“Family Ties”: Episode Guide Season 3

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Family Ties: Here We Go AgainPRODUCTION NUMBER :: 047
EPISODE TITLE :: Here We Go Again
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: September 27, 1984
GUEST STARS :: Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman
WRITER :: Ruth Bennett & Alan Uger
DIRECTOR :: John Pasquin
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: It’s fortunate this is a ‘Family’ show, eh? Elyse breaks the news to the family that she is pregnant once again. This news is not met with overwhelming happiness and the family must come to terms with the idea of a new Keaton member, which, of course, they do.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 050
EPISODE TITLE :: Little Man on Campus
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 4, 1984
GUEST STARS :: Timothy Busfield as Doug; Michael McGuire as Professor Bronski
WRITER :: Michael J. Weithorn
DIRECTOR :: John Pasquin
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Alex is quite excited to be taking a class from one of his heroes. However, when his first assignment receives an ‘F’ he must turn to Mallory for advice on how to cope with failure. It turns out that his teacher wants Alex to think for himself instead of simply memorizing facts. The horror!
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 054
EPISODE TITLE :: Love Thy Neighbor
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 11, 1984
GUEST STARS :: Matthew Barry as Scott; Richard Morof as Waiter
WRITER :: Ruth Reinhart
DIRECTOR :: Will Mackenzie
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: A former neighbor that Jennifer hasn’t seen in 5 years comes to visit and Jennifer expects it to be just like old times when she and this slightly older boy would play games out in the yard. However, the boy takes more of an interest in Mallory and Jennifer purposely wrecks their date hoping to garner Scott’s attention once again.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 052
EPISODE TITLE :: Keaton and Son
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 18, 1984
GUEST STARS :: Marsha Warfield as Doris Bradshaw; Sal Viscuso as Richard Grasso; Warren Munson as Fred Lambert; Frances Bay as Mrs. Menlo
WRITER :: Lissa Levin
DIRECTOR :: Will Mackenzie
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Alex reluctantly takes a part time job at WKS (you’re the one!) with his father, which Steven is overjoyed about. However, Alex is not interested in following in his father’s footsteps whatsoever, and this causes tension between them.
TRIVIA: Meredith Baxter-Birney does not appear in this episode
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 048
EPISODE TITLE :: Fabric Smarts
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 25, 1984
GUEST STARS :: Alison La Placa as Barbara; Doris Belack as Mrs. Willis; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman
WRITER :: David Lloyd Garver
DIRECTOR :: Will Mackenzie
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mallory has a new after school job at a local boutique that she really likes. However, her school grades have started to slip even lower than usual and Steven and Elyse want her to quit the job. Alex, liking Mallory away from the house more often, comes up with a system that will allow Mallory to keep her job and keep her grades up.
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still_FT_ep055_03PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 055
EPISODE TITLE :: Hotline Fever
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 1, 1984
GUEST STARS :: Jeffrey Joseph as James Jarrett
WRITER :: Marc Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: John Pasquin
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Alex is forced to take part in a community service hotline to fulfill his requirements for a course. He gets teamed up with an old high school rival. They put aside their differences when a suicidal student calls in. The two work together to change the young man’s mind and actually succeed.
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still_FT_ep057PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 057
EPISODE TITLE :: 4 Rms Ocn Vu
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 8, 1984
GUEST STARS :: Sam Whipple as Jack Driscoll; Shawn Schepps as Darlene Driscoll; Earl Boen as Ed Barker; Beverly Archer as Sue Barker; Jeff Cohen as Dougie Barker; Marcianne Warman as Ellen Barker; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman
WRITER :: Lawrence Uger & Alan Uger
DIRECTOR :: Lee Shallat-Chemel
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Steven and Elyse take a vacation and leave the house in Alex’s capable hands. However, Mallory damages the family car and money needs to be raised quickly to fix it. Alex comes up with the brilliant idea of renting out the house for people coming in for the Leland homecoming game. And he’s supposed to be a genius?
