode.
43 March 15, 1991 Taking Credit Wanting to teach a lesson, Rachel tells Judy and Richie stories about how Eddie and Lt. Murtaugh each wanted to take credit for things someone else did. In Eddie's case, he claimed he wrote a story Urkel actually did, while Carl helped foil a crime spree with little help from Lt. Murtaugh.
44 March 22, 1991 Finding the Words A man, claiming to be a long-lost family friend of the Winslows turns out to be much closer than sisters Harriet and Rachel realize - he's their father, who walked out on them years earlier.
45 April 5, 1991 Skip to My Lieu Carl's chances at a promotion hinge on his ability to get Lt. Murtaugh a date with Rachel.
46 April 19, 1991 The Good, the Bad and the Urkel After getting into a brawl with Steve's father over the Urkels' smelly backyard compost heap, Carl dreams of a feud between their two families in the Old West. There, he is the local sheriff who has shot and killed Mr. Urkel. Before long his outlaw son comes to town looking for revenge. Challenged to a quickdraw, Carl is engaged in a shootout with Two-Gun Urkel, the most annoying gunslinger in the West.
47 April 26, 1991 I Should Have Done Something Carl is haunted by the memory of a hostage situation gone horribly wrong. Even though Carl earned a commendation for his work in capturing a convenience store robber, he was unable to prevent the suspect from killing his elderly hostage.

Season 3 (1991-1992)

25 episodes

# Airdate Prod. Code Title Overview
48 September 20, 1991 Boom! Urkel makes friends with an orangutan, who is doomed to a life of scientific experiments. Meanwhile, Carl and Lt. Murtaugh try to diffuse a bomb hidden in a treadmill, booby-trapped by a revenge-seeker.
49 September 27, 1991 Brains Over Brawn It's a battle of brains vs. brawn, as Urkel and a braggart classmate vie for the affections of Laura in a rope-climbing contest.
  • Note: In the original ABC broadcast, the ending gag is crossed over with Step by Step; Urkel's jet-propelled flight pack causes him to fly through the Winslows' roof and crash-land in Port Washington, Wis., where the Lambert family is enjoying a barbecue. An alternate ending is included in syndicated and ABC Family reruns, featuring Steve's out-of-control jet pack flinging him above the Chicago skyline.
50 October 4, 1991 The Show Must Go On With the original Romeo in the hospital with an appendicitis, Urkel fills in to perform with Laura as Juliet in the school play. As one might guess, it ends up a disaster.
51 October 11, 1991 Words Hurt Harriette and Rachel hire a hypnotist to determine why a sleepwalking Urkel has been acting out his hostilities on Carl. They learn that, during one of his visits, Urkel caused an accident that ruined a model ship Carl had worked months on. Carl angrily told Urkel to get lost, then (not knowing Urkel could overhear him) told Laura he wished he'd go away permanently. Carl tries defending his actions, but Harriette and Rachel — in an effort to tell him that words hurt — decide to give him the silent treatment until he apologizes.
52 October 18, 1991 Daddy's Little Girl Laura develops a huge crush for Carl's new rookie partner. She later feels humiliated when, with the young officer in the room, Carl talks down to her.
53 October 25, 1991 Citizen's Court Carl kills Urkel's prized Peruvian beetle. When Carl reasons that "it was just a stupid bug", Urkel is resolved to see if a small claims court judge agrees, taking his case to "Citizen's Court."
54 November 1, 1991 Robo-Nerd Urkel creates Urkelbot, which soon develops a mind of its own and sets a trap to snare Laura for itself.
55 November 8, 1991 Making the Team The uncoordinated Urkel's clumsiness inexplicably goes away when he steps onto the basketball court. Meanwhile, Laura proves her worth as a cheerleader to the know-it-all captain.
56 November 15, 1991 Born to Be Mild A street gang provides some truly frightening moments for the Winslows when they vandalize Rachel's Place and brutally beat up Eddie. Fearing that Carl will do something that would destroy his career, Urkel devises a plan to trick the gangsters into confessing their crimes.
57 November 22, 1991 The Love God Eddie wants to date an "easy" girl, but Urkel decides to counsel her on her ways before their first date. Meanwhile, Lt. Murtaugh is enjoying a few yuks when Carl must go out in drag as part of an undercover operation.
58 November 29, 1991 Old and Alone Laura tells Urkel he's banished from her life after he warns her about her new boyfriend's ulterior motives. In turn, Harriet tells Laura that her attitude may result in her growing "old and alone." Sure enough, she has a dream where she becomes an elderly spinster, who has grown "old and alone."
59 December 6, 1991 A Pair of Ladies Rachel, in need of some help at understaffed Rachel's Place, enlists Harriet's help. But the two soon get into a huge argument after well-meaning Harriet is all too eager to offer suggestions. Meanwhile, Urkel joins in Carl's poker night and gets cleaned out by hustling Lt. Murtaugh.
60 December 20, 1991 Choir Trouble Choir director Rachel kicks recently converted Urkel out of the choir when the nerd can't sing a lick. Estelle advises Rachel that God isn't interested in the quality of the voice, but that the words come from the heart.
61 January 10, 1992 A Test of Friendship Urkel faces expulsion from school when he colludes with Eddie (who didn't study) to cheat on a chemistry test. Meanwhile, Carl becomes the laughingstock of the precinct (thanks largely to Lt. Murtaugh) when burglars use sleeping gas to put Carl to sleep, then rob the Winslows blind.
62 January 17, 1992 Jailhouse Blues Harriet's troublesome cousin is sent to the Winslows to live. He quickly proves to be a bad influence on Eddie, and gets him and Urkel (along with a carful of pretty girls) in serious trouble for grand theft auto.
63 January 31, 1992 Brown Bombshell Estelle is determined to share the stories of her late fighter-pilot husband and World War II's Tuskegee Airmen to a disinterested Winslow clan. Eventually, she is invited to share her stories to Eddie's American history class.
64 February 7, 1992 Food, Lies and Videotape Urkel enrolls in a home economics course, but learns he's simply not cut out to be a cook. But Waldo discovers he might just have a hidden culinary talent.
  • Note: In perhaps one of the longest-running subplots on the series (second only to the romantic triangle between Steve, his alter egos, Laura, and Myra), Waldo starts down the path to becoming a chef. His culinary aspirations would become a recurring subplot, transforming his character from a wannabe thug to a young African American male with career ambition.
65 February 14, 1992 My Broken-Hearted Valentine Laura becomes further annoyed and angry with Urkel, accusing him of once again butting into her romance with Daniel Wallace. But Urkel's advice is best heeded, especially when Daniel tries to attack Laura in her room.
66 February 21, 1992 Woman of the People Laura is engaged in a heated campaign for class president with snobbish Cassie Lynn. But things grow ugly when Cassie Lynn takes some incriminating photos of Laura seeming to embrace Urkel.
67 February 28, 1992 Love and Kisses Urkel invites R&B singer Johnny Gill to serenade Laura, in hopes that she will decide to go out with him. Meanwhile, Carl and Harriet take a second honeymoon to a resort, but are quickly left out in the cold.
68 March 13, 1992 Stop in the Name of Love This time, it's Waldo who has the crush on Laura, particularly when she tries to encourage him after a string of bad luck with dates.
69 April 3, 1992 The Urkel Who Came to Dinner When his parents go out of town unannounced, Urkel is invited to stay with the Winslows. But he unwittingly manages to create havoc: he accidentally vacuums a fish Carl was looking after for Lt. Murtaugh; he encourages Richie to fight a preschool bully; and he drives away Laura's study date when he suspects he's got less than admirable motives.
70 April 24, 1992 Robo-Nerd II Urkel revamps his Urkelbot into a crime-fighting bot, encouraging Carl to use the technology to solve a rash of convenience store burglaries. Meanwhile, the Winslow women get a nasty surprise when the new shampoo causes them to go bald.
71 May 1, 1992 Dudes Despite Laura's admonition that the show is sexist, Urkel, Eddie and Waldo are contestants on the teen dating show "Dudes." Meanwhile, Carl tries to find out what his family is planning for his birthday.
72 May 8, 1992 Farewell, My Laura A 1940s-style detective spoof, with Urkel playing gumshoe crimefighter Johnny Danger. Danger is paid to protect supper club owner Rachel, who is targeted by an assassin.

