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Season 1

  • S01E01 Pilot

    • September 20, 1993
    • CBS

    Dave volunteers to help coach his older son's soccer team.

  • S01E02 The Insecurity System

    • September 27, 1993
    • CBS

    Beth buys a security system after Shel's van is stolen.

  • S01E03 Martian Death Flu

    • October 4, 1993
    • CBS

    Everyone has the flu.

  • S01E04 The Anniversary Schmaltz

    • October 11, 1993
    • CBS

    On their 14th anniversary, Beth and Dave finally decide to have a romantic celebration alone.

  • S01E05 The Great Mandala of Life

    • October 18, 1993
    • CBS

    The dog eats Tommy's homework -- which happens to be a frog; and Kenny tries to get Dave to buy more life insurance from the agent he's dating.

  • S01E06 I Sort of Saw What You Did

    • October 22, 1993
    • CBS

    Willie loses a tooth before the tooth fairy can collect it; Kenny persuades Dave to lie to an insurance adjuster.

  • S01E07 It's a Small Van After All

    • October 25, 1993
    • CBS

    A weekend trip to Walt Disney World turns ugly.

  • S01E08 Heatwave

    • November 1, 1993
    • CBS

    In the middle of a heat wave, Beth tries to help Dave set up his fax machine and ends up blowing out the air conditioner.

  • S01E09 Writer's Block

    • November 8, 1993
    • CBS

    Tommy is crushed when Dave tries to overcome writer's block by writing a column about Tommy's crush on a girl at school.

  • S01E10 Educating Rita

    • November 15, 1993
    • CBS

    An attempt to set Kenny up with Beth's friend Rita backfires.

  • S01E11 Death and Mom Take a Holiday

    • November 22, 1993
    • CBS

    Beth's mother visits, bearing an unusual Christmas gift.

  • S01E12 Exorcising with Dave Barry

    • November 29, 1993
    • CBS

    The eccentric owner of a hardware store throws a monkey wrench into Dave's plans to fix a broken door when he tells Dave that the Barry house is haunted.

  • S01E13 I Saw Mommy Kicking Santa Claus (1)

    • December 13, 1993
    • CBS

    Pandemonium reigns at the Barry house before Christmas as Beth contemplates returning to work; Dave has to take a driving test; and both desperately search for a toy for Willie. (Part 1 of 2)

  • S01E14 I Saw Mommy Kicking Santa Claus (2)

    • December 20, 1993
    • CBS

    Through a series of mishaps, the Barrys are reminded of the true meaning of Christmas. (Part 2 of 2)

  • S01E15 Just Kidding

    • January 3, 1994
    • CBS

    Dave gets into a heap of trouble after he writes a derogatory column about used-car salesmen.

  • S01E16 The Road Taken

    • January 10, 1994
    • CBS

    Dave does not approve when Shel suddenly decides to sell his house, buy a boat and sail the Caribeean.

  • S01E17 Shel in Love

    • January 24, 1994
    • CBS

    Valentine's Day finds Tommy happy about getting a card from a girl he likes; and Shel on his first date since his divorce.

  • S01E18 Four Characters in Search of a Ring

    • January 31, 1994
    • CBS

    Dave and Kenny take Shel to a singles bar.

  • S01E19 Lost Weekend

    • February 28, 1994
    • CBS

    Dave and Beth try to spend a romantic weekend away from the boys.

  • S01E20 Rat Story

    • March 7, 1994
    • CBS

    After Beth goes back to work at her teaching job, Dave learns a lesson about housework.

  • S01E21 Six Years Old and All Washed Up

    • March 14, 1994
    • CBS

    Dave is offended when Willie's kindergarten teacher suggests that Willie be held back a year.

  • S01E22 The Funeral (a.k.a.) Funeral Episodes

    • March 28, 1994
    • CBS

    If ever Beth would leave Dave when he's sick, it would be to see the musical ""Camelot"" -- or to attend the funeral of an aunt she barely knew.

  • S01E23 Saved By Estelle

    • May 2, 1994
    • CBS

    Shel must spend the weekend with his ex-wife and her boyfriend.

