Tracey Gold Says She Faked Eating in the Final Growing Pains Scene

Season 5 Episode 513
Aired on 01/30/2016 | CC tv-14
From 1985 to 1992, Growing Pains was one of the most watched sitcoms on TV. Fans tuned in each week to watch Seaver family laugh through life's highs and lows. In the center of it all was actress Tracey Gold, who played middle child Carol. Having landed the breakthrough role at age 16, Tracey calls the experience "lightening in a bottle."

"It's such an amazing thing that I got to do," says Tracey. "It was a great experience, I loved everybody. We don't talk everyday, but when we get together, it's like we never got out of sync."

While Tracey is grateful for her time on the show, it didn't come without its low points. During the show's run, Tracey was battling anorexia, which forced her to miss several episodes of the seventh and final season.

Watch the above video as Tracey explains how this impacted her feelings about the show ending, as well as how she faked eating a slice of pizza in the show's final scene. Plus, the last time she saw her TV family.