TRIVIA: Meredith Baxter-Birney does not appear in this episode.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 051
EPISODE TITLE :: Best Man
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 15, 1984
GUEST STARS :: Timothy Busfield as Doug; Lily Mariye as Eleanor; Michael Zorek as Flaum; Bill Campbell as Lyle; Tate Donovan as Clancy; Toni Gerry as Doug’s Mother; Ernest Harada as Pastor
WRITER :: Alan Uger
DIRECTOR :: John Pasquin
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Alex has a best friend? Yeah, okay. Anyway, Alex’s best friend Doug is getting married and asks Alex to be his Best Man. However, Alex is not ready for things to change and refuses to participate, resenting the fact that someone else has come between their friendship. Alex realizes things have to change as he gets older.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 049
EPISODE TITLE :: Lost Weekend
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 22, 1984
GUEST STARS :: Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman
WRITER :: Michael J. Weithorn & Ruth Bennett
DIRECTOR :: Will Mackenzie
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Ungrateful kids. I guess some things never change. Steven and Elyse try to spend time with their children before the new addition comes along. Elyse takes the girls on a camping trip and Steven plans some bonding time with Alex. However, all are bored and Alex even takes off for a date.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 053
EPISODE TITLE :: Don’t Kiss Me, I’m Only the Messenger
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 29, 1984
GUEST STARS :: Michelle Meyrink as Jane; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman
WRITER :: Ruth Bennett
DIRECTOR :: Will Mackenzie
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Alex plays matchmaker with cute girl Jane and Skippy. However, his plans backfire and Jane ends up falling for Alex instead. When Skippy catches Jane kissing Alex, he accuses Alex of stealing his girl.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 056
EPISODE TITLE :: Help Wanted
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 6, 1984
GUEST STARS :: Geena Davis as Karen Nicholson; Anne Ramsey as Mrs. Warfield; Robert Costanzo as Max Schneider
WRITER :: Ruth Bennett & Michael J. Weithorn
DIRECTOR :: Will Mackenzie
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Elyse has to be off her feet so the Keaton’s hire a new housekeeper. (Why, for goodness’ sake? They have 3 kids, for crying out loud!) Anyway, Alex hires the housekeeper who doesn’t meet any of the requirements except maybe for Alex’s ideal bust size. The kids love her and Steven finds it difficult to fire her, and decides not to.
TRIVIA: Meredith Baxter-Birney doesn’t appear in this episode.
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Family Ties: Karen II, Alex 0PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 058
EPISODE TITLE :: Karen II, Alex 0
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 13, 1984
GUEST STARS :: Geena Davis as Karen Nicholson; Robert Pine as Dean McCall; Rick Gibbs as Don Caruthers; Christopher Rydell as Craig Duvall; Barry Sobel as Petey Gordon; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman
WRITER :: Lloyd Garver & Michael J. Weithorn
DIRECTOR :: Lee Shallat-Chemel
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Alex is trying to get into a prestigious, snobbish fraternity. His membership depends on whether or not he can bring a knockout date for the frat pledge party. Alex convinces a reluctant Karen to accompany him.
TRIVIA: Meredith Baxter-Birney doesn’t appear in this episode.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 060
EPISODE TITLE :: Oh Donna
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 3, 1985
GUEST STARS :: Isabelle Walker as Donna Barros; Jack Blessing as Leonard; Karlene Crockett as Marge; Julie Fulton as Suzie; David Paymer as Larry
WRITER :: Alan Uger
DIRECTOR :: Will Mackenzie
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The Keaton’s agree to hold the local Lamaze class in their own home. Alex meets a single pregnant woman and volunteers to help her with her Lamaze. However, he becomes too invested in the young woman and plans to marry her and raise the kid as his own. She informs him that this is impossible and leaves Alex a bit wiser.
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Family Ties: Auntie UpPRODUCTION NUMBER :: 059
EPISODE TITLE :: Auntie Up
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 10, 1985
GUEST STARS :: Alan Blumenfeld as Man at Garage Sale; Edith Atwater as Aunt Gertrude “Trudy” Harris; John Petlock as Reverend Wilson; Enid Kent as Phyllis; Matthew Faison as Mr. Cromwell; Bernadette Birkett as Mrs. Cromwell; Richard Stahl as Stu Devin; Stan Roth as Doctor; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman
WRITER :: Lawrence Levy
DIRECTOR :: John Pasquin
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The Keatons are planning a garage sale for the weekend. Mallory’s great-aunt Trudy is there to visit as well. When her Aunt dies suddenly, Mallory has a difficult time dealing with it, especially when her family doesn’t seem to care.