Season 2

  • S02E01 I Lost It at the Movies

    • September 12, 1994
    • CBS

    A night at the movies finds Dave and Beth trying not to interfere with Tommy's first date - and Kenny trying to convince friends that he's meeting Emma Samms there.

  • S02E02 The Last Auction Hero

    • September 19, 1994
    • CBS

    Mia quits her job; Shel is auctioned at a hospital fund raiser.

  • S02E03 A Room With a View

    • September 26, 1994
    • CBS

    Tommy's treehouse allows a view of the neighbours' bedroom.

  • S02E04 Please Won't You Be My Neighbor

    • October 3, 1994
    • CBS

    After Shel's car is broken into -- again -- Dave and Beth join the neighbourhood-watch program.

  • S02E05 You Can't Always Get What You Want

    • October 10, 1994
    • CBS

    Dave certainly gets no satisfaction from his search for Rolling Stones tickets. Meanwhile, Mia runs the first draft of her children's book by a tough critic -- Willie.

  • S02E06 Gone with the Wind (1)

    • October 17, 1994
    • CBS

    On Willie's sixth birthday, Hurricane Ashley strikes Miami, forcing the Barrys and their friends to take cover. (Part 1 of 2)

  • S02E07 Gone with the Wind (2)

    • October 24, 1994
    • CBS

    The Barrys copes with the aftermath of the hurricane: no water, no power, a tree in their bedroom, and Shel as a demanding houseguest. (Part 2 of 2)

  • S02E08 Lobster Envy

    • October 31, 1994
    • CBS

    Tommy is hit by a car while trick-or-treating.

  • S02E09 Family Membership

    • November 7, 1994
    • CBS

    Dave and Beth join a health club to help Tommy overcome his dread of gym class, while Shel lies about his family status to get a discount membership.

  • S02E10 One Mump or Two?

    • November 14, 1994
    • CBS

    Dave learns about the downside of bachelor life when a quarantine forces him to spend a few days with Kenny; meanwhile, Beth's sister stays with the Barrys after leaving her husband.

  • S02E11 The Donor Party

    • November 21, 1994
    • CBS

    When Shel's irresponsible younger brother Bobby comes to visit, Shel assumes it's to ask him for money . But this time Bobby's needs are more serious: he's ill and wants Shel to donate a kidney.

  • S02E12 How Long Has This Been Going On?

    • November 28, 1994
    • CBS

    Beth and Julie are shocked to learn their mom is still sexually active and has been spending some romantic quality time with a delivery man.

  • S02E13 Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

    • December 5, 1994
    • CBS

    After revealing his greatest regret on national TV, Dave is confronted by the man whose life he feel s he ruined -- a fellow reporter he scooped years ago who is now homeless.

  • S02E14 Dis Who's Coming to Dinner?

    • January 2, 1995
    • CBS

    The Barrys' dinner party is even worse than Dave and Beth anticipated, as Shel tries to break up with his girlfriend, and Kenny and Julie desert the party to spend some quality time together.

  • S02E15 A Pool's Paradise

    • January 16, 1995
    • CBS

    A feud with a snooty neighbour may sink the Barrys' efforts to build a pool, while Kenny tries to tre ad water in his relationship with Julie.

  • S02E16 Bear With Me

    • January 23, 1995
    • CBS

    Dave and Beth will stop at nothing to get Willie's lost toy bear Barnaby back for him -- even if it means fighting with the parents of the suspected thief.

  • S02E17 A Cut Above the Rest

    • February 6, 1995
    • CBS

    After Beth has a pregnancy scare, Dave considers getting a vasectomy -- much to the horror of Kenny and Shel.

  • S02E18 The Country Girl

    • February 13, 1995
    • CBS

    The Barrys are enchanted with their new French exchange student -- even after a little misunderstand involving Willie's pet rabbit, which she naturally views as potential dinner.

  • S02E19 The Accidental Tourists

    • February 20, 1995
    • CBS

    Dave, Shel, and Kenny travel to Paris to fulfill a deceased college buddy's final request -- to have his ashes scattered from the Eiffel Tower.

