Family Matters: Season 3, Episode 15

Jailhouse Blues (17 Jan. 1992)

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Harriette's troubled cousin, Clarence, comes to live with the Winslows until he can straighten out. Instead of deciding to fly right, Clarence becomes a bad influence on Eddie and gets him and Urkel into big trouble when they are caught with a bunch of pretty girls ... and a stolen car! Eddie confesses and realizes he shouldn't have listened to Clarence, whom Harriette quickly becomes fed up with... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Richie Crawford (as Bryton McClure)
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Oneisha (as Mary Morrow)


Harriette invites her cousin, Clarence to spend the weekend with them to help him with his problems. It isn't long until she realizes that she has made a terrible mistake in letting him come. He has become a terrible influence on Eddie and stole a sports car with pretty girls and Steve aboard. While Urkel's parents expressed their dismay for their son being involved in such things. They forgive him when he tells them Clarence was holding him hostage. The real dismay comes from Carl and Harriette when Lt.Murtaugh returns Eddie and Clarence. Eddie admitted that his cousin isn't so cool in front of his eyes when they got arrested and asks for forgiveness from Carl. Meanwhile, Clarence continues to be an arrogant loser to Harriette and it isn't long until she sends him back to Detroit. Written by Anonymous

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17 January 1992 (USA)  »

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Edward 'Eddie' James Arthur Winslow: [driving off] Would you relax, Steve? Clarence has under control. Besides it's just a joy ride what could go wrong?
[Eddie, Clarence and Steve are arrested by the police for theft.]
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Jailhouse Blues (#3.15)
25 June 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I really hope the show will stop having those preachy moral lessons episodes for some time. Those are not their best moments and I really don't give a damn what a churchgoer like Harriet defines as "cool"

But it had some funny moments so let's concentrate on them:

I really liked how grandma Winslow was translating for everyone the street slang of the early 90's

Another great sitcom worthy moment was when they took their pics in jail, both Eddie and Urkel look just too funny

And the final scene when "ex con" Urkel talks to Laura and she hits his tongue with the door was a good part of this episode as well

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