Wednesday, January 18th, 1995
s1e1: Ring Around the Nosey
Michael and Zaria use reverse psychology to get their parents to let them have their grandmother's car by pretending Michael wants a tattoo and Zaria a nose ring, but the plan backfires. Robert and Jerri trick the kids by encouraging them and even driving them to the tattoo/piercing parlor. Meanwhile, Mrs. Wilcox dates a young man and asks Robert's advice on lovemaking -- and the disturbing images this arouses in Robert's mind affect his performance with Jerri.
Wednesday, January 25th, 1995
s1e2: The Rake, the Fake and the Gopher Snake
Robert is concerned when Zaria goes on a date with Michael's shallow friend Troy, and resorts to hiring a woman from Derek's acting class to lure Troy away. When Jerri catches Robert in the closet with this woman, he's got a lot of explaining to do. Meanwhile, Nicholas's beloved pet snake gets loose in the house, and when he replaces it with a dummy snake, Jerri thinks it died due to her neglect.
Wednesday, February 1st, 1995
s1e3: Pizza Man
In an attempt to establish a strong work ethic in Michael, Robert makes a bet that he can work side by side with Michael at his pizza parlor job. Unbeknownst to Robert, the manager of the pizza parlor once flunked Robert's class. Meanwhile, worried about gaining weight, Zaria appoints Nicholas her ""health cop."" Every time she takes an unnecessary bite of food, Nicholas gets to punish her by looking at a page from her diary.
Wednesday, February 8th, 1995
s1e4: Crappy Anniversary
Robert pretends to forget his anniversary, while all the while he's made special plans for a surprise romantic evening with Jerri; but when the evening arrives, he must first attend a lecture with special guest Jeffrey Osbourne. When an unexpected blizzard ruins Robert's special anniversary plans, he convinces the singing star to come to his house and help save his marriage. Meanwhile, when Michael is unable to repay a loan to Zaria, she forces him to perform humiliating tasks around the house.
Wednesday, February 15th, 1995
s1e5: Like Father, Like Hell
Robert, who has been critical of Michael's former girlfriends, agrees to be nice to college sophomore Patrice when she comes to dinner. But Patrice makes a pass at a shocked Robert when they are alone -- and nobody believes his story. Later, Patrice suggests to Jerri that she and Michael accompany the young couple on a double date at a restaurant, where Jerri catches Patrice in action.
Wednesday, February 22nd, 1995
s1e6: The Paw That Rocks the Cradle
Robert hopes a stray mutt will replace Nicholas' imaginary friend -- if they can keep the pup hidden from pooch-hater Jerri. The school psychologist convinces Robert than an imaginary friend is completely normal -- but when he relievedly tells Jerri about the dog, Jerri and the psychologist are convinced he's the delusional one.
Wednesday, March 1st, 1995
s1e7: IQ, UQ, We All Q
A dinner visit from Robert's classmate, now an arrogant Princeton professor who believes men are smarter than women, sparks a battle of the sexes when Jerri scores higher than Robert on an I.Q. test included in the professor's latest book.
Wednesday, March 15th, 1995
s1e8: Byte Me
To avoid a sex chat, Robert puts Michael on-line with a health program, which the teen uses to access a computer sex line catering to swingers. Before Robert catches on, Michael makes a date with a female correspondent -- and is shocked when his date, LaWanda, turns out to be an elderly woman with a moustache.
Wednesday, March 22nd, 1995
s1e9: Trial by Jerri
Robert charges Michael and Zaria with being too irresponsible to have a party---so the family holds a mock trial, with Jerri serving as the defense attorney.
Wednesday, March 29th, 1995
s1e10: Don't Be Alarmed
A series of burglaries, followed by Nicholas's bike being stolen, prompt Robert and Jerri to buy an alarm system. Robert doesn't want to pay for the high cost of installation so he hires Derek and Wendell to do the job. Derek and Wendell are complete amateurs and fail to install the system properly. That evening the alarm goes off several times waking the family and bringing police to the door. When the alarm is finally disabled, Robert and Jerri talk about what happened and decide they can feel safe without a security device.
Wednesday, May 3rd, 1995
s1e11: Nice Guys Finish Lust
Robert is so impressed with Zaria's new boyfriend, Daryl Cooper, that he actually envisions him as his future son-in-law. Zaria is not nearly as taken with Daryl and tells her father she intends to break up with him. Robert is crushed by the news. He believes that if Zaria spent more time with Daryl she would grow to like him. He lets Daryl use his Volvo to take Zaria to a concert. Zaria spends some quality time with Daryl and decides not to break up with him.
