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Odd Man In is the twentieth episode of the eighth season in this television sitcom on Family Matters, which was aired from ABC on March 14, 1997. It was directed by Joel Zwick and written by Fred Fox Jr.


Carl needs one more person for his poker-playing group. Harriette joins--and beats everyone. Meanwhile, in order to be a judge at a bikini contest, Eddie convinces Steve to temporarily replace him in his job as a peanut vendor at a football stadium. However, Steve causes so many mishaps that he is terminated—along with Eddie.


Harriette is invited to participate in Carl's poker night and cleans up(although her first time playing with them was at the end credits of Season 7, Episode 3: Bugged, after they kicked Nick out of their house for being such an ass).

Steve fills in for Eddie as peanut vendor at Soldier Field but thanks to his clumsiness, things go as one would expect which infuriates Eddie.

After the first few games, Carl isn't happy about losing and mocks Harriette on how she plays the game. Later on, they settle their differences and Carl learns that he taught Harriette how to play the game well.

In the aftermath, Eddie loses his job and blames Urkel for it. He goes as far as calling off their friendship in front of Laura whose studying. He's hurt that he would call off their friendship. Laura stands up from the couch and confronts her lame-brained, jerk brother. Eddie is insulted, walks back into the living room and confronts her for the snide comment she made about him. She's not phased and sets him straight for what he did by telling him how angry she is with him for how he's treated Steve. Laura tells him that Steve did him a favor as his friend by being there at his job even though he had plans with Myra. She points out he hardly appreciates Urkel and he accuses him for the loss of his job. Eddie tries to defend himself by telling Laura about his blaming was justified. She doesn't see it his way and tells him that he operates on two modes: shirk and blame. He tries to tell her that he had to be at the bikini contest as a judge and she says shirk. Then he goes to blame mode on Urkel and she says blame. She makes him realize that he really has only himself to blame for the loss of his job. Laura tells him if this is how he's going to treat Urkel, then Eddie doesn't deserve him as a friend. She mentions that Steve is better off with her as a friend because she does appreciate him more than Eddie. Eddie apologizes for what happened and takes responsibility for his selfishness and Laura then tells Steve to stop his clumsiness.

In the end credits, Carl and the other Bears Fans are annoyed with Urkel and toss things at him to shut him up.

Cast and Characters[]



Special appearance[]

  • Iqbal Theba as Zoohair Bhutto


  • Renee Hughes as Pretty Girl
  • Doug Cox / Jack Esformes as Peanut Buyer
  • Todd Susman as Nick
  • John William Young as Hot Dog Guy
  • Wendy Worthington as Cotton Candy Lady
  • Marlon "Chopper" Young as Willie



  • This is the 4th poker related episode. The first one is A Pair of Ladies. The 2nd one is Bugged and the third being Fa La La La Laagghh!
  • This Nick is unrelated to Carl's enemy and Harriette's former boss, Nick Neidermeyer.
  • Originally Steve was to stand up to Eddie again, pointing out that he already has plans with Myra and refuses to back down. Seeing that he's not going to budge on that issue, Eddie asks if he had someone else in mind to help him because the bikini contest means a lot to him. Urkel tells him off to not go to the contest and just commit to his work.
    • After failing to get Eddie to understand, Steve seeks Stefan's help at his apartment in Chicago. Once he learned how Eddie manipulated Steve to give up his date with Myra to the bug museum, Stefan is angered by this. He decides Eddie needs to be taught a lesson in responsibility. Stefan convinces Steve to go to the museum with Myra and he'll cover the shift at Soldier Field.
    • At Soldier Field, Stefan impresses the crowd with his tossing skills and this garners him more fans than Eddie. The owner is impressed and decides to keep him around. Stefan takes over the job, while Eddie is fired and learns a hard lesson in being responsible for his actions.


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