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Money Out the Window is the fifth episode of the fifth season of Family Matters, which aired on ABC on October 22, 1993. It was directed by Gary Menteer and written by Gary M. Goodrich.


Weasel and Waldo entice Eddie into their football betting venture against Steve's warning not to. A thug named Bones (Bubba Smith) pays him a visit after losing a bundle, threatening him with serious injury if the debt is not settled in a timely manner. Refusing to listen to Steve's advice, Eddie sells Carl's precious stamp to settle the debt: a decision he will regret and simply wish Bones beat him up before his father finds out. Meanwhile, Laura adds a night job to her hectic schedule to try to get more money for a car, resulting in her being tired throughout the day. Soon Harriette convinces her to focus on her day job and let them come up with the other half of the money.


Eddie proves he has learned nothing form his previous gambling experiences as Waldo and Weasel lure him into gambling again with football bets. Steve attempts to warn Eddie against it and informs him gambling for football bets are illegal everywhere else except for Las Vegas and in legalized casinos on Native American reservations. Weasel is confident in his system, but Urkel is very skeptical and demands to know why. He explains that he bets with the football teams whose cities hosted the ugliest women. Despite Steve's admonition against joining in because he knows Weasel will not cover for the losses, Eddie gives in to his greed and ignores Urkel.

Meanwhile, Laura is working the graveyard shift at a local coffee house. She wants to buy her own car without having her parents help her out. Unfortunately, her job causes her to be tired every morning and it was being unhealthy for her not sleeping. Pretending to sleep in her bed, Harriette is relieved and closes the door to her room. Once gone, Laura easily sneaks out of her room using the tree next to her room.

The next day, Eddie loses a bundle on his bet for the football games and Steve shakes his head, knowing that he had warned him not to go with his friends to gamble. After Urkel leaves for the kitchen, Eddie calls Weasel out for his betting system and mentions it's terrible because they lost most of their games. Then, a tough thug and bookie, Bones pays him a visit at the house. Weasel and Waldo are excused by him right away because they paid up immediately. Bones gives him an ultimatum that if he doesn't pay up by tomorrow, he'll crush him (bone per dollar). Eddie's scared for his own well being that he secretly sells his father's prized stamp "Head of Freedom Statue" for $300 to pay him off, against Urkel's recommendation to go get help from Carl and accept responsibility for his actions. This decision is the one he'll later regret and wished that Bones simply beat him up before his father finds out the truth again.

One night, a worried Harriette catches Laura sneaking into her room. She has a heart-to-heart talk about the consequences of endangering her health without sleeping again. Laura tried to convince her that all she wanted to do was buy her own car without her parents helping her out and felt working two jobs can give her that opportunity. Finally, Harriette convinces her to quit her job at the coffee house because her sneaking out at night to go to work without telling her about it is irresponsible of her. She tells Laura to concentrate on her day job and school and let them come up with the rest of money because they love her.

The next night, Eddie comes home from his work and learns his lesson the hard way when Carl finds out once again. When he claims he wants to spend time looking at stamps, Eddie finds out that his father knew better. Carl mentions he heard about Eddie gambling again and that he sold the "Head of Freedom Statue" stamp (Carl's prized stamp) for $300. When Eddie asks him how he knew, Carl mentions Steve told him the truth about it and that his quick call from Al (the owner of the stamp emporium) backed up Urkel's claims. He is furious with Eddie for forcing him to buy back his own stamp and demands answers for it. This time, he is forced to confess in gambling again with his friends, Waldo and Weasel, for football bets. He admitted that he lost $250 to a tough bookie named Bones who later visited the house and threatened bodily harm if he didn't pay up.

Eddie got scared for his own well being and sold the stamp to get the money to pay the bookie off. Carl asks Eddie why he never came to him for help and confess. He explains that he didn't want to go to his dad for help because he was afraid of being yelled at like last time. Carl pointed out Eddie had made serious mistakes before in gambling and thought his own son already knew better. He agrees and mentioned Steve tried to warn him against it earlier. He also admits that he had believed in using Weasel's foolproof betting system. When Carl asks about it, Eddie admits it was for betting for the football teams who cities has the ugliest women. He tells Eddie that he's not only grounded again, but he will have to pay back the money that he owes for making Carl buy back his own stamp.

Eddie promise he's never going to gamble with his friends again no matter how much money he makes. The father/son moment looking at stamps, is short lived when Steve shows up in his polka outfit with his accordion on his chest. He asks Eddie if he's sure that he doesn't want to go to the polka hall with them. Eddie ask if he convinced someone else to go with him. Urkel says yes and now he has a new polka partner. His partner is revealed to be Bones, whose dressed up in the same fashion as Steve, horrifying the Winslow men. It turns out that the bookie loves polka music and loves going to the hall everyday. He tells Urkel, they should get going because he doesn't want to be late. Both Steve and Bones leave for the polka hall playing their accordions much to the surprise of Eddie and Carl.






  • Bubba Smith as Bones



  • This is the second time that Laura deals with sleep deprivation, following "The Way the Ball Bounces".
  • This is the third and final time Eddie attempts to get involved in gambling and ends up owing hundreds of dollars. While yelling at Eddie, Carl mentions Eddie's previous gambling incidents in "Fast Eddie Winslow" and "Busted".
  • Originally, Steve reminds Eddie of his previous gambling experiences with flashbacks supporting it. (citation required for proof)


Eddie: Waldo's mom had plastic surgery and I'm invited to her welcome home party.
Estelle: What did she have done?
Eddie: A fanny lift. Everyone's hoping it'll stay above her knees this time.

Urkel: You know, I'm going to hate myself for asking, but what in Sam Hill do ugly women have to do with football?
Weasel: Think about it, wouldn't you be a lot meaner if you came from a city full of ugly women?
Urkel: I was right. I hate myself.

Eddie: Weasel, your betting system bites! We bet on ten games and lost eight of them.
Weasel: Might I remind you that we also won two games, Mr. Glass-Is-Half-Empty?
Waldo: Hey, I want an Indian name, too!

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