Wednesday, May 10th, 1995
s1e12: The Bully Pulpit
When a bully picks on Nicholas, it brings back memories of Robert's own childhood nemesis---and he decides to track the man down and settle the score.
Wednesday, May 17th, 1995
s1e13: Trust a Move
When 15-year-old Michael asks if he can attend a basketball game, Robert says ""yes."" But Robert denies 14-year-old Zaria's request for permission to go to a ""gangsta"" rap concert. Later, Jerri reminds Robert that their parents objected to the music they used to listen to and convinces him that he is too protective of Zaria. Robert relents and allows Zaria to go to the concert -- but he and Derek secretly follow her in what they imagine to be hip-hop attire.
Wednesday, September 6th, 1995
s2e1: Robert in the 'Hood
Robert is accused of being out of touch when he voices objection to the lyrics of a rap song written by Michael and his posse, so he takes Michael to the ""hood"" to show him he hasn't forgotten his roots. Meanwhile, Zaria wants her own phone line after discovering Nicholas and Cece are listening in on her phone conversations, and Jerri insists she do chores in exchange; and Wendell fails miserably on his first day of substitute teaching.
Wednesday, September 13th, 1995
s2e2: A Kiss is Just a Kiss
It's a case of kiss and tell for Nicholas when he kisses a classmate and his teacher tells his parents that he is sexually harassing the girl. Meanwhile, after seeing Zaria kiss the son of a record company executive, Michael tries to get the executive to listen to his demo tape.
Wednesday, September 20th, 1995
s2e3: Don't Take My Wife, Please
Jerri's new study partner is funny, smart, handsome -- and a male dancer. Robert becomes even more jealous after Jerri, due to time constraints, agrees to meet her study partner at the dance club where he works, and follows Jerri only to find himself thrust on stage as the MC, with Wendell as a supposed erotic dancer. Jerri, busy backstage studying, has no interest in seeing the show until she hears Robert's voice. Meanwhile, Michael and Nicholas scheme to sell the family collection of baby teeth to the neighborhood kids, who in turn use them to get money from their parents/the tooth fairy.
Wednesday, September 27th, 1995
s2e4: Track Dreams
Zaria runs into trouble when her parents discover she's received preferential treatment from her track coach -- and her grades start to slip. Meanwhile, Wendell tries to earn extra money selling cosmetics to Jerri and her friends.
Wednesday, October 4th, 1995
s2e5: Wendell and Muriel's Wedding
Robert and Jerri finds themselves stuck in the middle when Wendell proposes to a woman he met at Cece's fourth birthday party after a 24-hour whirlwind courtship - and then proposes that the Peterson hold the reception at their house.
Wednesday, October 25th, 1995
s2e6: The Taxi Man
Nicholas thinks Halloween is going to be anything but a treat after he hears a local legend about a cab-driving ghost. Meanwhile, Michael tries come up with a brilliant way to scare Zaria.
Wednesday, November 8th, 1995
s2e7: Poppa Was a Rolling Stone
Robert is overwhelmed when the kids throw him a surprise party. Unable to cope with the surprise, Robert leaves the party. Jerri explains that Robert's father left him and his family on his eighth birthday and never returned. The kids put an ad in the newspaper trying to track down their missing grandfather. Their grandfather eventually responds to the ad. Jerri encourages Robert to confront his father to mend their relationship so that the kids can know their grandfather. Robert attempts reconciliation, but they end up butting heads. Robert contemplates the negative cycle of fathers leaving their families and decides to break the cycle. He returns to his father's house with his kids to celebrate his birthday and their reunion.
Wednesday, November 15th, 1995
s2e8: Welcome Back, Robert
Wendell needs a positive role model to speak to his class of troubled youths, so he asks Robert, who has trouble gaining the class's respect. Meanwhile, Michael and Zaria believe that their mother may be pregnant.
Wednesday, November 22nd, 1995
s2e9: Not With My Daughter
Robert lends a helping hand to reformed gang member Ricky, but when Zaria takes a romantic interest in the young man, her father gets up in arms.
