Strangers Episode Guide
80 - Father Knows Best??? - Part Two
First Air Date:
November 17, 1989
Nielsen Rating: 12.0 HH
TV Guide Description: Conclusion.
Larry feels like a washout who blew the chance to impress his visiting father
(James Noble), and he also feels responsible for the predicament the gang is in
trying to stay alive in the flooded basement.
Created by: Dale McRaven
Written by: Tom Devanney
Directed by: Joel Zwick
Bronson Pinchot: Balki Bartokomous
Mark Linn-Baker: Larry Appleton
Rebeca Arthur: Mary Anne
Melanie Wilson: Jennifer Lyons
Belita Moreno: Miss Lydia Markham
Sam Anderson: Mr. Sam Gorpley
James Noble: Mr. Walter Appleton
Dimitri is not seen in this episode
"United we stand and Delta is ready when you are."
"Just open your mouth and let your heart do the talking."
"A few well chosen words with a loved one are worth more than the picture
that came with the frame, even if that picture is Olivia Newton-John."
ridiculous: Said once in this episode.
used in this episode:
"Well . . . "
"Just kidding, Cousin!"
"Cousins should joke more!"
"Can I tempt you?"
Other running jokes
used in this episode:
Larry has a plan (one which actually works!)
Larryís dad is the one in this episode to begin with the "How many
basement doors have you knocked down?" routine, although Balki interrupts
Mary Anne says something smart and then explains it in a bizarre way
Balki offers a Myposian saying (this time only in English)
- Since this is one of the six two-part episodes done during the course
of the series, this episode starts with a recap of last weekís episode before
the opening titles.
- Balki refers to MacGyver, which was a very
popular series on ABC starting in 1985. It starred Richard Dean Anderson
as a resourceful secret agent who weekly would use clever devices, often made
from ordinary household items (and whatever else happened to be on hand) to
extricate himself from dangerous situations.
- Cousin Coastergeekperson04 on YouTube has pointed
out to us that the set used for the basement in this two-part episode was used,
in part, as Steve Urkel's basement on Family Matters. Although the
staircase has a bend and the arches are not in the same place, it's similar
enough to know that the basic set was used on both shows. Steve's basement
can be see on the second season Christmas episode, Have Yourself a Very
- The Myposian dish moogli boozachmonk has an
interesting story behind it. Issue #5 of the original fan club newsletter,
P.S. I Love You!, was a tribute to the fifth season which included our very
first Bernie Awards. Under the category of Best Myposian Dish, one of the
runners up was what we called "Moogli Voosakman." As was usually
the case, Myposian words can be hard to decipher and were often not included in
the scripts. We also made the light observation that it seemed a bit
far-fetched for all these
Myposian rituals to suddenly surface after four years. A short time later
we received a letter from Balki himself . . . yes, Balki! . . . correcting our
spelling and taking us to task for our criticism. Along with this letter
was a note from Bronson, who went on to explain the background of the word and
also the Moogli carvings in the episode Poetry in Motion, as well as his
girlfriend, Wrenís, agreement with our choice of Best Clothes for Balki, the
black shirt and pants seen in the last scene of The Selling of Mypos.
You can see both letters by clicking the inserts to the left! And let me
again take the opportunity to thank Bronson (and Balki) for taking the time to
write to us then and put us straight!
- Itís interesting to note that when Mr. Appleton arrives at the
apartment for his visit and also when he leaves he has no luggage with him, not
even an overnight bag!
episode begins with a shot of the water still running into the basement.
Everyone is standing at the landing on the top of the wooden staircase yelling
"Help!" at the locked door simultaneously. "Again!"
Larry urges. "Help!" everyone screams except Larry. This
time itís Balki yelling help into Larryís ear (unlike the last episode when
Larry was yelling into Balkiís ear.) "Cousin, Cousin," Balki
says in a hoarse voice, "Weíve been screaming for an hour and if we keep
it up weíre going to do some permanent damage to our vocal cords."
"Nobody can hear us anyway," Mr. Appleton sighs. Larry, Balki
and Mr. Appleton walk down the staircase. "There must be something we
can do!" Lydia cries, "I donít want to be electrocuted! I
donít want to die! Not in this ensemble." She motions to her
outfit. "If we stay calm and keep our wits about us, Iím sure we
can think of a way to keep ourselves from dying," Larry insists.
thinks. Mr. Gorpley suddenly gasps. Everyone looks at him in
expectation before he finally admits, "I got nothing."
"Iíve got an idea," Larry says, and heads down the stairs into the
water and wades into the storage area. "Oh! Heís got that
look in his eyes!" Balki notes, "Normally that scares me but when
youíre thigh-deep in water you lower your expectations." Larry
wades back to Balki, carrying a mannequinís head. "This oughta do
it!" Larry says excitedly. "Now, Cousin, this is no time to try
your ventriloquistís act. Iíve seen it and his lips move
constantly." Larry carries the head to the open pipe and shoves it
into the hole, stopping the water. Everyone cheers. "Appleton
finally came up with something that worked," Mr. Gorpley says with
surprise, "I donít believe it."
One problem solved," Larry states. "Well, Cousin, I must say
this time you really used your head!" Balki smiles, wading over to Larry.
"That was a really good idea, Larry," Jennifer smiles.
"Well, I just spotted the problem and used a little of the old Appleton
know-how," Larry brags. As heís speaking, there is a build-up of
sound behind him. The head suddenly flies from the pipe and hits Larry on
the back of the head, knocking him into the water. "Cousin!
