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I was watching Growing pains TV shows, one scene is that Carol is watching a show called "the sturgeons of Pitt Street", and her mom was watching too and asked Carol "why is the butler on all fours? " then Carol answered the family dog died, and they didn't have the heart to tell their grandma.

I don't understand why Carol's mother ask "why is the butler on all fours? " and the meaning of it. Anyone could help? Thanks.

Ref: it is from Growing pains TV shows, first season,5th episode."super dad".enter image description here

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"All fours" is a term that means he was on his hands and knees like an animal.

  • Well, more specifically I guess the butler was pretending to be the dog, so the (presumably senile) grandmother wouldn't be upset that the dog was missing. This sort of thing only really works in television sitcoms, of course. – Andrew Jul 19 '18 at 3:51
  • Yes. I assumed having the knowledge that he was on his hands and knees then the rest of the scenario would be obvious but I should have clarified just in case. – Timinycricket Jul 19 '18 at 3:54

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