Wednesday, November 29th, 1995
s2e10: Just Say Yes, No or Maybe
Robert overhears Michael and his girlfriend planning to take the next big step in their relationship, so he cautions his son about sexual responsibility. But the boy mistakenly interprets it as a parental OK. Meanwhile, Nicholas becomes obsessed with superstition when Wendell gives him a good luck charm.
Wednesday, December 20th, 1995
s2e11: The Man Who Canceled Christmas
Robert decides to cancel the Christmas holiday because he is disgusted with his children's greedy behavior. On Christmas Eve, all of the children have the same strange dream where they are visited by elves, which look a lot like Wendell and Robert. The elves make each of the kids realize how terrible they've been acting. The next morning Robert has a change of heart and decides to celebrate Christmas as usual. However the kids decide to celebrate Christmas a different way by giving all of their presents to needy children.
Wednesday, January 10th, 1996
s2e12: One Man and a Baby
Michael thinks he's found the perfect girl in Chantel, one with looks, charm, a sense of humor -- and an infant son. Meanwhile, Wendell tries to win the grand prize on America's Funniest Home Videos.
Wednesday, January 31st, 1996
s2e13: Little Bitty Pretty One
Cece wins a kids regional beauty contest, turning her into an insufferable egotist and prompting Robert to launch ""Operation Shrink Cece's Head.""
Wednesday, February 7th, 1996
s2e14: Substitute's Pet
Wendell subs in Nicholas' class and makes him the teacher's pet. Nicholas' classmates are jealous of the preferential treatment he is getting so they begin to taunt him relentlessly. In order to get back into his friends' good graces, Nicholas plays a practical joke on Wendell. His classmates stop harassing him but Nicholas feels very guilty about pulling the prank. The next day he goes to Wendell and admits he was the one who played the practical joke. He says he only did it so his classmates would stop teasing him. Wendell accepts Nicholas' apology and begins treating him like a normal student, including making him sit in the corner as punishment for his prank.
Wednesday, February 14th, 1996
s2e15: The Lost Weekend
There's a slight hitch in Wendell's offer to take Robert and Jerri on a ""free"" Valentine's getaway to a romantic Pocono Mountains resort: the free weekend is a gimmick used to sell vacation time shares, and Robert and Jerri spend most of their time being hounded by a relentless salesman from the resort. Meanwhile, while the kids have the house to themselves for the first time, Ira runs away from home.
Wednesday, February 21st, 1996
s2e16: I'm O'Tay, You're O-Tay
In observance of Black History Month, Nicholas must choose a famous African-American to portray at a school assembly. Nicholas shocks his family when he tells them he wants to be Buckwheat. Robert suggests to Nicholas that he choose an African-American figure with a more positive image. However, Nicholas is adamant about his choice so Robert decides to lend his son support. At the assembly, Nicholas comes out dressed in Buckwheat garb and speaks in the almost unintelligible style, which was Buckwheat's trademark. However, midway through his speech, Nicholas takes off his Buckwheat wig to explain that during Buckwheat's era, black actors had to portray stereotypical characters if they wanted to be in movies at all, and that we should honor these black film pioneers for making it easier for future generations of African-American actors. Meanwhile, Cece wants to be more like her big sister Zaria by emulating her.
Wednesday, February 28th, 1996
s2e17: Torn Between Two Brothers
Robert's fraternity brother Greg comes to New York to oversee an art auction. Robert, who hasn't seen Greg in ten years, spends all of his free time with his old buddy, alienating Wendell, who becomes particularly upset after Robert passes up going to the Knicks/Bulls game with him in favor of attending Greg's auction. Wendell has the last laugh when he shows up at the auction with proof that Greg's supposed masterpieces are really common, mass-produced works. Meanwhile, Zaria tries not to become jealous when an ex-boyfriend asks out one of her friends.
Wednesday, March 13th, 1996
s2e18: An American Class President
Zaria runs for class president against Bradley, a popular senior who stoops to use dirty politics by spreading false rumors about her. Furious, Zaria discovers that Bradley has a drug problem and was about to enter the school's counseling program before it was cancelled. Her moral dilemma is whether to sling the mud back at Bradley.
Sunday, April 21st, 1996
s2e19: We Don't Need Another Hero
Zaria gets chosen to appear in a music video with her friends for her favorite performer, Sashay, but Robert forbids her, saying the videos are offensive. Zaria secretly goes to the taping anyway, and Michael accompanies her so he can promote his music. Meanwhile, Nicholas imitates his favorite sports hero and upsets Jerri by acting tough and disobeying her. Robert and Jerri punish him and teach him to distinguish a fantasy figure from reality. Also, Robert and Wendell fantasize about being in a 1970s action film defeating a criminal named Slick.
