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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 100
EPISODE TITLE :: Be True to Your Preschool
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: September 25, 1986
GUEST STARS :: Jennifer Salt as Mrs. Kluger; Joan McMurtrey as Mrs. Kaufman; Philip Boutte as Michael; Ashley Bank as Rhonda; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman
WRITER :: Marc Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Andrew is placed in a special preschool program by his parents, and Alex checks it out. To Alex’s outrage, the school does not teach Republican values (intense competition and greed) and pulls his brother out of the school.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 103
EPISODE TITLE :: Starting Over
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 2, 1986
GUEST STARS :: Haviland Morris as Sharon; Michael Zorek as Flaum; John Putch as Neil; Nan Vernon as Margie; Kerry Remsen as Rennie; Robert Costanzo as Carmine; James Macnerland as Jim; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman
WRITER :: Alan Uger
DIRECTOR :: Steven Robman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Ellen has left for Paris on a dance scholarship, and Alex is very depressed and lonely without her. He decides that he must start dating again to get over Ellen. However, on his first date he forcefully tries to make his date act and look like Ellen and he finally comes to realize that love can not be forced and getting over Ellen will take time, not a replacement.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 104
EPISODE TITLE :: The Freshman and the Senior
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 9, 1986
GUEST STARS :: Julie Harris as Margaret Hollings; Tracy Griffith as Holly Parker; Helena Carroll as Jean; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman
WRITER :: Ruth Bennett and Marc Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mallory is teamed up with a 66 year old woman for a class project and treats her quite badly, due to her discomfort with working with an older woman. She finally realizes how insensitive she has been and makes friends with her fellow student, realizing they have more in common than she thought. Meanwhile, Alex takes a keen interest in his parents’ last will and testament.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 099
EPISODE TITLE :: My Back Pages
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 16, 1986
GUEST STARS :: Sanford Jensen as Matt Gilbert; Raymond Singer as Cameron Wallace; Janice Lynde as Monica; Walter Olkewicz as Howie; Michael David Wright as Young Steven; Timothy Busfield as Young Matt; Margaret A. Marx as Young Elyse
WRITER :: Ruth Bennett
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Steven is asked by an old college friend to revive a radical left-wing newspaper they used to self-publish in their college days. Steven excitedly agrees, but in the process of reviving the paper realizes his viewpoints aren’t as radical as they used to be.
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still_FT_ep105PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 105
EPISODE TITLE :: Beauty and the Bank
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 30, 1986
GUEST STARS :: Melinda Culea as Rebecca Ryan; John Petlock as Mr. Heaney
WRITER :: Stephen J. Curwick
DIRECTOR :: Asaad Kelada
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Alex lands a job in a bank and does quite well, until he starts becoming romantically attracted to his very attractive, smart and self-confident boss.
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still_FT_ep101PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 101
EPISODE TITLE :: Mrs. Wrong Part 1
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 6, 1986
GUEST STARS :: Scott Valentine as Nick Moore
WRITER :: Alan Uger
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mallory and Nick decide to get married…well, Mallory suggests it and Nick’s response is pretty much, ‘Why not?’ They are both surprised at the negative response that the rest of the Keaton clan expresses towards their plans
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still_FT_ep102PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 102
EPISODE TITLE :: Mrs. Wrong Part 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 13, 1986
GUEST STARS :: John Ingle as Justice of the Peace; Larry Cox as Mike; Alexandra Powers as Erin; Scott Valentine as Nick Moore
WRITER :: Alan Uger
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Although Mallory has been told that she is not allowed to marry Nick and has even been grounded, she and Nick leave the house in the early hours of the morning, despite Alex’s pleas to them to not do it. Once at the wedding chapel, they both realize that they are not ready and decide to wait until they are sure. Besides, the chapel didn’t have “Lola” in their repertoire.
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still_FT_ep084PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 084
EPISODE TITLE :: The Big Fix
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 17, 1986
GUEST STARS :: Terry Farrell as Liz Obeck; Tony Carreiro as Terry Bridgeman; John Petlock as Ted Waterman; Scott Valentine as Nick Moore
WRITER :: Michael J. Weithorn
DIRECTOR :: John Pasquin
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Elyse tries to play matchmaker, not realizing that the female (one of the famous Obeck neighbors) has been involved with someone else for two years.
