Strangers Episode Guide
145 - The Baby Shower
First Air Date: July 9, 1993
Filming Date: July 15, 1992
Nielsen Rating: 9.0 HH
Produced by: Alan Plotkin
Created by: Dale McRaven
Written by: Thomas R. Nance
Directed by: Judy Askins
Bronson Pinchot: Balki Bartokomous
Mark Linn-Baker: Larry Appleton
Melanie Wilson: Jennifer Appleton
Rebeca Arthur: Mary Anne Bartokomous
Dimitriís photo can
be see on the fireplace mantel.
There are no Balki-isms in this episode.
Donít be ridiculous: Not said in this
Other catchphrases used in this episode:
"Can I tempt you?"
"Cut the babasticki!"
Other running jokes used in this episode:
Jennifer complains about her pregnancy
woes while Mary Anne has no problems at all
Balki jumps over the back of the couch
A joke is made about Larry not having an
Larry sniffs something
Balki grabs Larry by the shirt
References are made to Larryís height}
The Dance of Joy (in super fast speed)
Larry and Balki talk quickly over each
other at the same time, then end by saying the same thing simultaneously
Notable Moments: Balki and Mary Anne
return from Mypos. Mary Anne reveals she is pregnant.
- After a year and a half off the air, ABC
finally decided to run the final six episodes of Perfect Strangers on
their TGIF lineup in the late summer of 1993. Running before the show were Family
Matters, Step by Step and Dinosaurs.
- A short introduction before the theme
song recaps some scenes from the episode Get Me to the Dump on Time,
where the series left off, with Balki and Mary Anne getting married then going
to Mypos, plus Jennifer telling Larry the news that sheís six weeks pregnant.
- Director Judy Pioli was now being billed as Judy Askins, having married Perfect Strangersí director of photography Tony
- Thereís an interesting piece of
foreshadowing in this episode. If you look at the decorated living room before
the baby shower you can see that on both sides of the fireplace are hot air
balloon decorations. Jennifer would end up giving birth in a hot air balloon in
the last episode of the series.
- Whenever Balki and Larry are supposed to
talk over one another and then end with a line they say simultaneously (as they
did many times in this episode) the talking over each part is designated in the
script by the word "Chuffa."
- During the eighth season every episode
featured outtakes under the end credits. These were comprised of either scenes
shot for the episode but not used or bloopers.
Bloopers and Inconsistencies:
- At the end of the last season Larry
pointed out that he and Jennifer would have the house to themselves for three
weeks. Well somehow Balki and Mary Anneís honeymoon was extended because in
this episode he says they have been on Mypos for five months!
The episode begins at the house one day. Larry is in the living room fluffing the cushion on the chair by the couch.
"Jennifer, Honey? Youíd better hurry!" Larry calls, "Balki and
Mary Anne are gonna be here any minute." Jennifer walks out of the kitchen
holding a piece of pizza. She is very pregnant! "Larry, Iím seven months
pregnant," Jennifer points out, "I donít hurry." Larry takes
her to the chair, encouraging her, "Just . . . just take your time and park
your pretty little ankles right over here." "My pretty little
ankles?" Jennifer cries, "Thatís all you think is pretty about me
any more?" Jennifer dumps the piece of pizza on the coffee table in disgust
then leans back into the chair, moaning, "Larry, you think Iím a
whale!" "No! No! No!" Larry insists, "I . . . I . . . I . .
. I donít think youíre a whale. Now . . . I . . . I think youíre
beautiful, radiant and I love you very much. Hey . . . Iíve got an idea . . .
" Larry sets a saucer with a cup of milk on it on Jenniferís huge stomach
and then reaches down to lift her legs onto the coffee table.
