Tips for a Better Life

Tips for a Better Life

Director: Joel Zwick

Year: 1996

Season: 7, Episode: 16

Episodes: 215

Plot: Urkel (transformed into his Stefan alter ego) gets a second job playing saxophone at a local coffeehouse. Meanwhile, Eddie has a bout with alcoholism, and it has an adverse effect on the family.
Original Title: Tips for a Better Life
Director: Joel Zwick
Writer: Thomas L. Miller , Robert L. Boyett , William Bickley , Michael Warren , David W. Duclon , Gary Menteer
Producer: William Bickley , Robert L. Boyett , David W. Duclon , Fred Fox Jr. , Jim Geoghan , Miles Kristman , Stephen Langford , Jeff Luini , Gary Menteer , Thomas L. Miller , Rebecca Misra , Fred Rubin , Kelly Sandefur , Michael Warren
Type: episode
Year: 1996
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi
Cast: Lasondra Zarif , Reginald VelJohnson , Jo Marie Payton , Darius McCrary , Kellie Shanygne Williams , Bryton James , Jaleel White , Shawn Harrison , Tangie Ambrose , Greg Proops
Runtimes: 30
Countries: United States
Languages: English
Color Info: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
Sound Mix: Stereo
Original Air Date: 09 Feb 1996
Rating: 6.4
Votes: 103
Year: 1996
Akas: Tips for a Better Life (United States)
Production Companies: Bickley-Warren Productions , Miller/Boyett Productions , Warner Bros. Television
Distributors: Amazon Instant Video , American Broadcasting Company (ABC) , Austria 9 , Comedy & Co. , Google Play , Kabel Eins , Nitro , Premiere Serie , Pro 7 , ProSieben , RTL Nitro , iTunes
Synopsis: In the beginning scene, Urkel's new invention involving the Winslow's TV set by adjusting it's height for additional viewing takes an adverse effect when it damages the floor of the Winslow's master bedroom. Steve opens the door and is relieved that no one got hurt. Carl tells Urkel not yet and gets out of bed in his pajamas. Then, he chases Steve around the house.Eddie's problems with alcohol and how it has a negative effect on his family and friends takes center stage in the whole episode. He has come home from a frat party and is recovering from his hangover. However, even the slightest sound that Richie makes by dribbling his basketball, annoys him. Carl tells him to leave so he can talk to his son alone. He's very upset with Eddie for drinking for the first time and tells him to quit while he's ahead since he's underage. Because the next time he's drunk again he'll be kicked out of this house. Eddie accuses him of not letting him have his fun and his father interjects that he's not against having fun. Carl tells him about roads and that drinking will take him to a road that leads to a dead end.In the subplot, in order to repair the damages done the floor of Carl and Harriette's master bedroom by his latest inveniton the TV adjuster, Steve auditions for a job at Cafe Java. However, the manager hates his choice of music and turns him away. Undaunted, Urkel uses the transformation chamber and transforms into his alter ego. He gets the job as Stefan, playing smooth jazz on the piano and giving out tips for a better life. The ladies are impressed and crowd around him.Two weeks later, it turns out Eddie has ignored his father's warning to stay off alcohol, by coming home drunk again from another frat party, singing while slurring his words. Waldo tries to shut him up because his parents are sleeping, but he refuses and calls him an old lady. Then, a furious Carl heads downstairs and busts him in the act. He's upset to learn that Eddie's been drinking again, against his wishes. Then he asks if Waldo was drinking too. He says no because he swore off alcohol and booze would give him a British accent. He also explains that he was the designated driver and that his friend was a lot worse before he threw up in his designated car. Eddie is upset at Waldo and insults him by telling him he'd win the gold medal in the Stupid Olympics. Carl is fed up with his drunken nature that he sends him to bed. After that, he imediately kicks Eddie out of the house and gives him an ultimatum to find another place to live within the weekend.For Stefan's final night at Cafe Java, he grants Laura's request by performing a song that professes her love for him. She sings it on the microphone, while he plays the piano. No matter how much of the costs she has to pay for, she'll still be saving all her love for Stefan.The next day, Eddie is packed up and tried to convince his friend to let him live in his house because he's homeless. However, Waldo refuses and immediately sets him straight for insulting him while he was drunk. He mentions that anyone who drinks, parties and insults their friends are no friends of his. He leaves and Eddie tells Carl that he's forced to consider living with his frat brothers in a house with six bedrooms and one bathroom. As he leaves, he immediately apologizes for ignoring his father's warning to quit drinking while he was ahead. He realized how much drinking was a dead end road for him(losing his best friend in Waldo and being kicked out of his house). Carl admits that he didn't realize how much the negative effects of drinking does to him until it's too late. Eddie resolves to never drink again even if his frat brothers give him alcohol and his father gives him a second chance living in the Winslow house.
Cinematographer: Gregg Heschong
Producer: William Bickley , Robert L. Boyett , David W. Duclon , Fred Fox Jr. , Jim Geoghan , Miles Kristman , Stephen Langford , Jeff Luini , Gary Menteer , Thomas L. Miller , Rebecca Misra , Fred Rubin , Kelly Sandefur , Michael Warren
Production Manager: Miles Kristman
Art Direction: Lynn Griffin
Certificates: United Kingdom:U , United States:TV-G , United States:Not Rated::(DVD rating) , United States:TV-14
Composer: Jesse Frederick , Bennett Salvay
Editor: Jim Miley
Editorial Department: Richard Garibaldi , Kathy Duerr
Sound Crew: Terry Fiyalko , Russ Gary , Rick Himot , Charlie McDaniel , George Nemzer
Music Department: Jesse Frederick , Laurie Higgins Tobias , Greg Sill
Miscellaneous Crew: Dan Fendel , Gregory Thomas Garcia , Shane Keller , Mark Serafini
Make Up: Gary Archer , Eddie M. Barron , Don L. Cash , Sheila Evers , Debbie Pierce
Assistant Director: Robert Altshuler , Carl Dubliclay , Catherine Schlesinger
Art Department: Gary Ramirez
Camera and Electrical Department: Ben Batzdorff
Set Decoration: Melody Lavigna
Costume Department: Joseph Watts , Bianca Dorso , Gina Trikonis , Bernie White
Special Effects: Mark DiSarro
Script Department: Gary M. Goodrich , Joyce Webb
Seasons: Elayne Teitlebaum
Casting Department: Barbara Miller
Season: 7
Episode: 16
Number of Episodes: 215
Episode of: Tips for a Better Life