Wednesday, May 1st, 1996
s2e20: I Never Danced for My Mother
When Nicholas decides to show off his dance moves in a school talent show, Jerri, who was classically trained, steps in as his teacher; but he finds studying with her akin to attending boot camp. Also, Wendell and Robert stumble upon Zaria's diary.
Wednesday, May 8th, 1996
s2e21: Ode to Billy Stankbreath
Robert begins to appreciate life more when an old acquaintance of his passes away. He plans a picnic for the family, and when the bad weather keeps them from going outdoors, they wind up delivering the baby of Wendell's pregnant passenger.
Wednesday, May 15th, 1996
s2e22: Reconcilable Differences
Nicholas overhears a difference of opinion between his parents and mistakenly thinks they are getting a divorce because of him, and enlists Wendell's help in trying to keep them together. Meanwhile, an overworked Jerri asks Michael and Zaria to babysit Cece.
Sunday, September 8th, 1996
s3e1: The Critic
As film critic of the local cable show ""Brothers in the Balcony,"" Robert becomes unpopular when he gives a thumbs down to a prominent black filmmaker's new movie because of his consistently negative portrayal of African-Americans. Meanwhile, Zaria dates her opinionated classmate Shakim.
Sunday, September 15th, 1996
s3e2: Our Gang
Nicholas is being bullied and shaken down by ""a bunch of baggy-pants, bandana wearin' hoodlums"" and figures the only way to beat them may be to join them. That is, until he learns about their gang initiation.
Sunday, September 22nd, 1996
s3e3: Voice in the 'Hood
Michael auditions female singers for his band, and the front-runner is Zaria's annoying friend Theresa.
Sunday, September 29th, 1996
s3e4: Love, African-American Style
Wendell has romantic designs on Karen, an interior decorator working at the Peterson house, so Robert decides to play Cupid. Meanwhile, Cece calls on big brother Nicholas to champion her against school bully Daniel.
Sunday, October 6th, 1996
Michael thinks he might be able to clear up his songwriter's block by smoking some marijuana that he received from a jazz trumpeter. Meanwhile, Nicholas gets upset when Arnie and his other friends taunt Nicholas because he's not good at sports.
Sunday, October 13th, 1996
s3e6: Labor Daze
Upset when her parents refuse to front her the cash for a pair of expensive running shoes, Zaria takes a second job at a clothing store where she discovers the wonderful world of buying on credit. Olympic gold medallist Gail Devers plays herself.
Sunday, October 20th, 1996
s3e7: Clothes Call
Against their better judgment, Robert and Jerri allow daughter Zaria to wear a revealing dress to a dance, where the teen finds that her ""hoochie-mama get-up"" may be sending the wrong message and attracting the wrong type of guy. Meanwhile, Wendell continues to court Karen. When he learns that she wants a man who likes children, he sets out to prove it by taking her and the Petersons' younger children to a fancy restaurant. Chaos results when the children let lobsters loose.
Sunday, November 3rd, 1996
s3e8: Nick the Brick
Nicholas has been having a ball playing on a losing basketball team. But when Robert takes over as coach, the fun is done even when the wins come. Meanwhile, Michael and his friend Theresa are confused about their feelings for each other after they unexpectedly share a few kisses.
Sunday, November 10th, 1996
s3e9: Chimney Boy
With Robert and Jerri bedridden with the flu, Wendell volunteers to baby-sit. But during his watch, Nicholas gets stuck in the chimney while trying to free a trapped bird. Hip-hop group Immature has a cameo.
Sunday, November 17th, 1996
Wendell is too terrified to go to the police after he witnesses a crime. Robert urges him to provide a good role model for Nicholas, who is writing an essay on heroes. After cooperating, Wendell learns the chief suspect is associated with organized crime, and hides out in the Peterson home. Meanwhile, Daniel decides he wants Zaria as his new girlfriend.
Sunday, November 24th, 1996
s3e11: The Parade-y Bunch
Robert and Jerri take the kids on a pilgrimage downtown to stake out a spot to view the Thanksgiving parade, but Robert and Wendell get taken by street cardsharks and wind up being arrested. Meanwhile, Jerri and the kids are looked out for by a kind homeless man.