Season 4 (1992-1993)

24 episodes

# Airdate Prod. Code Title Overview
73 September 18, 1992 Surely, You Joust Carl and Urkel get into a feud, and decide the only way to settle their grievances is to compete on American Gladiators.
74 October 2, 1992 Dance to the Music Laura, a nominee for homecoming queen, sets her sights on a popular jock named Ted. Urkel, wanting to make Laura happy, helps Ted break the ice with her.
75 October 9, 1992 Driving Carl Crazy Carl is trying to deal with high blood pressure, but instead of listening to his doctor, he takes waiting room advice ("3-2-1, 1-2-3, what the heck is bothering me?"). It's put to the test when Urkel asks him to give him some driving lessons.
  • Note: This episode introduced Urkel's vehicle, a BMW Isetta, which he would drive through the midway point of the sixth season.
76 October 16, 1992 Rumor Has It Rumor has it that Ted went all the way with Laura on their date. Urkel knows this isn't true and tries to warn Laura about the fast-spreading rumor around school. Laura tells the nerd never to speak to her again, but then Maxine tells her she heard the very same rumors about her and Ted. Laura then enlists Urkel and Eddie to get the truth out into the open.
  • Note: First appearance of Shavar Ross as Weasel (although he is referred to by his proper name, Alex).
77 October 23, 1992 Number One With a Bullet Urkel is hospitalized with appendicitis, Carl thinks he's in store for a few nerd-free days ... until he is shot while trying to foil a robbery and winds up sharing the same hospital room as Urkel.
78 October 30, 1992 Who's Kid is it Anyway? Eddie would rather go out on a date than take Richie trick-or-treating.
79 November 6, 1992 An Officer and a Waldo When Eddie yells at Waldo over a misunderstanding, Waldo's fragile self-esteem takes a huge hit. His response: Join the Army reserves, prompting Urkel and Eddie to go after him. Meanwhile, Carl and Harriet deal with a repairman who has a habit for overcharging his clients.
80 November 13, 1992 Just One Date Urkel, determined to go out with Laura, resorts to his most outlandish trick yet ... camping out on the rooftop of the Winslow home. Meanwhile, Richie tries to fight off the advances of the young vixen, Gwendolyn, who has just moved to the neighborhood.
81 November 20, 1992 The Oddest Couple Eddie gets into a fight with Carl over house rules. Urkel gets into a quarrel with his parents over his scientific experiments constantly going awry. The result: the two become roommates in a run-down apartment.
82 December 11, 1992 It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Urkel While Christmas shopping, Laura really snaps at Urkel for accidentally breaking an expensive crystal ornament. She fumes that she wishes Urkel could only see what it's like to be her, then maybe he'd understand. So, Laura's guardian angel grants her wish ... with the cavaet that Laura walks a mile in Urkel's shoes.
83 January 8, 1993 Muskrat Love Eddie wants to date a girl that his friends think is undesirable.
84 January 15, 1993 Hot Wheels Carl buys Eddie a used police car at an auction, hoping the two can restore it together. Only thing is, Eddie would rather bond with Waldo while restoring the beat-up car into a hot rod. In the subplot, Laura and Ted are getting back together ... but there seems to be the little problem of Urkel's new superglue causing the nerd's hand to become bonded with Laura's shoulder.
85 January 22, 1993 The Way the Ball Bounces Eddie is wooed by a slick-talking college recruiter, who wants him only for his basketball skills and not his meager academic credentials. Meanwhile, a sleep famished Laura enlists Urkel to pose as her so she can go to the library to study for her SATs.
86 January 29, 1993 A Thought in the Dark Wanting to get Urkel off her back once and for all, Laura asks Ted to set the nerd up. He chooses his cousin, the beautiful Myra Monkhouse, someone who just loves to seduce nerds. The foursome head off to a Dave Koz concert, where Waldo is working as an usher.
87 February 5, 1993 Tender Kisses Unable to get tickets to a Tracie Spencer concert, Eddie, Waldo and Weasel plot to sneak into the rhythm-and-blues singer's hotel room to procure them. Meanwhile, Carl is suspicious when he constantly sees Harriet writing in her diary.
88 February 12, 1993 Heart Strings Laura and Ted agree to end their relationship, and a heartsick Laura has no one to love for Valentine's Day ... until Urkel pays her a visit. Meanwhile, Richie tries to fight off Gwendolyn once again.
89 February 19, 1993 It's a Mad, Mad, Madhouse After Eddie pulls a classroom prank, his teacher wants to refer him to the principal. Knowing he could face dismissal from the basketball team for this offense, he relates a sob story about how he comes from a dysfunctional family. The teacher is so upset that (after Eddie leaves the room) pours out her sorrows to Urkel. Urkel recommends that she pay a visit to this family, unaware that she is talking about the Winslows. What she observes is a highly chaotic household, thanks in part to Harriet having gone "on strike" (because she became frustrated with her family constantly henpecking her).
90 February 26, 1993 Higher Anxiety Urkel reveals to Eddie that his girlfriend, Oneshia, is a two-timer. After he breaks off the relationship, Eddie becomes very depressed and considers suicide – by jumping off a fire escape at a party. Urkel and Waldo go onto the fire escape to try to talk Eddie down ... just before the badly rusted fire escape begins to give way. Meanwhile, Estelle and her beau, Fletcher, have really advanced their relationship and are contemplating marriage, much to Carl's chagrin.
91 March 5, 1993 Mama's Wedding Carl finally comes to terms with his mother's impending marriage to Fletcher, but the two get into a fight over the wedding arrangements. Estelle just wants a small, family wedding, which Carl eventually agrees to. But his original plan for a huge bash might come to fruition anyway, since Eddie had planned a huge house party for a weekend his parents would be out of town. Only thing is, Waldo prints inaccurate invitations to the house party, advertising the gathering as the same night as Estelle and Fletcher's wedding.
92 March 19, 1993 Pulling Teeth A five-way phone conversation (between Eddie, Waldo, Urkel, Laura and Maxine) results in the unlikeliest of couples – Waldo and Maxine. And the two really hit it off! Meanwhile, Richie struggles with getting rid of a loose tooth.
93 March 26, 1993 Walk on the Wild Side Armed with fake ID's and a desire to dump her "Miss Goody Two-Shoes" image, Laura and her friends go to a male strip club ... the same nightclub that Harriet, Estelle and Rachel plan to frequent. Urkel learns of this and winds up accidentally performing a striptease.
94 April 30, 1993 Hot Stuff Myra asks Laura for advice in snaring the man of her dreams – "Hot Stuff" Urkel. Meanwhile, Eddie buys a discounted car stereo from Weasel, but then gets suspicious that it had been stolen.
95 May 7, 1993 Stormy Weather Laura casts potential prom date Urkel aside in favor of another class hunk. But the date turns sour when her boyfriend becomes possessive and demands that she tell Urkel to get lost ... or else.
96 May 14, 1993 Buds 'n' Buns Urkel decides to at least advance his budding relationship with Myra. But Myra somehow concludes that Laura is serious competition for the nerd's affections. Meanwhile, Eddie is promoted to supervising manager at the Mighty Weenie, where Carl has taken a part-time job and soon finds himself answering to his son.