Cousin!" Balki cries, and he starts feeling around under the water for
Larry. He pulls out the mannequinís head and screams in horror.
Larry stands up in front of Balki, startling him and causing Balki to scream
Later that evening, the water has risen
even further. Everyone is on the stairs except Balki and Larry, who are
chest-high in the
water. Larry is standing next to a floating metal tub and Balki is using a
watering can to scoop water up and into the tub. The tub is only sinking
deeper into the water. "Balki," Larry says, "Now do you see
why bailing wonít work?" "Yes, Cousin," Balki nods,
"Youíre right. But I appreciate your letting me take the
shot." Balki pours the rest of the water from the can into the tub,
which sinks out of sight. "Well, somebody better do something,"
Mary Anne says, "Weíre four inches from being deep fried." Mr.
Appleton is using a ruler to measure the distance from the top of the water to
the bottom of the fuse box and corrects her, saying, "Actually, itís
three and a half inches." "Donít worry," Larry says,
"Iíve got another plan to get us out of here." "You have
another plan?" Mr. Gorpley asks, "You call sticking a head in the pipe
a plan?" "It was a good plan!" Mr. Appleton argues, then
adds, "Just poorly executed."
looks disappointed, so Balki jumps in. "All right, now . . . now
listen to me, everyone. This is no time to lose hope because if we all put
our heads together Iím sure we can think of something. You know what
they say, ĎUnited we stand and Delta is ready when you are.í"
"All right, come on, everybody," Larry agrees, "Weíve got to
find something to knock the door down with." Larry, Balki and Mr.
Appleton all wade around in the water, looking for something suitable.
"Hey Cousin," Balki says, "Maybe we could knock the door down
with one of these beams." He points to a collection of large wooden
beams in one corner. "Good idea, Balki!" Mr. Appleton wades
over. "Letís get this beam over to the stairs," Larry says.
They take one of the beams, Mr. Appleton directing, "Okay, Balki you take
that end and Iíll take this end. Lawrence, you get in the middle."
right," Larry says, "All right. Lift!" Balki and Mr.
Appleton lift the beam up over their heads, and Larry stands between them, but
the beam is high above his reach, so he follows along between them, reaching up
but not touching the beam at all. "Okay, walk it on over!" Larry
directs, "Walk it over!" "Be careful, Larry," Jennifer
urges. "Iím okay! Iím okay!" Larry calls, "All
right, all right, swing it on in. Swing it on in. Yep. Yep.
Good. All right. All right, set it down. Set it down."
They lower it so it is pointing up the stairs. Larry breathes heavily, as
if he has done a lot of work. "Oh, that was close, Appleton,"
Mr. Gorpley says sarcastically, "It almost touched your hands once."
"All right, all right, everybody," Larry says, "Get down here out
of the way." "What, are you crazy?" Mr. Gorpley asks,
"These are alligator shoes!" "Oh well, good. Then
theyíll be right at home in the water," Jennifer smirks, pushing Mr.
Gorpley to move down the steps and into the water.
"All right, letís lift it up,"
Larry says as he and Balki and Mr. Appleton start carrying it up the stairs.
"Mr. Gorpley," Larry says,
"You could help us." "Oh goody," Mr. Gorpley smirks
and takes the beam between Larry and Mr. Appleton, complaining, "Youíre
gonna pay for these shoes, Appleton." They reach the top of the
wooden landing and hold the board under their arms. "All right,
ready?" Larry asks, "On the count of three weíll ram this baby into
the door. One . . . " "Wait a minute, wait a minute,"
Mr. Appleton interrupts. "What is it, Dad?" Larry asks.
"I think we should say ready, set, go," Mr. Appleton says.
"Dad, I think there are times when a ready, set, go is called for,"
Larry argues, "But I donít think this is one of those times."
"Oh brother," Mr. Gorpley sighs. "Lawrence, how many
basement doors have you knocked down?" Mr. Appleton asks. "Well
. . . " Larry says. "How many?" "Well, I . . .
" "How many base . . . " "Guys, guys,
guys," Balki interrupts, "How about if we say Ďone, two, threeí
but weíre thinking Ďready, set, go?í"
. . . two . . . three!" Larry calls, and then hit the door with the end of
the beam. Nothing happens. "One . . . two . . . three!"
Larry calls and they hit the door again. Nothing happens. "Any
other ideas, Appleton?" Mr. Gorpley asks. "We just need a little
more weight behind us," Larry says, "Jennifer, Mary Anne, Lydia . . .
give us a hand." "I donít know, son," Mr. Appleton says
worriedly, "I donít think this landing can hold all of us."
"Trust me, Dad," Larry insists. "Lawrence, if the four of
us keep hitting it the door will give way, eventually," Mr. Appleton points
out. "But that could take all night, Dad," Larry says, "It
stands to reason, the more people, the more force, the quicker weíll open the
door. And itís my beam." "And a very handsome beam it
is, too, Cousin," Balki pacifies Larry, "But I think the point your
fatherís trying to make is that this landing may not be able to support seven
people and your beam."
"So, prove me wrong," Larry
argues, "Come on, ladies. Letís put our backs into it."
Lydia, Mary Anne and Jennifer climb up the
stairs to join the men in holding the beam. "Oh no," Lydia
moans, "I hope I donít break a nail." Once everyone is in
position, Larry says, "All right, on the count of three. Ready?
