6.6
287 votes
Step by Step

Step by Step

ABC 1991

Step by Step is an American television sitcom with two single parents, who spontaneously get married after meeting one another during a vacation, resulting in them becoming the heads of a large blended family

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Step by Step

Step by Step - S6E11

#1 - Locket Man

6.64

Season 6 - Episode 11

A clueless Rich gives Dana a piece of recycled jewelry for her birthday, but finds the party's over when the gift turns out be a locket -- with a picture of him and his ex-flame inside. Meanwhile, Carol and the kids must endure the rite of passage that all men face when Frank goes through a mid-life crisis.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Step by Step from 14 votes.

Step by Step - S5E8

#2 - Roadie

6.77

Season 5 - Episode 8

Mark's favorite singer, Christi Rose is coming to town. Cody gets a job as her Roadie and introduces her to Mark who promptly passes out.Christi falls for Cody and offers him a full time job as her Bodyguard. He is tempted, but decides he enjoys his lifestyle too much. Although he offers her the chance to move her van in right next to his, but much like Cody she likes her lifestyle to much too. They remained close, because the entire clan of children sings with her (including Al on the drums)at the end of the episode. Frank finally agrees to buy a car for Al,JT,Dana and Karen after numerous complaints.He not only buys a car but he comes home with his dream car a 1965 mustang. He becomes so obsessed with it; however, the children hardly ever get to drive it as Frank comes up with one excuse after another to keep them from it.In the end Carol has to point this out to him,and Frank realizes his mistake and gives the car to the kids,at last.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Step by Step from 22 votes.

Step by Step - S4E13

#3 - Can't Buy Me Love

6.81

Season 4 - Episode 13

J.T. and Cody are out riding around in J.T. boss's car.When J.T. meets a pretty girl,at a cafe.She thinks he's rich and so J.T. lies and says he is, to impress her.He then finds some money on the street and decides to keep it.Not knowing it actually belongs to Shelly's Dad who owns the cafe she works at.Cody finally makes J.T. tell her the truth and J.T. fines out about the money and returns it and apologizes for lieing.They decide to try and start over.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Step by Step from 21 votes.

Step by Step - S6E2

#4 - Shear Madness

6.84

Season 6 - Episode 2

Jean-Luc is asked to cut Hillary Clinton's hair and is so nervous he wants to decline the opportunity. He is finally able to decipher(through a conversation with Carol) that it all stems from his depression from his divorce. Frank disapproves of yet another of Al's dates. He then meets a guy just like him who he goes shopping with and sets up him up with Al. Al goes on a date with him, but afterward makes Frank agree to not interfere with her date life. She does, however, let him chase off a particularly bad date.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Step by Step from 19 votes.

Step by Step - S4E11

#5 - Make Room for Daddy

6.86

Season 4 - Episode 11

Carol and Frank go on a romantic getaway, but Carol can think of nothing but the baby. Mark meets a girl, but is surprised by her appearance.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Step by Step from 21 votes.

Step by Step - S6E17

#6 - Show Me the Money

6.86

Season 6 - Episode 17

When JT and Rich take on the job as sports agents to an up-and-coming college hockey player, they find themselves becoming his personal servants and dating service—with Karen serving as the main course. Meanwhile, the battle between the hairdressers and the contractors begins when Carol and Jean-Luc challenge an overly-macho Frank and his pal, Moose, to a game of bowling.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Step by Step from 14 votes.

Step by Step - S3E21

#7 - The Case of the Missing Diary

6.87

Season 3 - Episode 21

Cody is writing a 40's style mystery for his creative writing class. He gets an idea when Karen proclaims her diary is missing. His pun-filled story is played out by the Lambert/Foster family. Kitty Meow (Karen), who sings in the famous trio the Andrews step-sisters, lost her diary. The suspects are as follows: the other two Andrew's step-sisters (Dana and Al), the establishment's piano player (Brendan), comic (JT), and other singing act, Miss Honey Dew (Carol). With the help of the lab technician (Mark), Sam Spud (Cody) discovers it was Honey Dew. In real life, Al turns out to be the one who misplaced Karen's diary.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Step by Step from 23 votes.

