3x09 Charlene's Flat World
First Aired: Dec. 04, 1992 on ABC
Summary: When Charlene's class is assigned to think of an original idea, her world-is-round theory falls flat, and she's tried for heresy. She get's arrested stating that the world is round and everybody believes that the world is flat. So she decides to prove them wrong by traveling with Robbie to…
Main Characters in this Episode
Fran Sinclair: Gee, I don't know, the refrigerator's all full.
Baby: Oh...buy another refrigerator, problem solved, back to work.
Fran Sinclair: I'm so glad you're back, I made your favorite for dinner.
Charlene Sinclair: You knew we were coming back tonight?
Fran Sinclair: I made it every night.
Earl: Yep, 80 consecutive nights of meatloaf, and nobody prayed for your safe return home, more than me.
- SPOILER: Charlene and Robbie return from their trip around the world, their mother has cooked their favorite meal. When the son and daughter ask how she knew they would return on that particular day, she replies that she had prepared the same meal every day since they had left. The father mentions that she had made meatloaf for eighty days, so that is how long it took them to circumnavigate the globe, an obvious reference to the famous Jules Verne novel (and later the movie) "Around the World in Eighty Days."