Steven “Steve” Urkel
- Herb Urkel (father)
- Diane Urkel (mother)
- Laura Winslow (wife)
- Steven Aloysius Urkel (future son)
- Steven Bertram Urkel (future son)
- Steven Cornelius Urkel (future son)
- Stephanie Sue Urkel (future adopted daughter)
- Stephanie Laurine Urkel (future daughter)
- Stefan Urquelle (alter-ego cool/clone)
- Laura Winslow (wife)
- Harriette Winslow (mother-in-law)
- Carl Winslow (father-in-law)
- Eddie Winslow (brother-in-law)
- Judy Winslow (sister-in-law)
- Rachel Crawford (aunt-in-law)
- Richie Crawford (cousin-in-law)
- Estelle Winslow (grandmother-in-law)
- Fletcher Thomas (step grandfather-in-law)
- Jimmy Baines (grandfather-in-law)
- Clarence (second cousin-in-law)
- Darryl Winslow (uncle-in-law) fat Myra (great great. Grandmother)
Steven Quincy “Steve” Urkel (born July 25, 1976), often referred to simply by his surname, Urkel, is a fictional character in Family Matters. He is portrayed by Jaleel White. In Season 1 he was a recurring character, since Season 2 he is a main character. Originally slated to have only one appearance on the show, he soon became its most popular character.
Steve was the epitome of a geek/nerd, with large, thick eyeglasses, “high-water” or “flood” pants held up by suspenders, multi-colored cardigan sweaters, high-pitched voice and also the most irksome neighbor of the Winslows.
He professed unrequited love for neighbor Laura Winslow, perpetually annoyed her father, Carl, and tried to befriend her brother Eddie (whom Steve calls “Eddo”). Amongst the rest of the family, Harriette, Rachel, Richie and “mother” Estelle Winslow were more accepting and caring of Urkel. Estelle always was delighted whenever he comes to visit. Throughout the series’ run, Steve was central to many of its recurring gags, primarily gratuitous property damage and/or personal injury as a result of his inventions going awry or his outright clumsiness. He became known for several catchphrases uttered after some humorous misfortune occurred, including “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” after he accidentally got drunk in one episode and fell off the edge of a building, “Did I do that?” (previously used by Curly in the 1934 Three Stooges short Punch Drunks), “Whoa Mama!” and “Look what you did” (if rarely someone else caused the damage). He first appeared in the episode “Rachel’s First Date”. As a boy, Steve was incredibly smart but annoyed everyone around him. Steve never really stayed at his own house because his own parents showed nothing but contempt for him. Which was in fact, just a few steps away from the Winslow’s house. He enjoys bothering his neighbors too many times as well annoying Carl, Eddie and Laura on three separate occasions. Though at first, he went over there just to see his crush Laura but after making friendly relationships with everyone else, he decided to see the other members of the family. If Laura breaks Steve’s heart, he says something to make her regret saying whatever insulted him. Once, Steve told Carl Winslow, the father, that he actually wanted him to be his father, because his own father was greatly disappointed with him for not wanting to be a surgeon. Steve has asked Carl to do a lot of things for him. Naming a few: how to swim, how to drive, how to ride a bicycle. Even though Carl bellows at Steve a lot, he cares for him. When Steve is not around the Winslows House, like Visiting his parents She’s Back or paying for the damaged he caused Tips for a Better Life, allowed him to giving his neighbors a few weeks of Urkel will leave Carl, Eddie and Laura. Steve Urkel has been known to make crazy contraptions that usually never work but one did help him a lot: the transformation chamber. He could turn into Elvis, Einstein, or Bruce Lee. Or his other half: Stefan Urquelle. Turning into Bruce Lee helped him escape thugs and bullies. Turning into Elvis made him give up his chances into being able to go to MIT College. Turning into Einstein made him even smarter than he usually was. Finally, turning into Stefan got him chances with girls because Stefan was cool, slick and popular. This unknowingly made his parents love him only because Stefan was everything they had always wanted. Although they were nerds themselves, they were shallow people who preferred his company over Steve. Steve even made a cloning machine. When he showed it to Carl, Carl got excited and told him that he wanted Steve to clone his paycheck but Steve had already cloned himself and the clone destroyed the machine to prevent anybody crazy enough to clone a whole army and rule the world but, the Steve clone was bothering everyone, including his parents (who had moved to Russia). So, Laura told Steve to put the Steve clone into the transformation chamber and make him turn into Stefan Urquelle. In the fourth season, Steve went on a double date with Laura and her Boyfriend Ted and his cousin Myra. She was madly in love with him. So, a few weeks later. Laura brought Myra over to see Steve. He found out that she loved polka as much as he did. So, they shared a kiss. Myra loved Steve very much for about four years. Beginning in season 9, they grow apart immediately and eventually break up. The reason for the break up was not only because Laura started to like Steve but also that Myra was against his makeover and wanted him to stay as the sexy nerd she loved. She pretended to break up with him as a ploy to get him to stay with her and when it failed, she not only sued him for alienation of affections but also resorted to stalking and spying on him (although Laura was dating Stefan Urquelle). in Tips for a Better Life Urkel takes second job at Cafe Java Coffee House after he accidentally destroyed Carl and Harriette’s master bedroom floor with his latest invention and in order for him to pay off Carl. A few months (weeks in episodes) later, Steve proposed to Laura and she had to make a tough decision but strangely enough, she chose Steve.
