Step by Step (1991–1998)

The 'L' Word 

Rich becomes very jealous when Dana has dinner with an old classmate, especially when Rich finds out he's in Harvard. When Frank's camping buddy pulls out Jean-Luc replaces him. Jean-Luc isn't cut out for the outdoor life.


Joel Zwick


Thomas L. Miller (developed by), Robert L. Boyett (developed by) | 6 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Duffy ... Frank Lambert
Suzanne Somers ... Carol Foster Lambert
Staci Keanan ... Dana Foster
Brandon Call ... John Thomas 'J.T.' Lambert
Angela Watson ... Karen Foster
Christine Lakin ... Alicia 'Al' Lambert
Christopher Castile ... Mark Foster (credit only)
Josh Byrne ... Brendan Lambert (credit only)
Jason Marsden ... Rich Halke
Bronson Pinchot ... Jean-Luc Rieupeyroux
Alexandra Adi ... Samantha Milano
Debby Boone ... Sarah
Eric Gustavson Eric Gustavson ... Jeff
Oliver Muirhead ... Professor
Michael Rothhaar ... Gus


Rich is worried when Dana has a 'meaningless' date with her former high-school debate teammate Jeff Burton, who is no longer an acne geek who was mercilessly picked at but turned out the pick of the pack: gorgeous, in Harvard pre-Law school, a generous gentleman, Dana's official dream man, and she accepts his invitation to a reception where the dean absolutely wants his favorite undergrad, Jeff. It gets a self-invited surprise guest... Frank's long-awaited fishing trip looses its luster when his mate Virgil cancels and Carol accepted on his behalf for Jean-Luc, who thinks camping requires an espresso machine. Frank forbids him to tell the neighbors he's a contractor to avoid requests for free handiwork, so he passed them off for brain-surgeons. Alas, to the pregnant neighbors that means doctors at hand, and her water breaks... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Family | Romance


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Release Date:

4 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Neither Christopher Castile or Josh Byrne appear in this episode. See more »


Sequencing problem - Sam (Alexandra Adi) appears at the end of this episode and it is obvious that she is JT's girlfriend. However, she isn't introduced to JT until the next episode. See more »


References Terms of Endearment (1983) See more »

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