"Tell you what . . . tonight, instead
of having dinner at home, again, when Balki and Mary Anne get here why donít
we all go out to dinner?" Larry suggests, "I mean, weíve got a lot
of catching up to do. Balki and Mary Anne have been on Mypos for five
months." "I donít want to go out to dinner," Jennifer whines,
"I donít have anything to wear." "Well, well . . . forget
dinner," Larry suggests, "Letís all go to a movie." "I donít
blame you, Larry, for wanting to go somewhere dark so no one sees youíre
married to the Good Year Blimp," Jennifer broods. "Well, well,
no," Larry sighs, "Honey . . . Honey, thatís not true. Look . . .
hey . . . " Larry takes the cup and saucer off her stomach and sets it on
the coffee table. " . . . hey, I tell you what . . . letís just forget
about Balki and Mary Anne, and uh, why donít we grab a bottle of non-alcoholic
wine, go upstairs and try to rekindle that old passion. Hmm?" "Didnít
we just do that?" Jennifer asks. Larry is deflated and hands Jennifer the
pizza and milk again, sighing, "Yeah . . . yeah . . . yeah, we just did
that. We just did that about, uh . . . seven weeks, four days and eleven hours
ago." Larry sits on the couch.
The front door suddenly bursts open and
Balki rushes inside and exclaims, "Balkiís back and heís better than
ever!" He runs into Larryís arms crying, "Oh Cousin! Cousin!"
He then bends down to kiss Jennifer, saying, "Jennifer! Oh Jennifer, Iím
so happy to be home! I missed everything in this house! I missed running up the
stairs!" Balki runs up the stairs. "I missed running down the
stairs!" Balki runs down the stairs. "I missed jumping over this
couch!" He jumps over the couch. "Cousin! Cousin, everythingís just
the same. Still no upper lip! Except you, Jennifer. You look beautiful!"
Larry takes the pizza and milk from Jennifer so she can hug Balki and say,
"Aw, thank you, Balki." "Cousin, you exaggerated in your
letter," Balki notes, "Sheís nowhere near as big as a house."
"What?" Jennifer gasps, sitting up. "Well, no, no," Larry
says, "Enough about us. Whereís Mary Anne?" "Sheís right
outside," Balki says, "We . . . we have a surprise for you."
Balki runs outside, calling, "Mary Anne? Mary Anne?" Larry helps
Jennifer to her feet and they walk over to the door.
Mary Anne walks into the house, also very
pregnant. "Hi!" she smiles. Balki steps beside her and says, "My
little spud-muffin is having a tater tot." "Well, that is great!"
Larry exclaims and he hugs Mary Anne as Balki hugs Jennifer. Larry and Balki
then share some macho grunts and do the macho bit and laugh. Jennifer and Mary
Anne go to hug each other and find they have to turn to the side so they can hug
around their huge stomachs. "Congratulations!" Jennifer smiles.
"Ooh, youíre just like Larryís drawing!" Mary Anne notes. "Ooh, no!" Larry says, "Uh, why donít we, come on . . . weíll
all sit down here. Weíve got a lot of . . . of catching up to do."
helps Jennifer to slowly sit on the couch, encouraging her, "Here . . .
here you go, sweetheart. Take it easy . . . take it easy. You got it.
almost there . . . almost there . . . " "Pillows," Jennifer
reminds Larry, and he places a pillow behind her back.
Mary Anne approaches the couch and Larry
asks, "Can I help you, Mary Anne?" Mary Anne plops down on the couch
with no problem and asks, "With what?" "Never mind," Larry
says as he sits down. Balki sits down on the couch next to Mary Anne.
"Well, this is perfect," Jennifer says, "You got here just in
time for my baby shower tomorrow so now it can be for both of us." "Oh, thatís sweet," Mary Anne smiles.
"Why donít we show them
the new nursery?" Jennifer suggests to Larry. "We put up new
wallpaper," Larry explains as he, Balki and Mary Anne get up from the
couch, "I hope you like giraffes." "Well, the meatís a little
tough but theyíre a heck of a lot of fun to ride," Balki says. Jennifer
struggles to get up off the couch as they others head for the stairs but she canít
make it. "Larry! Larry!" Jennifer calls, and Larry runs back to help
That evening, everyone is in the kitchen.