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still_FT_ep107PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 107
EPISODE TITLE :: My Brother’s Keeper
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 20, 1986
GUEST STARS :: Tom Breznahan as Brian Elliott; Christopher Bradley as Dave Rubin; George Newbern as Eric; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman
WRITER :: Susan Borowitz
DIRECTOR :: Asaad Kelada
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Alex pulls some strings and gets Skippy invited to pledge his fraternity. However, the fraternity jerks…uh, brothers, are planning to pull a cruel prank on Skippy and have no intention of allowing him into the fraternity. A fraternity making a cruel, humiliating joke? No! Say it isn’t so.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 112
EPISODE TITLE :: High School Confidential
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 4, 1986
GUEST STARS :: Scott Valentine as Nick Moore
WRITER :: Ruth Bennett
DIRECTOR :: Mark W. Travis
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Nick wants to teach..oh my. To teach an art class, Nick must obtain his GED. Mallory attempts to help Nick study but finds that teaching is not her strong point. Alex finally volunteers to help Nick obtain his goal.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 106
EPISODE TITLE :: Paper Lion
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 11, 1986
GUEST STARS :: Mason Adams as Professor Rhodes; Lisa Sloan as Professor Marshall; Jane Downs as Photographer; Amy Benedict as Eve Kimball
WRITER :: Wendy Aaron
DIRECTOR :: Peter Baldwin
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: While doing a school paper on an economic professor that Alex admires, he realizes that his professor’s research has a serious flaw. To make matters worse, the professor is about to win an award for his flawed research and Alex is torn about what to do.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 113
EPISODE TITLE :: My Mother, My Friend
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 18, 1986
GUEST STARS :: Robin Morse as Allison King; Marietta DePrima as Simone; Allyson Rice as Becky
WRITER :: Kate Botilier
DIRECTOR :: Lynn Harrick
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mallory is upset when a friend she brings home bonds with her mother in a way she never could. By the episode’s end, mother and daughter reaffirm their relationship, proving that blood is thicker than water, at least in the Keaton family.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 108
EPISODE TITLE :: O’Brother Part 1
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 8, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Norman Parker as Robert Keaton; Wendel Meldrum as Kathy Brady; Julie Cobb as Maureen Keaton
WRITER :: Alan Uger
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The Keaton household is shaken when Steven’s brother Rob comes for a visit and announces that he and his wife of 25 years have separated under a mutual agreement. Steven is distressed by this, having always looked up to his more responsible older brother.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 109
EPISODE TITLE :: O’Brother Part 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 15, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Norman Parker as Robert Keaton; Wendel Meldrum as Kathy Brady; Julie Cobb as Maureen Keaton
WRITER :: Alan Uger
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The heartache persists when Rob’s wife, Maureen, shows up at the Keaton house and gives them the real facts. Rob left months ago without a word and has been on the road ever since, trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 116
EPISODE TITLE :: Higher Love
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 22, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Jonathan Emerson as Colin Spencer; Penelope Ann Miller as Joyce; Chad McCann as Delivery Boy; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman; Scott Valentine as Nick Moore
WRITER :: Susan Borowitz
DIRECTOR :: Debbie Allen
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mallory’s devotion to Nick is put to the test when a smooth-talking poetry teaching grad student puts the moves on her. She realizes that she is just next in line and that’s the end of that.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 117
EPISODE TITLE :: Architect’s Apprentice
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 29, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Walter Olkewicz as Walter Luskin; Ben Piazza as Mr. Wertz; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman; Scott Valentine as Nick Moore
WRITER :: David Tyron King
DIRECTOR :: Steven Robman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The WKS (you’re the one!) lobby needs a fresh look and Elyse is hired to do the job. She decides the lobby needs an art piece and it is decided that a contest will be held to fill the need. Nick, who Elyse finds out has many of the same design perspectives that she has, enters the contest. Steven casts the deciding vote, causing Nick to lose the contest. Mallory becomes very upset, and Steven has to evaluate his feelings for Nick and realizes that he has been unnecessarily hard on him.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 114
EPISODE TITLE :: A Tale of Two Cities Part 1
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 5, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Alan Blumenfeld as George Bellack; Melinda Culea as Rebecca Ryan; Terry Wills as Desk Clerk; James N. Hamilton as Bellhop; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman; Scott Valentine as Nick Moore
WRITER :: Alan Uger & Marc Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Peter Baldwin
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: After her first choice becomes ill, Alex accompanies his boss to an important banking meeting where his boss will be negotiating a merger. Things get even more uncomfortable when they find out they must share a room due to a space shortage.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 115
EPISODE TITLE :: A Tale of Two Cities Part 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 12, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Alan Blumenfeld as George Bellack; Melinda Culea as Rebecca Ryan; Reid Shelton as Charles Okun, Jr.; Jonna Lee as Tammy Okun; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman; Scott Valentine as Nick Moore
WRITER :: Alan Uger & Marc Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Peter Baldwin
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: At the conference, Alex’s boss becomes very nervous about the meeting and drinks a wee bit too much. This leads to her insulting the head of the company they are attempting to negotiate with, queering the deal for good. And to make matters worse, she ends up making a pass at Alex.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 110 & 111
EPISODE TITLE :: Battle of the Sexes Part 1 & 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 19, 1987
GUEST STARS ::
WRITER :: Stephen J. Curwick
DIRECTOR :: Andrew McCullough
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Another flashback show! Using clips of previous episodes, the Keaton’s take part in a battle of the sexes. (Aired as a one hour episode)
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still_FT_ep118PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 118
EPISODE TITLE :: Band on the Run
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 26, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Christina Applegate as Kitten; Rain Phoenix as Ashley Berkhart; Yael Nucci as Brooke Bowman; Steve Heineman as Ron; Margaret Nagle as Jill; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman
WRITER :: Susan Borowitz & Marc Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Andrew McCullough
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Can we say ‘predicting the future?’ Alex is in charge of a department party and Jennifer convinces him to listen to her new all girl band. Their audition is great and they are chosen to perform at the party and do well, despite Alex’s attempted makeover.