One . . . two . . . three!" They hit the door with the beam.
Nothing happens. "Well, it didnít knock down the door," Mr.
Appleton sighs. "Well, it didnít knock the landing down,
either," Larry brags. The landing suddenly jerks beneath their feet.
It starts to wobble and then begins to fall forward, the rest of the stairway
breaking away behind it. Slowly it collapses into the water, the landing
staying intact but dropping away from the doorway and landing with a thud in the
middle of the basement. "Well . . . " Larry sighs as the scene
fades to black.
Act two begins with everyone still
standing on the wooden landing in the middle of the flooded basement.
"Okay, okay," Larry
says, "So weíve had a little setback." "A little
setback?" Mr. Gorpley asks incredulously, "You mean like the Titanic
had a little setback?" "At least I tried," Larry defends
himself, "I donít hear anybody else coming up with a plan to get us out
of here." "Youíre right, son," Mr. Appleton agrees,
"You did have a plan." "Thanks, Dad," Larry says.
"It just wasnít a very good one," Mr. Appleton adds. "I
was only trying to help," Larry offers. "You wanna help?
Go play in the deep end," Mr. Gorpley suggests. Larry sadly walks
down the steps, into the water and away. "Shame on you," Balki
scolds Mr. Gorpley, "Didnít you ever make a mistake?"
"Yeah. Coming to this party," Mr. Gorpley answers. Balki
shakes his head and finger at Mr. Gorpley and heads over to Larry.
"Itís getting deeper," Mary Anne notes worriedly, "If we
donít get out of here soon we might as well forget about the party."
Balki approaches Larry, who is standing up
to his shoulders in the water. "Cousin, um . . . the festive mood
seems to be slipping
away. Everyone seems to be getting . . . cranky." "Itís
because theyíre going to die and itís all my fault," Larry sighs,
"They hate me, donít they?" "Well, of course they
donít. Donít be ridiculous," Balki assures him. "I
wanted this to be a weekend my father would never forget," Larry sighs
sadly, "Now Iíve killed him." "Well . . . it will be a
weekend your . . . your mother will never forget," Balki notes. Larry
looks at Balki in shock. "And Iíll die without ever making my
father proud of me," Larry continues. "Cousin, you know . . .
maybe your father is proud of you and you just donít know it," Balki
suggests. "But heís never said so," Larry points out.
"Well, fathers donít always say what they feel," Balki explains,
"Cousin, if you tell your father how you feel, maybe you will be surprised
at how he feels." "I . . . I would," Larry hesitates,
"but I just donít know how to get started."
"Well, Iím gonna help you,"
Balki says, and turns to call over his shoulder, "Uncle Walter!"
"Oh no," Larry moans. "Would you
swim over here for just a moment please?" Balki calls, "Cousin Larry
has something he want to tell you." Mr. Appleton swims over to them.
"Cousin, Cousin," Balki tries to assure Larry, "Just open your
mouth and let your heart do the talking." Mr. Appleton reaches them
and asks, "What is it, son?" "Dad, I . . . " Larry
hesitates, then asks, "Balki, could you give us a minute?" Balki
looks from one to the other then realizes he doesnít really have anywhere to
go, so he slowly sinks down under the water. "Dad, we may not have
much time left," Larry begins, "but we need to talk, you and me."
"You and I, Lawrence," Mr. Appleton corrects. "You and
I," Larry nods, "Well, itís not so much you and I, itís more . . .
you. Well, itís you when youíre relating to me . . . to I . . . to me
. . . " "Lawrence, if you want a career in journalism youíve
got to be more articulate," Mr. Appleton notes.
"This is exactly what Iím talking
about," Larry says in frustration, "Nothing I do is ever good enough
for you. When I was in sixth
grade I got a ninety-six on a test, you asked what happened to the other four
points. And now Iíve got a good job at the newspaper, you tell me I
should work in television. When are you gonna be proud of me?"
"Lawrence, Iíve always been proud of you," Mr. Appleton says.
"Well, all you do is criticize," Larry complains, "Just once
Iíd like to hear you say ĎWell done, son.í" "I . . . I
know I criticize you a lot," Mr. Appleton admits, "but itís only
because I want you to be the best you can be. For heavenís sake, Iím
always bragging about you. I tell everyone what a . . . what a wonderful
son I have." "But you never tell me," Larry points
out. "I donít, do I?" Mr. Appleton realizes, "Iíve
always found it hard to . . . express my feelings to those that I love the most.
And I love you, Lawrence." "I love you, too, Dad," Larry
says. They share a warm embrace then part, holding each othersí hands.
re-emerges between their arms and after a moment realizes they are holding
hands. "Thank God!" Balki exclaims. "Balki?"
Larry asks, "Could you give us just another minute?" Balki looks
surprised, asking, "Huh?" "Please?" Larry asks,
motioning to the water. Balki once again slowly sinks down out of sight.
"Except for the fact that weíre going to die soon, Iíve never been
happier," Larry smiles. "Well, weíre not dead yet, so letís
try to find a way to get out of here," Mr. Appleton says enthusiastically
as he heads toward the storage cages. Larry turns to follow, then hears
the sound of bubbles. He turns to see Balki apparently floating face down
in the water. "Balki!" Larry cries, pulling Balki up out of the
water. Balki throws his head back and says, "Just kidding, Cousin!