Season 5 (1993-1994)

24 episodes

# Airdate Prod. Code Title Overview
97 September 24, 1993 Hell Toupee Myra visits Urkel at school, and once again accuses Laura of trying to vie for his affections. The end result is a huge food fight. Meanwhile, Carl - feeling he has lost his romantic touch with Harriet - decides to invest in a toupee.
98 October 1, 1993 It Didn't Happen One Night Laura oversleeps on the morning of a huge cheerleader convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, and asks Urkel to drive her there in his BMW Isetta. She quickly becomes frustrated with the car's slow speed, and in trying to get Urkel to drive faster, causes it to break down. The two are eventually forced to bunk together in a low-rent motel, where Laura really gets frustrated. Eventually, Urkel becomes a little too irked and stands up to her. Meanwhile, Waldo arrives by his own inventive means to surprise Maxine at the convention: he ships himself to her room in a giant box.
99 October 8, 1993 Saved By the Urkel Carl is trying to repair a lamp and refuses to listen to Urkel's advice: unplug it. Carl electrocutes himself, and only the nerd knows CPR to save his life. The Winslows find themselves indebted to Urkel and shower him with gratitude. The incident also inspires Eddie and Waldo to learn CPR.
100 October 15, 1993 A Matter of Principle Harriet's job at the Chicago Chronicle as manager of security has taken a back seat to Urkel's antics in the series' four years, but it takes center stage here. The newspaper is experiencing budget cuts, and Harriet's boss, Mr. Berger, asks her to cut her workforce. Harriet doesn't want to fire anyone, and Carl gives her some advice on how to tell Mr. Berger this. The end result has Harriet losing her job. Meanwhile, Myra transfers to Urkel's school, all to snare herself a certain nerd. She eventually asks Eddie and Laura for advice in winning Urkel's heart, resulting in wild comedy of errors.
101 October 22, 1993 Money Out the Window Eddie still hasn't gotten over the gambling habit, and Weasel and Waldo entice him and Urkel in their football betting venture. When Eddie loses a bundle, a thug pays the Winslows a visit, threatening Eddie with serious injury if the debt is not settled in a timely manner. Eddie ends up selling one of Carl's valuable stamps to settle the debt.
102 October 29, 1993 Best Friends Harriet tries (a little too hard) to fit in with Laura's social group to bond with her daughter. Laura cries on Maxine's shoulder, only to find out that Maxine's relationship with her mother (well) isn't. Meanwhile, Waldo (who has been fired from a series of jobs) appears to be a failure at his new job as cashier at the Mighty Weenie ... until Eddie remembers that Waldo is a talented cook.
103 November 5, 1993 Grandmama When Eddie dumps Urkel as his partner in a prestigious 2-on-2 basketball tournament in favor of a star player (Darius McCrary's real life brother, Donovan McCrary), the nerd turns to Grandmama (NBA star Larry Johnson's alter ego).
104 November 12, 1993 Dr. Urkel and Mr. Cool Urkel, still with love of Laura in his heart, devises the ultimate scheme to win her heart ... a potion that will turn him into an ultra-suave ladies man. Stefan Urquelle quickly wins Laura's heart, but it isn't long before she'd rather have the irksome nerd back.
  • Note: First appearance of Urkel's alter-ego, Stefan Urquelle.
105 November 19, 1993 Car Wars Laura wants to buy a car, but finds the high-pressure salesman more than she can handle alone, given his sexist attitude. At Urkel's suggestion, she dons a mustache and hat and poses as a man to buy a car.
106 November 26, 1993 All the Wrong Moves Laura, Urkel and Waldo each have dates at the drive-in movie theater. Laura's boyfriend wants to have sex, but doesn't seem to understand the meaning of the word "no." Myra wants to have sex with Urkel, but when he too refuses, she decides perhaps its a good idea to wait. Waldo, of course, is Waldo, what with his bringing lawn chairs to enjoy the show, much to an embarrassed Maxine's chagrin.
107 December 10, 1993 Christmas is Where the Heart Is Urkel and Carl become stranded on a subway car after a power outage on Christmas eve. Carl and all of the car's passengers are ill-tempered, wanting to get home to celebrate the holidays with their families, leaving it up to Urkel to remind them that Christmas can be celebrated anywhere.
108 December 17, 1993 Scenes From a Mall Based on the popular 1991 movie. Myra demands commitment from Urkel or else. Waldo constantly worries that other boys have their eyes on Maxine, causing him to go into a jealous fit. Meanwhile, Eddie learns that the store model he has a crush on is married.
109 January 7, 1994 Rock Enroll Eddie considers postponing college in favor of a songwriting career, particularly when Shanice performs the song he wrote. Meanwhile, Urkel becomes depressed when no one seems to remember his birthday.
110 January 14, 1994 Like a Virgin Urkel lets slip that Eddie has never had sex with anyone, leading to plenty of locker room teasing. But his friends soon realize that still having your virginity as a teenager is just fine.
111 January 21, 1994 Good Cop, Bad Cop Carl has warned Eddie about his late-night carousing before. So when Eddie is arrested for a traffic violation, he says he was the victim of racial profiling by a pair of overzealous patrolmen. Carl refuses to accept his son's story of how he was "a black in a white person's neighborhood", and a huge argument ensues. But then Carl sees the two officers in Rachael's Café and decides to get their side of the story. What he finds out is the ugly truth (it's all like Eddie explained). An angry Carl threatens to report the senior officer, while urging the other to re-examine his own attitude. Meanwhile, Urkel gets more than he bargained for when he takes a worried Richie to the dentist.
112 February 4, 1994 Presumed Urkel Accident-prone Urkel is accused of blowing up the school's chemistry lab following an accident. With his academic future on the line, Laura defends the nerd against someone who seems a little too eager to have him expelled.
113 February 11, 1994 Father of the Bride To get him out of his hair for the evening, Carl sends Urkel on a bowling date with Laura, then dozes off. He quickly has a nightmare about how Urkel and Laura fell in love, got married and gave birth to a brood of Urkel-kids.
114 February 18, 1994 Psycho Twins Urkel invents some "snooze juice", which is intended to help police officers easily apprehend criminals. The potion is demonstrated at a professional wrestling event, and The Psycho Twins (one of whom is Carl's old high school friend) accidentally drinks the snooze juice. The tag team's opponents, the WWF's Bushwackers, still want to kick some butt, and set their sights on Urkel and Carl.
115 March 4, 1994 That's What Friends are For Eddie earns a college scholarship, and everyone's cheering for him but Waldo. Meanwhile, Carl endures a painful night of watching a slide show of Urkel's visit to a cheese convention.
116 March 18, 1994 Opposites Attract Laura is editor of her school's newspaper, and quickly gets into a series of conflicts with one of the staff writers - whom fall for each other! Meanwhile, Urkel is robbed and gets the hiccups.
117 April 1, 1994 A-Campin' We Will Go Urkel tags along on Carl's camping trip with Eddie and Waldo. Urkel tries to give Carl some advice, but he refuses to listen ... and everyone could soon regret it.
118 April 29, 1994 Nunsense Urkel, offended that his privacy had been violated, tells Myra to get lost when she presents him with a nude drawing of himself. The next morning, Urkel learns that Myra is going to a convent, causing the nerd to assume that she plans to join. He quickly enlists Eddie and Waldo to dress as nuns to find Myra and get her to reconsider her joining the nunnery. Of course, she had gone there to visit her aunt, but none of this comes out in the open until the guys are nearly arrested.
119 May 6, 1994 Aunt Oona Urkel's shy Aunt Oona from Altoona (portrayed by Donna Summer) visits. Harriet and the others help break Oona out of her shell - by taking her to a karaoke bar.
120 May 20, 1994 Stefan Returns Urkel, still pining for Laura's heart, renovates his Stefan Urquelle alter-ego, inventing a transformation chamber to do so. He's a much friendlier person this time, but the formula soon wears off just as Laura professes her love for Stefan. Urkel is resolved to one day make Stefan permanent.

