Hot Wheels is the twelfth episode of the fourth season in this television sitcom on Family Matters, which was aired from ABC on January 15, 1993. It was directed by John Tracy and written by Regina Stewart.
Carl buys Eddie a used police car at an auction, hoping the two can restore it together. Only thing is, he would rather bond with Waldo while restoring the beat-up car into a hot rod. Harriette soon sets Eddie straight for it. Meanwhile, Laura meets a guy named Ted selling candy, they quickly attract, and they agree to go out on a date. Soon, there seems to be a little problem with Urkel's new superglue, when it causes the nerd's hand to become bonded with Laura's shoulder.
- Reginald VelJohnson as Carl Winslow
- Jo Marie Payton as Harriette Winslow
- Rosetta LeNoire as Estelle Winslow (credit only)
- Darius McCrary as Eddie Winslow
- Kellie Shanygne Williams as Laura Winslow
- Jaimee Foxworth as Judy Winslow (credit only)
- Bryton James as Richie Crawford (credited as Bryton McClure, credit only)
- Jaleel White as Steve Urkel
- Telma Hopkins as Rachel Crawford (credit only)
- Shawn Harrison as Waldo Geraldo Faldo
- Patrick J. Dancy as Ted Curran
- This episode is intended to be the second episode of Season Four, and was originally scheduled to air on September 25, 1992.
- Despite airing out of order as "Season 4, Episode 12", it is correctly listed and placed as "Season 4, Episode 2" on home video DVD releases as well as on streaming services.
- This episode is chronologically the first appearance of Ted Curran.
- Due to this episode airing as the twelfth episode of the season instead of the second as intended, this episode shows Ted Curran meeting Laura for the first time and asking her out, despite already being in previously broadcast episodes as Laura's love interest.
- Urkel calls his mother "Roberta" in this episode, despite referring to her as "Diane" in "Man's Best Friend".
- Visible in top of frame just before Eddie pats the car causing the hood and trunk to pop open and the sirens to start blaring.
- The car Carl buys is a 1977 Plymouth Fury, but after they restore it, it is a 1977 Dodge Monaco.
- Carl: You know, Harriette, when Edward was born, I held him in my arms and I promised myself that I would give him everything he ever needed.
- Harriette: And you have, Carl. He has all the essentials. Food, shelter, Nintendo. But most important of all, he has lots of love.
- Carl: But Harriette, the boy wants a car. Now, I can really relate to that. A car to a teenage boy means independence, freedom, sex appeal.