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The Substitute Son is episode fourteen of the sixth season in this television sitcom on Family Matters, that originally aired from ABC on February 3, 1995. It was directed by Richard Correll and written by Reginald VelJohnson, Fred Fox Jr. and Jim Geoghan.

Plot Edit

Eddie has no time to spend with Carl, so Waldo decides to spend time with him instead. Once Eddie begins to miss out on some of the activities, he starts gets the hint (after Harriette and Mother Winslow called him out for it). Meanwhile, Urkel is beat up by a bunch of ruffians and gets his revenge as Bruce Lee Urkel!

Synopsis Edit

Carl plans to go bowling with Eddie for that night, but Eddie wants to go out on his date and stands him up. Unfortunately, Waldo decides to spend time with him instead and they grow closer together.

Meanwhile, Steve decides to make another alter ego who can defend Laura from the gang of ruffians who harassed her at the longshoreman's bar. After realizing that he couldn't do anything to stop those guys from beating him up, he thinks that his new alter ego has a better chance to stop them and make them apologize to her. Laura tries to tell him go as Stefan, but Steve refuses. He reveals that he didn't design Stefan for fighting and thus would not have a good shot defending her. The next day with a celebrity hair sample of Bruce Lee, Steve gets into the transformation chamber and becomes Bruce Lee Urkel, a martial aritist capable of stopping the thugs.

Carl and Waldo leave for the Chicago Bulls game, which angers him. During that time, an irate and a jealous Eddie feels left out of the fun and takes his anger out on his sack of dirty laundry. This causes both his mother and grandmother to set him straight for being too busy in spending time with Carl. An unsympathetic Harriette tells her lame-brained son that Carl was upset at him for standing him up for bowling because he wanted to go out on his date with a girl he met. Eddie still thinks it was unfair that his father is spending more time with Waldo more than him. However, Harriette disagrees and tells him off that he stood his father up a second time at the car show last Saturday. She revealed that Carl left Eddie a few messages and waited for him at the box office for three hours. When he came home depressed, Harriette revealed she took matters in her own hands and called the apartment to find out why Eddie didn't show up. She was upset to learn from Waldo that he didn't bother to call Carl to apologize and went out on his date with another girl. Eddie starts feeling remorseful for standing his father up all those times, but Harriette isn't done. She reveals that he got what he deserved in being left out because he kept putting more of his priorities in going out with his dates and wants him to stop taking Carl for granted and appreciate him more. It was Mother Winslow's sympathetic words, that ended up hitting home to Eddie. Especially when she reveals the story about Carl and his father, Sam, having plans to spend a lot of time together as much as they can. Unfortunately, he never had the chance to spend time with him because he died, when he was a teenager. Eddie realizes the real reason why Carl wanted to spend time with him, because he wanted to make sure they had the time to enjoy each other's company and that every minute counted. She wants him to try to make that effort and he agrees to do so.

At the longshoreman's bar, Laura tries to talk Steve (as Bruce Lee Urkel) out of doing this, but his mind was already made up. He tells her that since they harassed her, he will give them a chance to apologize for calling her a bimbo. Laura asks what happens if they refuse to apologize and Steve tells her it won't be a pretty sight. They head inside and Bruce Lee Urkel tells them to apologize for calling her a bimbo. The leader, Jack, does and later calls her a tramp, which caused his gang to laugh. Laura tells him off to leave his mother out of it. Jack admits that he likes his women strong that he allows her to stay, but her bodyguard has to leave. He pushes Bruce Lee Urkel and he tells Jack that he made a big mistake. He breaks his cue stick and it ensures an all out fight between him and the gang. When it was all over, Jack and his gang runs away and Bruce Lee Urkel emerges as the victor. Then, he says no one messes with Laura Winslow.

At the house, Eddie is in the kitchen, ironing his clothes that he brought to wash and dry. He had to keep himself busy after being set straight by both Harriette and Mother Winslow. When Carl come home from the basketball game, he apologizes for taking him standing him up for bowling because of his date. He admitted that all the time, Carl has never stood him up the same way he did. Plus, after seeing him spend time with Waldo, he was jealous and angry about it. It took both Harriette and Mother Winslow's setting Eddie straight for him to realize what's more important. From now on, he is keeping his focus in spending with his father more than letting a pretty girl get in the way. Carl mentions how happy he is with Eddie for promising never to take him for granted and sets up a date for fishing.

During the end credits, Steve is finally done with Bruce Lee Urkel, much to Laura's relief. That is until, he hits his hand on the board, which doesn't break and reverts to Bruce Lee Urkel to say "Boards do hit back."

Cast and Characters Edit

Main Edit

Guest Edit

  • Carl Ciarfalio as Arm Wrestler
  • David Lea as Jack
  • James Lew
  • Robert Wall as Himself

Trivia Edit

  • The first appearance of Bruce Lee Urkel in this episode.

Quotes Edit


Family Matters Season 6
To Be or Not to Be (Part 1)To Be or Not to Be (Part 2)Till Death Do Us ApartmentThe Looney BinBeta Chi GuyDark and Stormy NightPar For the CourseSink or SwimParadise BluffFlying BlindMiracle on Elm StreetMidterm CrisisAn Unlikely MatchThe Substitute SonThe GunWedding Bell BluesAin't Nothing but an UrkelMy Uncle, the HeroMy BodyguardCheers Looking at You, KidWhat's Up Doc?We're Going to Disney World (Part 1)We're Going to Disney World (Part 2)They Shoot Urkels, Don't They?Home Sweet Home

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