Family Matters: Season 1, Episode 16

The Party (3 Feb. 1990)

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Carl leaves Eddie in charge of the household while the adults go on an overnight trip. There's one major rule: No guests allowed! Eddie obeys at first, but then Rodney comes over to deliver... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Harriette Winslow (as Jo Marie Payton-France)
Joseph Julius Wright ...
Julius Wright ...
Richie Crawford (as Joseph Julius Wright)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Officer (as Bruno Acalinas)
Curtis Baldwin ...
Football Player
Kendra Booth ...
Lamar (as Bentley Evans)
Shawn Harrison ...
Guy in Towel
Randy Josselyn ...


Carl leaves Eddie in charge of the household while the adults go on an overnight trip. There's one major rule: No guests allowed! Eddie obeys at first, but then Rodney comes over to deliver pizza. Then two pretty girls show up ... and things quickly spiral into a huge house party that Eddie quickly loses control over. Rival football players even play football with Urkel! Only when Carl and Harriette arrive home early does everything calm down ... that is, until Urkel utters from inside the sofa, "Party of the year!" Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Harriette Winslow: [while trying to calm an apprehensive Rachel about leaving Richie overnight with the babysitter for the first time] Rachel, I know it's hard leaving your baby for the first time, but after that it gets a lot easier.
Laura Lee Winslow: [Yelling at Judy who's trying to shove her plate in front of Eddie dishing food] Can you wait?
Judy Winslow: No! I want some!
Harriette Winslow: [to Rachel] Believe me!
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The Party (#1.16)
2 November 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I got to say that it is one of the boring "kids have a party when parents go away" episodes. The whole crowd in their house was more annoying than anything. A usual stereotype of teens being inconsiderate idiots without many jokes in it. I can only say that I did like that Waldo guy who was showering during the party.

Carl getting everyone lost wasn't a very fun storyline either. So they got lost, "haha". Just not enough was done to really develop it into a funny story. Even though Reginald VelJohnson was doing a great job.

Actually my favorite part of the episode was Urkel being found in the couch. The best Steve moment so far

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