The Urkels are very intelligent people; Steve and his parents, Herb and Diane, were known to do the Sunday crossword puzzles in pen in about 20 minutes. Steve has shown that, unlike Myrtle, he does respect Laura's personal space.
While he is madly in love with her, Laura finds Steve grating and doesn't return his affection. After weighing her choices in the episode "Pop Goes the Question", Laura chooses Steve over Stefan. with (usually) Carl saying, "Not Yet! Laura asks her aunt how old she was when she went on her 1. The episode that ensured "Family Matters'" success. It all began with Laura bemoaning her inability to get a date with cute classmate Mark for the school dance. Eddie and Carl make well-meaning attempts to set Laura up with someone. However, on many occasions, it is said or referenced that Steve's parents have nothing but total contempt for him, and do their best to avoid him at all times. Plus, see what some of your favorite '90s stars look like now. Steve had been in love with Laura since they were in kindergarten. In addition to his parents, his family also included his cousin, Myrtle Urkel, whose innocent infatuation with Laura's brother, Eddie, was equal to Steve's for Laura. He changed into Stefan several times – even while dating Myra – but some circumstance caused Steve to change back into his regular persona each time. The embarrassment Laura feels over this fact being revealed in front of everyone sends her crying & running to the back porch.  He professes love for his neighbor Laura Winslow, who is a character in the main family of the series, but this love of his is written as an accent on or trigger for events and crises, and is therefore very unrequited.
Laura does find a date...but only after Eddie also finds her a date, and Carl gets Steve Urkel (a decision he will later live to regret), who has had a crush on Laura since first grade, to agree to be Laura's date. Carl opens the door to and allows Urkel in with his flowers from the cemetery. It was based around the character of Steve Urkel and essentially incorporated movements which made the dancer's posture more like his. Anyway, Telma leaves to get a needle & Carl & the other kids enter. Then Sweet Telma comes downstairs, carrying Little Richie. SIDE NOTE 6: It’s strange to me that Laura isn’t the one doing the actual rejecting of Urkel. From the Urkel character's debut through the rest of the series' run, he is central to many of its running gags, primarily property damage and/or personal injury as a result of his inventions going awry or his outright clumsiness. Jaleel White originally signed on "Family Matters" just to do a one-time guest appearance, but the producers were so pleased with the audience's reaction to his first taping; there were about 50 frat boys in the audience that were chanting, "Urkel! It all began with Laura bemoaning her inability to get a date with cute classmate Mark for the school dance. She’s wearing an even-uglier dress than before & is, like, a foot shorter than Tyrone: As Carl tries to usher everybody out the door so Laura doesn’t find out he’s been calling all the dads in the neighborhood to date his spinster-daughter, Urkel returns from the living room still carrying the flowers & asks Laura if she’s wearing a bra. Family Matters co-creator Michael Warren named the character after his friend, writer and director Steve Erkel. Students would also have their photo taken and posted on a board in the hallway, for all of their classmates to view. As Estelle points out, this is what we call faith. Cool", in a takeoff on The Nutty Professor films, Urkel devises a plan to win Laura's heart: transforming his DNA using a serum, which suppresses his "nerd genes" and brings out his "cool" genes. Steve was the epitome of a geek/nerd, with large, thick eyeglasses, "high-water" or "flood" pants held up by suspenders, multi-colored cardigan sweaters, and a high-pitched voice.
Episode Guide Anyway, Carl tells Urkel to go to the kitchen & put the flowers in some water. Next, Carl gets on the phone & starts calling up random young boys’ parents to see who wants to fuck…I mean date…his daughter: Carl strikes pay-dirt when he reaches Steve Urkel’s dad.
Steve Urkel first appeared on the 12th episode of the first season, "Laura's First Date", as a nerdy young boy who took Laura Winslow out on a date, where he is depicted as being madly in love with her. Winslow." Cereal, people!
The addition of Steve immediately helped the show boost its modest ratings. LESSONS LEARNED: If you can’t get a date, beg for or buy one; 80’s fashions were even worse than I remember; Eating a mouse will give you the shits (I assume).
 Due to the Urkel character's off-putting characteristics and the way he is written to stir up events and underscore the plot or even move it along, he is considered a nuisance by the original protagonist's family, the Winslows, though they come to accept him over time. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat.
