Tread Perilously continues its examination of ABC’s TGIF lineup with its most iconic series, Family Matters. But will Steve Urkel’s media cred survive their look at the episode called “Cheers Looking at You, Kid?”
When Urkel discovers Laura’s cheerleading competition in Omaha will include some quality time with potential boyfriend Gary, he devises a way to join the trip and spy on Laura. Will Laura call him on his constant hounding and name it for what it is? Meanwhile, Carl and Harriet have the house to themselves and plan for a very romantic weekend. Will Urkel find a way to interrupt their plans as well?
Erik declares Urkel a stalker and decides Seth MacFarlane is better than Zach Braff. Justin refuses to refer to Carl Winslow as anything but Sgt. Al Powell. He also examines the changes in screen kissing over the decades. Erik gets confused about sports movies. Kellie Shanygne Williams gets MVP status thanks to naturalistic approach to playing Laura. Erik and Justin discuss credit sequence formats from 20th Century sitcoms. Urkel’s stalker status leads to a new series pitch called the Snowbank Killer. Erik discusses the TV trope of the “dim” best friend and both find some virtues in the Family Matters pilot. Also, Urkel is a stalker.