Stefan seemingly accepted it and moved on with his life, though in the Season 10 episode Death of a Stefan it is revealed that Stefan and Steve are two halves of one being and his cool and suave nature blends back into Steve’s personality, deepening his voice and making him far more mature and self-assured than before and dressing better. He later in the season becomes the father of Stephanie Laurine Urkel, born in 1999.
If the show continued in its final season, he also would have gotten a high-paying job at an Internet start-up company where the boss reveals that the company would never have gone public without the hiring of minority employees. This disgusted him because it was racist and went to Carl for help. Steve’s boss agreed to treat his employees equally and use their knowledge to make the company better after being threatened with arrest. He also, before Stefan’s death, would have had a nightmare of becoming the father of unruly children when Laura would mention the idea of starting a family and babysit Looney’s kids in another episode. Steve would finally be able to reconcile with his parents with Carl and Harriette’s help when he learns that they were in his shoes at one point and encouraged him to treat his child with love and care.
- 1 Biography of Steven Q. Urkel
- 1.1 Beginnings
- 1.2 In Family Matters
- 1.3 Being an extremely irksome neighbor
- 1.4 Showing his loyalty in assisting the Winslows in their time of need.
- 1.5 When his irksome behavior came back to haunt him
- 2 Family
- 3 Personality
- 4 Relationships:
- 4.1 Laura Winslow
- 4.2 Eddie Winslow
- 4.3 Myra Monkhouse
- 4.4 Susie
- 4.5 Vonda Mahoney
- 4.6 Penny Peyser
- 4.7 Maxine Johnson
- 4.8 Waldo Geraldo Faldo
- 4.9 Rodney Beckett
- 4.10 Greta McClure
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Gallery
- 7 Quotes
Biography of Steven Q. Urkel [ edit | edit source ]
Beginnings [ edit | edit source ]
Steven Quincy Urkel was born July 25, 1976 to Herb Urkel, a prominent neurosurgeon and his wife Diane Roberta Urkel.