Sunday, December 8th, 1996
s3e12: Fight the Power
Activists Zaria and Shakim disagree over how to organize a protest against a company that's polluting a river. Meanwhile, Nicholas wants a dog and tries to convince his parents he's ready for responsibility by ""caring"" for a loaf of bread.
Sunday, January 12th, 1997
s3e13: Baby Oprah
The Petersons ""could be working for the next Oprah"" when Cece gets her own talk show sponsored by a toy company. But her talent for being ""refreshingly honest"" may be more than the company's president bargained for when he insists she endorse a new toy. Meanwhile, Theresa wins two tickets to a great concert, but must decide who will accompany her: new boyfriend Michael, or best friend Zaria.
Sunday, January 19th, 1997
s3e14: Home Loan
While the Petersons are out of town at a wedding, Wendell tries to make a good impression on Karen's parents by telling them the Petersons' house is really his and they are welcome to spend the night. All goes well until the Petersons arrive home a day early....
Sunday, February 2nd, 1997
s3e15: A Star is Torn
Michael and Theresa impress record execs at a musicians' showcase, so much so that one of them is offered a contract -- Theresa. Meanwhile, Wendell bets on basketball games using Cece as his lucky charm.
Sunday, February 9th, 1997
s3e16: Nick the Player
Nicholas works the playground and accidentally smooth talks himself into two dates -- for the same afternoon. Meanwhile, Wendell thinks he's inherited a fortune and happily spends the money in advance.
Sunday, February 16th, 1997
s3e17: Double Date
Wendell claims that he met Peabo Bryson while working as a part-time cabbie, and that he's been invited to Atlantic City to attend Bryson's concert. But when the Petersons reluctantly accompany him, they find the promised free tickets have not materialized. Meanwhile, left to care for their younger siblings, Michael and Zaria decide to hire a babysitter instead.
Sunday, February 23rd, 1997
s3e18: Tango & Cash
Shakim insists on driving old flame Alexis home from a party, and the resulting misunderstanding leads to a rift in his relationship with Zaria -- until she learns Alexis has a drinking problem. Meanwhile, Nicholas and Cece find money in the street but don't realize it is counterfeit.
Sunday, April 27th, 1997
s3e19: When Robert Met Jerri
With Zaria's senior prom approaching, Robert and Jerri are reminded how their school dance turned into a magical night -- even though they didn't go together. To this day, it still bothers Robert that he never got to ask her to the big event; so Wendell and the kids come up with a plan to rectify the situation.
Sunday, May 4th, 1997
s3e20: The Peterson Redemption
The last time Robert saw Parris, the elder Peterson brother was doing time in prison. Now he's out and visiting the family, but Robert thinks Parris has some kind of scam cooking, especially after some appliances mysteriously disappear. Meanwhile, Michael is upset when Nicholas continually breaks his big brother's possessions.
Sunday, May 11th, 1997
s3e21: Mother and Law
On the eve of Jerri's graduation from law school, her ""stay-at-home, full-service"" mother Elizabeth objects to her putting career before family, and announces that she is moving in as a full-time housekeeper. Meanwhile, Wendell gets bad news over the psychic hotline.
Sunday, May 18th, 1997
s3e22: Rappin' It Up
Zaria is surprised to overhear Skye professing his love for her, just after learning that boyfriend Shakim is heading off to college earlier than expected. And in a fantasy sequence, her Frankensteinish father thinks he's created the perfect guys -- Gary Coleman and singer Tevin Campbell (who appear as themselves). Meanwhile, Wendell enters a Bugs Bunny stamp essay contest for kids using Nicholas' name.
Sunday, September 7th, 1997
s4e1: House Arrest
16 year old TK tries tosteal from the Petersons and Jerri decides to save him from the criminal justice system. She brings him into the Peterson home as Robert thinks Jerri is trying to replace Michael, who left for college.
Sunday, September 14th, 1997
T.K.'s stay is negatively affecting the younger kids: he's got Nicholas and Cece talking trash and flashing gang signs. Meanwhile, Wendell tutors the high school basketball star Big Mo, hoping the student will turn professional and repayWendell's kindness with a generous sum of money.
Sunday, September 21st, 1997
s4e3: No Soul on Ice
Nicholas faces off against a racist hockey coach who believes that the game is ""not the sport for (black) people."" Meanwhile, Zaria to impress members of the art club to get a scholarship, and T.K. looks for an easy way to succeed in school by having a girl in class write his history paper.
