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Drinking and Jiving is the fourth episode of the ninth season in this television sitcom on Family Matters, which was aired from CBS on October 10, 1997. It was directed by Joel Zwick and written by Gary M. Goodrich.


When Laura gets drunk at her sorority party one night (similar to Eddie's situation in Tips for a Better Life), Maxine calls Steve to come down to the sorority house to take her home. He gets into a fight with one of the guys as he tries to remove her. After he takes her home, Laura ends up kissing him before passing out. The next morning, Urkel uses frozen peas to nurse a shiner he received from his fight with one of the guys. Later on, she recovers from her hangover and admits to Maxine that she's starting to fall in love with Steve. Meanwhile, Carl and Harriette are quarreling over their anniversary. Carl wants to watch the Bears game against the Packers, but Harriette wants to go on a romantic cruse at Lake Michigan. Eddie is fed up with their fighting that he sets them straight and tells them to compromise before he gets a headache.


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  • Terrell Ferguson as Dirk
  • Corwin Moore as Guy at Keg


  • This episode marks Laura finally realized she attractive to Steve.
  • While the season opener Out with the Old also had a passionate kiss between Laura and Steve, it was decided to not refer back to that episode since that particular kiss was added at the eleventh hour. A hole in the script had to be filled due to Michelle Thomas being unable to film. It was decided to go along with the seasons story as planned, and to ignore that initial change.
  • Eddie makes a quote saying "not the hair" as a reference to one of Uncle Jesse's catchphrases from Full House when Carl said to Eddie that his tongue would be swollen up the size like a football and may he lose his hair if he tells Harriette the secret for their anniversary.


  v - e - dFamily Matters Season 9
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)