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The Big Reunion is the fifteenth episode of the first season in this television sitcom on Family Matters, which was aired from ABC on January 19, 1990. It was directed by James O'Keefe and written both by Alan Eisenstock and Larry Mintz.


A nervous Carl attempts to lose weight for his high school reunion, but that's easier said than done. However, when he comes to the reunion, he is relieved to find that his friends have gained some weight as well. Meanwhile to keep Carl true on Rachel's diet plans, Harriette gets Eddie, Laura and Judy involved to keep him away from.





  • Ellen Albertini Dow as Miss Gilbert
  • Louis Mustillo as Russell
  • Ken Page as Darnell Watkins
  • Ron Taylor as Darnell Coleman
  • Lou B. Washington as Darnell Clark
  • Sue Bugden as Irene


  • This episode marks the first recurring appearance of Ron Taylor who would later portray Pastor Peebles. Here, he plays a close friend of Carl's known as Darnell Coleman.


Judy: Were all of Dad's friends named Darnell?
Estelle: Yes. Those were very confusing times!

Rachel: what'd you do tonight?
Harriette: talked about how fat Carl is.
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