Cousins should joke more!" "Come on, weíre gonna find a way
out of here," Larry says.
"Cousin, you know, I wish MacGyver
were here," Balki says, "That man could take a Hershey bar, a
thumbtack and a rubber band
and make a bomb that would blow the socks off that door." "Well,
MacGyverís got nothing on Lawrence," Mr. Appleton says, "Remember
when you got that chemistry set and you blew up the garage?" "I
loved that chemistry set," Larry smiles, "It was the best Christmas
present I ever got." "I believe it was a birthday present,"
Mr. Appleton corrects. "No, Dad, I distinctly remember that was . . .
" "Cousin," Balki interrupts, "Cousin? Cousin?
Is that the chemistry set you wonít let me play with?" "Balki,
itís dangerous," Larry says, "Thatís why we keep it in the
basement." After a second, Mr. Appleton and Larry both react and cry,
"The basement!" They start for the storage locker.
"Guys! Guys!" Balki suddenly shouts, "That chemistry set
could be in the basement!" Larry grabs Balki by the ear and pulls him
toward the storage space.
the start of the next scene, we see the water is only an inch below the bottom
of the fuse box. Larry is working at a table that is floating in the
water, mixing chemicals from the chemistry set with Balki and Mr. Appleton at
his side. Mr. Appleton is holding the table steady. Jennifer and
Mary Anne watch from the landing while Mr. Gorpley stands to one side with his
tie tied around his forehead. Lydia is floating next to him in an inner
tube. "Sulphur," Larry says, then adds it to the bottle where
heís mixing everything. "Pot ash," Larry says. "Gesundheit,"
Balki offers. "Give me the pot ash," Larry says, trying to
remain calm. Balki finds it in the kit and hands it to Larry, who adds it
to the mixture. "Was it seventy-five percent fulminate of zinc or
potassium nitrate?" Larry asks himself aloud. "Who are we
kidding?" Mr. Gorpley asks, "He canít even make instant
"Listen, pal!" Mr. Appleton
barks, "If my son can blow up an entire garage he can certainly blow up a
little door!" "Thanks, Dad,"
Larry says, then makes a smug face at Mr. Gorpley. "Come on,
Larry," Jennifer says, "You can do it." "I donít
know," Larry says worriedly, "Itís not coming back to me."
"Well, if it were me, Larry, Iíd go with ten percent pot ash, fifteen
percent sulphur and seventy-five percent zinc," Mary Anne says
matter-of-factly. Everyone looks at her in surprise. "We used
to summer in Beirut," Mary Anne explains. Larry adds the last
chemical and says, "All right. I think weíre ready." He
pours the mixture from the bottle into a small milk carton which has been opened
completely on the top. "Now I need something to use as a fuse,"
Larry says. "How about your tie?" Jennifer suggests.
"Mine wonít work," Larry realizes, "Itís wet."
"We could use Mr. Gorpleyís tie," Balki points out, "Itís dry
and itís making a nifty fashion statement." "Wait a
minute!" Mr. Gorpley protests, "This is a fifty dollar tie!"
Lydia gives him a swift kick under the water and says seriously, "Just give
Ďem the tie, Sam." "Okay, itís yours," Mr. Gorpley
gives in, taking the tie off his head and handing it to Larry.
positions one end of the tie in the carton. "All right, now I need
something to light it with," he states. Everyone looks around for a
moment, then Mr. Appleton says, "Oh, wait!" He reaches into his
shirt pocket and pulls out a lighter, handing it to Larry. "Dad . . .
itís the lighter I gave you when I was ten!" Larry says with happy
amazement. "Yes, it is," Mr. Appleton nods, "And you were
eleven." "All right, Balki, lift me up on your shoulders so I
can reach the doorknob," Larry instructs. Balki ducks down under the
water and then comes up underneath Larry, lifting him up so Larry is sitting on
his shoulders. They move toward the door. Mr. Gorpley and Lydia start to
move to the other side of the basement and Mr. Appleton turns to Jennifer and
Mary Anne and suggests, "Come on, girls. Better get down. This
could be dangerous."
carries Larry over to the door where Larry reaches up and positions the carton
to balance on the doorknob. "Be careful, Larry!" Jennifer calls.
Larry lights the tie with the lighter then says, "Letís go!"
Balki hurries away from the door. "Hurry, Balki, hurry!"
Jennifer calls. They reach the others and Larry drops down into the water
as the flame reaches the carton and appears to fizzle out. "You
burned a fifty dollar tie for nothing?" Mr. Gorpley asks, "I could
have been buried in that tie." The carton suddenly explodes, blowing
open the door. Everyone cheers and applauds. "All right, come
on!" Larry calls, "Letís get outta here!" "Wait a
minute! Wait a minute!" Mr. Appleton stops him, and looks at Larry
directly and says, "Well done, son." Larry beams. Mr.
Appleton turns to the others and says, "Now letís get out of here."
next morning in the apartment, Larry is standing in the living room with his
father. "Gee, Dad, I wish you didnít have to leave so soon."
"Well, I gotta be back by seven and if I leave now Iíll miss the rush
hour on I-94," Mr. Appleton explains. "Oh! Oh, uh,
Dad," Larry remembers, running to the bathroom and getting a pair of shoes
out of the bathtub, "Your shoes are still wet but I stuffed them with paper
so theyíll be okay Ďtil you get home." He hands his dad the
shoes. "Well now, if you get your shoes wet and you donít put shoe
trees in Ďem you can kiss Ďem goodbye," Mr. Appleton states.