  • S02E20 The Joint Venture

    • February 27, 1995
    • CBS

    Dave and Beth's risky land investment goes to pot, so to speak, when they discover marijuana growing on the site.

  • S02E21 Those Wedding Shel Blues

    • March 13, 1995
    • CBS

  • S02E22 Nightmare on Maple Street

    • April 10, 1995
    • CBS

    Kenny dumps Julie, but Dave and Beth must break the news to her, which leaves Julie wanting to be ""near family"" -- by moving next door to the Barrys.

  • S02E23 The Mommies

    • May 8, 1995
    • CBS

    On Mother's Day, Dave's family and friends recall past celebrations -- including the time Kenny's mother questioned his sexual orientation.

  • S02E24 Piano, No Strings

    • May 15, 1995
    • CBS

    Dave discovers Tommy has a gift for playing the piano and encourages him to join the school orchestra, but Tommy wants to be low key about his talent.

  • S02E25 Tommy Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    • May 22, 1995
    • CBS

    Tommy runs away to live with Kenny when his parents won't let him see a gory film.

Season 3

  • S03E01 Cleanliness is Next to Nakedness

    • September 13, 1995
    • CBS

    Beth's plan to surprise Dave in the shower backfires.

  • S03E02 It's Not About That . . .

    • September 20, 1995
    • CBS

    Construction of the new neighbour's house disturbs the peace; a commitment-shy Eric turns to Dave and the guys when his relationship with Mia hits a snag -- prompting Kenny to consider ""enhancement"" surgery.

  • S03E03 You Must(ang) Remember This

    • September 27, 1995
    • CBS

    The Barrys and friends take a ride down memory lane as Dave debates whether to sell his 1965 Mustang; Tommy and Willie scheme to augment their allowance.

  • S03E04 What the Early Bird Gets

    • October 11, 1995
    • CBS

    A convention-bound Shel reluctantly entrusts his beloved luxury car to Dave -- who is then held responsible for the good doctor's unpaid parking tickets.

  • S03E05 Do the Write Thing

    • October 18, 1995
    • CBS

    Mia enrolls in the writing class Dave teaches at community college.

  • S03E06 Death of a Saleswoman

    • October 25, 1995
    • CBS

    A neighbor's boasting about how much school candy his son has sold leaves a bitter taste in Beth's mouth, so she determines that Willie's sales will be just as sweet.

  • S03E07 Writing Wrongs

    • November 1, 1995
    • CBS

    Is truth stranger than fiction? Dave's about to find out when Tommy takes issue with his father's first major work, a serio-comic memoir about Dave's wild and crazy youth.

  • S03E08 Catch of the Day

    • November 8, 1995
    • CBS

    Eric flounders when his father returns from a fishing trip with a different sort of catch -- a new girlfriend.

  • S03E09 Health Hath No Fury

    • November 15, 1995
    • CBS

    Kenny's ""cardiac event"" inspires Beth to change the Barrys' eating habits -- and to drag Dave to a shady lawyer in order to draft a new will.

  • S03E10 Leave a Mystery at the Beep

    • November 22, 1995
    • CBS

    An enigmatic answering machine message from a lovelorn sailor sends Beth scurrying to find the man and reunite him with his girl; Dave hunts his stolen laptop, which contains several of his columns.

  • S03E11 The Green-Eyed Monster

    • November 29, 1995
    • CBS

    A fire forces Mia and Eric to temporarily move in with the Barrys, but the blaze that wrecked their house is nothing compared to the sparks that fly betwee Julie and Eric.

  • S03E12 Working Stiffs

    • December 20, 1995
    • CBS

    When Kenny becomes a victim of ""corporate downsizing,"" Dave tries to get his friend's job back by talking to the boss, who tells him the real reason Kenny was let go.

  • S03E13 Pardon My Nuptuals

    • January 3, 1996
    • CBS

    The IRS informs Dave and Beth that their marriage isn't legally valid, an occasion that calls for a visit to the hippie ""minister"" who married them -- but who never filed their marriage license.