Jennifer and Mary Anne are sitting at the kitchen table working on favors for
the party. Larry is making Jennifer comfortable. "There you go," Larry
says, "A fan to keep your face cool, a blanket to keep your body warm, a
pillow for your aching back and some cozies for your toesies." Larry has
put slippers on Jenniferís feet and she takes them down off a chair to sit up
straight. "Is there anything else I can do for you, Honey?" Larry
asks. "Yes," Jennifer answers, "Shoot me." Balki walks over
to Mary Anne and stoops down, asking, "And, uh . . . how are you, my little
pork loin?" "Iím perfect," Mary Anne smiles. "And donít
you forget it!" Balki says, kissing Mary Anneís neck and making her
giggle. After Balki walks away, Jennifer asks Mary Anne, "You arenít
feeling the least bit uncomfortable?" "No," Mary Anne answers.
"Sore back?" Jennifer asks. "No." "Swollen
ankles?" "No." "Wild uncontrollable, almost murderous, mood
swings?" Larry asks. He sees the expression Jennifer is giving him and
quickly says, "No, I . . . I didnít mean you, Honey. Not you. Not
"So you arenít experiencing any
symptoms of pregnancy?" Jennifer asks. "Well, just that pregnant
glow," Mary Anne answers. "I hate you," Jennifer states.
"Donít worry, because I have just the thing to rid you of them pesky
problems of pregnancy," Balki says as he reaches into the pantry and pulls
out a decorated Myposian bag. "Whatís that?" Larry asks.
reaches into the bag and pulls out a strange looking potato-like thing,
answering, "The Midolcrampabloatolous root. It helps to get rid of them
awful symptoms of pregnancy. I brought some home from Mypos for Mary Anne but .
. . she donít need it." "The Midolcrampabloatolous root?" Larry
asks. "Yes," Balki confirms, "Itís grown in a special field at
the foot of Mount PMSocoulos. We, uh, tried planting it closer to town but goats
feeding in the area kept exploding." Balki hands the root to Jennifer and
asks, "Can I tempt you?" "Thanks, but no," Jennifer answers.
"Jenniferís right," Larry agrees, taking the root from Balki,
"Thereís . . . thereís absolutely no way . . . look, we donít even
know if this root is safe. I mean, thereís . . . thereís probably got some
horrible side effects."
"Well, there . . . there is one but I
donít . . . this is not the place to discuss it," Balki admits. "See?" Larry asks, "See?
What happens? What, does your hair turn
green? What, your teeth get soft? What? What? What?"
"Well, it . . .
it releases uncontrollable passionate desires in a woman," Balki explains.
After a moment Larry turns to Jennifer and says, "Well, if itíll help
reduce your swollen ankles . . . " "Larry, goats exploded!"
Jennifer reminds him. "No, no," Balki protests, "Now no
conclusive evidence has ever linked the goat explosions to the root."
"You hear that?" Larry asks, "You hear that? No conclusive
evidence. You know, maybe you should try it." "No, I . . . I donít
want to!" Jennifer insists. "Okay, I tell you what," Larry says,
"All right, Iíll try it first and then prove that itís safe."
"Not only am I not going to try it but youíre not gonna try it
either," Jennifer states, "What if you grow an arm out of your neck or
something?" "Itís time to read nursery rhymes to our stomachs!"
Mary Anne announces as she gets up from the table, "I feel like Goldilocks.
What do you feel like?" "Humpty Dumpty," Jennifer answers as he
follows Mary Anne.
Larry sniffs at the root and then is about
to take a bite of it. "Excuse me," Balki stops him, taking the root
away, "Excuse me . . . what are you doing?" "Balki, I am doing
this for Jenniferís own good," Larry says, taking back the root,
"The sooner I take this and show her that there is nothing wrong with it,
the sooner my life returns to normal . . . her life. Her life returns to
normal." Balki reaches over and grabs Larry by the shirt, pulling him
closer. "Cut the babasticki," Balki insists, "You are not doing
this for Jennifer. Youíre doing it for yourself." "You got me,"
Larry admits. "Well . . . " Balki sighs. Larry quickly takes a bite of
the root. "Oh, give me that!" Balki says, reaching for Larryís mouth
to try to make him stop eating it, "Give me that! Cousin!"