In Family Matters [ edit | edit source ]
Steven Quincy “Steve” Urkel was introduced as The Winslows pesky, annoying next door neighbor. It was revealed that he likes coming over to their house more than his own because he sees Carl and Harriette as the loving parents that he should’ve had. Steve’s own parents, Dr. Herb and Diane Roberta Urkel have nothing but the utmost contempt for him and do their part to avoid him at all times. In season 5’s Dr. Urkel and Mr. Cool, while he was Stefan Urquelle, they showered him with love and introduced him to the rest of his relatives. It was also revealed that, although nerds themselves, Dr and Mrs. Urkel are very shallow people and prefer Stefan’s company over Steve’s any day. The viewers also sees that out of Steve’s relatives, only four of them really care for him. His Uncle Ernie who owns a horse trailer, revealed in both The Big Fix and Requiem for an Urkel. He maintains a good relationship with Aunt Oona(Donna Summer) from “Altoona” and she aside from Estelle Winslow is the closest thing he has to a mother figure. He’s very close to his Scouthern Belle cousin, Myrtle Mae Urkel and she treats him like her brother. It was also implied that his uncle, Cecil, also cares for Steve. It was revealed in season 8’s Nightmare at Urkel Oaks, that his other uncle, Big Daddy Urkel, is a peanut farming mogul who did not think Eddie was a good choice for his daughter except when bribed with cash. It was mentioned in Season 2 that Big Daddy and the other relatives (excluding Oona, Cecil, Ernie and Myrtle) pay Steve a lot of money not to visit them. However, they tolerated him after he got a makeover and was less clumsy. Steve has a gangster cousin from Detroit named Cornelius Eugene Urkel (also played by White) who went by the moniker “Original Gangsta Dawg”. He tries to avoid him at all costs because every time he visits, he wants money from him. Steve also has another cousin named Julie (who is a friend of Donna Jo “D.J.” Tanner, who lives in San Francisco (as a crossover with Full House). It was revealed in Season 2’s Busted that the Urkels are very good at gambling and have a sixth sense which allows them to win at casinos. Eddie’s unlicensed driving to impress Jolene left him with an $800 damage to Carl’s beloved station wagon and has to secretly fix it before he finds out. He and Steve headed down to Mom’s Bakery which secretly hosted an illegal casino. Raking in a win over $32,000 and on their way out, both boys along with the other gamblers are arrested by the police during a raid. Carl eventually paid their bail and found out about the damage to his car anyway and telling his father, Dr. Herb Urkel, about what he and Eddie had done tonight. Also it’s was revealed in Season 7’s Tips For a Better Life when Urkel accidentally damaged Carl’s Bedroom floor with his latest invention and he was punished by Carl and Carl immediately ordered him to pay for it. Throughout the episodes, Steve always caused Carl lose his patience by his antics causing him to yell, “STEEEVE. “.
Being an extremely irksome neighbor [ edit | edit source ]
- He disturbs Carl a lot.
- He irritates Eddie a lot
- He humiliated his crush, Laura, with other boys.
- Being destructive to the Winslow house.
- He damages Carl’s house by his tampering inventions.
- Always tormenting Carl, Eddie and Laura on three occasions.
- Caused Carl, Eddie and Laura to their tempers and yelling at him.
- He is always been hostile to Carl, Eddie and Laura, despite looking up to them as a father figure, brother figure and sister figure
- He always never seems to have values of Carl’s personal space, Eddie’s personal space and Laura’s personal space
- Taking advantage of Carl, Eddie, and Laura’s lenience.
- Never learn when to control of his clumsiness.
- Never learn to leave Carl, Eddie, and Laura alone
- Hitting Carl in the head with newspaper
- Always irritates Carl, Eddie, and Laura on three separate occasions
- Always continues disturbing Carl, irritating Eddie, and humiliating Laura over 140 times.
- He always caused damages to Carl’s house.
- His shenanigans.
- His clumsiness lead the nerd to damages to Winslow house.
- He accidentally damaged Carl and Harriette’s master bedroom as seen in Tips for a Better Life.
- Always caused Carl and Eddie to chase him.
- Is constantly talking when asked to be quiet when Carl is not talking to him.
- His malfunction machines.
- Damaging Carl’s property
- During Seasons 1 – 3, has disrespect for Carl’s house rules. In season 4, Steve shows more respect for them.
- Always get Eddie in trouble
- Always get Laura in trouble
- Always ruined Carl’s, Eddie’s, and Laura’s lives as revealed in What’s Up Doc?
- His clumsy behavior gets Eddie and Laura in trouble.
- He been punished three times, The first time was in Busted for gambling and the second time was in Jailhouse Blues for joyride in off-screen and the third time recently onscreen was in Tips for a Better Life for accidentally damaged Carl’s bedroom floor .
- He always breaks things on accident
- Chases away guys Laura dates, mainly due to knowing their intentions.
Showing his loyalty in assisting the Winslows in their time of need. [ edit | edit source ]
- Bravely stands up to Willie Fuffner, who was bullying Laura for her refusal to go to the dance with him. Laura was grateful that she willingly agreed to go to the dance with him.
- Save Carl from drowning under the icy waters by forming a human chain with Eddie.
- Helped Laura get her date with Ted Curran, despite missing out on asking her to the dance. Grateful, she shared the homecoming queen dance with Urkel.
- Gave Carl, Eddie and Laura a few or couples of days of him not to be bothered by, when he is not round at the Winslows house in She’s Back and Tips for a Better Life.