  • S03E14 Gator Bait

    • January 10, 1996
    • CBS

    Stressed-out Dave sees an alligator in the backyard.

  • S03E15 Those Who Do Be Do Be Do

    • January 31, 1996
    • CBS

    Teacher Beth regrets lecturing to her loved ones when her advice sends Duke weightlifting, Shel and Mia skydiving, and promps Kenny to turn down a great job opportunity.

  • S03E16 Fame

    • February 7, 1996
    • CBS

    Dave enjoys, then soon tires of, his 15 minutes of fame after a new publicity campaign for his column finds his face plastered on billboards all over Miami.

  • S03E17 Loves Me Like a Rock

    • February 14, 1996
    • CBS

    Dave abandons the long-standing Barry tradition of not celebrating Valentine's Day when he decides to purchase a romantic -- and costly -- gift.

  • S03E18 Nuts and Bolts

    • February 21, 1996
    • CBS

    Eric and Mia's domestic squabbles spark a fight in the Barry house when Dave reluctantly -- and foolishly -- reveals things about Beth that annoy him.

  • S03E19 My Girl

    • March 6, 1996
    • CBS

    Shel frets when his girlfriend bonds with Beth.

  • S03E20 Stayin' Alive

    • March 13, 1996
    • CBS

    Dave finds he's alienated both his friends after he wins an award that Shel coveted, then decides to make his own recording of his book rather than let Kenny do it.

  • S03E21 Do You Want to Know a Secret?

    • April 3, 1996
    • CBS

    Mia's new obsession with astrology has Eric wishing she'd be more down-to-earth; Kenny turns snoop to discover wh at plastic surgery Shel performed on his new girlfriend; and Tommy confesses a minor crime to Willie.

  • S03E22 Double Fault

    • April 10, 1996
    • CBS

    To earn the favor of a socialite and secure a sizable donation to the hospital, Shel serves up famous writer Dave Bary at a celebrity tennis benefit, despite the fact that Dave himself refuses to pay.

  • S03E23 Don't Blame Me

    • April 29, 1996
    • CBS

    Dave gives Eric a three-day deadline to build a sun deck.

  • S03E24 The Good Doctor

    • May 6, 1996
    • CBS

    Pediatrician Celia's skill in the ER -- performing emergency surgery on a little girl injured in a bicycle accident -- makes plastic surgeon Shel feel useless as a doctor, so he decides to make some changes in his personal and professional life. He starts by proposing to Celia.

  • S03E25 L.A. Times

    • May 13, 1996
    • CBS

    Dave plugs his new book in Hollywood, along with a starstruck Shel, whose Tinseltown experience dims after a spat with Carly.

  • S03E26 It's Not About That, Either

    • May 20, 1996
    • CBS

    Teacher Beth regrets lecturing to her loved ones when her advice sends Dave weightlifting, Shel and Mia sky diving, and promps Kenny to turn down a great job opportunity.

Season 4

  • S04E01 Based on a True Story

    • September 13, 1996
    • CBS

    When Dave's column about Shel's childhood is picked by the head of Paragon Pictures to be a feature film, Beth urges Dave to take Shel on as a writing partner for the screenplay. Dave has never been able to ""work or play well with others"" since kindergarten and he's never had a writing partner. Beth gently reminds him of his speech to Tommy and Willie about brothers sharing and that he's always said he and Shel are like brothers. Meanwhile, Mia wants Eric to learn to swim so they can honeymoon in Hawaii and Kenny volunteers to be Eric's swimming coach. However, Mia discovers that the pool pep squad is a bevy of beautiful girl bent on ogling Eric. Guest Brandon Tartikoff formerly served as President of NBC Entertainment, Chairman of NBC Entertainment Group and Chairman of Paramount Pictures.