Balki away at armís length and chews as they struggle a while. Larry finishes
his mouthful as Balki protests, "You canít . . . you . . . " Larry
swallows the bite. "You cannot just eat the Midolcrampabloatolous root like
that," Balki insists, "What do you think this is? Some raw American
Balki takes the root from Larry. "You
. . . this has to be prepared!" Balki explains, "You have to take some
shavings of this, put them in the sauce pan with some bone meal, goatís milk
and a packet of grape Kool Aid for color." "Nothing is going to
happen," Larry insists, taking back the root. After a moment he sighs,
"Yeah, I knew it . . . another bogus Myposian . . . oh boy, I feel
great!" Larry starts ranting like a mad man. "I feel alive!
. . . tall! I feel a myriad of things! Thatís a wonderful word, isnít it?
Myriad? I wonder what it means. I have an Aunt Myriad. No, thatís Aunt Miriam.
Oh, Iíve got to give her a call. You know Aunt Miriam? Lovely woman.
She has a
mole on her back the shape of Florida. Balki, have you ever noticed how many
talk shows there are now?!" "You had to bite the root, didnít
you?" Balki scolds. "So?" Larry asks. "So, your eyes are
bulging, your hair is vibrating and youíre speaking very quickly," Balki
"Quickly? I didnít notice that I
was talking quickly. But why would I notice that Iím talking quickly?
not like Iím timing it with a stopwatch. My gym bag! Thatís where I left my
watch!" Larry rants all together, then he advances on Balki and says,
"Balki, you have got to try this!" Balki is backed up against the
counter and cries, "No! No! No, I donít want to!" Larry grabs Balki
by the ear, causing Balki to cry, "No! Ow! Ow!" Larry shoves the root
in Balkiís mouth, forcing him to take a bite. Larry then grabs Balkiís nose
and strokes Balkiís throat to make him swallow it as Balki continues to
protest. Finally Balki resigns himself and finishes chewing the root, swallowing
it. Larry steps back and waits for some result. "Nothing," Balki says,
shaking his head, "Absolutely nothing. You know what I think?
Oooh woo! Ooh wah hah!" Balki starts to laugh and move erratically, shouting,
"Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! This stuff is good!"
Balki and Larry grab each
other and perform a super fast version of the Dance of Joy before he scene fades
Act two begins with an establishing shot
of the house and the caption "The Next Day." The living room is
decorated for the baby shower. Jennifer and Mary Anne are sitting on the couch
preparing cheese and crackers for the baby shower. Mary Anne is squirting canned
cheese onto crackers and handing them to Jennifer. Jennifer eats the cheese off
the crackers and puts the crackers onto a tray. "I hope I get through this
shower," Jennifer sighs, "I am exhausted. I donít know what Larry
and Balki were doing last night but they were making so much noise it kept me up
all night." We hear Larry and Balki laughing offstage and then they come
running down the stairs together quickly. Both are wearing overalls.
at the couch and Larry fiddles anxiously with his hair while Balki fidgets
restlessly with his leg. They look at the girls with wide eyes. "What have
you two been up to all night and half the morning?" Jennifer asks.
Larry and Balki laugh, and Balki urges
Larry, "Tell her, tell her, tell her, tell her, tell her, tell her . . .
" "Stop," Larry says. "Okay," Balki giggles.
just thought weíd spruce up the nursery for the shower," Larry explains,
"You know . . . " "Vacuuming, waxing, dusting . . .
dusting," Balki chimes in, demonstrating these activities, "And then
we rewired the house." "Giving us thirty percent more wattage!"
Larry adds. Larry turns and clutches Balkiís stomach and Balki pulls up his
hair as if he were being electrified. They both laugh maniacally and turn back
to the girls. "Larry, you donít know how to rewire a house!"
Jennifer points out. "Thatís what I thought!" Larry agrees,
"But it was a snap! First you reset the . . . " " . . .
panels," Balki chimes in, "then you run feed from the main switch into
the circuit . . . " " . . . breaker panels and into the junction . . .
" " . . . boxes. The tricky part . . . " " . . . was the . .
. " " . . . three way switches!" they both agree. "Do you
remember those?" Larry asks. "Oh!" Balki exclaims. "Do you
remember those?" Larry asks again. "Oh! Oh! Oh!