"Well, no, Dad, the paper will absorb the moisture," Larry explains.
"Lawrence, how many shoes have you dried?" Mr. Appleton asks.
"Today?" Larry asks, "Fourteen." "Well, then I
guess you know what youíre doing," Mr. Appleton admits.
"Thanks, Dad," Larry smiles.
Balki exits the kitchen carrying a plate.
"Uncle Walter, I made you a nice, big plate of moogli boozachmonk to take
Madison." "Oh! Well, what is it?" Mr. Appleton asks.
"Pig bladder stuffed with cheese," Balki explains, holding one up and
smiling, "Can I tempt you?" "Maybe later," Mr.
Appleton smiles politely, then adds, "Balki, I can honestly say that
meeting you is an experience I will never forget." "You know, a
lot of people say that," Balki notes, then says, "Ooh, I almost
forgot." Balki runs back into the kitchen. "Dad,"
Larry warns, "I wouldnít eat those or youíll be stopping a lot."
"Ah!" Mr. Appleton says, handing Larry the plate, "Thank you for
the advice, son." Mr. Appleton heads for the door but Balki runs back
in and says, "Oh, thank you, Cousin Larry." He takes the plate
from Larry and dumps the moogli boozachmonk into a paper bag, which he then
hands to Larryís father. "Oh, well, thank you," Mr. Appleton
says politely. "Bye, Balki." "Bye, Uncle
Walter," Balki says.
son," Mr. Appleton says more quietly. "Bye, Dad," Larry
smiles. Mr. Appleton leaves. Larry pats Balki on the back as they
walk over to the couch. "Balki, I want to thank you for making me
have that talk with my Dad." "Cousin . . . " Balki smiles.
They sit down "You Mypiots may not have television or radio or indoor
plumbing but you really know how to talk to each other," Larry observes.
"There isnít that much else to do," Balki explains. Larry
nods. "You know, itís like we always say on Mypos . . . a few well
chosen words with a loved one are worth more than the picture that came with the
frame, even if that picture is Olivia Newton-John." "Words to
live by," Larry says, looking stunned, "Iíll tell you what . . .
letís just relax for the rest of the weekend." "Hey, great
idea," Balki agrees, "What do you say we go get two towels, go down to
the basement and take a dip?" "Iíll call the girls,"
Part One and Two were
both included in one large script, but still broken into two distinct parts.
We will break up the scripts into their respective halves for these outlines.
The first draft script dated September 13, 1989 contained several differences:
episode begins differently. Larry, Balki and Mr. Appleton are standing in
the water. (Note: Level 2' 6") Jennifer, Mary Anne, Lydia and
Gorpley are at the top of the stairs. The water continues to pour in.
"We're trapped!" Lydia cries, "We're trapped like rats!"
"Well, actually rats are excellent swimmers," Mary Anne notes,
"We'd be in trouble if we were cats. Cats hate water. Of
course, cats love rats." They all stare at her. "I tend to
babble when about to be electrocuted," Mary Anne explains.
"There's nothing to be nervous about," Larry assures them, "We're
going to be fine." "Cousin Larry's right," Balki agrees,
"We have to stay flat-headed." "That's level-headed,"
Larry corrects. This is when he suggests everyone stay calm and that he's
sure they'll think of a way out of there. They think, then Gorpley says,
"I got nothing," and everyone ad-libs the same sentiments.
"I've got it!" Balki says excitedly, "What we have to do is find
a way to stop the water before it reaches the fuse box." "Good,
Balki," Larry says with encouragement, "Identifying the problem is the
first step in solving it." "Could we get to the second step
soon?" Jennifer asks, "The water is rising." "If we
could only find something to stuff in the pipe," Larry notes.
"How about Lydia?" Mr. Gorpley asks. "How about your heart,
Sam?" Lydia counters. "Come on, this is no time for petty
squabbling," Mr. Appleton scolds, "We need someone to take
charge." "Right, Dad," Larry agrees, "I've got an
idea." He gets the mannequin head and Balki makes the comment about
his ventriloquist act. The rest of the scene plays out the same.
- The next scene also starts
differently. Larry is in one of the storage cages looking for something.
Balki and Mr. Appleton are standing in the middle of the basement. The
others are sitting on the top of the stairs, discouraged. (Note: Water
Level 3, 4' 11") "Larry, the water's up to the eighth
step," Mary Anne points out, "Should I start worrying now?"
"Don't worry," Larry insists, "I have another plan to get us out
of here." "You have another plan?" Mr. Gorpley asks,
"You mean sticking a head in the pipe was a plan?" "Put a
sock in it, Sam," Lydia scolds. "Even that would've worked
better than the head," Mr. Gorpley says. Balki crosses to Larry.
"Cousin, what's your plan?" "I have no plan," Larry
admits, "I just didn't want the girls to panic." "Well, if
we all put our heads together, I'm sure we'll think of something," Balki
says, then makes the United and Delta comment. "No, no, I have to do
this myself," Larry says, "If I save us, then my father will finally
see I can do things on my own. Who knows, he might even say 'Well done,
son.'" "Cousin, this is no time to be thinking about
yourself," Balki says, "If we don't work together and get out of here
soon, we'll all be 'well done.'" "Surely we could find something
to knock the door down with," Larry says, then to everybody he calls,
"Help me move these beams out of the way." Mr. Appleton crosses
to them. "Perhaps we could knock the door down with one of these
beams," Balki notes. "I got it," Larry says, "We could
knock the door down with one of these beams." "Not a bad idea,
Lawrence," Mr. Appleton says, "Of course Balki had it first."