- Paid off Carl for accidentally ruined the Winslow house.
- Saved Carl’s life again by knocking out the would-be criminal with a bedpan and using the remote control bed to apprehend him.
- Decreased of his clumsiness, controlled his shenanigans and stopped bothering the Winslows in Grill of My Dreams.
- Values Carl’s personal space, Eddie’s personal space and Laura’s personal space (which he does after going through a similar experience with Myra)
- Saved Carl’s life a 3rd time, by using his training in CPR to resuscitate Carl form unconsciousness. Everyone in the family was grateful and inspired to learn CPR.
- Searched for Laura’s beloved childhood rag doll in the city dump. After finally finding Emily, he presented her as a gift to Laura.
- Defended Eddie against Mr. McClure when he fired the latter for admitting his wrongdoing. In turn Urkel stood up to his boss and tells him off if he’s going to behave like this, he refuses to work at Mighty Weenie again.
- Stopped a would-be burglar by clonking him in the head with a broom and knocking him to the cans inside the grocery store.
- Teamed up with Carl to use the transformation chamber to become Bruce Lee Urkel and Bruce Lee Winslow to defeat the Serpents.
- Using his knowledge in astronomy to save both himself and Carl when they were lost in a forest in Wisconsin.
- Has apologized for the damages he’s caused to Carl’s house due to his clumsiness and paid to get the damages fixed (thanks to his relatives giving him money for the times even he doesn’t visit them and even his job at Mighty Weenie).
- Reminded Carl and everyone else the meaning of Christmas while in the train.
- Saved both himself and Myra from a near death experience when his Isetta was toppling over a cliff.
- He got second job at Cafe Java and paid off Carl for accidentally ruined his bedroom floor.
- Teamed up with Richie and 3J to become the Bruce Lee trio to defeat The Sharks lead by Renaldo.
- Surprised Laura with a reunion with Stefan during a New Edition concert.
- Gave Carl and Harriette their own private concert with New Edition with the help of Richie and 3J
When his irksome behavior came back to haunt him [ edit | edit source ]
Either in the forms of Waldo, Myrtle, Cornelius and mainly Myra, Urkel has learned what life is like as the Winslows when his privacy is disrespected.
- Myra irking him by demanding commitment from him. He found out what life is like as Laura right away.
- Found himself in the same shoes as Carl, Eddie, and Laura when Myra disrespected his privacy. This, in turn, made him see what life is like as the Winslows with her being persistent and overbearing.
- Despite understanding where Myrtle is coming from, he told her to stop annoying him with her plans to win Eddie over. This is because Steve knows how much he loves Greta and respects their personal space.
- Myra coming onto him in the boys locker room and trapping him inside his own locker in order to make him have sex with her.
- Cornelius asking Urkel for $4,000 dollars to pay off a dangerous thug. He told Cornelius that he’s not giving more of his money and that the latter should’ve gone to the police.
- Cornelius hitting on Laura who was Stefan’s girlfriend at the time.
- Waldo annoying him with his lack of intelligence. Despite that, Urkel has shown how much he values Waldo’s friendship with him. The first time was in A Test of Friendship when Waldo called Eddie out for his plans to resort to cheating by using Urkel to give him the answers. In An Officer and a Waldo, Steve came to the former’s defense when Eddie called him an idiot for accidentally kissing his girlfriend, Vonda.
- As Stefan, Carl Urkel annoyed him when he was fixing the chamber and told him to go home in annoyance. This made Urkel realize what life is like as Carl Winslow in being annoyed with his neighbor.
- Myra spying on him twice. The first time when she doodled his room at his own home in Nunsense. This is later explored in both Crazy for You (Part 1) and Crazier for You (Part 2) with the illegal surveillance gear in her room.