TRIVIA: The second of the “Married with Children” kids makes their appearance. David Faustino appeared in a season 2 episode.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 123
EPISODE TITLE :: Keaton vs Keaton
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 5, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Ben Piazza as Mr. Wertz; Anne Bellamy as Boardwoman; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman; Scott Valentine as Nick Moore
WRITER :: Stephen J. Curwick
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: While Nick and Skippy search for Andrew’s lost Mr. Piggy, Alex and Mallory both enter an academic competition to win a scholarship from the WKS (you’re the one!) station. Alex is unworried about Mallory’s chances at first, but soon realizes that Mallory has good fashion AND business sense and realizes his chances at winning aren’t as high as he first believed.
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Familiy Ties: A, My Name is AlexPRODUCTION NUMBER :: 119 & 120
EPISODE TITLE :: A, My Name is Alex Part 1 and 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 12, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Brian McNamara as Greg; Richard McGonagle as Brother Timothy; David Wohl as Psychiatrist (voice only); Meg Wyllie as Mrs. Leahy
WRITER :: Alan Uger & Gary David Goldberg
DIRECTOR :: Will Mackenzie
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Alex is overcome by guilt at the death of his friend, feeling he should be dead as well. He had selfishly refused to accompany his friend on a trip because it wasn’t convenient for him. Finally breaking down, he visits a psychiatrist and in one-act play form, talks about his life and his family.
TRIVIA: This episode won the 1987 Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. The second half of the episode was aired without commercial breaks.
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still_FT_ep122PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 122
EPISODE TITLE :: “D” is for Date
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 20, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Wil Wheaton as Timothy Higgins; Ken Lerner as Mr. Feinman; Scott Valentine as Nick Moore
WRITER :: Susan Borowitz
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: While Alex and Andrew help Nick with his taxes, Jennifer develops a crush on her new science partner. However, falling prey to peer pressure yet again, she decides to play dumb to keep his affections. However, this leads to them both receiving an F on their project and her boyfriend’s suspension from the baseball team. She finally comes clean about being smart and all is well again. We never seen Timothy again.
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still_FT_ep121PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 121
EPISODE TITLE :: Love Me Do
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: April 30, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Sonia Curtis as Amy Sussman; Lucy Butler as Christine; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman
WRITER :: Marc Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: It’s about time! Skippy becomes enamored of Mallory’s new friend, and *gasp* she likes him back! Skippy almost ruins the relationship by following Alex’s advice, but all turns out well at Elyse’s not-so-surprising Surprise Party.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 124
EPISODE TITLE :: The Visit
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 7, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Karen Landry as Michele; Stuart Pankin as Marv; Jeff Cohen as Marv, Jr.; Dana Andersen as Monica
WRITER :: Alan Uger & Marc Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: It’s a ‘Madhouse!’ Elyse’s sister’s family comes to visit for a week and sets the Keaton household on end.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 072
EPISODE TITLE :: Matchmaker
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: July 23, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Bill Allen as Roger Sloate; Eli Marder as Tracey; Laura Esterman as waitress; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman
WRITER :: Bruce Helford & Bruce David
DIRECTOR :: Barbara Schultz
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Alex jumps headfirst into the computer age, convinced the machine can find the perfect match for Mallory to end her dating woes. When his perfect match isn’t so perfect, he tries to force the relationship into perfection.
TRIVIA: This episode was made for the 3rd Season. (Which explains why Mallory is suddenly single after having dated Nick for almost what could be called a couple of seasons.)
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 077
EPISODE TITLE :: It’s My Party Part 1
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: August 6, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Alyson Croft as Brooke; Gino De Mauro as Zack; Stephanie Dizon as Holly; Niall Gartlan as Brett; Heather Hobbs as Stacie Connors; Amy Lynne as Chrissy Nardino; Nicole Nourmand as Beth; Tracy Pollan as Ellen Reed; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman; Wendy Wells-Gunkel as Party Girl
WRITER :: Susan Borowitz
DIRECTOR :: Asaad Kelada
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Ah, how predictable. Jennifer wants to be in the ‘In’ crowd at school and to reach that end, invites all the cool kids to her 13th birthday party. They all believe her party is lame and convince her to become the mindless clone that they all are.
TRIVIA: This episode was made for the 4th Season.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 078
EPISODE TITLE :: It’s My Part Part 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: August 13, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Alyson Croft as Brooke; Gino De Mauro as Zack; Stephanie Dizon as Holly; Niall Gartlan as Brett; Heather Hobbs as Stacie Connors; Amy Lynne as Chrissy Nardino; Nicole Nourmand as Beth; Tracy Pollan as Ellen Reed; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman; Wendy Wells-Gunkel as Party Girl
WRITER :: Susan Borowitz
DIRECTOR :: Asaad Kelada
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Jennifer finally realizes that being a mindless clone is no fun and rebels against her new ‘cool’ friends. Yay Jennifer!
TRIVIA: This episode was made for the 4th Season.

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