|My Big Brother|
|Season 7, Episode 18|
|Air Date||February 23, 1996|
|Next||Eau de Love|
My Big Brother is episode eighteen of season seven from the television sitcom on Family Matters. This show was originally aired on February 23, 1996 on ABC. It was directed by Richard Correll and written by Fred Rubin.
In honor of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Association, Steve becomes a big brother to a street wise, smart-mouth kid named 3J. However, the boy's bravado is hiding an embarrassing seecret, he can't read. Steve takes it upon himself to teach 3J how to read so he can go further in life. Meanwhile after learning that Harriette had gotten a seperate bank account, Carl questions his faith in her, only for him to learn the truth why.
The episode begins with Mr. Lasker reprimanding 3J for what happened with his other four big brothers assigned to be a role model for him. The boy tries the innocent route, but Lasker doesn't believe him and tells him about Leonard's complaints about him sticking a snake in his pants. 3J explains that it's a sign of respect in his neighborhood and that it was a big misunderstanding. Mr. Lasker tells him that he was on the verge of giving up on him if it wasn't for his aunt and he deides to give him one last chance. 3J isn't happy when he learns that his big brother is none other than Steve Urkel. They get along okay and he introduces him to the Winslows. When Steve learns that 3J can't read, he gets upset and storms out.
Meanwhile, Carl has discovered Harriette has a secret and seperate account and it makes him question the faith of his wife. He gets one of his own and starts to mistrust her until she gives him a present. Harriette was hoping to save it for Carl on his birthday, but because he was suspicious, she told him to open it up. He does and it's a camcorder which she bought for him as a birthday present. Feeling guilty for mistrusting Harriette, Carl apologizes for his behavior.
Urkel heads down to 3J's neighborhood to confront him for his inability to read and finds trouble with Baby Girl and her friends. They won't let him through, but 3J saves him because he and the girls are friends. He pays Baby Girl and her friends $50 to leave Steve alone. Once they're out of sight, he confronts him about money, only for 3J to tell him he's an expert pick-pocketer and the money that he gave the girls was their own money. He asks Steve why he came down to his neighborhood for. Urkel reveals he wants to teach 3J how to read, but the boy is hesitant. Steve gave him a card to with the brand logo to read it out for him. He correctly identifies the basketall player as Scottie Pippen and even reads his stats. After being unable to read the Upper Deck logo, 3J admits that he can't read and that his reluctance to be taught how stemmed from his other big brothers promising him to teach him. However, they always broke their promises and he had to pay them back by pranking them which lead to the first four quitting on him. Steve tells 3J that he's different from them and he keeps true to his promises. He sets a date for tomorrow to teach him how to read and 3J agrees.
In the end credits, a bored 3J and Richie have a hard time figuring out what activities to do until they play music on their harmonica.
Cast and Characters Edit
- Reginald VelJohnson as Carl Winslow
- Jo Marie Payton-Noble as Harriette Winslow
- Rosetta LeNoire as Estelle Winslow (non-appearance)
- Darius McCrary as Eddie Winslow (non-appearance)
- Kellie Shanygne Williams as Laura Winslow
- Bryton McClure as Richie Crawford
- Jaleel White as Steve Urkel
- Shawn Harrison a Waldo Geraldo Faldo (non-appearance)
- Natalie Deselle Reid as Baby Girl (as Natalie Deselle)
- Mayah McCoy as Chante
- Maria Costa as Dornita
- William Thomas Jr. as Mr. Lasker