They carry the beam to the stairs the same as in the show. Larry says,
"Sam, give us a hand." Mr. Gorpley claps. "I mean you
can help us," Larry says. They have the argument about "one,
two, three" versus "ready, set, go." Mr. Appleton says
"one, two, three" under his breath anyway. After the first time
Balki suggests they try "ready, set, go," which they do. After
they argue about whether or not the landing can take the extra weight of the
girls helping them, and Larry insists, "And it's my beam," Balki says,
"He might have you there, Mr. Appleton." "Okay, do it your
way," Mr. Appleton gives in. The rest of the scene is the same.
- The second act behind with everyone
having found a dry place to perch except for Larry, who stands in the water
separate from the group. (Level 3) He moves toward the others and
tries to make conversation. "Boy, some party. Had I known I
would have said being a bathing suit, we'll make it a pool party."
Larry does his shmuck laugh. Everyone just stares at him. This is
when Larry admits they've had a little setback. "Setback?" Mr.
Gorpley asks, "Before, we couldn't get out the door. Now, we can't
even reach it." After Larry points out that at least he came up with
a plan and Mr. Appleton says it just wasn't very well thought out, Balki says,
"But, if I know Cousin Larry, he's got another plan just as good as that
one." Everyone ad-libs "No thanks," "No way."
Larry moves further away from the group. Balki scolds Mr. Gorpley, who
says his big mistake was coming to the party and Mary Anne makes the remark
about forgetting about the party. Lydia becomes hysterical, crying, "Ohmigod!
I'm the shortest. I'll be the first to go. I'm too young to die.
I don't want to die." "Lydia . . . Lydia . . . " Mr.
Gorpley urges as he raises his hand to slap her. "Don't even think
about it," Lydia says, instantly calm. Balki is with Larry.
"They all hate me, don't they?" Larry asks. "Noooo, they
don't hate you, Cousin," Balki insists, then adds, "I think you should
wait awhile before you throw your next party." "You know what
the worst part of this is?" Larry asks. "That very soon we'll be
sizzling like bacon in a hot frying pan?" Balki guesses. "Well,
there's that. But the worst part for me is never having that one moment
where I could sit down with my father and really talk." "Then
you should do that now, Cousin. Although I would suggest you skip the
sitting down part." "What's the point?" Larry asks,
"He's so busy criticizing me, that he doesn't have time to listen."
"Cousin, know what you're going through," Balki says, "I had
trouble talking to my father, too." "Balki, I can't believe you
ever had trouble talking to anybody." "Well, that's true,"
Balki agrees, "But, once I made the decision to come to America, Poppa, he
clammed up tighter than a ziploc sandwich bag. I had so much I wanted to
say to him . . . that even though I was ready to go out on my own and start a
new life, I loved him and appreciated him for everything he taught me. But
all of that was just bottled up inside me, ready to burst out. Like a goat
that hadn't been milked in a month. Finally, I did what any red blooded
Mypiot boy would do . . . I talked to my sheep. I was sitting on a rock
telling my story to four of the more patient sheep, when, just as I finished,
one of the sheep said he would miss me, too. I was very touched.
Then I realized, this is a sheep talking. At that moment, my father
stepped out from behind a tree. He had heard every word. That talk
made us a real father and son again. That's what you and your father need
to do." "I know, Balki, but it doesn't look like it's going to
happen," Larry sighs. Balki says he'll help with that and calls Mr.
Appleton over. "What is it?" Mr. Appleton asks. Larry
struggles to begin. "Dad, I . . . uh . . . I'm not good at expressing
my feelings. It's just that I want to say that I'm so . . . "
"Sorry . . . " Balki fills in. " . . . for getting us into
this mess and . . . that I really . . . uh . . . " "Care about
you . . . " Balki inserts. "A lot. And uh . . . As long as
I can remember, I've always looked up to you. All I ever wanted was your .
. . " "Respect . . . " "I know I've made a few
mistakes along the way but everything I've done, including getting us stuck in
the basement, I did because I wanted to hear you say . . . " Larry
takes a deep breath. Balki starts to speak but Larry shuts him up.
"'Well done.' I've always just wanted to hear you say 'well done.'
And now I guess I'll never hear it." "Listen uh, son . . .
" Mr. Appleton begins, also struggling, "I know I criticize you a lot
but it's only because I want you to be the best you can be. I want you to
know you make me very . . . very . . . " "Proud," Balki
fills in. "I'm always telling the neighbors you're really . . .
" "Wonderful." "I tell everyone. I guess I
should have told you, too. I love you, Lawrence." "I love
you too, Dad," Larry adds. They stare at each other for an awkward
beat wanting to hug but not sure how. Balki gently pushes them into a hug.
It's quick. Larry says he's never been happier despite the fact they're
about to die and Mr. Appleton points out they're not dead yet. This is
when Balki mentions MacGyver and they talk about the chemistry set, although the
dialogue is a little different. After Balki asks if this is the chemistry
set Larry won't let him play with and Larry says it's dangerous and that's why
they keep it in the basement, the three of them say "The basement!"
