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EPISODE NUMBER :: 154
EPISODE TITLE :: It Happened One Night
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 20, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Courtney Cox as Lauren Miller; Scott Valentine as Nick Moore
WRITER :: Marc Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Matthew Diamond
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: With the pressures of life and politics weighing on them, Steven and Elyse decide it’s time for a family camping trip. However, only Andy is willing to go and they leave without the rest of the family. The older Keaton kids realize that they do want to go and try to catch up with their parents and little brother, only to get stranded. Fortunately, Steven and Elyse and Andy decide that it’s no fun without the rest and they pick up the rest of the family on the way home to have a cookout in the front room.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 155
EPISODE TITLE :: Designing Woman
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 6, 1988
GUEST STARS :: Barry Jenner as David Campbell; Debra Engle as Jamie Carter; Hank Azaria as Joe; Hilary Shepard Turner as Yvette; Sandra Canning as Alison
WRITER :: Katie Ford
DIRECTOR :: Matthew Diamond
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: It’s Mallory’s big break! She’s been chosen to assist a fashion designer for her college course. However, all doesn’t go well when the designer that Mallory deeply admires steals one of Mallory’s designs and passes it off as her own. Mallory doesn’t snitch on her, but makes it clear that she’s very disappointed. The designer finally admits her guilt, telling Mallory that she has run out of ideas and stole Mallory’s out of desperation. They end up as friends once again, and Mallory is convinced that she might have what it takes to be a fashion designer.
TRIVIA: Meredith Baxter-Birney does not appear in this episode.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 156
EPISODE TITLE :: Truckers
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 13, 1988
GUEST STARS :: Scott Valentine as Nick Moore; Kaylan Romero as Rocco
WRITER :: Shannon Gaughan
DIRECTOR :: Andrew McCullough
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Alex becomes insecure when Andy begins to meet and like new people, causing him to spend less time with his beloved big brother. To make it worse, the person Andy wants to hang out with is Nick’s nephew, a pint-sized version of Nick himself! Alex finally realizes that it’s good for Andy to meet new people.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 158
EPISODE TITLE :: Beyond Therapy
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 27, 1988
GUEST STARS :: Courtney Cox as Lauren Miller; Scott Valentine as Nick Moore; Don Amendolia as Tom; Diana Bellamy as Dr. Eileen Davidson; Helen Page Camp as Vera; Kathleen Dennehy as Janie; Stephen Baldwin as Bobby
WRITER :: Katie Ford
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Lauren becomes upset because she believes that Alex will not open up to her. Therefore, she drags him off to therapy. After he walks out on the first session, Alex reads several psychology books getting himself ready for the next session. As he does better, Lauren becomes more uncomfortable, realizing she has trouble opening up as well.
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still_FT_ep151EPISODE NUMBER :: 151
EPISODE TITLE :: Heartstrings Part 1
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 4, 1988
GUEST STARS :: Margaret A. Marx as Young Elyse; Michael David Wright as Young Steven; Christina Pickles as Ruth Hobart; Philip Baker Hall as Dr. Harrison; Richard Kuss as Mr. Meyers; Carolyn Mignini as Peggy Vincent; Billy Morrissette as Waiter; Beaver-Leigh Banfield as Nurse
WRITER :: Alan Uger
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: At first dismissive of his painful episodes after exercise, the family is stunned when after a bike ride, Steven collapses in the front room. He is rushed to the hospital where the doctor tells the family that Steven has had a major heart attack and will require a double bypass immediately.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 152
EPISODE TITLE :: Heartstrings Part 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 11, 1988
GUEST STARS :: Margaret A. Marx as Young Elyse; Michael David Wright as Young Steven; Christina Pickles as Ruth Hobart; Philip Baker Hall as Dr. Harrison; Richard Kuss as Mr. Meyers; Carolyn Mignini as Peggy Vincent; Courtney Cox as Lauren Miller; Jane Ford as Candy Striper
WRITER :: Alan Uger
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The Keaton’s are waiting anxiously in the waiting room, where Alex becomes more and more concerned about his own heart and well-being. Lauren calms him down and tells him that he’s focusing on himself to block out his deep fear for his father’s well being. The Keaton’s are made even more anxious when they are informed that Steven’s condition was worse than the doctor originally thought and that he will have to undergo a quadruple bypass.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 153
