Season 3 Recap

This week I talk about season 3 of Growing Pains and how the show and its characters have progressed.

To open the season we had the 2-part Hawaii special, Aloha Part 1 & 2.


Aloha Part 1 was boring. Not too much happened in it until towards the end. Aloha Part 2 was definitely better. Would I rather have had The Seavers go to Disney World? Yeah. I know shows did that a lot. There was Boy Meets World, Roseanne, Full House, Step By Step, Family Matters, and more. More recently, The Middle did it for their season 5 finale. So many shows do that because they’re ABC shows and Disney owns ABC. Anyway I know it’s less likely, but I just would’ve rather seen that and think it fits the show a lot better. At least we got some actual growth from Mike. He learn about responsibility from caring for Melia’s son.

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What happened with Melia is a thing I still don’t understand. When Mike flew out to LA to surprise her, in Great Expectations, what the hell happened? She said she was going there for business not pleasure. Then, when he comes and sees her, Mike’s all disappointed and confused. What did he think was going to happen?

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Let’s talk about Mike’s growth this season. It’s nice to see character development actually sticking. A Star is Born saw Mike get into acting and realizing how much he liked it. Then Broadway Bound saw Mike and Monica skipping school to head into the city to audition for the lead roles in a broadway play. Yeah, we haven’t seen any of Monica since then. We know she’s out of the picture since in How the West was Won Part 1 & 2, Mike’s trying to bone one of Coach Lubbock’s daughters. What I do know is that Mike’s acting career comes back up later.

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I should address Carol and Bobby. They had a bumpy road this season that ended in their breakup. We got Jeff, played by Brad Pitt. He came in between Carol and Bobby. Carol thought he was just so cool until he turned out to be a jerk, at the movie theater, during Rebel Without A Cause.

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We justdon’t why exactly Carol and Bobby broke up. In The Marrying Kind, Carol and Bobby got engaged.

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Only to call it off at the end of the episode. Were we supposed to take that as them breaking up because it sure as hell didn’t look like it. That’s really the only thing we have to go on. We first learn that they broke up in Dance Fever Part 2, but we’re not given a reason why. Did the writers just not think it was important or were they too lazy to think of one. I know people break up. It just seems like they had a strong bond and a real explanation would’ve been nice.

Speaking of Dance Fever, I’m sorta surprised they just dropped the whole Boner and Carol plot that they made such a big deal out of. I don’t mean in that episode. I just mean in the series onward. I thought that was going to be a thing. Was it just suppose to not be romantic and just that they liked hanging out with each other.

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We got what seemed like a lot of two-parters this season. There were 5 total. Not necessarily a bad thing. Just an observation I had. Well it was horrible when it came to The Objects of Our Desire Part 1 & 2.

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It was easy to write, for me, but what a horrible episode. If I was just watching this series and not doing this, I’d be even more pissed.

Besides changing jobs from a newspaper writer to a newspaper reporter, Maggie got pregnant this season. It kinda seems like they forgot about it for a little bit, but I guess it would get annoying if it was brought up all the time. I still find it weird that they didn’t show Jason and Maggie telling Ben, Carol and Mike that Maggie’s Pregnant.

That’s season 3 of Growing Pains. I don’t know if the show’s getting better or my mind is just getting used to the mediocrity. It’s probably the latter. There are still episodes where the main problem can be solved very early on. Even some cases where it doesn’t make sense why there’s a problem in the first place.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week for Season 4, Episode 1, Fool For Love.

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