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Family Ties: The Last of the Red Hot Psychologist Part 1PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 126 & 127
EPISODE TITLE :: The Last of the Red Hot Psychologists Part 1 & 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: September 13, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Courtney Cox as Lauren Miller; Fess Reynolds as Reggie; Masakio as Chester
WRITER :: Marc Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: As Jennifer enters Harding High, Alex starts off his new year of college by volunteering for a psychology experiment for money. The psychology student, Lauren Miller, is studying overachievers. The two clash and Alex even compares her to Ellen, but denies any romantic interest. Well, seeing that Lauren is on the show for the next two years, I’m sure you can tell how that went.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 125
EPISODE TITLE :: Dear Mallory
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: September 20, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Jane Adams as Andrea; Raymond Singer as Buffaloed Bill; Katherine James as Connie; Annie O’Donnell as Charlotte; Frank Landfield as Bob; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman; Scott Valentine as Nick Moore
WRITER :: Alan Uger
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mallory becomes the next ‘Dear Abby’, wrecking the tranquility of the Keaton household. (Do these people ever get a break?)
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 130
EPISODE TITLE :: The Other Woman
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: September 27, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Courtney Cox as Lauren Miller; Scott Valentine as Nick Moore
WRITER :: Susan Borowitz
DIRECTOR :: Asaad Kelada
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Andrew becomes jealous of Alex’s new girlfriend and starts behaving rudely towards Lauren, hoping to drive her away. It doesn’t work and he and Lauren make friends in the end.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 129
EPISODE TITLE :: Dream Date
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 4, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Jason Naylor as Simon Wickerson; Tony Crane as Roger; Lilly Moon as Nancy; Brad Kesten as Brad; Sarah Jo Martin as Roger’s Girlfriend
WRITER :: Katie Ford
DIRECTOR :: Andrew McCullough
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Okay, what’s the deal with Jennifer? Will she ever learn? Geez. Anyway, Jennifer is not too thrilled when super-geek Simon becomes enamored of her. She has the hots for Roger. Simon asks Jennifer to the school dance, and she accepts, planning to use him to get to the dance and hopefully run into Roger. Well, it works and Rogers is extremely rude and so is his date. Jennifer realizes she’s being treated as badly as she has treated Simon. Wait a second….didn’t this happen in Season One with Mallory and Skippy? (Sherry Baby)
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 132
EPISODE TITLE :: Super Mom
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 18, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Courteny Cox as Lauren Miller; Jay Thomas as Jerry; Suzie Plakson as Doris; Sandy Ward as Carl Norback; Max Segar as Mr. Carlisle
WRITER :: Alan Uger
DIRECTOR :: Matthew Diamond
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Elyse begins to feel the pressure of being a working mother when Andy begins to pout because his mother isn’t home as often as he would like. The little brat even asks her boss to fire her! Geez! Steven and Elyse decide they should hang in there and hope that their busy lives don’t earn them nervous breakdowns in the end.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 131
EPISODE TITLE :: Walking On Air
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 25, 1987
GUEST STARS :: John Hancock as Gus Thompson; Scott Valentine as Nick Moore; John Hostetter as Anchorman
WRITER :: Katie Ford
DIRECTOR :: Andrew McCullough
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: It’s Mallory’s turn! Steven comes home to announce that WKS (you’re the one!) has an intern opening that he thinks Mallory is perfect for, although Mallory doesn’t seem to agree. Meanwhile, Alex takes charge of a cereal contest that could win the Keaton clan $5000.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 133
EPISODE TITLE :: Invasion of the Psychologist Snatchers
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 1, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Courtney Cox as Lauren Miller; Campbell Scott as Eric Matthews
WRITER :: Marc Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Matthew Diamond
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: When Lauren’s ex-boyfriend comes for a visit, Alex is unnerved by his success on Wall Street and the similarities that he shares with Eric; the big difference being that Eric is already out there, making money on Wall Street. He questions his own worth and his trust in Lauren.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 128
EPISODE TITLE :: The Way We Were
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 8, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Barbara Barrie as Aunt Rosemary; Scott Valentine as Nick Moore; Matthew Faison as Dr. Skip Williamson
WRITER :: Gary David Goldberg
DIRECTOR :: Will Mackenzie
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Elyse’s Aunt Rosemary makes a surprise visit to the delight of the Keaton family who just love her to death. However, it soon becomes apparent that Rosemary’s memory is failing and she even admits that she can’t remember how she got to their house at all. It is confirmed that Rosemary has Alzheimer’s Disease, but she decides to make the best of what time she has left and passes on the family scrapbook to Elyse.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 134
EPISODE TITLE :: Mister Sister
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 15, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Scott Valentine as Nick Moore; Tracy Camilla Johns as Dana; Laura Leigh Hughes as Cindy; Kim Gillingham as Karen
WRITER :: Susan Borowitz
DIRECTOR :: Kent Bateman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Nick, needing a job to supplement his current income, takes a job as janitor at Mallory’s sorority house. He becomes very popular with the girls and is named an honorary sister. When he becomes obsessed with sorority life, Mallory makes him face his need for attention.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 135
EPISODE TITLE :: Citizen Keaton
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 22, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Scott Valentine as Nick Moore; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman; Sonia Curtis as Amy Sussman; Ira Heiden as Sam; Maria Bradley as Val
WRITER :: Susan Borowitz & Marc Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mallory decides to run for President of the student body of Grant College with Skippy as her campaign manager. The entire Keaton family helps, especially Alex, who thinks she is the perfect candidate because she’s “attractive and generally non-offensive.”
