|Walk on the Wild Side|
|Season 4, Episode 21|
|Air Date||March 26, 1993|
|Writer(s)|| Sara V. Finney |
Walk on the Wild Side is episode twenty-one of season four from the television sitcom on Family Matters. This show was originally aired from ABC on March 26, 1993. It was directed by John Tracy and written both by Sara V. Finney and Vida Spears.
Armed with fake ID's and a desire to dump her "Miss Goody Two-Shoes" image, Laura and her friends go to Club Buff (a male strip club) the same nightclub that Harriette, Estelle and Rachel go to frequently. Urkel learns of this and winds up accidentally performing a striptease.
Carl tricks Eddie into doing his chores by trying to give him a haircut, which he rejects. Then Harriette tells him not to do it, because their son has to clean his room, take out the garbage, pay his car bills, etc. Eddie leaves to do his chores and Carl is happy. He tells her that Eddie and Judy always had to be tricked with everything they have set up in order to get them to do what they wanted them to do. However, they're proud of the fact that Laura always follows the rules and doesn't need to be tricked. They decide to reward her with first choice of meat and let her siblings get the short end for a change. However, Harriette convinces Carl to let her go shopping with Laura.
However, Laura is finally fed up with being labeled a "Goody Two Shoes" by her peers and desperately tries to shed her nice girl image. She obtains fake IDs and she heads to a male strip club, "Club Buff", with her friends Maxine and KC.
In the living room, Eddie allows Waldo to go with the ugly girl for their double date, while he lets Maxine enjoy a girls night out fun with her friends.
At Club Buff, Laura is unaware that Harriette, Rachel and Estelle are there for their own girls night out. However, Maxine and K.C. are enjoying their time, while Laura felt very uncomfortable and wants to go home. She is soon unaware that Harriette, Rachel and Estelle are also at Club Buff for their own Girls Night Out.
Meanwhile, Urkel gets wind of Laura plans to shed her nice girl image and is sworn to secrecy by the girls. This doesn't stop him from telling Carl about it in an attempt to get him to help Urkel out in stopping her from making a huge mistake. Unfortunately, he doesn't believe Steve, wary and thinking he is just using it as an excuse to get Carl to try out his latest invention and tells him to go home. Later on, Urkel tries to enter Club Buff to stop Laura from shedding her nice girl image. Steve is thrown out by the guard, citing that there's no men allowed there and he's forced to resort into sneaking in using a tree. One of the hosts accidentally mistakens Urkel to be one of the performers and he's forced to perform. Instead of performing to impress the ladies, Steve makes an impassionate speech warning Laura and her friends to get out of Club Buff before Harriette, Rachel and Estelle sees them. Embarrassed by Urkel for snitching on her, Laura tries to sneak out of the club by going under the table. Unfortunately, she's caught by an equally embarrassed Harriette, who takes her home.
At the house, before Harriette got a chance to discipline Laura, she explains herself that she was fed up with everyone thinking and calling her a Goody Two-Shoes that she wanted to prove them wrong that she too can be wild and crazy like them. She thought Club Buff would be a good way to shead her nice girl image until Urkel ruined it for her by entering Club Buff to stop her. Instead of punishing Laura, Harriette relayed a story of her own too when she was a good girl too in comparison to Rachel who was the wild child. She too wanted to prove her peers wrong too and she did so by kissing Smokey Robinson. Harriette thought she got away with it too, until her mother watched the news about her kissing him on television and her mother was upset that she grounded Harriette until disco came out. She tells Laura if she was to be cool in front of her peers, she should keep resisting temptation and keep doing what she knows is right. Laura realizes that her mother is right and decides to stay on the right path.
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 (credits only)
- Bryton McClure as Richie Crawford
- Jaleel White as Steve Urkel
- Telma Hopkins as Rachel Crawford
- Shawn Harrison as Waldo Geraldo Faldo
- Kenny Johnson as Gorgeous Waiter
- Robert Kotto as Waiter
- Wayne Dillon as Officer Bob
- Judy was mentioned in this episode when Harriette says that they had to trick Eddie and Judy into doing chores.