In season four's "A Thought In The Dark", Steve was set up with Laura's boyfriend Ted's cousin, Myra Monkhouse (played by Michelle Thomas) so Laura could have some space from his infatuation. The Pre-Intro Gag is Sweet Telma Hopkins forcing Eddie to wear a dress while she makes alterations to it: I swear, it’s not bad enough that the whole family calls Eddie stupid or that they never let him hang out with his friends outside the house, or that he does chore after motherfuckin’ chore. Though they met in the ice cream sundae episode, Carl seems shocked at how “nerdy” he perceives the Urk-man to be: Steve goes on to say that he’s had a crush on Laura since the 1. Being destructive to the Winslow house. White was credited as a guest star in the first season and became a regular member of the cast in season two. Mercy Date)," his uncle Ernie drives him on his date with Laura, and takes a picture of the two. Though in love with him, Myra was also frustrated with Steve and asked him why he even loves Laura.
Steve was portrayed as a highly intelligent but annoying and extremely clumsy person who fondly admired the Winslow family. I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again: EVERYBODY KNOWS WHO STEVE MOTHERFUCKIN’ URKEL IS. By season nine, he grows apart from her as he matures and Laura started to return the feelings he had for her.
Harriette shows up & wants to know who Steve is & what he’s doing there: Steve lets the cat out of the bag that Carl arranged the date. Cereal, people! Laura explains that Mark just got dumped & is on the rebound, plus she asked him out. Initially, Laura is enamored with Stefan, but asks that he turn back into Steve towards the end of the episode when Stefan's self-centered, narcissistic traits come out. Urkel said that he had passed by the cemetery on the way to pick Laura up for the dance.  In 2004, he was listed in Bravo's 100 Greatest TV Characters. The night of the dance/party, Laura shows off her pilgrim-looking dress: Because this is 80’s TV, even the studio audience thinks that monstrosity looks pretty. Eddie ends up having to face the music in front of Carl, who before the tirade said not to concern himself with Steve, as he is facing commesurate punishment from Dr. Urkel. Bend your knees, and stick out your pelvis; (For a time) He was King of the Nerds who (SPOILER ALERT!) He shows little regard or respect for Laura's choice to not reciprocate Steve's affections. Throughout the series' run, Steve is central to many of its recurring gags, primarily property damage and/or personal injury as a result of his inventions going awry or his outright clumsiness. Cool," in a takeoff on the Nutty Professor films, Urkel devised the ultimate plan to win Laura's heart: transforming his DNA using a serum he dubbed "Cool Juice" to suppress his "nerd" genes and bring out his "cool" genes. The episode that ensured "Family Matters'" success. Although intended to only appear once, White's portrayal became very popular with the show's studio audience during the live taping of the episode—his popularity later crossing over with the home viewing audience after the episode aired—for his humorous, geeky antics. In the ninth season episode "Out With the Old," he finally gets himself a makeover in time for Laura's charity bachelor auction, and, though it was not a success, her feelings for him finally changed, and they eventually become engaged to be married by "Pop Goes the Question" later that season.
Urkel agrees & accidentally knocks over an end table on his way, beginning the endless tidal wave of property-damage he causes at the Winslow’s – but fuck it, they can afford it. This results in the alter ego known as Stefan Urquelle, played by Jaleel White in more casual attire. Tyrone’s there because Eddie felt bad that Laura didn’t have a date for the dance/party/date, so he gave Tyrone 10 bucks to fuck date his sister.
due to a rumor that Steve once ate a mouse. Steve is the epitome of a geek/nerd, with large, thick eyeglasses, flood pants held up by suspenders, multi-colored cardigan sweaters, and a high-pitched voice. She experienced increasing burnout over the course of the show and felt that the overbearing focus on Urkel had made the show jump the shark; she very nearly quit when the show moved to CBS but agreed to stay for the first several episodes while a new actress, Judyann Elder, was cast as Harriet. In syndication, Steve is incorporated into the teaser scene of "Rachel's First Date"; his first appearance in the original broadcasts is in the 1989 episode "Laura's First Date", in which Carl and Eddie separately set up dates for Laura for a dance or party (both terms are used in the episode), and the first thing known about him is that he allegedly ate a mouse, and he later makes reference to a mouse when speaking to Carl, implying that it might be true. Several scripts had to be hastily re-written to accommodate the Steve character, while several first-season episodes that had been completed had new opening gag sequences filmed featuring Steve trying to push open a door while the Winslow family holds it shut.
The character is the epitome of a geek or nerd of the era, due to traits such as large, thick eyeglasses, flood pants held up by suspenders, multi-colored cardigan sweaters, saddle shoes, and a high-pitched voice.
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