EPISODE TITLE :: Heartstrings Part 3
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 18, 1988
GUEST STARS :: Courtney Cox as Lauren Miller; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman; Scott Valentine as Nick Moore; Philip Baker Hall as Dr. Harrison; Liz Sheridan as Ginny McCoy; Tim Eyster as Young Alex; Shannon MacPherson as Young Mallory; Nicholas Rutherford as Young Skippy
WRITER :: Alan Uger
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Steven comes out of surgery fine, but comes home to a family that caters to him too much for his own comfort. He tells Elyse that he is terrified that he will become the shadow of the man he used to be, afraid to do anything. Elyse comforts him and assures him that he could never become that way.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 157
EPISODE TITLE :: Basic Training
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 1, 1989
GUEST STARS :: John Marshall Jones as Sergeant Tom Davis; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman; Lois De Banzie as Mrs. Handelman; Raleigh Bond as Harry Handelman; Daniel Baldwin as Holworthy; John J. York as Matthews; Mark Barnet as Strauss
WRITER :: Susan Borowitz
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Skippy’s in the Army now! Discouraged with his career aptitude testing, Skippy decides to join the Army. He doesn’t do well when his failings causes the entire barracks to be punished. He goes AWOL but his drill sergeant is quite understanding and helps Skippy through his discouragement.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 160
EPISODE TITLE :: Deja Vu
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 8, 1989
GUEST STARS :: Scott Valentine as Nick Moore; Byron Thames as Josh Wakefield
WRITER :: Susan Borowitz
DIRECTOR :: Matthew Diamond
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mallory is more than unnerved when Jennifer begins dating Josh, the younger brother of her old boyfriend Jeff. She believes that Josh will break Jennifer’s heart just as Jeff broke hers many years ago. Finally, Mallory is convinced to back off and let Jennifer live her own life.
TRIVIA: This is a nice bit of continuity, which is not “Family Ties'” forte. Even the title is a reference to Mallory’s old boyfriend because they met when he tutored her in French.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 159
EPISODE TITLE :: Nick’s Best Friend
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 15, 1989
GUEST STARS :: Scott Valentine as Nick Moore; Tom Isbell as Dr. Austin; Carol Mansell as Woman; Ron Jarvis as Clown; Scott LaRose as Lobster
WRITER :: Katie Ford
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Nick’s best friend shows up – his old dog Scrapper! When Nick’s mother moves into a building that does not allow pets, Nick gladly takes custody of his boyhood dog Scrapper. However, when Scrapper gets hit by a car, Nick must let him go to avoid putting Scrapper through unnecessary pain.
TRIVIA: This episode shows how Nick is a terrible example of a responsible pet owner.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 161
EPISODE TITLE :: Get Me to the Living Room on Time
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 29, 1989
GUEST STARS :: Douglas Seale as Joseph Simmons; Marie Denn as Eva Martin; Jeff Perry as David; Joshua Shelley as Sam; Minnie Summers Lindsey as Rosemary; Mimi Cozzens as Mrs. Clark; Robert Torti as Jack; Paul McIsaac as Dr. Cameron
WRITER :: Matthew Monaher
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Andy’s new friends, an elderly couple from a local rest home that Andy attends every week, come to visit and enchant the Keaton family, especially Steven who decides to make a documentary on the couple. During the process, the man proposes to his gal pal and she accepts, much to the dismay of the man’s son. However, with Steven’s offer to hold the wedding at the Keaton home, things are squared away and all is well.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 162
EPISODE TITLE :: The Job Not Taken
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 5, 1989
GUEST STARS :: Billy Morrissette as Paul Corman; Christina Jansen as Jessica Foster; David Bowe as Neil Cooper; Ethel Ayler as Ms. Daniels
WRITER :: Marc Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Andrew McCullough
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: A friend of Alex’s, who now works for a successful firm, comes to visit and gets Alex an interview. Alex wows his interviewer and he is hired on the spot. Later at the celebration dinner, Alex finds out that he was actually hired to replace his friend. Although his friend doesn’t ask, Alex decides not to take the job, not wanting a guilty conscience to plague him.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 163