TRIVIA: Meredith Baxter-Birney does not appear in this Episode.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 061
EPISODE TITLE :: Philadelphia Story
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 17, 1985
GUEST STARS :: Ben Piazza as Ed Nelson/John Adams; James Cromwell as John Hancock; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman
WRITER :: Michael J. Weithorn
DIRECTOR :: Will Mackenzie
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Alex, working on a history paper, falls asleep and dreams that he’s at the Continental Convention in 1776. However, Thomas Jefferson, who looks an awful lot like his dad, has refused to write the Declaration of Independence. Alex takes it upon himself to convince Jefferson to write the document. He does not, however, do it by singing to him.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 062
EPISODE TITLE :: Birth of a Keaton Part 1
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 24, 1985
GUEST STARS :: Ron Karabatsos as Bud; John Hancock as Gus Thompson; Bruce Jarchow as Ted; Chez Lister as Bill; Rick Podell as Jackie Jackerman; Fran Robinson as Judy
WRITER :: Lloyd Garver
DIRECTOR :: Will Mackenzie
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: It’s pledge drive week at WKS (you’re the one!) and all of the Keaton clan is there to help. However, the kids really don’t want to be there and start acting up. Steven finally tells them that they don’t have to go, expecting them to go anyway. They thank him and go off to do their own thing. However, in the end, they show up at the station, ready to help out. At the same time, the Keaton house is having plumbing problems. Steven rushes home to oversee what the plumber is doing and sees on TV that his wife has gone into labor…and there’s a blizzard outside……to be continued.
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still_FT_ep063PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 063
EPISODE TITLE :: Birth of a Keaton Part 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 31, 1985
GUEST STARS :: Ron Karabatsos as Bud; Melanie Jones as Dr. Alexander; John Hancock as Gus Thompson; Rick Podell as Jackie Jackerman; Shirley Prestia as Receptionist; Bill Cort as Dr. Witt; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman
WRITER :: Alan Uger & Marc Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Will Mackenzie
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Elyse is in labor at the station, unable to get to the hospital because of the blizzard. Steven has the plumber drive him back to the station and he gets there just in time for the delivery. Alex is overjoyed that it’s a boy, and Andrew Keaton comes into their lives.
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still_FT_ep064PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 064
EPISODE TITLE :: Cry Baby
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 7, 1985
GUEST STARS ::
WRITER :: Bruce Helford & Bruce David
DIRECTOR ::
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: New babies are always hardest on the youngest and Jennifer starts to feel neglected when everyone dotes on the new baby. When Elyse and Steven notice, they overcompensate in showing their feelings to Jennifer.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 065
EPISODE TITLE :: Don’t Know Much About History
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 14, 1985
GUEST STARS :: Jeffrey Joseph as James Jarrett; Nancy Everhard as Robin Green; Wyatt Clark as William; David Wohl as Axelrod; Robert Schanche as Student
WRITER :: Michael J. Weithorn & Marc Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Alex and former rival James decide to start a tutoring business, since they’re so darn smart. Geez, they must be. In my college, I doubt anyone would’ve taken lessons from a Freshman. Anyway, the business is threatened when Alex and James both fall for the same attractive student.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 067
EPISODE TITLE :: Bringing Up Baby
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 21, 1985
GUEST STARS :: Steve Peterman as Man in Restaurant; Radha Delamarter as Woman in Restaurant; Kurt Smildsin as Waiter
WRITER :: Rich Reinhart
DIRECTOR :: Andrew McCullough
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Things are chaotic at home with three school kids and a baby so Steven and Elyse get away for some alone time. However, they find that they actually miss the chaos. Proves my theory: People who want kids are completely insane.
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still_FT_ep066PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 066
EPISODE TITLE :: Cold Storage
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 7, 1985
GUEST STARS :: Jack Blessing as Leonard; Karlene Crockett as Marge; Julie Fulton as Suzie; David Paymer as Larry; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman
WRITER :: Marc Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Lee Shallat-Chemel
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Are there such things as lamaze class reunions? Well, in the world of “Family Ties” there are. Steven, Elyse, Alex, Jennifer and Andrew attend the reunion leaving Mallory behind so she can study for her test. To her great chagrin – and Skippy’s great joy – Mallory and Skippy end up locked in the basement together when she goes down looking for Alex’s old school papers.
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still_FT_ep069PRODUCTION NUMBER ::068 & 069
EPISODE TITLE :: Remembrance of Things Past Part 1 and 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 28, 1985
GUEST STARS :: Anne Seymour as May Keaton; Michael Alldredge as Young Jake; Barbara Barron as Neighbor; Norman Parker as Robert Keaton; Maryedith Burrell as Young May; Adam Carl as Young Steven; Wiley Harker as Mr. Kretzer; Hanna Hertelendy as Mrs. Kretzer; Mark Marias as Young Robert
WRITER :: Gary David Goldberg & Alan Uger
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: After the death of Steven’s father, the Keatons take a trip to visit his mother and brother. Steven has to come to terms with his feelings for his estranged father. He also has to sort out his relationship with is brother, who always sided with their father and blames Steven for most of the problems their family had.
TRIVIA: The graveyard scene is one of the very few (maybe the only time) scenes that were shot outside of the studio, excepting Family Ties Vacation.

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