|Season 1, Episode 20|
|Air Date||March 16, 1990|
|Previous||In a Jam|
|Next||Bowl Me Over|
The Candidate is episode twenty of the first season from the television sitcom on Family Matters. This show was originally aired from ABC on March 16, 1990. It was directed by James O'Keefe and written by Barry Gold.
Eddie runs for class president. He and campaign manager Laura make the bid one of style over substance, but when Rodney signs Eddie up for a debate, will Eddie's support beat the other candidate's reasons? Rachel becomes a recycling addict after writing an article.
Eddie is persuaded to run for Freshman Class president against Margie Flagman by Rodney who claims that he could use his good looks. However, his friend's cheesy campaigns with "Vote For Eddie" and "Eddie for President", goes nowhere. Laura then points out to Eddie that plus Rodney's misspelling of his name as Edie will gain him only one vote. She tells him that if he stands one chance at winning Freshman Class president, then he must make her, his campaign manager. Eddie does and Laura comes up with better slogans such as "Win with Winslow" and more popular ideas. She, Carl and Harriette helps out him out more by giving him a more mature appearance, while keeping true to himself. Laura hopes to keep Eddie out of the spotlight and avoid large crowds until the day of the election. However, things go awry when Rodney shows up and announces he organized a debate in front of the whole school with an editor from a popular teen magazine. Eddie is horrified and Laura is furious with him for derailing her plans. She attacks Rodney, but Eddie counsels her not to because assault will on her permanent record. He then saves himself with coming up with ideas that could help Eddie and Laura before leaving to sabotage Margie's posters.
In a subplot, Rachel writes a successful article about the importance of recycling, but goes overboard in opening up a recycling center in the Winslow's kitchen since there was none. Carl and Harriette then tells Rachel what they really think about her actions. Harriette tells her that while they support her, she mentions that recycling centers belong in a parking lot and not in their own home. Rachel finally realizes she went overboard.
A unwelcome visit from Urkel who reveals his knowledge about Margie that Laura can use against her. On the day of the debate meeting, Eddie and Margie square off. Rodney encouraged by Laura, does everything he can to sabotage Margie's chances and the students follow his examples. Eddie then realizes what Laura and Rodney are doing is wrong. He calls the students back to their senses and tells them the truth that he was only for running for Freshman Class president was for his own superficial reasons and reveals he isn't qualified for it. Eddie tells them that if they're smart, they'll elect someone who is the most qualified for the job like Margie and not someone out of a popularity contest.
At home, Laura is disappointed and calls Eddie out for withdrawing when he had the crowd on his side. He reprimands her for giving into the power of politics and employing dirty tactics in her attempt to sabotage Margie to make the debate a popularity contest. Eddie admitted he couldn't gone through with it knowing it could've hurt Margie after seeing how qualified she really is. Laura eventually realizes that what she did was selfish and should've been more careful in it. Eddie promises to hold on to the fliers for Laura when she begins her freshman year. Just before he could put them away in the closet, a stash of cans from Rachel's attempt to run a recycling center falls on the floor. Eddie yells for his aunt as he needs to have a word with her.
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
- Anael Edwards as Pam Mitchell
- Rachel Griffin a Margie Fatman
- Deonca Brown as Girl