Throw Urkel off the Train is episode eighteen of the ninth season in this television sitcom on Family Matters, that originally aired from CBS on June 19, 1998. It was directed by Joel Zwick and written both by Michael Dawson and Ron Geiger.
Carl fumes about not accepting a promotion five years ago that would have transferred him to Washington, D.C. While boarding a train to travel to the nation's capital for a seminar, luggage boy Urkel accidentally stows away. The usual antics result, but the nerd helps Carl realize that "the road not taken" was perhaps the right decision after all. Meanwhile, Laura becomes suspicious about Maxine's new boyfriend D'Andre (Kristoff St. John), especially after he asks her to deliver a package for him and Eddie helps her prove it.
Carl fumes to Harriette about his regret in not accepting a promotion five years ago that would have transferred him to Washington D.C. While boarding a train to travel to the nation's capital for a seminar, luggage boy Urkel accidentally stows away. Chaos ensues when Carl's forced to share a room with Steve for the night in his room.
Meanwhile, Laura is very suspicious about Maxine's new boyfriend D'Andre, especially after he asks her to deliver a package for him. She immediately warns her friend to cut ties with him now because he's up to no good. Maxine refuses to believe her and demands that she stays out of her life. Minutes later, Eddie comes home as a newly, full-fledge police officer and Laura tells him about her suspicions on D'Andre. She's concerned that Maxine will make a horrible mistake and she asks him to keep an eye on her boyfriend. Eddie agrees on the grounds that she has to wash and dry his clothes.
In Downtown Chicago, Laura's suspicions about D'Andre and his intent was confirmed, he was trafficing drugs (mainly cocaine) with the intent of selling it illegally. Eddie, Willie and a fellow officer arrests him and another drug dealer for drug charges. A hurt Maxine is crying in Eddie's arms, telling him about D'Andre using her as a drug runner and how much she regretted in not heeding Laura warning to stay away from him. Eddie reassures her that she didn't know what was going on and comforts her. She gets into the police car with him and Willie to make a statement against D'Andre. During that time, Maxine realizes that she has to apologize to Laura for trying to watch out for her safety and she showed how ungrateful she was towards her by telling her to stay out of her life.
On the train, the usual antics results, as Carl yells at Urkel and calls him a butthead. However, an insulted Steve sets him straight for calling him that because it was his nickname in preschool and he was hurt by that. Later on, Carl confides in Urkel that five years ago, he regretted in not taking the promotion that got his fellow officer and rival, Charlie Carnelli where he was today. Steve helps him to rethink his regret in not accepting the promotion by giving him a 2nd opinion about it. Had Carl taken the promotion years ago and moved to Washington D.C., he would've regretted it in the long hall since he wasn't good with politics. He was a man of action who is respected by the community for his efforts to keep crime down in Chicago. Carl became captain of the Chicago PD at a very young age. His family, friends and fellow officers look up to him in respect. In turn, Carl realizes that Steve was right all along and that "the road not taken" was probably the best decision that he had made.
In the post credits, Maxine visits the Winslow house and apologizes to Laura for not heeding her earlier warning about D'Andre. They recall on the times Laura had failed to heed the warnings of both her and Steve.
Cast and Characters Edit
- Reginald VelJohnson as Carl Winslow
- Judyann Elder as Harriette Winslow
- Darius McCrary as Eddie Winslow
- Kellie Shanygne Williams as Laura Winslow
- Jaleel White as Steve Urkel
- Martin Grey as Joe
- Derek McGrath as Conductor
- Kristoff St. John as D'Andre
- Marlon Young as Willie Tannen
- This episode marks the only two times, Laura has warned Maxine about her new boyfriend's dishonesty and less than innocent intentions on her. The first time was in Pulling Teeth
- In the most of the earlier seasons, Steve and Maxine had tried to warn Laura the same thing that usually took near to the end of the episodes for her to see her previous' boyfriends for who they were.
- This episode was originally scheduled to air March 27, 1998