Step by Step - S7E5

#8 - Poetic Justice

6.89

Season 7 - Episode 5

Karen has a professor (actually a teaching assistant) try to date her by influencing her with grades. Karen tells Dana about her predicament. Dana has the perfect plan to catch Jason in his own deceitful web. While a battery that does not keep going and going causes a hitch, the plan does end up working. Mark's date comes in all her glory for a date with Mark. Actually, she is repulsive to Frank and Carol, a source of comedy to Rich and JT, and a shocking match for Mark to everybody. Mark stays out past curfew, is grounded, and runs off in Frank's truck with this girl.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Step by Step from 9 votes.

Step by Step - S2E17

#9 - Love, Port Washington Style

6.93

Season 2 - Episode 17

Dana has been dumped--AGAIN-- just before Valentine's Day. She acts real moody and volunteers to work a double shift at the 50's cafe, since she is dateless. When a customer does show up, Dana snaps at him and he responds kindly, yet with an irritation of his own. They end up dating, as Dana leaves work early. Carol is so busy in the beauty salon that she solicits Frank's assistance. Frank does his best, which is not good enough. Frank burns a bald spot in some girl's hair. While Carol has to spend hours talking to her parents, Frank's style becomes popular with the high school crowd.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Step by Step from 28 votes.

Step by Step - S1E11

#10 - A Day in the Life

6.93

Season 1 - Episode 11

Frank gets ""America Up Close"" to do one of their 'blended family' segments on the Lambert/Foster clan. Carol is disappointed, because now the whole world will see them acting nasty toward each other, and when it happens she gets mad at Frank and makes him sleep on the couch. Dana leads the kids in a mission to save their parents, by everyone being nice for the cameramen. When they do, Carol and Frank make up, just before the act fades away.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Step by Step from 43 votes.

#11 - Something Wild
6.95
Season 4 - Episode 6

Cody makes the world's largest Jack-o-Lantern and Mark discovers an alien life. Meanwhile, Carol and Frank decide to dress as Tarzan and Jane for the special Halloween Ball.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Step by Step from 22 votes.

#12 - Birth of a Salesman
6.96
Season 3 - Episode 19

Urged by his parents to either apply to college or find a job, JT gets a part-time position as an assistant salesman in a used-car lot. Not only does he actually enjoy his new job, but it turns out that he's incredibly good at selling cars. He thanks Carol for getting him off his keister and making him get a job. He dreams of one day owning the car lot and gets in a commercial for the place. Dana is assigned to write an essay for her psychology class. After Mark and Karen's refusals, she has to hire Cody as a subject for her study. She writes that Cody is a nutcase, but her teacher claims that she is close-minded. She gets a ""D"" on the paper and has to do a makeup assignment on one person's dreams for a week, and although Cody volunteers, she refuses.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Step by Step from 25 votes.

#13 - Head of the Class
7.00
Season 4 - Episode 17

Everyone begins to help Carol so she will not be stressed out too much and harm the baby. Carol, however, is so fussy about how they help that she drives them all crazy and seems to be just as stressed. Brendan, however, stays up all night cleaning to help. Dana and Cody are selected to teach a bunch of remedial high school students about the Civil War. Cody signs them up for a hit TV game show, ""It's Academic,"" and wants a more hands-on kind of teaching. Dana fights Cody on both until the competition, where she gets so into it, she threatens her team. The students respond to both Cody's teaching and Dana's coaching.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Step by Step from 17 votes.

#14 - Don't Ask
7.00
Season 5 - Episode 6

Karen thinks her dream of becoming a Country Music star may finally come true,A producer says he will deliver her demo to every record producer in the business if she gives him 500 dollars upfront.She does and he rips her off,by skipping town. She soon becomes depressed and being too young to get drunk, she stuffs herself trying to get fat. Dana eventually cheers her up by getting a radio station to play Karen's song on the air. Cody orders a ham radio, but ends up with a Russian mail order bride. She steals his credit card, max's it out, and insists upon marrying Cody to avoid having to go back to Russia. Finally, she finds a naturalized citizen from her home country and marries him,and Cody is no longer under Russian domination. Frank and Carol, sick of doing EVERYTHING for the kids, talk to the kids about doing their own little errands. Brendan ends up not getting a permission slip to a Packers game, requiring a clarification of the rules.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Step by Step from 20 votes.

