Driving Carl Crazy is episode three of the fourth season in this television sitcom on Family Matters, that originally aired from ABC on October 9, 1992. It was directed by John Tracy and written by Stephen Langford.
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 to impress Laura. Later on, Harriette convinces Carl to take the advice of his doctor more when she voices her concerns of losing him.
On Saturday night when Carl and Harriette are actually having a quiet romance evening at home, which starts with dancing with well lighten candles, eventually comes the bottle of wine, and clapping in order to turn off the lights. When Carl and Harriette starts getting romantic with each other, their very nerdy neighbor Urkel decides to interrupt by showing up after taking a one hundred hour trumpet course now causing the lights to come back on including a floor dropping incident, after having their evening ruined by a high pitched rendition of The Lonely Bull which causes a cork to accidentally fly up in the air, two wine glasses, and a bottle to break. After the accident that now causes poor Carl despite of having his evening ruined to send Urkel back home, when Harriette tries to calm him down but is unable to because of his recently serve headache, losing his patience, temper, high blood pressure, almost going berserk, and feel that she to call their family doctor. But a very stubborn Carl now wants to resume their romantic evening. He eventually agrees to see Dr. Van Low in the morning.
On Monday afternoon when Laura is now home from school, when Urkel finally shows up doing of his stupid dances, and she wants Eddie to take her to the mall in his car. But Eddie is unable to drive Laura to the mall because of his date with Judy tonight, when she wishes about having a boyfriend with his own car, and Urkel finally gets an idea about becoming her boyfriend. When Carl comes home from the Dr. Van Low’s office, instead lies to Harriette and Rachel about his blood pressure, about trying to control his temper, finally gets tested on his stess, and wants to recite a poem that Dr. Van Low gave him. Harriette is still suspicious about it and decides to speak to Van Low herself.
Later on that week Eddie has a surprise for Laura involving Urkel finally getting a classic two tone red/white nineteen sixty BMW Isetta as a going away gift from his uncle Cecil along fifty dollars, instead of receiving positive feedback, now gets ton of negative feedback about the car previous being used by clowns in a circus, and is eventually refuse driving lessons by his friends.
It works for a while, but the remedy is put to the test when he tries to teach Urkel how to drive the Isetta. Of course, the results are predictable: Steve accidentally backs through Carl's garage door with a loud smash. Carl recites the poem a few times and is able to keep his cool, much to Urkel's relief. When he sees interior of his garage fall apart, Carl recites the poem one last time and finally loses his temper on Steve. He tries to go after Urkel in a berserk fury, in spite of his attempts to calm Carl down. Soon Carl suffers a mild heart attack and Steve comes to his rescue by getting him to the doctor.
Later on after he has recovered and Urkel went home, Harriette confronts Carl. She mentioned she had a talk with Dr. Van Low and he gave Carl a list of things to do. The list includes, going on a diet by cutting back on his favorite foods, eating healthier, exercise and set up an appointment to talk with a psychiatrist in properly dealing with his stress. Harriette shows her disappointment with Carl and admonishes him for trying to take the easy way out in heeding the advice of the waiting room's "1-2-3" poem that proves ineffective in dealing with stress. He reveals that Dr. Van Low's advice in cutting down on his favorite foods would add to his stress aside Urkel. Harriette admits she is worried about losing Carl if he doesn't do something to change. He finally admits he was foolish to take waiting room advice and vows to listen to his doctor more.
Cast and Characters Edit
- Reginald VelJohnson as Carl Winslow
- Jo Marie Payton as Harriette Winslow
- Rosetta LeNoire as Estelle Winslow
- Darius McCrary as Eddie Winslow
- Kellie Shanygne Williams as Laura Winslow
- Jaimee Foxworth as Judy Winslow (credit only)
- Bryton McClure as Richie Crawford
- Jaleel White as Steve Urkel
- Telma Hopkins as Rachel Crawford
- Shawn Harrison as Waldo Geraldo Faldo (credit only)
- This episode introduced Urkel's vehicle, a BMW Isetta, which he would drive through the end point of the final (9th) season. After the series' cancellation, Jaleel White kept the car and now has it in his home.
- Visible at the top of the frame when Eddie asks Urkel about the Isetta's price. Then the shadow of it is visible on the fence behind Laura.
- When Carl tells Harriet and Rachel about his blood pressure, he sits down and starts to open a magazine. In the next shot, the magazine is already completely open.
- In the aftermath of the garage getting wrecked, the moose head swings with the snout facing outwards. In the next shot, the snout faces Carl.
- When Urkel drives away from the garage door, he seems to be pulling it back into place. This is due to the rod used to move the Isetta toward and away from the door, which is clearly visible after the car is parked.
- Carl: 3-2-1, 1-2-3, what the heck is bothering me?
- Harriette: Honey, I just got off the phone with your doctor, Dr. Van Low. He told me some very interesting things.
- Carl: Like what?
- [An annoyed Harriette removes the icepack from Carl's head.]
- Harriette: He told me he gave you a list of things for you to do to lower your blood pressure.
- Carl: There might've been a list.
- Harriette: Reduce your salt intake, start a low fat/low cholesterol, exercise everyday and that STUPID 1,2,3 POEM WASN'T EVEN ON THE LIST.
- Carl:[realizing he is busted] I found the book in the waiting room, it was keeping the coffee table level.
- Harriette: Carl, why did you ignore the doctor's advice?
|Family Matters Season 4|
|Surely You Joust • Dance to the Music • Driving Carl Crazy • Rumor Has It... • Number One With a Bullet • Whose Kid Is It Anyway? • An Officer and a Waldo • Just One Date • The Oddest Couple • It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Urkel • Muskrat Love • Hot Wheels • The Way the Ball Bounces • A Thought in the Dark • Tender Kisses • Heart Strings • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad House • Higher Anxiety • Mama's Wedding • Pulling Teeth • Walk on the Wild Side • Hot Stuff • Stormy Weather • Buds 'n' Buns|