  • S04E02 Solitaire

    • September 20, 1996
    • CBS

    With Beth and the boys away for the weekend, Dave savors the time alone to do as he pleases -- if only he can get his friends to stop trying to keep him company. Dave's weekend is filled with all the things dearest to his heart: naps, television, beer, pretzels and not bathing. However, Mia and Eric want his expertise on where they should honeymoon, while Shel and Kenny are certain that all this time alone isn't good for Dave. Meanwhile, Beth learns that she is the last to know that Tommy has discovered girls in the form of the beautiful Angela when she chaperones his class on a field trip to see a space shuttle launch.

  • S04E03 Missed Manners

    • September 27, 1996
    • CBS

    ""Is it me, or did people used to be nicer to each other?"" Dave wonders, after Beth's insulted on the road and Shel has several run-ins with an obnoxious waiter who's out to get him.

  • S04E04 Crime and Coconuts

    • October 4, 1996
    • CBS

    Dave grounds Tommy for a prank the child insists he didn't commit. Then Eric's father, Eric Jr., invites the gang to the Coconut Strip Club for Eric's bachelor party, where they wind up in a brawl and get a taste of injustice themselves before a judge who hates celebrities, especially colunists. Meanwhile, Eric begs the guys to convince Mia he was forced to accompany them to the club.

  • S04E05 Miami Beached

    • October 11, 1996
    • CBS

    When Dave, Shel and Kenny are sentenced to do community service at the beach as a result of the fight at Eric's bachelor party, a Cuban refugee drags himself out of the water and the boys must decide what to do with him. Dave takes the refugee, Juan, home with him and tries to introduce him to the Dave Barry version of what it means to be an American: lots of naps, snacks and television. Juan's desire to work hard and become a citizen gets Dave thinking about his grandparents and what life was like for them when they came to the United States from Ireland. Meanwhile, Eric isn't sure he wants to give Juan a job, especially in light of Mia's enthusiastic reaction to the refugee's good looks.

  • S04E06 Daveberry, RFD

    • October 18, 1996
    • CBS

    When Dave's home town of Pewauketucket, Ohio, honors him with the key to the city, Dave and Beth begin to think that it might be a better place to live than crime-ridden Miami. With Dave mourning the theft of his prize Mustang from right in front of their Miami home, he and Beth begin to look at Pewauketucket, with its safe streets, clear air and good schools, as a possible new home. However, Shel is more interested in the antiques he can buy cheaply from the locals, who he thinks won't know their real value, and Kenny is worrying that his prom night romance years ago may have produced the young hotel bartender who looks a lot like him. Meanwhile, Mia and Eric are babysitting for Tommy and Willie at home and Eric gets his own taste of what it might be like to be a father.

  • S04E07 A Very Barry Pumpkin Show

    • November 1, 1996
    • CBS

    The Barrys and their friends get caught up in the past as they try to relive their best childhood Halloween memories. Dave, determined that his boys will be able to pick a jack-o-lantern from a real pumpkin patch, the way he did when he was growing up in the Midwest, hovers over his pumpkin patch like a mother hen over an egg. Meanwhile, Mia tricks Kenny into helping her bake by convincing him that kneading dough is the ultimate sensual experience. And, when an elderly neighbor says she will give Shel a dilapidated player piano, his memories of a Halloween long ago make him determined to restore the instrument no matter what the cost.

  • S04E08 Falling

    • November 8, 1996
    • CBS

    When Dave meets an attractive female fan who invites him back to her apartment to ""talk about writing,"" Shel and Kenny are certain that Dave will be seduced if he goes. While Dave, Shel and Kenny are out of town visiting friends, Dave sees the beautiful Lisa reading his book. After introducing himself, he is overwhelmed by her enthusiastic praise and her excitement at meeting him. Before he knows it, she has given him her address and they have a date to meet at her home that night. Even though he later thinks better of it, Dave doesn't want to stand her up, as Kenny and Shel advise. Meanwhile, Beth is home dealing with a house badly in need of repair and a determination to show Dave that she is just as capable of dealing with contractors as he is.