Oh! Oh! Three way . .
. three way . . . three way!" Balki repeats.
They both continue to laugh and make
noises until they get back on track. Larry begins, "If you donít remember
the black . . . " " . . . is positive and the white . . . "
" . . . is negative, then . . . " "Wwowww!" they exclaim
simultaneously. "Larry, why arenít you blinking?" Jennifer asks.
"Time waster!" Larry answers. Larry and Balki laugh again.
I donít know what you guys are up to but I donít have time to deal with this
right now," Jennifer says angrily, "The guests are almost here. Why .
. . why donít you go and change?" "And weíd better hurry and put
out the food," Mary Anne suggests. As Mary Anne and Jennifer get up from
the couch, Mary Anne asks, "Jennifer, do you ever get a stabbing pain in
your lower back that shoots down through your legs?" "Yes!"
Jennifer confirms happily, "Yes! Do you get that, too?" "No," Mary Anne answers, and the girls walk into the kitchen.
Larry and Balki pull off the overalls to
reveal that they are fully dressed in their party clothes underneath. Larry then
turns around and lifts the couch up off the ground. Balki throws their overalls
underneath the couch and Larry sets it down again. They both stand, looking
fidgety. Their toes start tapping and then they start moving back and forth,
their feet moving in and out, and they dance. They continue to dance, kicking
their legs. Balki picks up Larry and then swings him to his other side and they
spastically dance around each other then stop at the same moment. "Got any
more of that root?" Larry asks. Balki pulls the much smaller root out of
his pants pocket and says, "This is all I have left." "Thatís
it?" Larry cries, "Thatís all youíve got? We need more root!
you have a root man we could call?" "Unfortunately not," Balki
says, and they both look sad. "But I have a better idea," Balki says
and they both look hopeful. "After the baby shower we can fly to Mypos and
get more root!" Balki suggests. "Yes! Weíll fly to Mypos . . .
" Larry agrees. They both leap into the air as if they are flying,
shouting, "Woooo!" " . . . bring back more root and plant it in
the back yard!" Larry finishes.
"Better yet, weíll put a giant grow
light on the roof!" Balki says. Balki gets up on the arm of the couch and
mimics a grow light as Larry stands beneath him, raising his arm to mimic a
plant growing. Holding Larryís hand, Balki leaps off the couch and Larry pulls
him close in a kind of dance step. "Forget the roof!" Larry says,
"Weíll tear down the house and plant root everywhere! I donít know what
weíll do with our clothes . . . but weíll worry about that later."
Balki circles Larry, shaking his finger at him, as he says, "You know, itís
taken you six years, Cousin, but you have finally come up with a plan that makes
sense!" "Thank you!" Larry says. "No, thank you!" Balki
counters. "No, thank you!" "No, thank you!"
you!" "Thank you!" They continue to thank each other until they
pinch each othersí cheeks and then toss them aside and draw their hands in to
their chests. "Now give me the root!" Larry says. Balki hands Larry
the root and Larry takes a bite, then Balki also takes a bite and they stand
chewing for a moment. After they swallow, Larry shouts, "Oh boy!" as
Balki shouts, "Oh wow!"
"Cousin, I have the most brilliant
idea," Balki says, "What if our knees bent both ways?" "Come
here!" Larry says, and he pulls Balki over to the couch, "Come here .
. . come here." Larry lifts Balkiís left leg up onto the couch and says,
"All right . . . here, hold this." He hands Balki the root and as
Balki nibbles at the root, Larry tried to twist Balkiís leg around. Failing
that, Larry runs around to climb up on the arm of the couch and step on Balkiís
leg to try to make it bend backwards. Balki continues to nibble happily on the
root. Larry jumps down off the couch and runs to the first landing of the
staircase, preparing himself to make a run at Balki. Jennifer walks into the
living room just as Larry runs from the landing and leaps toward Balkiís leg.
"Larry, what are you doing?" Jennifer asks. Larry stops himself from
landing on Balkiís leg and stares at Jennifer. "Weíre trying to see if
we can make my knees bend both ways," Balki explains. "But thanks for
asking," Larry smiles.
