"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Urkel" is the second Christmas episode of the ABC sitcom Family Matters, aired in the show's fourth season.


At the Winslow house Steve tries his new invention in giving their tree fake snow. It blows up in Carl's face, much to his dismay and he chases him around with Judy and Eddie.

While taking a break in handing out gifts to orphans, Laura buys an expensive Christmas ornament she put on layaway as her Christmas gift to her mother, Harriette. Steve shows up in his car to take her home and in the process he accidentally breaks the expensive ornament. She is real infuriated with him for doing so, tells him to get lost, and wishes that he finds out what's it like to be her. A disheartened Steve leaves and she goes back to sitting on the bench freezing and waiting for Eddie to pick her up. Minutes later, her guardian angel, Tyrone P. "Ty" Jackson, shows up in front of her. He stops the time all together, which prevents the people from moving with his handy angel remote. She is real impressed with that, but he is not there for chit-chat and tells her that he is here to grant her wish. He changes the TV screen in a store window to her family's house and that they are watching the Angel Broadcasting Channel (ABC).

In the alternate reality world, Eddie begs Carl for extra cash to finish off his Christmas shopping, but he refuses and keeps his money. Then he tells him that he should be more like his younger brother, Steve, because he manages his money better, finished his Christmas shopping weeks ago, and never asked him for a penny. Steve comes down the stairs as the Winslows' second child and tells both Carl and Eddie that he's heading down to the mall to help the cheerleading squad hand out toys for orphans. Carl is impressed that he is caring, charming, handsome, smart, and popular, traits that Eddie lacks and calls him a perfect son.

Not noticing, Laura is upset to think Steve is her brother, but Ty corrects her that he is Eddie's. He reminds her that she wishes that he could find out what it is like to be her. However, he mentions there was a catch and she will find out what it is like to be Steve. She shows up in her stereotypical nerd fashion and she oogles Steve, who is embarrassed by her. She speaks in her mousy voice and wishes them a Merry Christmas. She is shocked and embarrassed by what Ty did.

Minutes later, Laura recovers from her shock and asks Ty if that horrible, nerdy version is her. He says yes and tells her that she is the Winslows' annoying next door neighbor, Laura Urkel. He smiles at the cavaret and she's horrified by it. She tells him that she looks like a total nerd and that he should turn it off now. He refuses to grant her request and tells her that she needs to experience what Steve goes through. He clicks his remote and transports her into Laura Urkel's body against her wishes. She says hello to Carl and Eddie and asks Steve for a kiss. He refuses and tells her to get lost. Seconds later, Harriette shows up with a gingerbread house that she and Judy made for two whole days. Laura wants to lick the chimney, but Steve tells her to be careful with it as it is a work of art. She tells him that it is a work of Harriette; she laughs and snorts. Harriette is insulted by her comment and tells her to go home. Laura tells her that she can't right now. Carl asks her why not and she explains that her father, Dr. Urkel, kicked her out of the house because of her new invention. She invented an Automatic Poultry Stuffer and unfortunately her mother was mistaken for a Christmas goose by it. She accidentally wrecks the gingerbread house by having the Winslow men fall on it. She asks, "Did I do that?" Harriette is upset, tells her yes, and she will do "this". She tries to chase her, but Carl and Eddie restrain her. Later on, Steve was still angry at her for wrecking the gingerbread house. Using the same words she used on him in the real world, he tells her to get lost because of what she did and tells her that he never wants to see her again. She dejectedly leaves and he slams the door in her face, causing snow to fall on her.

Immediately, Ty clicks his remote and brings Laura back to where they were watching the alternate world. She tells him it was an emotional trip because she acted and looked like a nerd. However, she admitted that she had feelings like anyone else. She loved Steve with all her heart, but he hated her and it felt awful. She tells him she wishes to be nicer to him and that she never wants to yell at him like that again. Ty tells her that was the wish he was really here to grant and gives her a second chance. She makes good on it when Steve breaks the expensive ornament. Instead of yelling at him, she tells him that she is just relieved to see him okay. He takes her home and she asks him to spend Christmas with her family.

During the closing credits, Carl fumes about the star on the tree not lighting up as Steve walks into the living room with Laura. He tells her that he was expecting her to be mad at him for what happened to Harriette's Christmas gift, not be nice to him. He asks her if she is suffering from a nervous breakdown or that her feelings towards him had changed. She mentions that she does not want to tell him what really happened to her, but tells him that it made her grow up. Richie tells them the star is lit up. They walk out and Laura realizes that Ty got his wings. Steve asks her who she is talking to and when she tells him, he concludes that she is suffering from a nervous breakdown.


