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Buds 'n' Buns is the twenty-fourth episode of the fourth season finale on Family Matters, which was aired from ABC on May 14, 1993. It was directed by John Tracy and written by Jim Geoghan.


Urkel decides to at least advance his budding relationship with Myra. Laura soon misses him when he stops visiting her. Steve is horrified and disgusted when he sees how jealous and possessive Myra is during their visit to the Winslow home. She somehow has concluded that Laura is serious competition for the nerd's affections, even though she maintains that she and Steve are friends. Meanwhile, Eddie is promoted to supervising manager at the Mighty Weenie, where Carl has taken a part-time job and soon finds himself answering to his son. They get into a serious fight until Harriette reminds them not to let that interfere with their close relationship.


Laura convinces Steve to at least give his relationship with Myra a chance. He tells her that it will require that he forgets her and he knows what he wants. Steve decides to start dating Myra and starts advancing his relationship with her. At first, Laura is happy about this change of events.

Meanwhile with Urkel no longer bothering the Winslows, Carl has decided to barbeque steaks at his house in peace. Harriette warns against him doing such until after they've replaced the defective gas tank on the barbeque grill. Carl ignores her warning and pays for it dearly when the grill explodes which ends with it careening the kitchen window and on the floor. He smiles meekly, attempts to apologize for the mess and tries to convince her it's time to redecorate the kitchen. Harriette isn't fooled by this and is angered with Carl again for not listening to her.

One week later, Laura is poking through a pie and Rachel asks what's wrong. She tries to pretend nothing is wrong. However, Rachel knows her better than that and she's not eating her pie. Laura finally confides about missing Steve so much and asks if she has lost her mind. Rachel explains to her that it's normal for this to happen. She wisely advises to Laura that the reason for her depression is because she misses being friends with Steve. She asked him to commit to Myra and not think about her. Along the way, Laura never realized that she and Steve became close friends.

The next night, Carl is looking for the help wanted ads in the Chicago Chronicle newspaper. He has boarded up the window using Harriette's paycheck. She asked him if he had used his paycheck to repair the window. Carl admitted he had to borrow Harriette's paycheck to board the window with plywood. He mentions that they need his paycheck to cover the mortgage and property taxes. She asks him when he's going to pay her back for using her paycheck. Carl tells Harriette that as soon as he finds a part-time job that fits his credentials. He thinks he has found a perfect job at a jewelry store as a security guard that would pay well, until he reads that it requires one who is fit and technologically savvy to watch the controls at all times. Eddie comes home and suggests that Carl takes a part-time job at Mighty Weenie since they're looking for part-time employees.

At first, he refuses, but Carl later reluctantly accepts to work there part-time. He explains to Eddie that he has to come up with the money to repair the kitchen window that he broke or else Harriette will make sure he's sleeping on the couch. Carl is not happy about the uniform nor the hot dog hats he has to wear with it. Eddie convinces him to look on the bright side. He admits he has always wanted to work with Carl in the same place for a long time together selling weenies. He does see the bright side working with Eddie in the same place despite the gaudiness of the uniforms and hats. Together, they become the dynamic duo of weenies and they are successful. Until the manager tells Eddie that he's been promoted. Soon Eddie is taking advantage of his new position and making Carl pay for his earlier mistreatment. They get into a serious fight until Harriette reminds them not to let that interfere with their close relationship.

Steve and Myra visit her from the opera as she was reading a romance novel. She was happy to see her friend again after two weeks of unreturned calls and hugs him. Myra comes out of the bathroom and falsely accuses Laura of trying to steal Steve away from her. She tells her to go find someone else. Steve is horrified and disgusted when he sees how jealous and possessive Myra. He and Laura tries to convince her that they're just friends.






  • Michael McDonald as Manager
  • Gabriel Pelino as Customer



  • This marks the last episode with Telma Hopkins as a member of the main cast, and the last time she is featured in the opening credits. She would return to the series in Season Six as a recurring guest and once more in Season Nine's "Deck the Malls".
  • This also marks the final time Jaimee Foxworth is listed as a member of the main cast and is featured in the opening credits, as she is written out of the show starting with Season Five, with Judy Winslow eventually being retconned out of existence.
  • This is the last episode to be produced by Lorimar Television and have its logo in the closing credits. The company was folded into Warner Bros. Television who would later assume the production of the series.


Rachel: Something's wrong. What is it?
Laura: I can't tell you, Aunt Rachel. It's too weird and twisted and sick.
Rachel: Woo. Now, Laura, you know that I have done my share of living. So nothing you can say would shock me.
Laura: I miss Steve Urkel.
Rachel: Aah! Oh, you need professional help.
Laura: See? I told you.
Rachel: Oh, come on, I'm just teasing. Well, let's just think this thing through. Okay, now, you convinced Steve to forget about you and concentrate on Myra, right?
Laura: Right. That was two weeks ago, and I haven't seen him since.
Rachel: So why aren't you thrilled?
Laura: I was at first, but then, starting a couple of days ago... I actually started to miss him. Do you think I could be suffering from some kind of post-traumatic pest disorder?
Rachel: No, I think there's a much more normal explanation for your feelings.
Laura: Really? What is it?
Rachel: Mm. Well, I think that somehow over the years, when you weren't looking... you and Steve... became friends.

Eddie: Excuse me, Carl.
Carl: Yes?
Eddie: You're supposed to wish the customer a wonderful weenie day. Not just a weenie day. It's a small but important difference.
Carl: Gee, I'm so sorry.
Eddie: But that's the third time I've had to remind you.
Carl: Well, why don't you just stand me in front of everybody and fling sauerkraut at me?
Eddie: Uh-uh-uh. Now you're being sarcastic. And according to the employee handbook, sarcasm is a condiment that sours a happy weenie.
Carl: I'll try to remember that, Edward.
Eddie: Uh... Carl, I think that it would be better if you addressed me as 'sir' or 'Mr. Winslow'.
Carl: You've gotta be kidding.
Eddie: Oh, no, Carl. I mean, after all, we are running a business here.

Urkel: So, Laura, long time no see.
Laura: Steve, usually when I call you, you rush right over before I can hang up the phone. I left a message for you two days ago.
Urkel: Oh, well, I've been busy.
Laura: So I guess things are going pretty well with you and Myra?
Urkel: Oh, we adore each other. Why, we're inseparable. We even spent some time in a sensory-deprivation tank... and believe you me, I didn't feel deprived.
Laura: How nice for you.
Urkel: Thanks for your advice, Laura. You're a good friend.
Laura: So we're still friends?
Urkel: Oh, absolutely.
Laura: Good, because over the last two weeks, I actually started to miss you an eensy-weensy itsy-bitsy bit.

Myra: Laura Winslow, get your hands off my man.
Laura: Myra, you don't understand.
Myra: Ha-ha. I understand, all right. I leave this room for one minute, and you go into heat.

Myra: You listen to me, Miss Laura. I love Steve Urkel. He's the hot fudge on my sundae. And let me tell you something, honey. Nobody steals my dessert. I tried to be nice, and you stabbed me in the back. Strap on your howitzer, missy. From now on, it's war.

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