Jennifer walks around to place the trays
of food she is carrying on the coffee table. Larry carries Balkiís leg as they
walk forward to watch her set the cherry dish and the chocolate dish down.
of them stare and huff strangely. "Why are you acting like this?"
Jennifer demands to know. "Well, we came downstairs and we had the best
feeling in the world . . . I donít know . . . I just had my feelings going up
and down my body," Balki says as Larry speaks just as quickly and at the
same time. They both end by saying, "We ate the root." "And we
didnít explode or anything!" Larry adds, "Jennifer, you really gotta
try it!" Balki hands the tiny bit of root out to Jennifer. "Give it to
me, give me the root," Larry says, not noticing Balki has it out until he
sees it, "Oh here! Thereís only a little bit left. But we wanna give it
to you." "Weíll have a whole lot more when we tear down the
house," Balki smiles, then he and Larry laugh. "What the hell are you
talking about?" Jennifer exclaims.
Balki and Larry again talk over each
other, both rambling until they finish together, "The root!" "I
donít want any and I told you not to eat any!" Jennifer scolds, "Itís
making you weird, although you do seem taller." Balki stoops down and Larry
stands up straighter, looking proud and winking at Jennifer. "Iíll tell
you what," Jennifer says, "Why donít you two go outside and walk off
some of this energy, okay?" Jennifer eyes them strangely then walks into
the kitchen. Once sheís gone, Larry and Balki each take another bite of the
root and chew it. Once they swallow, Larry shouts, "Oh boy!" as
Balki shouts, "Oh wow!" "You know, sheís right,"
Larry says, "Letís take a walk." "Okay," Balki agrees.
They start to walk around the living room in sync with each other, circling the
couch and getting into a bizarre stomping walk rhythm as they head for the front
Larry stops at the front door and says,
"Balki, why walk when we can eat?" They eye the plates on the coffee
table and exclaim, "Food!" They do the same strange stomping walk in
unison over to the couch and sit down, pulling the table closer to them as they
prepare to begin. "Wait, wait, wait!" Balki says, "This food is
for the party!" "Well, a nibble wonít hurt!" Larry insists,
"No one will notice. Weíll just have an eensy weensy insy binsy little
bite of each dish." "Okay," Balki agrees, mimicking the way Larry
said the line in a high voice, "Weíll have an eensy teensy weensy little
bite of each dish." Larry picks up the cherry dish and Balki picks up the
chocolate dish and they both laugh before sticking their faces into the
respective dishes. They pull their faces out and both start rambling about the
food at the same time, talking over each other until they end with the line,
"Very, very good!"
We see an establishing shot of the house
and the caption "The Next Morning." Mary Anne and Jennifer are at the
kitchen table writing out cards. Larry and Balki enter, wearing their pajamas
and bathrobes and looking like they have hangovers. They slowly approach the
table. "Hi, Jennifer," Larry says timidly. Jennifer and Mary Anne keep
writing. "Hi, Mary Anne," Balki tries. The girls continue to write.
"Are you still mad at us?" Larry and Balki ask together. "Because
of you two, instead of thank you cards we have to send out apology cards!"
Jennifer says. "Well, if it makes you feel any better Balki and I are
paying for our behavior," Larry assures her. "I know I am," Balki
says, "I feel like the Myposian army just marched across my face."
Balki walks around to the other side of the table to squat down next to Mary
Anne, saying, "Mary Anne . . . Mary Anne, Iím so sorry. I . . . I never
should have eaten the Midolcrampabloatolous root. Forgive me?" "Okay!" Mary Anne smiles, and they hug.
Larry squats down next to
Jennifer and says, "Jennifer . . . I am so sorry. I never should have eaten
the Midolcrampabloatolous root. Do you forgive me?"
Larry puckers his lips for a kiss. "I
donít think so, Larry," Jennifer answers. "But . . . but, Jen, I . .
. I only ate it so . . . so you could take it and . . . and get some relief from
your bloating and aching and swelling and whining . . . " Jennifer gives
Larry a look of shock and Larry quickly realizes, " . . . and . . . and . .