Sunday, September 28th, 1997
s4e4: Beauty Call
Zaria tries to become part of an elite, all-girls social group at school, but the price of admission may be too much for her conscience to bear: as part of an initiation rite she must date a nerd. Meanwhile, Nicholas and Cece try to help Wendell get a line on his love life by hooking him up with a dial-a-date service they saw advertised on TV.
Sunday, October 5th, 1997
s4e5: Wendell and I Spy
After Robert hesitates to call T.K. on his need to have a personal pager, he overhears the boy making a deal to have some ""stuff"" delivered to the Peterson house. Meanwhile, Zaria takes a job as her mother's legal aide, and Jerri discovers that Nicholas and Cece have sorted her legal briefs with sticky finger.
Sunday, May 30th, 1999
s5e1: 'Hood Sweet 'Hood (2)
Trying to stop T.K.'s revenge on the thugs who robbed him, Robert is shot (in an embarassing part of his anatomy), hits his head and lapses into a coma. Angry Jerri decides it is time T.K. was removed from the Peterson home; and an angel named Max appears to convey Robert to Heaven. Just as a tearful T.K. comes to Robert's bedside to beg his forgiveness, Robert recovers, and all is forgiven. (Part 2 of 2)
Sunday, June 6th, 1999
s5e2: Front Window
Kelly spots Robert's neighbor hoisting strange bags out of the house and become convinced he is a murderer. Meanwhile, T.K. tries to shed his streetwise image for a more conservative one -- which the other kids hate.
Sunday, June 13th, 1999
s5e3: Talkin' Trash
When Zaria loses her deejay gig to T.K.'s less positive but more popular style, Robert takes action. Meanwhile, Jerri lets Robert's brother Kelly play plumber, despite Robert's doubts about Kelly's competence.
Sunday, June 20th, 1999
Zaria convinces her parents to let her go to the Poconos unsupervised. But her parents-free, girls-only weekend seems headed for trouble when unexpected visitors crash the party. Meanwhile, Nicholas schemes to find the cash to buy a pricey pair of sneakers.
Sunday, June 27th, 1999
s5e5: Mommy Dearest
T.K.'s mother L'Tonya shows up after eight years and wants to take the boy home with her, but Jerri isn't sure that L'Tonya has shaken her former drug habit for good. Meanwhile, Kelly dumps his girlfriend Traci but can't seem to shake her voodoo curse.
Sunday, June 27th, 1999
s5e6: Deserving Honors
Zaria tries to console her friend Simone, a teenage single mother whose award and scholarship are rescinded. Meanwhile, Kelly's latest moneymaking scheme is to act as a manager for second-rate entertainers, including a ventriloquist and the world's oldest living gymnast.
Sunday, July 4th, 1999
s5e7: Integrity to Block
Kelly gains new respect when he does well on the quiz show ""Deep Knowledge,"" until Robert learns he wasn't exactly using an ethical approach. Meanwhile, Cece and her pal Jesse hatch a scheme to get her parents to let him move in.
Sunday, July 4th, 1999
s5e8: Old Men Can't Jump
Robert and Kelly resort to using a ringer to save themselves from almost certain defeat in an upcoming basketball match. Meanwhile, Jerri faces unintended consequences after telling Cece and Nicholas never to lie.
Sunday, July 11th, 1999
s5e9: To Kiss or Not to Kiss
Zaria and T.K. must share an embarrassing passionate kiss in the senior play or fail the course. Meanwhile, Nicholas adopts a ""bad boy"" attitude in hopes of attracting classmate Monica.
Sunday, July 18th, 1999
s5e10: Something About Queenie
T.K. and Kelly find themselves in the doghouse when an unexpected turn of events disrupts their plan to neutralize Queenie, visiting Aunt Josephine's mean pet. Meanwhile, Zaria fumes when Robert's editing of her valedictory speech leaves no trace of her personality.
Sunday, July 25th, 1999
s5e11: Wedding Bell Blues
Jerri's sister Celeste pays a visit and unintentionally strains Robert and Jerri's marriage with her extravagant suggestions for their 20th-anniversary party and Zaria and T.K. find themselves riding to the rescue.
Sunday, October 12th, 1997
s4e6: Father Wendell
Robert and Jerri smell a rat when Wendell's former lover show up claiming he's the father of her 10-year-old son. Meanwhile, T.K. attempts to protect Zaria when she expresses a romantic interest in his oversexed friend Devaughn.