Season 6 (1994-1995)

25 episodes

# Airdate Prod. Code Title Overview
121 September 23, 1994 To Be or Not to Be (Part 1) Harriet asks Carl to go see an eye doctor after he complains about having problems seeing. However, Carl balks and asks Urkel for some help. Urkel, meanwhile, has been perfecting his machine to enable him to be Stefan all the time. Carl asks Stefan to let him step into the transformation chamber to fix his eyesight problems. However, Myra - wanting to snare herself a certain nerd - tampers with the machine, unknowning that Carl is really inside. Sure enough, the chamber turns Carl Winslow into Carl Urkel!
  • Note: Part 1 of a two-part episode.
122 September 30, 1994 To Be or Not to Be (Part 2) Carl spends the next few days walking a mile in Urkel's shoes, while Stefan demands an explanation from Myra. Eventually, Stefan (who has kept Urkel's scientific genius) repairs the machine, and has Carl changed back before he can wreak any more havoc on the Winslow household. Carl eventually realizes he could have spared everyone so much grief by following his wife's advice and getting glasses.
  • Note: Part 2 of a two-part episode.
123 October 7, 1994 Till Death Do Us Apartment College freshmen Eddie and Waldo move into their own apartment.
124 October 14, 1994 The Looney Bin Carl, Urkel and Mr. Looney become trapped in the school's old fallout shelter. Now Carl has another source of frustration ... Mr. Looney's penchant for singing showtunes.
125 October 21, 1994 Beta Chi Guy Eddie is invited to join a prestigious fraternity. The one catch: tell Urkel to get lost. Eddie agrees for awhile, but his new friends continue to mock him. When he finally realizes that Urkel really has been hurt, Eddie tells the frat jocks what they can do with their organization.
126 October 28, 1994 A Dark and Stormy Night On a stormy Halloween night, Richie is disappointed because he can't go trick-or-treating. Urkel cheers him up by weaving a 19th-century vampire tale.
127 November 4, 1994 Par for the Course Carl's sharp-tongued boss, Capt. Savage, invites him along on a golf outing. Of course, Urkel finds a way to tag along, and the result is exactly what one would expect. Meanwhile, Harriet and Laura have it out when she starts coming in past curfew. The last straw comes when Harriet shows up at a party, clad in a robe and curlers, to bring her daughter home.
128 November 11, 1994 Sink or Swim Urkel's straight-A record, as well as his high school graduation, are at risk since he can't pass physical education. And to pass physical education, he must pass a simple swimming test. And to pass the simple swimming test, he must get over his fear of water. And to get over his fear of water, he enlists Carl's help ... to no success.
129 November 18, 1994 Paradise Bluff On a date to Paradise Bluff, Myra gives Urkel an ultimatum - commit to me now, or else it's over. Urkel is about to let Myra go, but then a near accident with his BMW Isetta puts both of their lives in danger.
130 November 25, 1994 Flying Blind Carl and Urkel are passengers on a charter flight. The pilot is an ex-convict Carl put away several years ago, and now he wants revenge. He skyjumps out of the plane, leaving Carl and Urkel to get a crash course in how to fly a plane.
131 December 16, 1994 Miracle on Elm Street Richie brings home a homeless man for Christmas, much to the Winslow's chagrin, but he winds up teaching them a holiday lesson about the meaning of the season. Meanwhile, Eddie accidentally throws out Laura's rag doll from childhood. Laura becomes heartsick over the doll's apparent fate, prompting Urkel to visit a landfill in an all-out attempt to rescue the doll.
132 January 6, 1995 Midterm Crisis Waldo baked a gourmet cake for his mid-term, which is sure to get a passing grade. However, he never turns his assignment in, thanks to a hungry Eddie and Urkel.
133 January 20, 1995 An Unlikely Match Urkel learns one of his old nemesis has become striken with leukemia, thanks to an injury. The nerd puts aside the past and stages a bone marrow drive to save the bully's life.
  • Note: This episode ends with a public service announcement about leukemia from Jaleel White and Kellie Shanygne Williams. However, this announcement hasn't been seen since its original airdate.
134 February 3, 1995 The Substitute Son Eddie has no time to spend with Carl, so Carl decides to find someone who has time for him ... Waldo. Eddie begins to miss out on some of the activities Carl and Waldo are now enjoying together and gets the hint. Meanwhile, Urkel is beat up by a bunch of ruffians and gets his revenge ... as Bruce Lee Urkel!
135 February 10, 1995 The Gun In one of the series' grittiest episodes, female gang members steal Laura's jacket at gunpoint. She is then told she can expect to get shot if she reports the crime. Laura, scared for her life, decides she needs to buy a gun. Urkel begs her to reconsider, but Laura is resolved to protect herself. Just before she can complete her purchase with a gun salesman at school, she hears gunfire, then screams. One of Laura's best friends has been badly wounded by the same girl that threatened her earlier, all because she wouldn't give her a pair of expensive shoes. In the end, Urkel begins a gun buy-back drive as a way to cut down on school violence.
  • Note: This episode ended with a public service announcement about gun violence by Jaleel White and Kellie Shanygne Williams.
136 February 17, 1995 Wedding Bell Blues Mr. Looney is engaged to be married, but on his wedding day, his bride leaves him at the altar. Humiliated, Mr. Looney contemplates suicide, leaving Urkel and Carl to talk him out of it.
137 February 24, 1995 Ain't Nothin' But an Urkel To impress an MIT college recruiter, Urkel demonstrates his transformation chamber. Instead of turning into an Albert Einstein variant, Urkel makes himself into Elvis Urkel. The hunka-hunka-burning Urkel and his blue suede shoes scare the daylights out of the recruiter, but eventually impresses him.
138 March 3, 1995 My Uncle, the Hero Richie's class takes a field trip to the police station. Tour guide Carl is trying desperately to keep the dull tour afloat, until a rookie officer takes his eyes off a robbery suspect. The suspect immediately grabs one of Richie's classmates and makes his demands. Carl talks him out of the potential hostage situation and saves the day. After Carl tells the officer he can expect a talk about what happened later, Richie tells his uncle he and his classmates were impressed with how he handled the situation. In the subplot, Urkel and Laura plan a surprise birthday party for Myra. Of course, Myra thinks the two are fooling around behind her back until ... she finds out they were planning a surprise birthday party for her.
139 March 17, 1995 The Bodyguard Urkel has received a series of threats lately, prompting Carl to become his bodyguard. Meanwhile, Eddie gets a new girlfriend, which happens to be the daughter of his hard-nosed boss at the Mighty Weenie.
140 March 24, 1995 Cheers Looking at You, Kid Urkel spies on Laura during her latest trip to a cheerleading convention.
141 March 31, 1995 What's Up, Doc? The Winslows visit a family psychiatrist to air their grievances about Urkel in this clip show. Well, Carl, Eddie and Laura do, anyway. Harriet, however, tells the psychiatrist that Urkel may seem bothersome at times but has plenty of virtues, too.
142 April 28, 1995 We're Going to Disney World (Part 1) Thanks to his transformation chamber, Urkel wins a trip to Disney World and invites the Winslows along. During a science convention, the nerd demonstrates the chamber, emerges as Stefan and propsoes to Laura. Meanwhile, Eddie has to work but eventually gets Waldo to drive him to Orlando, Florida ... but can Waldo read a map?
143 May 5, 1995 We're Going to Disney World (Part 2) Can Waldo read a map? Guess not, since he and Eddie wind up in Canada. Eventually, their car is stolen, leaving them hitching a ride. Meanwhile, Carl weighs a job offer in Florida while Myra arrives to stop Stefan from proposing to Laura.
144 May 12, 1995 They Shoot Urkels, Don't They? Urkel and Carl enter a dance marathon hosted by Fletcher and Estelle.
145 May 19, 1995 Home Sweet Home Urkel's parents fail to tell him they've moved to Russia, prompting him to move in with Eddie and Waldo. But his termites are a little too hungry, and once their apartment is destroyed, Eddie is forced to move back home. Carl weighs the options, and decides to allow Urkel to move in.