EPISODE TITLE :: The Wrecker’s Ball
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 12, 1989
GUEST STARS :: Scott Valentine as Nick Moore; Lyman Ward as John Willis; Vic Polizos as Dave McPhee; Denise D’Amico as Mrs. Clark; Florence Sundstrom as Woman; Gary Grubbs as Mr. Willis
WRITER :: Douglas Wyman
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Elyse is heartbroken to find out that her first design to ever be built is scheduled to be demolished. With the help of her family, they protest the destruction, but to no avail. Her family lifts her spirits when they bring her the brick from the building in which she inscribed a dedication to her family.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 165
EPISODE TITLE :: My Best Friend’s Girl
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 19, 1989
GUEST STARS :: Maura Tierney as Darlene; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman; Courtney Cox as Lauren Miller; Karyn O´Bryan as Pippi; John Lavachielli as Waiter
WRITER :: Bruce Helford
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Lauren takes Skippy on as her personal project in hopes to help him relate to women better. It works, but the woman he wants to relate to is Lauren. In the meantime, one of the funniest bits I’ve ever seen on TV is performed when Steven tries to teach Jennifer how to drive by using the kitchen chairs and a couple of backseat drivers.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 166
EPISODE TITLE :: ‘Till Her Daddy Takes the T-Bird Away
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 26, 1989
GUEST STARS :: Scott Valentine as Nick Moore; Dan Hedaya as Joe Moore
WRITER :: Susan Borowitz
DIRECTOR :: Matthew Diamond
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: When Mallory stays out a little late with the family car, everyone decides it would be best if she got her own vehicle. Steven offers to cosign for the loan until he hears Mallory talking about a cross country trip she’s planning with Nick. Steven, always selfish when it comes to his daughter and Nick, refuses to cosign and convinces Nick’s father not to sell Mallory anything. Mallory confronts her father and he finally realizes how foolish he is behaving.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 164
EPISODE TITLE :: Simon Says
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 5, 1989
GUEST STARS :: Jason Naylor as Simon Wickerson; Jaclyn Bernstein as Marla; Stephen Lee as Mr. Parker; Richard McGonagle as Male Customer; Baillie Gerstein as Woman
WRITER :: Katie Ford
DIRECTOR :: Matthew Diamond
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Unrequited adoration abounds! Alex is stalked by the local newspaper girl while Jennifer is partnered with Simon, a young man who makes it quite clear how he feels for Jennifer – over the loud speaker at the local chicken hut. Jennifer tells Simon that she doesn’t feel the same for him, but they remain friends, even after Simon’s threat to self-combust.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 167
EPISODE TITLE :: All in the Neighborhood Part 1
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 12, 1989
GUEST STARS :: Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman; John Hancock as Gus Thompson; Rosalind Cash as Maya Thompson; Keith Amos as Michael Thompson; Jane Daly as Christine Chadway; Kevin Dunn as Glen; Mark Taylor as Phil; Maris Clement as Ginny; Robert Schanche as Sam
WRITER :: Ruth Bennett
DIRECTOR :: Matthew Diamond
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Ah, America the Free. Bah! When Steven’s black coworker states that he and his farmily are looking for a home, Steven and Elyse suggest the house across the street from Keaton Manor. However, they are shocked to find that their neighbors are not happy about a black family moving into the neighborhood.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 168
EPISODE TITLE :: All in the Neighborhood Part 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 19, 1989
GUEST STARS :: John Hancock as Gus Thompson; Rosalind Cash as Maya Thompson; Keith Amos as Michael Thompson; Mark Taylor as Phil; Betsy Randle as Nancy; Charles Bouvier as Officer Larson; Dan Gilvezan as Officer Steele
WRITER :: Ruth Bennett
DIRECTOR :: Matthew Diamond
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Gus and Maya, Steven’s friends, decide to stay in their new home. They almost change their minds when their home is vandalized, but their son, realizing the struggle his parents went through during the ’60’s, decides that they must stay and make a stand. Several neighbors show up and state their support and welcome them to the neighborhood.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 171
EPISODE TITLE :: The Can’t Take That Away From Me Part 1
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: April 2, 1989