. and I . . . Iím not helping myself, am I?" "Cousin, youíre going
down in flames but donít worry Ďcause I have just the thing to get your
relationship back on track," Balki says. "Please, Balki, not another
bizarre Myposian remedy," Larry begs. "Well, thereís nothing bizarre
about it," Balki says, reaching into his robe to pull out a twenty dollar
bill and handing it to Larry, "Hereís twenty dollars . . . go to the
movies . . . sit in the balcony . . . donít watch the movie." "What
do you think, Jen?" Larry asks. "Sounds wonderful," Jennifer
smiles, and she and Larry kiss. "Thanks, Balki," Larry says,
"Thatís very kind of you." "And thatís just the
beginning," Balki continues, "When you get home, Iím going to whip
you up a giant pig spleen float, with or without brine . . . your choice."
Mary Anne looks excited for them but Jennifer and Larry look less than
enthusiastic as the episode ends.
Under the end credits is a continuation of
the second to last scene not used in the episode. After sticking their faces in
the food, Balki takes a napkin and wipes away a small spot on Larryís chin.
"There, thatís better!" Balki smiles. "Thank you," Larry
says. "No, thank you!" Balki insists. "No, thank you!"
thank you!" They continue to thank each other until they pinch each
otherís cheeks and throw them aside then pull their hands up to their chests.
The doorbell rings and Larry and Balki exclaim, "Weíll get it!"
get up and do the stomping walk thing to the front door. Jennifer and Mary Anne
come out of the kitchen and Jennifer keeps calling, "Larry! Larry!
Larry!" Larry and Balki open the front door to reveal the guests standing
outside holding presents. "Theyíre here!" Larry and Balki exclaim.
"Oh my god!" Jennifer cries. Larry and Balki start doing the little
foot tapping dance again and the credits come to an end.
There are some
differences between the shooting script dated July 14, 1992 and the episode
the opening scene after Larry suggests they go out to eat and Jennifer complains
she has nothing to wear, Larry suggests, "Well, we don't have to go
anywhere fancy. We'll go to Luigi's." "I can't fit in the
booth at Luigi's," Jennifer points out.
Larry suggests they get romantic and Jennifer asks, "Didn't we just do
that?" Larry outlines the exact length of time it's been since they
"just did that." Jennifer then adds, "Don't take this
personally, Larry, but the thought of it makes me nauseous." "I
see your point," Larry sighs.
After Balki rushes in and runs up and down the stairs and jumps over the couch
he asks Larry, "Do I have dirt in my teeth? I kissed the
Balki says that Larry exaggerated in his letter and that Jennifer is not nearly
as big as a house, Jennifer cries, "What?" "Balki, you
misunderstood," Larry insists, "You know, he's not good with
English." "Cousin, I didn't have to be," Balki says,
"You drew a picture."
After Balki tells that Mary Anne is right outside and that they have a surprise,
Jennifer says, "I hope it's chocolate."
After they all sit on the couch, Larry says, "So, Balki, you're going to be
a daddy. Tell us all about it." "There's not much to
tell," Balki answers, "Let me just say -- one sleeping bag,
okay? Enough said."
After Jennifer tells Mary Anne that she can share in the baby shower, Jennifer
adds, "I'm sure there'll be room for another crib in the new
nursery." "That's nice," Mary Anne replies, "but our
little baby, little Robespierre or Marge, will be sleeping in a sack nailed to
the wall." "But, eventually, he'll move on to a youth
hammock," Balki explains. "Okay," Jennifer responds.
the start of the second scene the script indicates that Balki is at the counter
After Larry asks if there's anything else he can do for Jennifer and Jennifer
sighs, "Yes. Shoot me," Larry replies, "Humor, that's
After Jennifer asks Mary Anne, "So you aren't experiencing any symptoms of
pregnancy?" Mary Anne responds, "Just that pregnant glow and, you
know, that euphoric feeling of creating life. And my hair's a lot more
Balki says he has something that will help Jennifer, Jennifer sighs, "Oh,
nothing can help."