  • S04E09 Stress

    • November 22, 1996
    • CBS

    Beth's decision to use the repair job on the kitchen and master bedroom as a reason to completely redecorate the house puts a major strain on the Barrys' marriage. Ever since structural damage plunged their bedroom into the kitchen, Dave and Beth have been camping out in the living room, which has put a definite crimp in their love life and stress on their marriage. Now with Eric and Eric Jr. practically living with them, blundering through the repairs, things go from bad to worse. But, when Beth goes against Dave's wishes and hires a decorator to redo the entire house, the fighting really escalates. Meanwhile, when Mia and Eric step in to help, they discover that it is really they who are the incompatible ones and split up.

  • S04E10 Starr Tours

    • December 13, 1996
    • CBS

    Dave sees a way to meet his favorite '60s British rock star, Peter Noone, when Eric begins repairs on the man's Florida mansion. After Eric leaves Dave's bathroom sink still spouting water like Old Faithful in favor of a repair job at a rock star's house, Dave is furious until he discovers just who that rock star is. Then all he can think about is getting inside the mansion to walk in the footsteps of his idol. With Beth and the boys in tow, he cons Eric into letting him inside, and all goes well until Dave finds himself stuck in an embarrassing predicament. Meanwhile, Mia and Eric continue to try the ""friends"" thing now that they have discovered they are incompatible.

  • S04E11 The Importance of Missing Earnest

    • December 20, 1996
    • CBS

    When Willie leaves Earnest, the family bloodhound, at the park by accident, all the Barrys and their friends come together for ""Operation Find Earnest."" The kids are heartbroken over the loss of the dog, and Dave and friends go to great lengths to find him. Kenny and Shel help to draw the missing dog flyers and Mia uses her psychic abilities only to discover that Kenny is about to meet the girl of his dreams. But when Earnest is finally found, new problems surface that may keep the Barrys from their family pet forever.

  • S04E12 Does the Whale Have to Be White?

    • January 3, 1997
    • CBS

    Dave writes a scathing column criticizing Tommy's teacher for staging a drastically rewritten politically correct version of Moby Dick; Shel and Kenny are dubious about taking Eric to an exclusive nightclub.

  • S04E13 Playdate With a Playmate

    • January 10, 1997
    • CBS

    After Shel displays the new edition of Playboy in which the centerfold confesses that one of her lifelong ambitions is to meet Dave, the meeting is arranged but doesn't turn out exactly the way Dave and the guys envisioned it. Entertainment Tonight reporter Mark Steines guest stars as himself, covering the meeting between the Playmate and Dave. Dave's growing-by-the-minute ego is deflated, however, when, upon meeting the Playmate, he realizes that she is passionate about his writing not about him and that she views him as a father figure. Meanwhile, Shel, Kenny and Eric trip all over themselves trying to impress her.

  • S04E14 Spontaneous Combustion

    • January 17, 1997
    • CBS

    Kenny encourages Shel to be more spontaneous -and Shel foolishly takes his advice. Meanwhile, Dave and Beth's hanky-panky in the car sends them straight to traffic school. Trying to embrace the ability to live impulsively, Kenny convinces Shel to go on a last minute cruise and Shel ends up married by the time the boat docks. Arriving back from the cruise married, Shel is distraught when he hears from his new wife's attorney, fearing that she may take him to the cleaners. Meanwhile, Dave and Beth end up at a very strict traffic school, where they are cited for a ""moving violation"" of an intimate nature in their car.

  • S04E15 Dave Barry, Call Your Agent

    • January 31, 1997
    • CBS

    Dave finds out that his agent, Irving Bloom, has died and that Bloom's widow, Mel, is taking over the client list, much to his surprise. Bea Arthur plays Mel Bloom, the new agent, in the first of three guest-starring appearances. Talk show host Wink Martindale appears as himself. Dave finds himself missing his old agent when Mel goes into overdrive promoting Dave scheduling him with publicity interviews, talk shows and book fairs to publicize Barry Picking, his new book. Dave, however, didn't have a clue that he wrote a new book

  • S04E16 Touched By an Agent

    • February 7, 1997
    • CBS

    Mel, Dave's aggressive new agent, has the Barry household spinning both physically and mentally when she sends Dave into New York for a PR tour and lands Willie a television commercial much to Beth's chagrin. Bea Arthur plays Mel Bloom, the new agent, in the second of three guest-starring appearances. Talk show host Roy Firestone appears as himself, as does singer Pat Boone, who has recently released a new heavy metal CD, In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy. In the green room prior to his appearance on the Roy Firestone talk show, Dave is anxious and nervous and decides to try joke material out on fellow guest Pat Boone. The situation becomes even more nerve-racking when Pat, who goes on the air first, then aces Dave by using the jokes. Meanwhile, Beth, who was reluctant to have Willie do the commercial, becomes angry with Mel when it backfires.