Then Larry says, "I love that chemistry set. It was the best
Christmas present I ever got." "I believe it was a birthday
present," Mr. Appleton corrects. "No, Dad, I distinctly remember
. . . " Larry begins. "Excuse me," Balki interrupts,
"but could you two settle this later? We have a bomb to build."
They start to look for the chemistry set on the upper shelves.
- In the next scene, Balki, Jennifer,
Mary Anne, Lydia, Mr. Gorpley and Mr. Appleton are holding a small piece of
plywood as Larry mixes chemicals on top of it. Larry picks up bottles, one
after another. Note: Gorpley has flipped his tie over his shoulder to keep
it dry. (Note: Level 3) "Let's see," Larry thinks,
"potash, fulminate of mercury or potassium nitrate?" "Who
are we kidding?" Mr. Gorpley asks, "He's going to choke."
Mr. Appleton defends Larry. Jennifer encourages Larry and Larry worries
that it's not coming back. "Well, if it was me, Larry, I'd go with
ten percent sulfur, fifteen percent charcoal, and seventy-five percent potassium
nitrate." After everyone looks at her, Mary Anne explains, "My
dentist subscribes to Soldier of Fortune magazine." Larry finishes
and they decide they can use Mr. Gorpley's tie as a fuse. Mr. Gorpley
points out that it's a fifty dollar tie. When they keep approaching him,
he says, "I'll sell it to you for five." "Just give them
the tie, Sam," Lydia insists. Larry has Balki lift him on his
shoulders and he sets the carton in place. "Perfect," Larry
says, then, "Matches." They all look at each other.
"I knew it," Mr. Gorpley sighs. Mr. Appleton then gives Larry
the lighter, which Larry recognizes as the one he gave his father.
"But I thought you gave up smoking," Larry says. "I
did," Mr. Appleton explains, "This is a gift from my son and I'll
carry it as long as I like. So get off my back." "Speaking
of getting off one's back," Balki interrupts, "did you know that wet
clothes can add forty pounds to a person's weight?" After they light
the tie and scurry away and it fizzles out, Mr. Gorpley says, "I knew it
didn't have a prayer." The door blows open and Larry encourages
everyone to get out. "Wait a minute," his Dad stops him, "I
have something I want to say." "Can't this wait, Dad?"
Larry asks. "No. You've waited long enough. Well done,
son." (THEN) "Now we can leave."
- The last scene starts with Larry and
his Dad at the front door. This script indicates Mr. Appleton had his
suitcase with him. Larry says he wishes his Dad didn't have to leave so
soon and Mr. Appleton explains he wants to avoid the rush hour on I-94.
"Yeah, but if you take the Kennedy expressway to the tri-state north until
it hits ninety-four, you'll avoid the rush hour and it will save you fifteen
minutes," Larry points out. "Son, I've been driving between
Chicago and Madison for twenty years and . . . I think I'll try your way this
time," Mr. Appleton smiles. Balki comes out and offers them
(SOMETHING MYPOSIAN), pig bladder stuffed with cheese. After they all
react, Balki says, "I know, I know. The traditional recipe calls for
day-old yak milk, but I had to do something with those cheese wheels."
"Thank you, Balki," Mr. Appleton offers, "I don't know what to
say." They ad-lib goodbyes and Mr. Appleton leaves. Balki and
Larry walk to the couch and sit down. After Balki says, "There's not
much else to do," Larry says, "There's a lot to be said for that.
Thanks again for your help." "You're very welcome, Cousin,"
Balki says, "The only way to have a strong relationship with anyone is to
be open and honest with them." "You're absolutely right, Balki,"
Larry agrees, "and that's exactly how all my relationships will be from now
on." "Cousin, I think we should celebrate your new resolve with
a (MYPOSIAN DISH MENTIONED EARLIER). I made a few extra."
"Well, the be perfectly honest, I hate pig bladder," Larry confesses.
"Cousin, thank you for being honest," Balki says, "How about
(SOMETHING MYPOSIAN?)" "What's that?" Larry asks.
"Chocolate cake," Balki answers. "Sounds great," Larry
smiles. "With goat spleen frosting," Bali adds. On Larry's
reaction, the show fades out.
There were also a few
different variations in the shooting draft dated September 20, 1989:
- This version of the script
starts the way the show starts, with everyone screaming at the door. After
Lydia says she doesn't want to die "in this ensemble," Balki asks,
"Miss Lydia, what are you worried about? No one's ever died from
electrolysis. We could all live without hair on our legs."
"Balki, not electrolysis, electrocution," Larry corrects, "We're
going to be electrocuted like a bug on a bug zapper." "Oh.
That could be dangerous," Balki realizes. "I don't want to
die," Lydia screams, "I don't want to die!" Lydia starts
beating on the door. "Lydia, calm down," Jennifer urges,
"Pull yourself together. Nothing's doing to happen. No one's
going to die." Lydia calms down and says, "Thank you,
Jennifer." Jennifer then turns to Mary Anne and hysterically grabs
her, screaming, "I don't want to die! I don't want to die!"
Larry tells them to get a hold of themselves and points out that if they keep
their wits about them they will think of a way to keep from dying. They
think and Gorpley says he's got nothing. Everyone ad-libs the same.
After Larry suggests they could stop the water by finding something to stuff in
the pipe, Gorpley suggests Lydia and Lydia suggests Gorpley's heart. The
rest of the scene with the mannequin head is the same except for the end.