#15 - Baby Come Back
7.00
Season 5 - Episode 10

JT and Al baby-sit for Lilly and impulsively take Lilly to an audition to represent a baby food company in Milwaukee. When changing a diaper, Al and JT notice that they returned with the incorrect baby. Upon Frank and Carol's return, the whereabouts of Lilly are still uncertain. As it turns out, Jeffrey was the younger brother of a babysitting teenage boy who had similiarly been enticed by the cash reward. At a beauty products convention, Frank annoys Carol by complaining about how boring it is. She finally tells him to wait for her in the bar. But Frank is convinced by a beautiful product representative to have his follicles massaged. When Carol catches Frank ""flirting"" with the saleswoman, they argue and agree not to force each other to attend their respective business functions anymore. Also, Dana and Cody get trapped in Cody's magic box. After Cody tells Dana his life story, sings 1,000 bottles of beer on the wall, and otherwise annoys her; he receives a call on his cellular phone.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Step by Step from 19 votes.

#16 - Beautiful Ladies of Wrestling
7.00
Season 5 - Episode 13

JT and Frank will do ANYTHING for Super Bowl tickets. They dress up like women and wrestle Assualt and Battery for 10 rounds to claim them. Meanwhile,Mark is placed in a school for the gifted. On his first day at the new school, Mark gets a ""C"" on a pop quiz. He neglects his friends and stays up all weekend studying. When Carol catches him, they decide that the new school is a step backward for Mark. Also, Cody ""invents"" clothing made from food when going camping. Without having to pack clothes or carry heavy food, it appears to be a good idea. However, Cody realizes that there are a lot of hungry animals in the woods.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Step by Step from 20 votes.

#17 - We're Going to Disney World (1)
7.00
Season 5 - Episode 22

Frank's mother offers the entire family a trip to Disney World the weekend of Frank and Carol's anniversary. Flash shows up to return Frank's hammer and ends up staying the weekend, and over the weekend he visits more rides than anyone in the history of Disney World has beating out a Russian and bringing the title back to America. JT and Rich dip into their apartment fund to get Rich to come. JT poses as J.T. Disney and ends up spending the whole fund trying to attract 2 girls. They go different ways for a few hours until JT ""redeems"" himself by selling his plain ticket and agreeing to ride the bus back with Rich. Karen enters a country music contest with Dana and Al as backup singers but gets rid of them because they aren't dedicated enough. When she gets on stage the first time, though, she realizes that she needs them.After a little making up Al and Dana agree to re join the group and they rock the house with ""Girls with Guitars"" By ""Wynona""

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Step by Step from 15 votes.

#18 - Crazy Love
7.00
Season 6 - Episode 3

Dana is told she must tutor another student.As she goes on about ""moron jock"" she will to tutor this time she discovers it's Rich;whom she loathes. But the first thing they learn is that opposites attract, and soon, to everyone's shock, sparks begin to fly. Meanwhile, Carol and Frank, eager to be alone and away from the ever-present Jean-Luc, escape for a much needed romantic weekend, but find an unwelcome surprise awaiting them,Jean Luc.It's his birthday and he ends spending it alone after Carol and Frank explain to him they need some time alone themselves.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Step by Step from 18 votes.

#19 - She's the One
7.00
Season 6 - Episode 8

J.T. finally meets the girl of his dreams in Sam, the tow truck driver. They have everything in common and after some urging from brothers and sisters he asks her out. They end up going to a packers game and from then on it's love. J.T. is initally confused about his feelings for Sam until he has a conversation with Jean Luc and it all becomes clear. He in love with Sam. Also Karen's big music break finally comes, when she is selected to appear in a video with one of Country Music's biggest (fictional) stars, Jimmy Ray Johnston. So Frank, Carol and Karen all travel to Chicago for the big shoot. But it turns out that Jimmy Ray only wants Karen to look good and not actually sing. So she quits.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Step by Step from 13 votes.

#20 - Road Trip
7.06
Season 6 - Episode 4

JT and Rich convince Frank that they're mature enough to drive down to Mexico. After traveling almost the whole way they finally discover that Dana has stode away in the back seat. After reaching the border town of Tejada, they end up in jail, when Rich gives all his money to Dana and they can't pay for the burritos they just ate. Dana's mouthing off to the officer over what she sees as him trying to take advantage of her, only makes things worse. In the meantime, Carol has a bright idea. Frank should teach Jean-Luc how to drive. But for once he refuses and Carol takes her life in her own hands when she attempts to teach Jean-Luc herself.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Step by Step from 18 votes.

Last updated: apr 21, 2021

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