  • S04E17 Bad News Barry's

    • February 21, 1997
    • CBS

    A publishing party at the Barrys' home, coordinated by Dave's new agent, Mel, links Dave to a dead mobster and thrusts him into the seedy world of tabloid publicity. After a photo of Dave with Carlo ""The Body Bag"" Lorenz, which was taken at the party, appears on the front page of the Miami newspapers when Carlo is found dead the next day, the Barry household gets a taste of life in the public eye. Meanwhile, the bad publicity rubs off on Shel when the bookmobile he sponsored is highjacked and taken on a crime spree.

  • S04E18 Liar's Poker

    • February 28, 1997
    • CBS

    A call from an old college classmate whom Dave despised reveals a long-hidden truth about Dave and Beth's dating history. When Dave, Beth, Kenny and Shel engage in their usual game of poker, the art of bluffing becomes more personal than usual. During the course of the poker game, Dave discovers that Beth, Kenny and Shel have been sharing a secret since their college days about a past fling Beth had with an old college flame. Feeling slightly betrayed, Dave ends up pulling off the ultimate bluff.

  • S04E19 Testing . . . Testing . . .

    • April 30, 1997
    • CBS

    After Dave volunteers to take care of the family by himself so Beth can study without interruptions, he has to fly solo and deal with a variety of problems including Kenny's request for a loan of $2,000, Tommy's radical new hairdo and a pony in the backyard. Dave struggles to keep each ""event"" from Beth so she can focus on studying for an important exam. Meanwhile, Kenny's friendship with Shel is strained when Shel refuses to lend him the money to try his hand as a concert promoter.

  • S04E20 Tropical Depression

    • May 7, 1997
    • CBS

    Kenny auditions for a job as a weatherman. Meanwhile, Shel's investments bring him a substantial windfall; then he learns the truth about his shady accountant.

  • S04E21 Oh Dad, Poor Dad

    • June 6, 1997
    • CBS

    Shel has a hard time 'fessing up to his visiting high-maintenance daughter Carly that most of his money is gone. Instead of telling his daughter the truth, Shel tries to hide his financial situation from her by buying her a new wardrobe and a new car and renting a beach house. Meanwhile, Eric ""adjusts"" Beth's neck, which results in her becoming bedridden, and Kenny decides to get a dog, since they are such ""babe magnets,"" and ends up stuck in his apartment when his new canine, ""Bunny,"" turns out to be an attack dog.

  • S04E22 A Woman of Independent Seams

    • June 13, 1997
    • CBS

    After Eric accidentally sells Beth's wedding dress during their garage sale, Dave thinks Beth is upset for sentimental reasons, but the truth is she had $300 hidden in the dress. No matter how Beth tries to explain, Dave still doesn't understand why his wife has a secret slush fund. Meanwhile, Dave confesses to Mia that her high school idol, erotic romance novelist Letitia DeVore, is actually a pseudonym -- for Dave Barry.

  • S04E23 Let Simmer, Then Grill

    • June 20, 1997
    • CBS

    Dave and Beth investigate the reason the FBI wants to speak with them, but it turns out they're looking for information on Shel; Mia courts a job with the NBA's Miami Heat.

  • S04E24 The Creeping Peril

    • June 27, 1997
    • CBS

    When a giant sinkhole threatens to destroy the Barry house, the entire family evacuates to Shel's. Forced to flee on a moment's notice, Dave and Beth must choose what is most important to them. Meanwhile, Shel the consummate bachelor tries to make his pad more family friendly.