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A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read is the sixth episode of the ninth season in this television sitcom on Family Matters, which was aired from CBS on October 24, 1997. It was directed by Joel Zwick and written by Timothy Stack.


Steve's latest invention accidentally gives him the ability to read minds- thinking it will be a good thing & change the whole world- until the Winslows feel that their privacy is invaded—including Laura—when Steve learns she's been attracted to him. Meanwhile, in the backstory, Carl becomes a troop leader for Richie, 3J and the Junior Woodsmen.


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  • Yunoka Doyle as Female Student
  • Tanya Garrett as Female Student
  • Sabrina Lu as Female Student
  • Wesley Mann as Professor Gates
  • E. Sean Griffin as Male Student
  • Jeff Garvin as Male Student
  • John McLoughlin as Male Student (credited as John F. McLoughlin)
  • Justin Champman as Male Student (unconfirmed)


  • The Dexter's Lab episode "Mind Over Chatter" follows the exact plot of this episode.


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Out with the OldThey Shoot Ducks, Don't They?Dumb Belle of the BallDrinking and JivingWho's Afraid of the Big Black Book?A Mind is a Terrible Thing to ReadStevil II: This Time, He's Not AloneTrading PlacesA Pain in HarassmentOriginal Gangsta DawgDeck the MallsGrill of My DreamsBreaking Up Is Hard to DoCrazy for You (Part 1)Crazier for You (Part 2)Whose Man Is It Anyway?PolkapaloozaThrow Urkel off the TrainDon't Make Me OverPop Goes the QuestionLost in Space (Part 1)Lost in Space (Part 2)