After Balki pulls out the mannequin head and screams, he throws it aside,
crying, "Cousin!" and dives into the water. Larry stands up and
is suddenly yanked off his feet. Balki comes up out of the water holding
Larry's feet. "Don't worry. I found him," Balki reports.
- The next scene starts the same.
After Balki suggests they could knock the door down with one of the beams, Larry
repeats, "I got it. We could knock the door down with one of these
beams." "Is there an echo in here?" Balki asks.
"Not a bad idea, Lawrence," Mr. Appleton says, "Of course Balki
had it first." The rest of the scene is pretty much the same as what
- There is a different opening to act
two. Lydia is inside an innertube with her hands draped over the sides.
Gorpley is holding onto the rope tied to the tube. Jennifer and Mary Anne
are standing on the collapsed landing. Larry is over by the broken pipe.,
tapping on it with a hammer. "Somebody's bound to hear this,"
Larry explains. Balki is near the camera left pipe. He hears Larry's
tapping and thinks it's someone upstairs. He answers back. Larry
hears this and thinks someone is answering the tap. He taps back.
"I've made contact," Larry says. "I have too, Cousin,"
Balki reports. Balki taps again on the pipe. Larry realizes what's
happened. He taps back. "There they are again!" Balki
says. Larry goes to Balki as Balki keeps tapping. "Balki,"
Larry says. "Cousin, they've stopped," Balki says, "They
must be on their way down to save us." "Give me that
hammer," Larry insists. "You caught on sooner than I thought you
would, Appleton," Mr. Gorpley smirks. "Let's face it,"
Jennifer sighs, "Nobody in this building is going to think that noise from
the pipes is unusual." This is when Larry says they've had a little
setback. (Editor's note: Since Larry says this on the steps in the
final episode we can assume none of this pipe-tapping segment was ever filmed)
- Instead of just scolding Mr. Gorpley,
Balki scolds everyone, asking if they've never made a mistake before.
Gorpley still replies, "Yeah, coming to this party." After Mary
Anne makes the comment that if they don't get out of there soon they may as well
forget about the party, Jennifer says, "Mary Anne, don't you get it?
We're all going to die if somebody doesn't find us in the next twenty
minutes." "Well, actually it's fifteen minutes," Mr.
Appleton corrects, "At least let's all try to go out with some
dignity." This is when Lydia gets hysterical and Gorpley goes to slap
her like in the first draft script.
- Balki's story about his father is
also in this script but has changed since the first draft. Balki says,
"But father's don't always say what they feel. I thought my father
was angry at me when I decided to come to America. When I first told him
he clammed up tighter than a ziploc sandwich bag. For months the only time
he talked to me was to tell me to do my chores. "Shear that sheep.
Milk that goat. Stomp those grapes." You see, my father had
bought one of those home wine making kits. He made a nice full body
cabernet. But that's another story. Then one morning I went out to
the flock early and saw my father, sitting on a rock, talking to four of the
more patient sheep. He was telling them how happy he was for his son,
Balki, to be going to America. He told Sternos, that was the lead sheep
and the best listener, that he had always dreamed his son would go to America,
but now that the moment was here, he realized how much he would miss him being
so far away. I said, 'Poppa, I will miss you, too.' At first he
thought it was one of the sheep talking. Then he saw me and realized I had
heard everything. He threw his arms around me and we were a real father
and son once again. I think if you would talk to your father, you'd be
surprised at how he feels."
- Larry's talk with his father is
mostly the same as in the show, except that after telling the story about
getting a ninety-six on a test and his father asking what happened to the other
four points Larry adds, "That happened all through school."
After Larry points out to his father that he never told him how proud he was,
Mr. Appleton says, "I guess my great shortcoming is being unable to express
my feelings to those I love the most." Larry replies, "I love
you too, Dad." The rest of the scene is the same.
- It is still described that Balki,
Jennifer, Mary Anne, Lydia, Mr. Gorpley and Mr. Appleton are holding a small
piece of plywood for Larry to work on in this script. It also still says
Gorpley has his tie flipped over his shoulder. As Larry is working to mix
the chemicals, Balki is playing with a bottle and says, "Oh, look, Cousin.
When you put this in the water it turns purple." "Give me
that," Larry scolds, taking the bottle and throwing it across the room.
Gorpley offers to sell them his tie for twenty dollars in this version.
Larry asks for matches instead of just something to light it with. After
Balki picks Larry up on his shoulders and walks him to the door he makes the
comment, "It's true what they say: wet clothes can add forty pounds to a
person's weight." At the end of the scene Mr. Appleton says he has
something to say and Larry asks if it can wait. "No, you've waited
long enough. Well done, son," and then, "Now we can leave,"
just as in the first draft script.
- The last scene is pretty much the
same, except Balki makes the comment about the pig bladder stuffed with cheese
recipe calling for day-old yak milk but having to do something with those cheese
wheels, as in the first draft. Also Mr. Appleton says goodbye to Larry
first and then Balki. At the very end, after Balki offers the Myposian
saying and Larry says, "Words to live by," Larry adds, "Thanks
again for your help." "And thank you for saving my life,"
Balki offers, "Of course you wouldn't have had to save my life if you
hadn't endangered it in the first place." "Sorry about that,
Balki," Larry says, then suggests they relax for the rest of the weekend,
leading to Balki suggesting they go downstairs to the basement and take a dip,
as in the aired episode.
on to the next episode . . .