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Bigger Kids, Bigger Problems is the third episode of the fourth season of American Housewife, and the seventy-third episode overall. Written by Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Kreamer and directed by Paul Murphy, it aired on October 11, 2019.


After discovering birth control in Taylor's room, Katie struggles with how to parent her now 18-year-old daughter. Complicating matters, Taylor goes to Angela for help instead of her Katie. Meanwhile, Anna-Kat, Franklin, and Greg seek the help of Greg's friends to battle the lunch lady, who refuses to switch from disposable plastic plates to washable plates. Also, Oliver prepares to deliver scripted responses for a teen helpline with the purpose of gaining community service experience for his Harvard application, but inadvertently discovers real empathy.

The episode starts where Greg, Anna-Kat and Franklin are at school in the cafeteria taking about recycling. Katie calls Taylor a liar because she doesn’t like anything about Katie. So Katie confronts Taylor. Then Taylor confronts Katie back by talking about Angela taking Taylor to the doctor instead of Katie. Making Katie offended and kicking Trip out. Greg does a show about recycling and introduces Bill Doty. Greg imitates the cheering, Anna-Kat was quietly clapping, and Franklin was just standing there. After their performance, the four of them take a bow. At dinner, Katie and Taylor are still fighting with Trip being here. Katie tells Taylor that she is 17 and she is going to do what Katie says. Taylor corrects Katie that Taylor is 18. Greg agrees with Taylor. Katie doesn’t care how old Taylor is. Katie says My House My Rules. Katie tells at them to sit down and eat. The family is having a damn family dinner. Greg meets one of the guys from a show he likes. The guy says you’re going down lunch lady. Then the lady says bring it nerd. They kiss instead of fighting. Katie apologizes to Taylor for yelling at her and let’s Trip to come over. Katie talks to Trip about touching Taylor without his clothes on. At the end of the episode, Doris and Katie find Taylor’s birth control.


Main Cast[]

Guest Starring[]

  • Drew Carey as Mr. Green
  • Ryan Stiles as Bill Doty
  • Kathy Kinney as Lunch Lady


  • Drew Carey (The Price is Right), Ryan Stiles (Two and a Half Men/Whose Line Is It Anyway?) and Kathy Kinney, who starred alongside Diedrich Bader in the ABC sitcom series The Drew Carey Show, are scheduled to appear in this episode as part of ABC's Cast from the Past Week.
  • This episode reveals that Bill Doty works at Foot Locker
  • This episode seems to be a parody of works with a heavy handed environmental message such as Captain Planet
  • This is the seventeenth episode in which Taylor disrespects Katie.
  • It is mentioned that Taylor is 18.



Katie: you’re in my house so I get to do this. (rips paper)

Taylor: well it doesn’t matter. I’ll just get Angela to take me to the doctor again.

Katie: (gets offended) what? Angela took you?