Family [ edit | edit source ]
- Dr. Herb Urkel (Father)
- Diane Roberta Urkel (Mother)
- Carl Winslow (Father-in-law)
- Harriette Winslow (Mother-in-law)
- Eddie Winslow (Brother-in-law)
- Judy Winslow (Sister-in-Law)
- Greta McClure (Sister-in-Law)
- Laura Winslow (Wife)
- Stephanie Laurine Urkel (Daughter)
- Myrtle Mae Urkel (Cousin)
- Cornelius Eugene Urkel (Cousin)
- Big Daddy Urkel (Uncle)
- Ernie Urkel (Uncle)
- Aunt Oona Urkel (Aunt)
- Julie Urkel (Cousin)
- Omar Urkel (Uncle)
- Dirk Urkel (Uncle)
- Muriel Urkel (Aunt)
- Stefan Urquelle (Cool alter ego)
Personality [ edit | edit source ]
Though a nerd, Steve has often become suspicious of not-so- innocent natures. This was prominent with Laura when she dates guys who love to bully Steve but they would end up being warded off by him when he learns about their attempts to have sex with her. In Stormy Weather, her date, Jimmy, has shown to be not only annoyed but also possessive and jealous of Steve whom he sees as a potential rival for Laura’s love. This lead to Laura quickly ditching him on the dance floor and leaving her friendship with Steve intact. Despite being poorly conscious of his social outcast status, Urkel has shown excellent demonstrations of good judgment with the law and acute suspicions of law-breaking, mostly prominent in episodes involving Eddie and peer pressure. Though he was someone with no grudges, Steve has a known dislike for Clarence in Jailhouse Blues. When they first met, he saw Clarence for who he is: a loser who is going nowhere with his life with the way he’s behaving. Urkel warned Eddie not go in the car because he suspected that Clarence had stolen it from the owner, only for him give in to temptation to be with the girls and ignore Steve. Clarence quickly took advantage by taking Urkel hostage so he can’t tell Carl and the others the truth. Though Eddie tried to get him to think positive, Steve’s warning against going on the joyride in the Porsche was best heeded and the police quickly put an end to it. It’s implied that at the station, Urkel had told the authorities about him being an unwilling participant in Clarence’s scheme because he took him against his will. In season 4’s Hot Stuff, Steve became suspicious about a stereo system that Eddie bought from Weasel’s friend for a good discount and a quick look proved his suspicions when he reveals the serial numbers were scraped off. He reveals to Eddie that he was ripped off by Weasel’s friend and the system was stolen. In season 5’s Money Out the Window, Urkel refused to go along in a scheme with Eddie when it came to Weasel’s betting system. Since he has learned his lesson from last time in Busted, Steve tried in vain to warn Eddie of the consequences again, only to watch his friend lose himself in debt. When he was in trouble with a bookie named Bones, Urkel suggested he went to Carl for help. Eddie refused and sold Carl’s prized stamp in order to pay him off in a timely manner, which he later regretted and wished he was simply beaten up Bones. Steve told Carl the truth about Eddie gambling again and quickly buys back his stamp to back up his claims from the Stamp Emporium. This leads him giving Eddie a stern lecture and finally making him promise not to gamble again. And in Season 7’s Scammed, when a con artist who owns the bar promised Eddie and Waldo a chance to meet the Chicago Bulls. While both were excited, Steve as usual refused to budge and is quite skeptical of him. He warns his friends not to go in the bar(despite the fact that Eddie was over 21 but Urkel and Waldo were both underage) because he suspects the owner being a con-artist and suggested they go home. Eddie would eventually see that Steve was right the whole time when the owner leaves him with an expensive bill and had to go to Carl for help. Steve has also shown to have a reluctance to date Myra, despite appreciating the fact she accepts him as a person. This would come into play in both Seasons 5 and 9 when he sees how possessive and jealous she is of his friendship with Laura. This more often than not got Myra in disputes with her and that disgusted Urkel to the point where he had to hide out with Estelle in order to avoid her. However, because Laura wasn’t interested in Steve at the time, she was willing to accept a truce and he dated her in season 6 through the first half of 9. By Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Steve finally realizes that Myra hated his makeover and wanted him to return to his quintessential nerdy self who she loved (with suspenders and hitched up pants). When he refused, she broke up with him first, though it turned out to be a ploy to try to get him to dump Laura and stay with her. When Steve refused to do so, Myra began her attack by not only suing him for alienation of affection but also stalking and spying on him. She would eventually leave him alone or would have if the show went on for another season. Steve is commonly known and respected by other characters for his kindness to others, his never-ending love and loyalty for those he holds dear and alongside with Harriette, his position as a voice of reason and source of wisdom for the often bickering members of the Winslow family, all of which are the redeeming qualities for his generally unwelcome or tolerated presence. He always cares for and means well for other people but is often the misunderstood victim of the Winslows’ anger and rejection, especially of Carl, Eddie and Laura, who all struggle to see through his clumsiness and annoying behavior and to understand and appreciate him for his positive traits. This was shown in season 6’s What’s Up Doc, when Harriette finally calls out her family and reminds them that while Steve was