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 136
EPISODE TITLE :: Father Time Part 1
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 29, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Norman Parker as Robert Keaton; Tammy Lauren as Marilyn Keaton; Blake Soper as Jonathan Keaton
WRITER :: Alan Uger
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Steven’s brother Rob comes to visit, bringing his two children, a son and a daughter. Upset about his recent divorce, his daughter feels deep resentment for him and defies him by making a date with a Marine and then calling to announce that she’s staying the night with him.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 137
EPISODE TITLE :: Father Time Part 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 6, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Norman Parker as Robert Keaton; Tammy Lauren as Marilyn Keaton; Blake Soper as Jonathan Keaton
WRITER :: Alan Uger
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Rob finally confronts his daughter and all turns out well. (Of course it does. This is “Family Ties!”)
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 138 & 139
EPISODE TITLE :: The American Family Part 1 & 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 13, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Courtney Cox as Lauren Miller; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman; Scott Valentine as Nick Moore
WRITER :: Katie Ford
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Clip Show! (again) Lauren uses the family for her paper on the typical American Family. The Keaton’s reminisce…again.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 035
EPISODE TITLE :: Anniversary Waltz
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 16, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Jack Heller as Chaim; Gloria Gifford as Aikla; Howard Renensland as Bernie
WRITER :: Alan Uger
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: It’s the Keatons’ 20th wedding anniversary and Elyse wants a big party. Steven reluctantly agrees but when the party keeps getting bigger and bigger, arguments start erupting and it looks like they aren’t going to make it to the anniversary at all.
TRIVIA: This episode was made for the 2nd Season. NBC did not air this episode during the 1983-1984 season, despite the fact that they had ordered 24 episodes. This episode aired on a Wednesday.
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still_FT_ep141PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 141
EPISODE TITLE :: Miracle in Columbus
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 20, 1987
GUEST STARS :: Alan Blumenfeld as Mr. Krewson; Courtney Cox as Lauren Miller; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman; Scott Valentine as Nick Moore; Ellen Hamilton Latzen as Michelle; Lee Garlington as Beth; Aeryk Egan as Eddie; Dale Weston as Eddie’s Mom; Josh Clark as Ray; Alisan Porter as Child; Pete Schrum as Nick
WRITER :: Rob Okun
DIRECTOR :: Lynn Hamrick
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Alex steps in for Skippy and agrees to be the mall Santa Claus for a day. He becomes concerned about a little girl who says she doesn’t believe in Santa because her father won’t be home for the holidays. Alex invites the girl and her mother over for Christmas Eve dinner, where Alex receives a visit from a kindly old man with a beard and a belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 140
EPISODE TITLE :: The Play’s the Thing
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 10, 1988
GUEST STARS :: Rod McCary as Jeff Cooper; Scott Valentine as Nick Moore; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman; David Wohl as Oscar; Bernadette Birkett as Carol; Rosanna Huffman as Alice; Jennifer Flackett as Connie; Raymond Singer as Dean Hutchinson
WRITER :: Diane Dixon
DIRECTOR :: Debbie Allen
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Steven’s play he wrote in the ’60’s is being revived at a local theater house, with Steven directing. Elyse at first refuses to reprise her role as the female lead, but finally agrees when Steven can’t find anyone else. However, Steven becomes jealous of the male lead and hilarity ensues.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 143
EPISODE TITLE :: The Spirit of Columbus
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 17, 1988
GUEST STARS :: Scott Valentine as Nick Moore
WRITER :: Charles J. Schutter
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Art vs. Profit: always a problem. Alex, who normally scoffs at Nick’s art, becomes quite interested when one of Nick’s pieces brings him $200. Alex steps in as his manager and pushes Nick to mass produce his art. Nice finally realizes that true art can’t be achieved that way  and tells Alex to back off.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 142
EPISODE TITLE :: The Blues Brother
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 24, 1988
GUEST STARS :: Courtney Cox as Lauren Miller; Brownie McGhee as Eddie Dupre
WRITER :: Burt Pretlusky
DIRECTOR :: Matthew Diamond
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Alex becomes his college DJ (he seems to like doing that) and plays a song by the ‘late’ great, Eddie Dupree. He’s a bit embarrassed when Mr. Dupree calls him up and corrects him on his living status. Alex convinces him to appear on his show, where he informs his fans that he will never perform again. The college music professor convinces him otherwise and he is a happier man with his music.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 144