Sunday, October 26th, 1997
s4e7: Zaria Peterson's Day Off
Zaria recruits T.K. to help spy on her father, whom she suspects is having an affair. Meanwhile, after learning that with weddings come bountiful gifts, Cece decides to marry her young friend Jesse.
Sunday, November 2nd, 1997
s4e8: The Play's the Thang
Nicholas writes a play for the school arts festival, but has problems with the star --Wendell -- who wants to make his role as a giant even bigger. Meanwhile, with Jerri away at a law seminar, much to the horror of her siblings Zaria must assume the cooking duties.
Sunday, November 9th, 1997
s4e9: Don't Go There
When Nicholas' best friend Drew is abducted from school, Nicholas refuses to leave the house for fear he will be next. Meanwhile, Zaria conducts a study of men for her psychology class using T.K. and Wendell as subjects.
Sunday, November 16th, 1997
s4e10: Fast Cash
When T.K. gets a job at a pizza place, two of his old street homeys smell a target for a holdup, and try to get T.K. to cut them in for a slice of the action. Also, aspiring magician Nicholas's assistants have a little something up their sleeves when he refuses to share with them the profits from his show.
Sunday, November 23rd, 1997
s4e11: Bad Rap
Zaria's lovestruck friend Jasmine is making beautiful music with her new rap-star boyfriend, but his act hits a sour note with Zaria when he hits on her. Also, Robert and Jerri go on a game show to try and win a trip to Europe for the entire family, including ""Uncle"" Wendell.
Sunday, December 7th, 1997
s4e12: Me and Ms. Robinson
Nick and T.K. have crushes on older women -- the former on Zaria's friend Jamie, the latter on Jerri's new intern.
Sunday, January 11th, 1998
s4e13: Money Shot
Racketeer Sony offers T.K. big money to throw the next basketball game; Nicholas tries to manipulate Cece and Jesse and profit from their cupcake-selling business.
Sunday, January 18th, 1998
s4e14: Stand by Boo
T.K.'s friend Boo, who's ""the smartest high-school dropout (he) knows,"" prepares for her general-equivalency diploma with help from Robert - but not from her skeptical dad. Meanwhile, Cece is promoted to a gifted class taught by substitute Wendell.
Sunday, February 1st, 1998
s4e15: A Sister Scorned
Jerri's now beautiful fashion-photographer sister Celeste develops a plan to get back at Wendell, who incessantly taunted her when she was a homely high-schooler. Meanwhile, T.K. promises to help the kids with a science project but gets sidetracked by Jesse's comely sister Vivica.
Sunday, February 8th, 1998
s4e16: Flaked Out
Zaria's special 17th birthday outing turns into a real disaster - a natural one - after a blizzard hits, stranding her and her girlfriends at the Peterson house. The party is saved by a surprise visit from rap star Usher.
Sunday, February 15th, 1998
s4e17: Color Him Father
TK doesn't want to attend the basketball team's Father & Son banquet because his father is in jail for the past 10 years. Meanwhile Zariah is considering going into music.
Sunday, February 22nd, 1998
s4e18: I Want My Z-TV
Zaria becomes ""the voice of teenage America"" as host of a New York-based TV talk show aimed at fellow high-schoolers. But success may be going to Zaria's head when she decides to drop out. Also, almost everyone in the house is missing money at the same time that T.K. starts showing up with new threads and jewelry.
Sunday, March 1st, 1998
s4e19: An Affair to Forget
On an awards show telecast, a famous singer credits Robert with teaching her ""all about love and passion."" Meanwhile, flirtatious T.K. gives Zaria's socially inept friend Gordon lessons in dating.
Sunday, April 26th, 1998
s4e20: Hurricane Linda
Things get tense when Jerri's best friend Linda blows into town and meddles in everything about the Peterson household.
Sunday, May 3rd, 1998
s4e21: Here Comes Z Bride
Zariah and her new boyfriend decide to get married. Meanwhile Nicholas wants to try boxing.
Sunday, May 17th, 1998
s4e22: 'Hood Sweet 'Hood (1)
TK ponders violence after being assualted in front of Nicholas. He gets a gun and threatens to shoot Stone, but Robert talks him out of it. The two get ready to leave as Stone aims his gun at the both of them and fires. Meanwhile Cece fights with Skylar over the affections of Jesse.