|Season 1, Episode 2|
|Air date||June 26, 1999|
|Written by||Ehrich Van Lowe|
|Directed by||Sean McNamara|
Stevens Genes was the second episode of the first season of Even Stevens. It originally aired on Disney Channel on June 26, 1999.
Larry Beale is put in charge of the stop watch in Louis's gym class. He reports that Louis can run faster than his brother Donnie, the school's greatest sports star. This causes Louis to become interested in making a successful name for himself along with the others in his family.
This is actually a plot by Larry Beale to embarrass the Stevens family. He continues falsifying Louis's track abilities with the goal of winning the up-coming track meet and beating the "fastest" Stevens. During the climactic race, one of the runners falls and Louis stops to help him, forfeiting the race but winning over the crowd.
- Shia LaBeouf as Louis Stevens
- Christy Carlson Romano as Ren Stevens
- Nick Spano as Donnie Stevens
- Tom Virtue as Steve Stevens
- Donna Pescow as Eileen Stevens
- Margo Harshman as Tawny Dean
- A.J. Trauth as Alan Twitty
- Murphy Dunne as Mr. Walsh
- Ty Hodges as Larry Beale
- Seth Jones as Trevor Dunn
- Christopher Winsor as Kid
- Jim Wise as Terry Tugnut
- When Louis walks across the field with his newly-moussed hair, the music playing is an imitation of the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive," used in the movie Saturday Nght Fever when John Travolta is first seen walking down the street. Later at the track meet, the music played resembles the Chariots of Fire theme composed by Vangelis. That was an Academy Award-winning movie (and soundtrack) about the British track team at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.
- On the wall of the gym at the junior high is a big picture of Donnie with the legend "I Play Because I Can" beneath it.
- When Louis is telling his family that he has joined the track team, Donny first has the salad bowl beside him, the shot cuts to Louis holding the bowl and putting salad in his plate, then cuts to Donny handing Louis the salad bowl, where Louis puts salad onto an empty plate.
- Coach Tugnut puts Louis' picture up in the "Student of the Month" spot on the bulletin board, but in the later episode "The Thomas Gribalski Affair" we learn that Ren has supposedly been Student of the Month for eighteen straight months.
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