GUEST STARS :: Courtney Cox as Lauren Miller; Jane Adams as Marty Brodie
WRITER :: Marc Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Matthew Diamond
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: With Lauren away for a psychology seminar, Alex agrees to tutor a young music student in his economics class who is more interested in Die Zauberflote than economic theory. As time progresses, he finds himself very attracted to Marty and the affection is returned, as their kiss proves.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 172
EPISODE TITLE :: They Can’t Take That Away From Me Part 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: April 9, 1989
GUEST STARS :: Courtney Cox as Lauren Miller; Jane Adams as Marty Brodie; Marianne Muellerleile as Cecelia
WRITER :: Marc Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Matthew Diamond
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: When Lauren returns home from her seminar, Alex tells her about Marty and about his budding feelings for her. Lauren is, at first, understanding but eventually becomes angry and confused. After an embarrassing run-in with both Lauren and Marty in the school cafeteria the next day, Alex talks to Shakespeare, Freud and Sartre (all played brilliantly by Michael Gross) and realizes he must make a decision. At graduation, he finally decides that he should be with neither women and that he must go on with his life alone.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 173
EPISODE TITLE :: Rain Forests Keep Falling On My Head
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: April 16, 1989
GUEST STARS :: Barry Heins as Mr. Hilgenberg
WRITER :: Bruce Helford
DIRECTOR :: Rita Rogers
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Jennifer goes overboard with the ecology kick, disrupting everyone’s life. She becomes extremely depressed and even depresses the counselor she sees. However, her spirits are lifted when her parents tell her that her devotion to her cause has re-inspired them to do the same, convincing her that she can make a difference.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 169 & 170
EPISODE TITLE :: Wrap Around the Clock Part 1 & 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: April 23, 1989
GUEST STARS :: Scott Valentine as Nick Moore; Courtney Cox as Lauren Miller; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman
WRITER :: Katie Ford
DIRECTOR :: Matthew Diamond
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Clip show alert! This one is built around Andrew building a time capsule for school. Oh my, this is the LAST clip show!
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 174
EPISODE TITLE :: Mr. Keaton Takes a Vacation
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 7, 1989
GUEST STARS :: Scott Valentine as Nick Moore
WRITER :: Shannon Gaughan
DIRECTOR :: Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mallory convinces her family to allow Nick to stay with them while his house is being painted. Steven is at home, working on a documentary. When Nick pesters Steven, trying to help, emotions explode and Nick confronts Steven about his refusal to make Nick feel truly welcome in the Keaton household. Steven realizes he is right.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 175 & 176
EPISODE TITLE :: Alex Doesn’t Live Here Anymore Part 1 & 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 14, 1989
GUEST STARS :: Courtney Cox as Lauren Miller; Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman; Scott Valentine as Nick Moore; Nina Mann as Ms. Williams; Daniel Weisman as Marc; Alex Zuckerman as Davey; Sarah McCrary as Violet
WRITER :: Alan Uger, Marc Lawrence, Susan Borowitz & Katie Ford
DIRECTOR ::  Sam Weisman
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: This is it, the last episode…and it isn’t a clip show! *gasp*
Alex does it! He lands an important job with one of the biggest investment firms in New York City. The family is thrilled, but Elyse is taken aback when she learns that Alex must leave almost immediately. Tension mounts as Elyse becomes angry when Alex takes a family picture without asking. Finally, when Alex decides not to go to a family dinner, Elyse blows up at him, accusing him of being arrogant and selfish. He blows up right back and accuses her of not being supportive of his decision to leave for his dream job.
After Andrew’s school play, the family decides to go out for ice cream. Elyse decides not to go and goes home to Alex’s room. Alex shows up shortly after and they both apologize for their fight. Elyse admits that it’s hard for her to accept that a part of her life is ending and Alex admits that he’s afraid to leave the security of his family.
The next day, Alex decides to take a cab to the airport, not wanting a long, sad good-bye. When the cab comes, he shakes hands with everyone and leaves, but shortly returns to hug them all with a tearful good-bye.

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