EPISODE TITLE :: Read It and Weep Part 1
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 7, 1988
GUEST STARS :: Christian Clemenson as Mr. Flaherty; Bibi Besch as Dr. Hewitt
WRITER :: Marc Lawrence & Alan Unger
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Censorship–Bleah! Jennifer is quite upset to learn that “Huckleberry Finn” has been banned from her school’s reading list. However, she gives her book report on the classic anyway, which forces her teacher to report her to the principal, although he agrees with her feelings about the book. Her paper is confiscated, she is given an ‘F’ on her report and faces possible suspension.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 145
EPISODE TITLE :: Read It and Weep Part 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 14, 1988
GUEST STARS :: Christian Clemenson as Mr. Flaherty; Bibi Besch as Dr. Hewitt; Scott Valentine as Nick Moore; Granville Van Dusen as Mr. Carter; Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Susan White
WRITER :: Marc Lawrence & Alan Unger
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Being suspended from school, Jennifer becomes her school’s poster-girl against censorship. Her parents back her up all the way, and even hire a lawyer to fight the school’s decision. Jennifer is dismayed that her teacher will not join her in the fight. In the end, he finally does and all is well.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 147
EPISODE TITLE :: Quitting Time
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 21, 1988
GUEST STARS :: Courtney Cox as Lauren Miller
WRITER :: Susan Borowitz
DIRECTOR :: Matthew Diamond
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Lauren, feeling increasingly depressed and anguished about her lack of process on her thesis, decides to quit – much to Alex’s delight. However, he sees that the time she set aside for personal fulfillment is being used for finding new recipes, shopping and watching television. He finally realizes and convinces her that she should try again because she has lost herself and is wasting her talent and intelligence.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 146
EPISODE TITLE :: Spring Reminds Me (aka Rosalie’s Legacy)
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 28, 1988
GUEST STARS :: Scott Valentine as Nick Moore; Constance McCashin as Evelyn Mitchum
WRITER :: Katie Ford
DIRECTOR :: Matthew Diamond
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: An old friend of Elyse’s comes to visit. This woman’s daughter, Rosalie, was once Mallory’s best friend but is no longer alive due to her suicide the previous year. In her grief, Rosalie’s mother begins to treat Mallory as if she were her daughter.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 148
EPISODE TITLE :: The Boys Next Door
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 6, 1988
GUEST STARS :: Robert Klein as Roger Erdman; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman; Enid Kent as Norma; Kevin Dunn as Bob; Gwen Banta as Beth; Michael G. Hagerty as Vinnie
WRITER :: Trish Vrandenberg
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: An old friend of Elyse’s comes to town to attend their high school reunion.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 150
EPISODE TITLE :: Sign of the Times
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 13, 1988
GUEST STARS :: Darrell Thomas Utley as Josh Richards; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman; Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Dougie; Susan Kohler as Mrs. Richards; Terri Hanauer as Miss Metcalf; Michelle A. Collins as Louise; Benji Schulman as Eric; Malachi Pearson as Eugene; Tehele Chapman as Girl
WRITER :: Matthew Monaher
DIRECTOR :: Asaad Kelada
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Andy is chosen to show the new kid the ropes. However, he is a little taken aback when he realizes the new boy, Josh, is deaf. When some of the other kids tease Josh about his disability Andrew rushes to defend him, and is disturbed when Josh tells him that it does hurt his feelings. Andy decides that he will not speak either. In the end, Josh convinces him that he should speak.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 071
EPISODE TITLE :: Return of the Native
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 20, 1988
GUEST STARS :: Danielle Von Zerneck as June
WRITER :: Lloyd Garver
DIRECTOR :: John Pasquin
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: A cousin of the Keaton’s returns to visit after three years in England. However, every time she tries to tell them about her stay in England, she is interrupted with a Keaton story instead.
TRIVIA: This episode was made for the 3rd Season.
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PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 149
EPISODE TITLE :: Father, Can You Spare a Dime?
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 1, 1988
GUEST STARS :: Scott Valentine as Nick Moore; Dan Hedaya as Joe Moore; Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Dougie; Jena Vallee as Erica
WRITER :: Peter Schreider & Ben Cardinale
DIRECTOR :: Andrew McCullough
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: After Nick’s very popular class at the ‘Y’ is closed due to lack of space, Nick decides to open his own art school. When he is turned down for the loan, Mallory convinces him to contact his father, the owner of a popular car lot. Nick feels uncomfortable doing so since his and his father’s relationship has never been good since he left when Nick was a child.

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