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A Pain in Harassment is the ninth episode of the ninth season in this television sitcom on Family Matters, which was aired from CBS on November 7, 1997. It was directed by Joel Zwick and written both by Beverly D. Hunter and Meg DeLoatch.


Harriette and her co-workers get a new boss Mr. Benner (Mark Linn-Baker) who uses verbal abuse (using the coach-and-players analogy) to try to make his employees work better. Soon, she confronts him and tells him unless he treats her and the other co-workers better, she quits. This causes Mr. Ferguson to instantly take action and he fires Mr. Benner for his verbal abuse. Harriette is soon rehired and has a VP/Head of Sales job. Meanwhile, Urkel wins a chance to win $1 million by making a half-court shot during the halftime portion of a Los Angeles Clippers game. Steve does win the $1 million only to lose nearly all of it when he throws the ball up in celebration and inadvertently destroys the scoreboard.


Cast and Characters[]



  • Ron Fassler as Announcer
  • Mark Linn-Baker as Mr. Benner
  • Suanne Spoke as Susan
  • Charles C. Stevenson Jr. as James
  • Michael Dyer as Kevin


  • Mark Linn-Baker, who plays "Mr. Brenner" in this episode, starred as "Larry Appleton" in Perfect Strangers, the series that this show was spun off from.
  • Jaleel White once again shows off his basketball skills in this episode.


  • The show is set in Chicago, home of the Bulls. Why and how would they get the chance to win a one time contest in L.A.


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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)