Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Margaret Cho's cameo in the lottery episode. She tries to pass herself off as a long lost relative who needs money for her dog's operation - which is 'coincidentally' located on the French Riviera. Sonia for some reason holds the Idiot Ball, believes the sob story and is about to pay the money when the dog gives the game away. The gag doesn't tie into the episode's theme (the family losing sight of who they are) and it's not mentioned again.
Crosses the Line Twice: Nico's Traumatic Haircut at the hands of Sonia becomes quite funny due to the circumstances. A chunk of her hair gets accidentally chopped off when Lorena distracts Sonia by suffering a magnificent pratfall and spilling some hot tea (that Nico herself had ordered). Nico's hammy Villainous Breakdown afterwards seals the deal.
George appears to have the most fangirls. Half the comments on Youtube uploads are asking what his actor Bobby Gonzalez is up to these days.
Carlos was created to appeal to teenage girls back when the show was on, what with his Pretty Boy appearance and reputation as The Charmer.
Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The one where Carlos decides he doesn't want to go to Church any more could be setting up things for a resolution where the parents let him make a decision like that on his own. It ends with him changing his mind and going to Church anyway - making it come across as emotional blackmail forcing him to change his mind.
During a gag where each of the children swipe a newspaper from Ray, Lorena reads a headline saying "possible recession". This was four years before one of the worst economic recessions the world would see.
Lorena accidentally revealing that her favourite soap star wears a wig is presented as a satisfying comeuppance for her, and Played for Laughs. Then comes the episode where Carlos discovers a new girl at school wears a wig...because she has cancer.
Growing the Beard: By Season 2, the child actors had slotted into their roles, characters had become more defined and the plots were a little less preachy.
Harsher in Hindsight: Jacqueline's storyline about cancer becomes harsher since Lupoe Ontiveros - who played Abuelita - died of liver cancer.
He Really Can Act: Jeffrey Licon brings it in an episode where Carlos discovers that a new student at school has cancer. It's a slow build when he's brought to the hospital - from his quiet "is she gonna die?" when he finds out, to his emotional breakdown when he sees Sonia fitting a wig onto the girl's head.
An episode has Larry wanting to get a haircut from someone other than his mother. But when he tries to go to another barber as a rite of passage, he runs out in terror. And he then goes to Sonia anyway to get it fixed. There's also a cute moment afterwards where Carlos spikes the new haircut up for him.
While the feminism Aesop was badly handled, the episode does have this sweet moment from Carlos to Lorena.
"I know I don't always treat you like I should, but I do care about you. I can't imagine our family without you."
The kids all working together to take care of the baby Max - whom they mistakenly think is their new brother. Carlos lets him talk on the phone, Lorena sings to him, George feeds him, and Larry plays rock-paper-scissors (calling back to an Imagine Spot where he had hoped to do the same for his new sibling). Overall it is quite sweet that when they thought Sonia might be pregnant, they agreed to help out a lot more.
Tia Gabbi, despite her interference causing mayhem, professes her respect for the Garcia parents in front of the kids - and all they do to raise them right.
"That's what's made you the wonderful people that you are."
The end of the same episode has them watching an old video of their dad protesting. Among the things he says is that they have to make it a better world for their children.
Carlos shaving his head to really make up for how rude he was to Jacqueline.
The episode where the kids think Sonia has adopted a baby boy. Lorena complains that they didn't adopt a girl. Fast forward to when the family takes on an exchange student - and it does turn out to be a girl. And she and Lorena end up clashing.
Brenda Song has a role as George's superficial love interest. Her sending a gift back saying she'll wait until he gets real diamonds is quite amusing - The Suite Life of Zack and Cody has her as one of the ultimate Rich Bitches.
Moe: Larry is a rare male example - for being an Adorably Precocious Child and his youthful innocence contrasting nicely with his older siblings'.
Narm: In the climax of "Larry's Curse", Ray's speech about blessings seems rather forced in what was a straight-up comedy episode. The moral doesn't seem to gel with the episode's theme and comes across as Tastes Like Diabetes. What's more is that it's a Broken Aesop - since the bad luck stops after Larry and Abuelita cleanse the house. And not to mention that Ray goes ballistic over a simple water fight - with the seriousness of if they'd been throwing grenades at each other.
Carlos and Eddie's cornrows in the Season 3 premiere. They really do deserve all the mockery they get for them.
Nightmare Fuel: Louis the barber is pretty creepy, especially as the older siblings tell stories about how he injures his clients. It's not surprising when Larry freaks out and runs away halfway through the haircut.
Sonia's friend Sandy isn't in many episodes, but she's so quirky and entertaining that she's quite memorable.
Christina Lopez, Lorena's ridiculously hammy rival contestant in "Maybe Baby". Just two scenes, yet she belts out a memorable rendition of the novella's theme song.
Margaret Cho has a scene in the lottery episode where she tries to pass herself off as a long-lost relative - claiming her dog was hurt in an accident and needs to go to a hospital on the French Riviera.
And when we finally meet the star of Lorena's favorite telenovela, she's a fantastically hammy diva.
Periphery Hatedom: The show had a pretty big one when it was airing - people finding it boring or too formulaic. Some also complained that it was "not Latino enough". This appears to have mellowed out over the years.
Testosterone Brigade: Many now grown up 90s and 2000s kids have confessed to crushing on Lorena during the show's run.
Unintentionally Sympathetic: Lorena, despite people crushing on her, has this. One episode has Larry filming his family members breaking the rules (Such as George listening to music on the computer instead of doing homework), and he films Lorena acting out a Telenovela fantasy with her dolls with her as a Self Insert. When she, Carlos, and George tell their dad about Larry's snooping, her dad asks her exactly what she was doing, and when she mentions she put herself as a Self Insert, decided she was watching too much TV. Except this is actually something a lot of kids her age do - she wasn't really breaking any rules by playing with dolls.
Lorena in the "Go Getter Girl" episode. It's presented as a low moment when her brothers trash her cupcake baking with her friends, and she gives a speech about how she feels lonely being the only girl in the family. But she had spent the entire episode interrupting the boys' fun as well, just out of an attempt to cause mischief. While the boys have to apologize, Lornna doesn't for her own actions.
Tammy the deaf girl when she breaks her friendship off with Larry after he makes fun of her hearing aid. Except he didn't know it was her hearing aid malfunctioning, and was merely joking about the sound. When he found out it was her hearing aid, he's genuinely ashamed. And had never shown any signs of being intolerant towards her deafness before. So while Tammy being offended was understandable, her joining in with Lorena to mock Larry afterwards was pretty uncalled for.
Larry in the episode where he films people. He films Lorena playing with her dolls - and she's mad that he was snooping and filming her in secret. Given that what she was doing is actually normal behaviour for kids her age, this is actually kind of hard to excuse.