Urkel (transformed into his Stefan alter ego) gets a second job playing saxophone at a local coffeehouse. Meanwhile, Eddie has a bout with alcoholism, and it has an adverse effect on the family.



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Episode credited cast:
Harriette Winslow (as Jo Marie Payton-Noble)
Richie Crawford (as Bryton McClure)
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Cafe Manager
Lasondra Zarif ...
Girl (as La Sondra Zarif)


Steve gets a job at Cafe Java as Stefan playing smooth jazz, takes a back seat to the alcohol drinking and partying plot involving Eddie. Carl is upset with him for constantly drinking at his frat parties and tells him to stop now while he's ahead. Three weeks later, Eddie comes home drunk again from another frat party. This time, he insults both his father and his friend, Waldo. Carl's had enough of his drunken nature and kicks him out of the house. Then he gives him an ultimatum that he has to find another place to live within one week. He tries to get Waldo let him to stay at his house. He refuses and immediately tells him off that he isn't his friend if he parties, drinks and insults everyone. Eddie realizes the negative effects of his partying and drinking it has on both his family and friends and needs to change it. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Family




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9 February 1996 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When the TV pops up from the living room up into Carl's bedroom and lands on the floor face down, the bottom left side of the TV is hanging over the edge of the hole in the floor. In the next shot, a piece of a floorboard is leaning on Carl's side of the bed. Then as Steve comes into the bedroom, the TV has moved over a bit from the hole and in the next shot of Carl, the floorboard that was leaning on his side of the bed is gone. See more »


Steven Quincy Urkel: [Upon auditioning as a Musician for a Java Cafe] You see; I need this Job so I can fix a Friends floor.
Cafe Manager: Who cares?
Steven Quincy Urkel: Well, He does, why... the People down stairs can see right up his Boxers!
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Tips for a Better Life (#7.16)
31 October 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Urkel needs some money to pay Carl for another destruction so he works as Stephan in a restaurant playing jazz music.

Eddie starts drinking at frat parties and Carl is upset so he kicks Eddie out.

I think the restaurant part where Laura and Stefan sing together is beautiful. But it is a boring story. And I am tired of Stefan, there is nothing great about him and all those women go crazy when he is around makes no sense

I can't stand those drinking stories.Preachy and ridiculous to the point that they will drive the teens it is supposed to teach a lesson into a different direction

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