We went with this clip last year, but, you know what, it’s the season of giving and you deserve this gift again.
So, we proudly present, the moving conclusion to the Growing Pains Season 2 Christmas episode “The Kid“:
Lesson learned: don’t judge a runaway by his or his cover!!!
Merry Christmas, upper-middle class Long Island suburb where the Seavers live!
Last night on American Idol Crystal Bowersox wowed us yet again by taking on Gladys Knight & the Pips’ “Midnight Train to Georgia,” stepping out from behind the acoustic guitar to behind a piano and then stepping out from behind said piano. Despite what Simon said, it was lovely to see another side of her, because no matter the instrument or the shoes or the hair it was still quintessential Bowersox.
But, as my sister remind me, many of us (or just my sister and I) best know this classic tune as performed by Kirk Cameron and Tracey Gold on Growing Pains. Could it be that Bowersox grew up addicted to the show just like us? Will she put her own spin on “Show Me That Smile” during “Classic TV Themes Week? One can only hope and pray (although it seems that Chris Daughtry has beat her to it).
The Seaver version (starts about 30 seconds in):
Even though the cast of Growing Pains was made up of two Jews and a Canadian it contributed its fair share of Christmas themed episodes (likely somewhat due to the presence of at least one Jesus freak). To continue getting us in the holiday spirit we present “The Kid” from season 2, in which Ben, ever the lovable scamp, brings home a runaway for the holidays. Will she revert to her street rat tendencies? Or will her heart by warmed by the goodwill of the Seavers? Watch and find out…
Parts 2 and 3
Growing Pains would revisit this premise years later when Mike brought home juvenile delinquent Luke Brower. Of course, this particular hoodlum was played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and he’d stick around for longer than a very special episode.
What’s your favorite Christmas gutter punk memory?