annoying, he has also helped them out in times of crisis. Although he is often portrayed positively for being a kind and virtuous person among other characters who must learn from their mistakes, Steve is not a flawless character. While he is indeed kind and seemingly means well for others, Steve tends to be needy, overbearing and often demonstrates very poor empathy, understanding and consideration of other people’s feelings, especially when they feel negatively towards him (whether those feelings are justifiable or not). He shows little regard or respect for Laura’s choice to not reciprocate Steve’s affections. One example of Steve’s lack of consideration for others is when he accidentally caused Carl and Eddie to fall off of their roof, only to demand an apology from Carl for unintentionally landing on top of Steve and even going so far as to fight back when Carl subsequently banished him from the Winslow house. He would eventually see what life is like as the Winslows in season 5 when he found himself in the same position with Myra stalking him and trying to visit him when she’s not wanted. This plus being annoyed with Carl (as Carl Urkel) made him show more consideration other people’s privacies, which he does try to respect in the later seasons. Nonetheless, Steve is kind, bears no hatred for anyone and is extremely loyal to the Winslow family, whom he is always ready to be there for. He would always be ready to forgive the Winslows when they take advantage of him, behave coldly towards him, harshly reject him and then learn that they hurt his feelings. Steve loves the Winslows like they were his real family and whether through kindness, persistence or force, he works tirelessly to become as much a part of their lives as a genuine family member. However by season 10, Steve has reconciled with his parents when he hears their story or would have if the show had gone on to it’s final season. In the death of Stefan part 2 after Steve realizes that his cloning machine does not make “permanent” clone like he intended. After that, Stefan’s personality and appearance reintegrate itself back into Steve, giving him a more mature appearance and deeper voice and dressing better and walking better.
Relationships: [ edit | edit source ]
Laura Winslow [ edit | edit source ]
Steve was shown to have an obsessive crush on Laura. But she didn’t return those feelings until later (and in one episode, Steve finally stood up to Laura when she was still being mean to him and ordered her to respect him). Despite that, she has shown appreciation for the kind things he’s done for her family. Laura has also dated guys who would bully Steve(and have one consider him competition in Stormy Weather), but it would end with him warding them off. He suspects their hidden motives were to take advantage of her and refuses to let that happen(though it’ll take Laura until the near end of the episode to learn their motives). Steve sometimes went to her house and tried to flirt with her. At the same time, he does respect Laura’s personal space, unlike Myrtle who kept stalking Eddie much to his extreme terror(until Don’t Make Me Over). Laura is now Steve’s wife, and they live quite comfortably with a daughter named Stephanie.
Eddie Winslow [ edit | edit source ]
Steve’s friendship with Eddie was a bit one sided. Eddie would see him as nothing more than a nerd, while Urkel hero worships him as a friend. Eventually, this grew into a long-lasting friendship. Eddie is now Steve’s brother-in-law or would have been if the show has gone on for another season.
Myra Monkhouse [ edit | edit source ]
Myra was introduced as both Ted Curran’s cousin and a potential girlfriend for Steve just so Laura can have some breathing space. He was initially attracted to her because she was sweet and intelligent and didn’t care of what others thought of both her and Steve. Urkel was soon repelled, however, by her jealous and possessive nature when she came to the conclusion that Laura was serious competition for his love. This was explored in both seasons 5 and 9 when he saw what life was like in Laura’s shoes when she pursued him relentlessly. He and Myra dated during seasons 6-8. In season 9, they grew apart when Steve learned that she hated his makeover and demanded that he goes back to the sexy nerd she loved. He refused and Myra broke up with him first, though it later was learned that she only pretended to do so in order to get Urkel to renounce his love for Laura and stay with her. When Steve refused, she resorted to not only suing him, bur also stalking and spying with illegal subservience gear in her bedroom. She teamed up with Stefan and both set out to win their true loves back. Though initially successful, Laura still wanted to date him and Myra vowed never to rest until Steve is hers once and for all. Urkel soon learned that she was spying on him with a mini hidden surveillance camera in his glasses and demanded she renounce her love for him immediately because he loves Laura. Myra refused and got her arrested for stealing her watch. However, Urkel was able to drop the charges and expose her for spying on him with illegal spy gear. The police took everything from Myra’s room and pursued criminal charges. In the ending credits of the episode when she had Laura arrested for stealing her watch, Laura was arrested again for assaulting her. When she learned of his and Laura’s engagement, Myra continued to hold the torch even though he didn’t love her. It’s unknown what happened to her after that. If the show had continued on to it’s final season, it was revealed that Stefan stopped Myra from ruining Laura and Steve’s wedding. She finally relinquishes her love when meeting Steve’s cousin, Cornelius|.