After Balki tells Larry that the one side effect of the Midolcrampabloatolous
Root is that it releases uncontrollable passion in a woman, he adds,
"She'll become a quivering mass of insatiable desire. You'd have your
work cut out for you, Cousin."
Jennifer supposes that Larry might grow an arm out of his neck after eating the
root, Balki counters, "Now, come on, Jennifer. I think you're being a
little unfair. That only happened once in the entire history of Mypos and
it had nothing to do with the root. Sure the guy wasn't happy about it,
but, boy could he play the harp."
Larry first tries to eat the root, Balki says, "Excuse me, excuse me . .
. Unless I'm mistaken, and I don't believe I am, Jennifer told you not to
take the root."
The line about the root not being some kind of raw American
jicama creux de ta is not in this script. After explaining how the root
should be prepared, Balki adds, "There's no telling what will happen when
you use the root without diluting the root." "Nothing's going to
happen," Larry insists. "You're probably right," Balki
sighs, "If you were going to explode, you'd be splattered all over the
kitchen by now." Larry then says, "I don't feel anything.
Then again, I'm not pregnant, so why would I feel anything?" It's
then he starts to disparage another Myposian myth when the root kicks in.
- After Larry first rambles, Balki says,
"That's it, I'm taking you off caffeine," instead of, "You had to
eat the root, didn't you?"
- Balki doesn't say "No, no, I don't want
to!" when Larry forces the root on him. After taking a bite, Balki
says, "Hmm, nothing. It tastes like yak jerky." After the
root takes effect and Balki yells, "Wow!" he starts talking fast,
saying, "Bob Barker! When did his hair turn white? I mean when
did it happen? You ever notice how everyone on this block drives a station
wagon? You know when I was a boy I was much, much shorter. Actually,
I'm still short, I'm just tall for my height. This stuff is
good." Balki and Larry do the Dance of Joy and then Balki says,
"Now we are so happy we do The Dance of Joy." "We just did
it," Larry reminds him. "Let's do it again -- faster,"
Balki suggests, and they do the Dance of Joy again in the accelerated way.
- After Jennifer complains about Larry and Balki
keeping her awake all night, Mary Anne says, "Really? I didn't hear a
thing. Ever since I've been pregnant, the minute my head hits the pillow,
I'm out." "Mary Anne, if you don't have anything bad to say
about being pregnant, don't say anything at all," Jennifer suggests.
- When Larry and Balki coming running down the
stairs, Larry says, "Race you to the couch!" to Balki.
- Before they remove their overalls, Larry says,
"Work clothes off. Party clothes on."
- After they try to fly, Larry says,
"Brilliant," and Balki answers with, "Thank you."
- The bits of business Bronson and Mark do during
their "root influenced" scenes are called "an electric bit,"
"plant bit," etc.
- After Balki suggests that maybe their knees can
bend both ways, they do "the thank you run" again, then Larry says,
"Maybe our knees do bend both ways. We just never tried it."
- After Larry and Balki confess to Jennifer that
they ate the root, Larry says, "And you know, it's really very
good." They "Chuffa" (speak on top of each other) and
finish with, "Very tasty." When Larry then suggests Jennifer try
it he adds, "You'll feel better than you have in your whole life."
- After they stick their faces in the food and
before the end of that scene, which is shown under the end credits, Balki says,
"Uh-oh, somebody made a mess. I'll fix it," before he wipes at
Larry's face with the napkin.
- At the beginning of the last scene, the script
have Larry and Balki entering the kitchen, then stop before approaching the
girls and re-think it. They leave the kitchen then re-enter, approaching
- After Balki and Larry ask if the girls are still
mad at them, Mary Anne says, "Jennifer told me that we're not supposed to
talk to you guys." Then off Jennifer's look she adds, "Oh, that
was talking, wasn't it?"
- After Balki says that he feels like the Myposian
army marched across his face, he adds, "That actually happened to me when I
fell asleep in a training field, so I know."
- After Larry begs Balki not to give them another
bizarre Myposian remedy, Jennifer adds, "Larry's right. That's what
got him into trouble in the first place."
- The rest of the script is the same.
on to the next episode . . .