Season 7 (1995-1996)

24 episodes

# Airdate Prod. Code Title Overview
146 September 22, 1995 Little Big Guy In this parody of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Urkel is moving all of his contraptions into the Winslow home. When the nerd moves his transformation chamber into the house, the contraption goes berzerk. The result: Both the nerd and his flustered foil become shrunk to two-inch humanoids. They spend the rest of the episode dodging rolling fruit and large cats, and it quickly becomes a team effort to survive.
147 September 29, 1995 The Naked and the Nerdy Urkel and Laura accidentally see each other au natural in the bathroom, and are embarrassed to speak to each other afterwards. Meanwhile, Carl does a favor for his neighbor, Larry Johnson, in the form of keeping his wife's gift (a diamond bracelet) hidden at his home. However, when Harriet mistakes it as her anniversary gift, Carl must set things straight.
148 October 13, 1995 Bugged Urkel fights temptation as he fantasizes about a relationship with a beautiful bug collector he met in an online chat room. He worries that his desire to kiss the girl will interfere with his relationship with Myra. Meanwhile, Harriet asks Carl to allow her boss, Nick, to participate in his weekly poker game. Nick acts very rude when he keeps winning, testing Carl's patience ... particularly since Harriet's standing at work may be on the line. Eventually, Carl has enough and asks Nick to leave.
149 October 20, 1995 Teacher's Pet Urkel is asked to supervise an English class for his absent teacher, but the students in the class are unruly and have no intention of learning. They eventually embarrass the nerd and push him to the point where he wants to quit. However, Urkel has an ace up his sleeve - Stefan Urquelle, who immediately takes control of the class. In the subplot, Carl and Harriet bicker over each other's share of the household chores. Hiring extra help - particularly, attractive members of the opposite sex - only exacerbates matters. In the end, Carl and Harriet agree to divide the housework more fairly.
150 October 27, 1995 Walking My Way Back Home When Eddie brings new girlfriend Greta home after curfew, her father refuses to allow her to see him for a month. Eddie wants to see Greta again, so he arranges for Urkel to act as his go-between, but that only lands the nerd in trouble, thanks to Eddie. Meanwhile, Estelle is audited by the Internal Revenue Service, and Carl finds himself in trouble with the taxman as well when he tries to help her straighten the matter out.

Guest star: Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

151 November 3, 1995 She's Back Urkel goes to Russia to visit his parents, giving the Winslows a few nerd-free days. However, Myrtle Urkel - Urkel's southern belle cousin from Mississippi - shows up, hungrier than ever for Eddie's affections. Only this time, Myrtle has to get through Greta first.
152 November 10, 1995 Hot Rods to Heck Urkel finds himself competing with another in a long line of Laura's boyfriends, this time drag racer Curtis. Eventually, the two get on each other's nerves so much that Urkel is left with no choice but to soup up his Isetta (apparently, repaired from last season's accident) and challenge the big-talking Curtis to a winner-take-all race.
153 November 17, 1995 Talk's Cheap Urkel, his southern belle cousin Myrtle Urkel, and the nerd's alter-ego, Stefan Urquelle, each appear on a talk show to discuss relationships. Appearing with them are the objects of each one's affections: Myra, Eddie and Laura. Waldo also tags along, but this time, what he says actually makes sense.