Susie [ edit | edit source ]
A one time only character whom got along with Steve right away. Laura was instantly jealous of the two when they started dating. However, they broke up when Steve not only introduced her to the president of the chess club, but also admitting that he still loves Laura.
Vonda Mahoney [ edit | edit source ]
Vonda was a girl that Eddie dated in season 3. She had crush on Steve in The Love God, after he tutors her in a class she was failing in. Worried that she may sell herself just to have guys date her, he teaches Vonda the dangers of making herself easy and accept herself for who she is. Though she felt better about it, Eddie wanted to beat up Steve for interfering.
Penny Peyser [ edit | edit source ]
One of Laura’s best friends whom had little to no patience for Urkel in Season 1. She has shown concern for him once in the episode, In a Jam.
Maxine Johnson [ edit | edit source ]
Unlike most of Laura’s friends, Maxine’s feelings for Steve were much kinder due to their similar situations with neglectful parents.
Waldo Geraldo Faldo [ edit | edit source ]
Another one of Urkel’s friends, whom may be dimwitted at time, but Waldo has a key sense of morality and is an excellent chef. He originally started of as a sidekick to resident bully, Willie Fuffner, but grew up later on.
Rodney Beckett [ edit | edit source ]
Urkel’s relationship with Rodney is a bad one. Rodney had no patience with his antics, while Urkel sees him as a slacker.
Greta McClure [ edit | edit source ]
Eddie’s girlfriend who’s feelings for Urkel is like Maxine’s own, except she was dealing with a controlling father. She was the one who helped Steve point out Eddie and Laura’s pranks as nothing more than immature and childish.
Steven Quincy "Steve" Urkel (born July 25, 1976), often referred to simply by his surname, Urkel, is a fictional character inFamily Matters. He is portrayed by Jaleel White. In Season 1 he was a recurring character, since Season 2 he is a main character. Originally slated to have only one…
Snookums! Steve Urkel Is a Hit
By Joy Horowitz
- April 17, 1991
He’s so unhip that now he’s cool, Steve Urkel, a regular in-your-face kind of guy. When he laughs, he snorts. When he talks, he whines in a nasal, grating voice. When he arrives, he intrudes, with his pants riding up his skinny waist and his mouth working overtime, popping out sassy, if not annoying, rejoinders.
Who, you may wonder, is Steve Urkel and why should anyone care? Played by the 14-year-old actor Jhaleel White, Steve Urkel is the geek-next-door who has grabbed the public fancy and catapulted “Family Matters,” the ABC Friday night sitcom about a black police officer and his extended family, into a hit that ranks frequently among the top five shows in prime time.
“Snookums!” Urkel cries out, casting his bespectacled eyes upon Laura Winslow, the girl he has a crush on but who thinks he’s a complete dweeb. He tries to woo her by confiding that he’s thinking of changing his style of underwear, from boxers to bikini briefs. Getting nowhere, he laughs a little too hard at a not very funny joke, warning, “Another one like that and I’ll wet my boxers.”
Urkel is the quintessential nerd: brainy and scrawny and in love with bugs, cheese and his computer. From his oversized glasses and dimples to his suspenders and sardonic grin, he brings to mind a cross between Pee-wee Herman and Spike Lee. His very name, which sounds like a combination of irksome and heckle, has become part of the lexicon. Even David Letterman’s one-liners in recent weeks have become peppered with Urkelisms.
