|Season 1, Episode 6|
|Air Date||November 3, 1989|
Basketball Blues is episode six of the first season from the television sitcom on Family Matters. This show was originally aired from ABC on November 3, 1989. It was directed by James O'Keefe and written by Barry Gold.
Carl wants Eddie to be a star basketball player, even if Eddie doesn't want to play basketball at this time. Carl's efforts to get Eddie psyched up for a career in professional basketball are affected by a visit from basketball star Will "The Thrill" Morgan, and it turns out that Carl is trying to accomplish -- through Eddie -- his own dream of being a basketball star. Harriette had invited Will for a visit to set Carl straight, and get him to let Eddie live his own dreams. Meanwhile, Rachel tries her hand at being a cook.
Carl wants Eddie to be a star basketball player, even if Eddie doesn't want to play basketball at this time. Despite Harriette's admonition in letting him live out his own dreams, Carl pushes Eddie to the point of quitting.
Meanwhile, Rachel tries her hand at being a chef, but soon finds she is not cut out for being a chef. Especially when the rest of the Winslows grow tired of trying a disaster of a quiche.
Carl invites Will "the Thrill" Morgan to try and motivate Eddie's interest in basketball. However, he presumably sees past Carl's attempt and talks to Eddie instead. When Eddie reveals he is happy to follow Will's advice in following his own dreams, Carl is crushed.
At the school's gymnasium, Harriette spies Carl trying to shoot hoop and misses. She admonishes him in pushing Eddie too hard and not letting him live own dreams. Harriette tells Carl she got concerned that he was forcing his own dreams of being a professional basketball player through Eddie. He tries to defend himself, but Harriette reveals she invited Will over before Carl did in order to teach him a lesson that forcing his own dreams in basketball on Eddie is wrong.
Carl decides it's best to let Eddie live his own dreams and not force him in something the he doesn't want. He apologizes for his behavior and admitted he wanted Eddie to fulfill the dreams Carl had planned for him. Eddie promises him to try out next year, providing that Carl eases up on him and he agrees.
Cast and Characters Edit
- Reginald VelJohnson as Carl Winslow
- Jo Marie Payton-France as Harriette Winslow
- Rosetta LeNoire as Estelle Winslow
- Darius McCrary as Eddie Winslow
- Kellie Shanygne Williams as Laura Winslow
- Jaimee Foxworth as Judy Winslow
- Joseph and Julius Wright as Richie Crawford
- Telma Hopkins as Rachel Crawford
- Jacques Apollo Bolton as Will Morgan
The is the only time Eddie showed a lack of interest in playing basketball. In the later seasons, Eddie's interest in playing basketball grew and had dreams of being a basketball player until Season 9 when he discovered his true dreams in following in Carl's footsteps as a police officer.