Note: Jaleel White plays a triple role, as Steve Urkel, Myrtle Urkel and Stefan Urquelle.

154 November 24, 1995 Struck by Lightning Urkel becomes a human lightning rod and soon develops an intense fear of thunderstorms. Carl helps the nerd work through his phobia and soon tracks down the source to constant use of the transformation chamber ... or more specifically, an iron-rich substance that transforms Urkel into his alter egos. In the subplot, Laura and Myra both apply for sales clerk jobs at Ferguson's, but only one position is available. Both annoy each other as they audition for the job.
155 December 8, 1995 Best Years of Our Lives Urkel is put in charge of the senior class homecoming float ... and despite some bumbling by the nerd and his classmates, the float becomes a huge success. Even better, everyone starts to get to really know one another, and that's something everyone can be proud of ... even if Urkel ruins the float when transporting it to school.
156 December 15, 1995 Fa La La La Laagghh! Just in time for Christmas, Carl gets in a sour mood and refuses to allow Urkel to decorate the house with his crazy light displays. Then, the nerd says there is a big cash prize for the neighborhood lighting contest, and Carl's mood instantly changes. Meanwhile, Harriet wants a little more participation from Eddie and Laura in the family's holiday activities.
157 January 5, 1996 Friendship Cycles Carl is once again pressed into service to teach Urkel how to do something simple – this time, riding a bicycle. The usual hijinks ensue.
158 January 12, 1996 South of the Border Waldo learns about the laws of a tiny island nation the hard way: It lands him in jail and causes Eddie and Urkel to have to make a long-distance trip to bail their buddy out.
159 January 26, 1996 Life in the Fast Lane Laura, concerned about her figure, begins taking diet pills. One day, Urkel mistakes the pills for his medication, and goes into a stupor that nearly results in the Winslow garage being destroyed and the nerd almost seriously injuring himself.
160 February 2, 1996 Random Acts of Science When Urkel's contraptions go haywire once too often, Carl demands that the nerd place them in storage. On the night they go about putting everything away, a street gang breaks in and holds the two hostage. Urkel suggests that since the bad guys will be getting everything anyway, they may as well demonstrate the transformation chamber. The thugs agree ... and it winds up being a trap, as Bruce Lee Urkel and Bruce Lee Carl emerge to defeat the baddies.
161 February 9, 1996 Tips for a Better Life Urkel takes a second job, transforming into his alter ego Stefan Urquelle and playing smooth jazz at a local coffeehouse. Meanwhile, Eddie battles the bottle as he begins coming home drunk.
162 February 16, 1996 Swine Lake To improve his basketball skills, Eddie – with Greta's encouragement – takes ballet lessons. The two are all set to perform as partners in a recital, but there's one problem: Greta's a no-show, but Myrtle Urkel is.
  • Note: Jaleel White reprises his role as Myrtle Urkel.
163 February 23, 1996 My Big Brother In a plug for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program, Urkel becomes a Big Brother to a smart-talking, streetwise 10-year-old named 3J. However, 3J's bravado is the cover for an embarrassing secret: The boy cannot read. Urkel offers to teach 3J how to read.
164 March 8, 1996 Eau de Love Urkel accidentally sprays his aphrodisiac to make Laura fall in love with him. However, Urkel knows he still has plenty of work to do to make the girl of his dreams truly fall in love with him once the potion wears off.
165 March 15, 1996 Twinkle Toes Faldo In the second ballet-based episode of the season, this time it's klutzy Waldo who learns tap dance.
166 March 29, 1996 Scammed A smooth-talking scam artist cons Eddie and Waldo into patronizing an exclusive sports bar where the Chicago Bulls hang out, then leaves them with an expensive bill. This time, instead of gambling to recoup his losses, Eddie goes to his dad for help. Carl is easily able to expose the crook.
167 April 26, 1996 Dream Date Their dates are unable to go to the senior prom (Laura's boyfriend's grandmother had just died, and Myra fell ill at the last moment), leaving Urkel and Laura dateless. So, why not go together? They do, and it proves to be Urkel's dream come true ... and a once-in-a-lifetime night for Laura as well!
168 May 10, 1996 A Ham is Born To bring in extra income into the Winslow household, Carl gets a job as security guard at a movie studio. In the process, he lands a leading role in a movie, but then has a moral dilemma on his hands: With a passionate kissing scene in the script, should he risk developing real feelings for his beautiful co-star?
169 May 17, 1996 Send in the Clone Urkel's transformation chamber goes berzerk again; this time, he clones himself, causing double trouble throughout the household (and putting Myra in a frenzy over her "Stevie-kins"). Then Laura has an idea: Turn one of the Urkel clones into Stefan permanently!
  • Note: Jaleel White in a dual role. The character of Stefan Urquelle is made into a person distinct from Steve Urkel.

Season 8 (1996-1997)