When he is not the centerpiece of “Family Matters,” Urkel pops up on other shows. On “Full House” (produced by Tom Miller and Bob Boyette, who also created “Family Matters”), Urkel jetted into town to explain to Stephanie that wearing glasses is not such a bad thing. He showed up on Johnny Carson as a guest, in the form of Mr. White (sans glasses and irritating voice). On the American Comedy Awards, Mr. White taught Bea Arthur how to do the Urkel, a very nerdy dance.
By now, the story of how Mr. White nabbed the role of Urkel borders on Hollywood legend. He walked into the audition wearing a pair of oversized protective goggles that he had borrowed from his father, a dentist. He was initially hired to make occasional appearances on the show. But as the ratings increased, so did Urkel’s screen time.
Now Mr. White is feeling the pinch of celebrityhood. It’s not just press requests, which his mother is shunting aside until June, when he’s finished with school. But the tabloids have taken to camping out on the street in front of his house. And the influx of mail he has received has required Mr. White’s family to get a second post office box. More Than a Joke
But the Urkel phenomenon is also more than a joke or the latest trend of the network ratings game. The fact is that Urkel has become one of America’s most popular black television characters. That he is a nerd lends that popularity a curious distinction, one that some say could be more significant than the show’s producers ever intended.
“Urkel is a very refreshing character,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, the president of the Beverly Hills-Hollywood chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. “He shows the diversity within the African-American community rarely seen on TV.”
“It’s unusual they are portraying a black kid as a nerd,” said Dr. Alvin Poussaint, associate professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, who is also a script consultant on “The Cosby Show” and “A Different World.”
Usually, he continued, black males are not portrayed as intellectual. “He’s the kind of kid black kids would not want to be and would also accuse of trying to be white — not being hip,” Dr. Pouissant said. “He’s not up on street talk, not a dancing, bopping kind of kid.” But, he said: “The fact that he’s a nerd and very bright may be a step forward — accepting that a black kid can be bright and precocious and might end up in an Ivy League school.”
On the other hand, Urkel can also be a buffoon. With stooped posture, pursed lips and raised eyebrows, he often takes on the hammy persona of a fool who is completely impervious to insult.
“On ‘The Cosby Show,’ we would struggle with whether this character was believable or a caricature,” said Dr. Poussaint. “That’s the part I don’t know how to assess. If we did a survey, would people say he was bright? Or a fool? He’s a new dimension.” ‘Trying to Have Fun’
For “Family Matters’s” co-executive producer, Bill Bickley, the question of how his show fits in with the evolution of black images on television is of less consequence than whether it is entertaining.
“I never thought the situation comedy was of any historic importance,” he said. ‘We’re just trying to have fun.”
Originally the Urkel character was conceived of as a minor one on a single episode in which Laura gets stuck with “the last person on earth she’d want to go out with on a blind date,” explained Mr. Bickley, who likens Urkel’s breakout status to that of Fonzie, played by Henry Winkler, on “Happy Days,” another show he wrote with his partner, Michael Warren.
“That he be a social outcast among his peers was very important to us,” Mr. Bickley says. “His being a social outcast was not based on race. He’s a kid who’s small and intelligent and scientific — an outcast in high school society. He was rumored to have eaten a live mouse. It was just a rumor.”
Mr. Bickley, who said that half the show’s writers are white, as are all of the producers, added: “I don’t personally have a black perspective. We approach the show from a more universal point of view.” Not a Realistic Character
“We don’t see him as being a realistic character in the same way the other characters are realistic,” Mr. Bickley continued. “What do try to make realistic are his concerns and principles. The fact that he’s in love with this girl and will never give up is a caricature of human qualities. We don’t look to make them accurate. We write about the good, realistic side of human nature.”
Is being unharmed by insult a good thing? “What is good is he doesn’t let it get him down,” Mr. Bickley said. “He’s an optimist. This is the kid who’s hard to knock down. It’s hard to dash his hopes and dreams. But he is human, not armor-protected.”
Meanwhile, the real Steve Urkel — a television producer and friend of Mr. Warren’s after whom the character was named — is not so happy about the Urkelization of prime time.
How is he dealing with it? “Not well,” replied Mr. Bickley. “But he should be grown up enough to take it.”
Snookums! Steve Urkel Is a Hit By Joy Horowitz April 17, 1991 He’s so unhip that now he’s cool, Steve Urkel, a regular in-your-face kind of guy. When he laughs, he snorts. When he