The episode was made available on the Family Matters: The Complete 4th Season DVD set, released on February 4, 2010.

See also

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. Pictures Christmas in ConnecticutGremlinsLethal WeaponNational Lampoon's Christmas VacationJack FrostThe Polar ExpressFred Claus
New Line Cinema ElfThe Nativity StoryFour ChristmasesA Very Harold & Kumar 3D ChristmasThe Conjuring 2Shazam!
Blue Ribbon Content A Christmas Story 2A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
Made-for-TV movies National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island AdventureThe Year Without a Santa Claus
Live-action television episodes
Friends and Joey "The One With Phoebe's Dad" • "The One Where Rachel Quits" • "The One With the Girl from Poughkeepsie" • "The One With the Inappropriate Sister" • "The One With the Routine" • "The One With the Holiday Armadillo" • "The One With the Creepy Holiday Card" • "The One With Christmas in Tulsa" • "Joey and the Plot Twist" • "Joey and the Christmas Party"
DC Comics "Season's Greedings" • "Home is Where the Hurt Is" • "Twas the Night Before Mxymas" • "Lexmas" • "Gemini" • "Year's End" • "Three Ghosts"
Other shows "A Semi-Merry Christmas" • "Mel, the Magi" • "Mel's Christmas Carol" • "'Tis the Season to Be Jealous" • "A Christmas Story" (Growing Pains) • "A Christmas Story" (Just the Ten of Us) • "Santa on the Lam" • "Miracle on Elm Street" • "The Christmas Show" • "Fa La La La Laagghh!" • "The Man Who Canceled Christmas" • "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" • "Deck the Malls" • "Christmas Day-Ja Vu" • "A Country Christmas" • "How the Finch Stole Christmas" • "Meet the Cuban Parents" • "Christmas Punch" • "A Clear and Presentless Danger" • "George Is Being Elfish and Christ-Misses His Family" • "Santa's Secret Stuff" • "A Very Supernatural Christmas" • "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis" • "Christmas" (The Middle) • "It's Beginning to Stink a Lot Like Christmas" • "The Maternal Congruence" • "Jolly Red Elf" • "The World Ain't Over 'Till It's Over" • "The Santa Simulation" • "Give Santa a Tail-Hole" • "Home for Christmas"
Animated productions
Looney Tunes and related shows The Shanty Where Santy Claus LivesBedtime for SnifflesGift WrappedBugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales • "It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special" • "'Twas the Day Before Christmas" • "Jingle Boo" • "The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert" • "A Christmas Plotz" • "Little Drummer Warners" • "No Time for Christmas" • "A Pinky and the Brain Christmas" • "It Happened One Night Before Christmas" • "In Arms Way" • "The Twelve Days of Christmas" • Christmas Eve with Yakko, Wakko & Dot • "Noel" • "The Christmas Tree" • "The Banks of the Delaware River" • "Feather Christmas" • "Yule Be Sorry" • "Christmas in July" • Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas • "A Christmas Carol" • "Tis the Seasoning"
DC Comics "Christmas With the Joker" • "Holiday Knights" • "Frozen Out" • "Comfort and Joy" • "Storybook Holiday" • "Invasion of the Secret Santas!" • "Second Christmas" • "The True Meaning of Christmas" • "Teen Titans Save Christmas"
Hanna-Barbera co-productions "A Dickens of a Christmas" • A Scooby-Doo! Christmas • "Ho Ho Horrors" • Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker TaleScooby-Doo! Haunted HolidaysTom and Jerry: Santa's Little Helpers • "The Plight Before Christmas" • "Scary Christmas" • "Scroogey Doo" • "It's a Wacky Life" • "Dashing Thru the Snow"
Other cartoons "Yuletide and Redtide" • A Cool Like That Christmas • "Santa Mask" • The Polar Express • "The Match Before Xmas" • A Miser Brothers' Christmas • "Da Grinchy Code / Duck" • "FROST / Undercover Claus" • "Fantastic Four Christmases / Red and White Collar" • Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas • "Top of the Naughty List"
Have Yourself a Looney Tunes ChristmasA Hip-Hopera ChristmasMerry Christmas: Animaniacs & Looney TunesThe Looney Tunes Kwazy ChristmasA Looney Tunes Sing-A-Long Christmas
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