23 episodes

# Airdate Prod. Code Title Overview
170 September 20, 1996 Paris Vacation (Part 1) The Winslows travel to Paris, with the help of Urkel's teleportation device. There, Eddie has to work at a restaurant to avoid going to jail. Meanwhile, Urkel is seduced by a lovely French girl whose cohorts are out to steal the teleporter.
171 September 27, 1996 Paris Vacation (Part 2) Urkel is taken captive the lovely French girl and her gang, who want to cash in on the nerd's teleporter and use it to go on a crime spree.
172 October 4, 1996 Movin' On Urkel enrolls in a prestigious college miles away from Chicago. At first, the Winslows are happy to finally be rid of the pesky nerd, but then take pity on him when they learn he is homesick. Meanwhile, Laura (who has recently reached adulthood) moves into an apartment with Myra, but as one could guess, the two mix like oil and water.
173 October 11, 1996 3J in the House Orphaned 3J sneaks into the Winslow's attic, afraid that he may be forced to move to another orphanage. Harriette suggests to Carl that they consider adopting 3J, noting that beneath that sometime smart-mouthed demeanor lies a sweet, innocent young boy who is pining for a family.
174 October 18, 1996 Getting Buff Eddie is shocked in finding out that his girlfriend, Greta, has a part-time job as an art studio model.
175 October 25, 1996 Stevil A ventriloquist's dummy, which looks exactly like Urkel, comes to life and terrorizes the Winslows.
176 November 1, 1996 Karate Kids A street gang has intimidated Richie and 3J from playing at the local park, and when Ranger Urkel tries to intervene, he is quickly roughed up. The street gang begin celebrating their possible new place to deal drugs and play rap music ... until Bruce Lee Urkel (and similar Richie and 3J variants) show up to even the score.
177 November 8, 1996 Home Again Urkel reunites Stefan and Laura. Meanwhile, Carl and Harriete try to spend time alone but are constantly interrupted by Richie and 3J.
178 November 15, 1996 Nightmare at Urkel Oaks Eddie has a nightmare where he is the reluctant bridegroom to Myrtle Urkel. When Eddie refuses to marry Myrtle, her wealthy father steps in. Greta comes to save the day.
179 November 22, 1996 Chick-a-Boom Carl once again hopes to impress the Police Commissioner with a full-course dinner at his home. With Waldo no longer around, Myra steps forward and volunteers to cook a stuffed chicken-type dish for dinner. But when she begins seasoning the stuffing with pepper, she grabs Urkel's explosives instead!
180 December 6, 1996 The Jury In a takeoff of 12 Angry Men, Urkel and Carl are selected to serve on a jury for a store robbery suspect. Urkel is the only one who is convinced that the evidence is not what it seems.
181 December 13, 1996 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear Urkel and Carl search for a Christmas tree in a forest outside of the Chicago suburbs and wind up getting lost. Carl is annoyed and freezing, but Urkel's knowledge of astrology saves the two from becoming icicles on Christmas. Meanwhile, Laura's fledgling relationship with Curtis fizzles out.
182 January 3, 1997 Revenge of the Nerd Laura is invited to join a sorority and is excited about becoming a member ... until she learns that they constantly ridicule Urkel and plan to crown him "king geek."
183 January 17, 1997 Love Triangles With Waldo having broken off his long-standing relationship with Maxine, Laura encourages her heartbroken best friend to begin dating once again. Maxine soon comes home with none other than Curtis, Laura's ex. The two get into a huge fight as a result.
184 January 31, 1997 Father Time Urkel and Carl use a time transporting device to travel back in time. In spite of Urkel's warnings not to tamper with the past, Carl leaves a note for himself to invest in stocks that will skyrocket. When Carl and Steve return to the present, they find out that Carl is the richest man in the world. Unfortunately, they also find out that Carl hasn't hugged Estelle in years, that he and Harriet are divorcing, and that Eddie and Laura never existed.
185 February 7, 1997 Beauty and the Beast The ladies - including Myrtle Urkel - enter a beauty pageant. Cutthroat tactics and all sorts of similar antics ensue.
186 February 14, 1997 Le Jour d'amour Urkel hosts three Valentine's Day shorts involving various members of the cast. Included:
  • Richie and 3J vie for the affections of the same girl.
  • Eddie and Greta run into one of Eddie's ex-girlfriends from high school.
  • Carl is accused of buying Harriette the same gifts for Valentine's Day as in year's past.
187 February 28, 1997 What Do You Know? Eddie gets into the transformation chamber to gain Urkel's smarts, then hopes to clean up on a game show. But Eddie learns a hard lesson about working hard when Urkel is his opponent.
188 March 14, 1997 Odd Man In Harriette is invited to participate in Carl's poker night and cleans up. Meanwhile, Urkel fills in for Eddie as peanut vendor at Soldier Field, but thanks to the nerd's clumsiness, things go as one would expect. In the aftermath, Eddie loses his job and blames Urkel - that is, until Laura gets her brother to realize that he has no one to blame but himself.
189 March 28, 1997 Flirting With Disaster Urkel becomes dismayed after learning he is responsible for Carl's homeowner's insurance skyrocketing (thanks to the nerd's clumsiness). Meanwhile, Eddie learns that it's best to act your age - and remain loyal to your current steady - when he falls head over heels in love with an older woman.
190 April 25, 1997 Pound Foolish Urkel's Aunt Oona returns from Altoona for another visit, this time seeking help in losing weight. The nerd suggests his new weight compression chamber ... but as one might imagine, it works out a little too well.
191 May 2, 1997 The Brother Who Came to Dinner Carl's estranged brother Frank comes to visit with a devastating secret: He is in trouble with the law. Even worse, Carl is the one who is assigned to bring him into custody. Carl faces a big moral dilemma as he considers loyalty to his job vs. fixing a long-broken relationship with his brother.
192 May 9, 1997 A Pirate's Life For Me Urkel and Carl go back in time on board a 1700s pirate vessel, where they are made to walk the plank after Urket accidentally drops his time travel watch overboard.
  • Note: Final episode aired on ABC.
  • Note: This episode aired in 3-D as part of ABC's "3-D Week" promotion.

Season 9 (1997-1998)

22 episodes. The series is now airing on CBS.

# Airdate Prod. Code Title Overview
193 September 19, 1997 Out With the Old In the first CBS-aired episode, Urkel decides that he needs to give himself a whole new look, somewhat similar to alter ego Stefan Urquelle, in order to win Laura's heart. The makeover comes just in time for Laura's charity auction, where bachelors kisses are auctioned off. When nobody bids on the nerd, Laura, reluctantly, makes the one and only bid on Steve's kisses. This ending is foreshadowing to the changing relationship between Steve and Laura as Laura seems to enjoy the kiss much more than she expected.
194 September 26, 1997 They Shoot Ducks, Don't They Carl and his boss (Commissioner Geiss) go out for a day of duck hunting. Urkel tags along with them, with comedic results. Meanwhile, Laura "borrows" her mom's diamond earrings for a night at the Sizzle Club, yet comes home shocked to find out that one of the earrings is missing.
195 October 3, 1997 Dumb Belle of the Ball Ending up in the hospital after saving Eddie from getting hit by an oncoming car, Myrtle Urkel is thrilled when Eddie promises to take her to the Biloxi Debutante Ball. Meanwhile, Laura upsets Carl when she goes out to the Sizzle Club in a thin, tight dress after promising to change into anything that was less revealing.
196 October 10, 1997 Drinking and Jiving Laura and Maxine go to a fraternity party and Laura ditches her goody-two-shoes reputation by having her first beer, along with her second and third. Urkel arrives to stop this nonsense and gets a drunken Laura home. There, she gives Steve a huge kiss. In the morning, Urkel mentions to Laura about her kiss, yet she claims that she doesn't remember, or does she? Meanwhile, Carl and Harriette have seperate wedding anniversary plans and both tell Eddie about their plans. Then, once they both find out about each others plans, they start to fight, forcing one of them to reconsider their plans.
197 October 17, 1997 Who's Afraid of the Big Black Book? Eddie and Laura play a series of "get even" tricks on each other. Eddie invites Laura's ex, Curtis, over on a night she wants to spend with Stefan, but the suave Urquelle easily gets rid of his tormentor. An angry Laura decides to get even ... by tricking Urkel into inviting Eddie's ex-girlfriends to a surprise birthday party. Angry Greta and Urkel make their respective mates realize that their immature tricks are just that. Meanwhile, Carl is upset that the police commissioner passed him over for a promotion to captain, choosing his son instead (despite the fact Carl is more qualified). Carl proves to the commissioner his worth when he is able to diffuse a potentially deadly gangfight, and the son also informs his father that he needs more time before he's ready to be a captain.
198 October 24, 1997 A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read While testing an invention to improve memory, Urkel gains the ability to read minds, but soon gives up his newfound powers when the Winslows feel their privacy has been invaded (But not before hearing that as of late, Laura has been attracted to him). Meanwhile, with Troop 134 full, Carl fills in as a Head Scoutmaster to Richie, 3J, and their fellow troop mates.
199 October 31, 1997 Stevil II: This Time He's Not Alone The series final Halloween episode is a follow-up to the tale of Stevil, an evil ventriloquist dummy that looks just like Steve. This time, Stevil is accompanied by Carlsbad, an equally evil dummy that looks like Carl.
200 November 7, 1997 Trading Places Stefan, wondering if Laura had developed some loving feelings for Urkel, swaps identities with Steve to find out. Meanwhile, Eddie shoots a class-project video about his dad (Carl) and what he does as an officer for the Chicago Police Department.
201 November 28, 1997 A Pain in Harassment Hariette Winslow and her fellow staffmates get a new boss (Mr. Breenner, played by Perfect Strangers' Mark Linn-Baker) who uses verbal abuse to try and make his employees perform better. Meanwhile, Urkel wins a chance to win $1,000,000 by making a half-court shot during the halftime of a Los Angeles Clippers game.
202 December 5, 1997 Original Gangster Dawg O.G.D. (Steve Urkel's cousin from Detroit, Michigan) has an unwelcome visit to the Winslow household while Steve is away visiting his parents. Little does O.G.D. know is that he'll need the Winslows' help on evading a titanic thug (known as Fresh Squeeze) whom he owes $4,000 to.
203 December 19, 1997 Deck the Malls During the Christmas season, the Winslows & Steve get jobs at the mall. Urkel becomes a gift-wrapper, Carl becomes a department store Santa Claus, and Laura becomes an elf. Meanwhile, Richie finds out that his mom, Rachel, is unable to come home for the holidays.
204 January 9, 1998 Grill of My Dreams In an effort to decrease his clumsiness, Steve Urkel gets a job at Tanaka Gardens (a Japanese restaurant) as a master teppanyaki chef. His training is put to the test when Laura and Maxine drop by for a visit. Meanwhile, while Commissioner Geiss is away on a second honeymoon, Carl must watch his pet parrot, Andre. However, when Andre starts to repeatly say "Geiss is an idiot," Carl must try to make the parrot stop saying that phrase before Geiss returns.
205 January 16, 1998 Breaking Up is Hard to Do Urkel decides to end his relationship with Myra, yet becomes surprised at dinner that she breaks up with him first. Little does Steve know that it was just a futile attempt to try and keep the relationship going. Meanwhile, with failing grades in college, Eddie decides to drop out and become a police officer like his dad.
206 January 23, 1998 Crazy For You (Part 1) Myra begins her attack on the Steve Urkel-Laura Winslow relationship with the help of her "Stevie-Glasses-Cam" (placed on Steve's glasses unbeknownst to him) and enlists the help of Stefan Urquelle to try and spoil an upcoming Saturday night date. Meanwhile, Carl tries to show a trigger-happy Eddie a lesson in good judgement during police training.
  • Notes: Part 1 of a two-part episode. The role of Harriette Winslow is now played by Judyann Elder.
207 January 30, 1998 Crazier For You (Part 2) Steve finds out that Myra has been using his glasses to spy on him and knows that she's really "snapped her cap" when she starts dressing like Laura. Meanwhile, Harriette finds out that her wedding ring was originally intended for another woman that Carl used to date.
  • Note: Part 2 of a two-part episode.
208 June 5, 1998 Whose Man is it Anyway? Myrtle is willing to fight for her man, Eddie, so she decides to challenge Greta to a boxing match. Meanwhile, 3J begins asking questions about his biological mother, prompting Carl and Harriette to track the woman down. Carl takes 3J to a restaurant, where the waitress tells 3J that he's very lucky to have foster parents like the Winslows and that someday soon, his birth mother will be ready to make him a part of her life. Unknown to 3J (but known to Carl), the woman telling him all this is his birth mother.
209 June 12, 1998 Polkapalooza Laura – never a fan of polka music – finally decides she has nothing to lose and decides to accompany Urkel to a polka jamboree. But instead of being bored and annoyed by the larger-than-life festival-goers, she actually has a great time ... and finally realizes that, after all these years, Urkel may indeed be the guy she was looking for all along.
210 June 19, 1998 Throw Urkel From the Train Carl fumes about not accepting a promotion five years ago that would have transferred him to Washington, D.C. While boarding a train to travel to the nation's capital for a seminar, luggage boy Urkel accidentally stoys away. The usual antics result, but the nerd helps Carl realize that "the road not taken" was perhaps the right decision after all. Meanwhile, Laura becomes suspicious about Maxine's new boyfriend, D'Andre — especially after he asks her to deliver a package for him. The two best friends get into a huge fight over what Maxine thinks is jealousy, but Laura's initial impression proves right: D'Andre is a drug runner, and Eddie helps set up a sting operation. A tearful Maxine breaks down in Eddie's arms, but he reassures her that she will not be charged.
211 June 26, 1998 Don't Make Me Over Makeovers are this episode's central gag: Myrtle, making her last push for Eddie, enlists Laura and Maxine to make her over head to toe. But Eddie, firmly in love with Greta, still is not impressed, so Myrtle decides to pursue someone else. Meanwhile, Carl doesn't want Harriette to worry about his beautiful new masseuse, so he fibs about her appearance, claiming the masseuse is grossly overweight and ugly.
212 July 3, 1998 Pop Goes the Question Both Urkel and Stefan proprose to Laura. Her past adventures with both the nerd and the one-time "man of her dreams" are replayed through flashbacks (Urkel in "Marriage 101," and Stefan in "We're Going to Disneyworld").
  • Note: Final appearance of Stefan Urquelle.
213 July 10, 1998 Lost in Space (Part 1) After NASA buys the patent to one of Urkel's inventions, he's sent into space with a pair of astronauts to test it out. But Urkel's clumsiness wrecks the space shuttle, and before long he sends himself hurtling through outer space. Meanwhile, Harriette – worried for the well-being of rookie officer Eddie – arranges to have him assigned to giving out tickets for parking meter violations.
  • Note: Part 1 of the two-part series finale.
214 July 17, 1998 Lost in Space (Part 2) NASA struggles to recover its astronauts and save Urkel's life. However, all ends well, and Urkel returns to Earth a national hero, where he promises Laura he will never leave her behind again. Meanwhile, while on meter duty, Eddie finds himself in the middle of a shootout. He is able to capture an armed robber, but only after his bulletproof vest absorbs a shot fired from the criminal's gun. Harriette realizes that the life of a policeman is dangerous, no matter what the situation or beat.
  • Note: Part 2 of the two-part series finale.

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