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Season 4

26 Sep. 1985
The Real Thing: Part 1
Alex starts his sophomore year looking for a girlfriend in the freshman directory. He meets Tricia who seems to be everything he wants. However, after a spat with Tricia's roommate, Ellen, Alex finds that despite having nothing in common with Ellen, he is developing feelings for her.
 
3 Oct. 1985
The Real Thing: Part 2
Alex is an emotional wreck, still with boring Tricia he doesn't care for after kissing her intriguing roommate Ellen, who turned back to accept her Dennis's proposal to marriage, yet without a single guest. Alex even worries so much that the whole time allotted for a Leland test essay he would have aced elapses without him writing a single line. Next Alex insists to drive Ellen the train-station hoping to stop her, but is once more unable to express his emotions. When Alex has gathered the courage at home and drives back, her train has left the station- yet she is ...
 
17 Oct. 1985
Mr. Wrong
Mallory introduces her new boyfriend, Nick, to the family. He isn't well received, and Steven realizes that he needs to trust Mallory and let her make her own choices.
 
24 Oct. 1985
Designated Hitter
Jennifer has a boyfriend and feels a bit self-conscious. When the boyfriend is teased at school by a bully, Jennifer steps in to defend him. Alex asks Mallory to take and IQ test and is chagrined when she scores higher than him.
 
31 Oct. 1985
Don't Go Changing
Alex is feeling insecure about not being a part of Ellen's world of art and dance. Fearful that he might lose her, Alex decides to learn all he can about art and dance...including auditioning for a part at Ellen's dance class. Meanwhile, Steven is upset about missing Monday Night Football games because he and Elyse have joined a book club.
 
7 Nov. 1985
The Old College Try
Elyse is planning for Mallory's future by sending away for college applications. However, Mallory does not want to go to college. However, things change when an unlikely source (Nick) encourages her to go to college.
 
14 Nov. 1985
My Tutor
Alex hires 13-year-old tutor, Eugene Forbes, to help him bring his grade up in advanced geometry from an 89% to 90%. However, Eugene is immediately distracted when he meets Jennifer, and he struggles to learn how to stop being an intellectual genius and learn to be a 13-year-old kid.
 
21 Nov. 1985
Mr. Right
Nick is worried that the constant disapproval he receives from Elyse and Steven will ultimately cost him his relationship with Mallory. Eager to change, Nick turns to Alex for help. Unfortunately, Nick turns into another "Alex," and while he is now pleasing to Elyse and Steven, he turns off Mallory.
 
5 Dec. 1985
Just One Look
Steven and Elyse are nostalgically excited by a visitor he arranged: Richard 'Richie' Schofield, from their Berkeley hippie days, which the kids find just silly, even embarrassingly. However Elyse and Richie share memories without Steven, who is not amused to find out about their fling 22 years later. Sleeping on the hall makes the jealous husband even crankier. The trio has a restaurant dinner, he looses control. Alex reminds him of his own life lessons...
 
12 Dec. 1985
How Do You Sleep?
Alex hasn't slept in over a week. Lonely nights are spent triggering the smoke alarm, and even asking Skippy to spend the night. Elyse confesses that she has battled insomnia as well, and she is able to help Alex finally fall asleep.
 
19 Dec. 1985
You've Got a Friend
While Alex is in the shop where Mallory works, they catch Jessie Blake shoplifting. Dad Steven points out Milford home where Jessie lives is not an orphanage but specialized in problem children, often abused; Nick knows that is true for one of his cousins who lives there, but cant't remember his name nor the abusive Uncle's. Mallory decides to make the criminal her friend, despite Nick's warning one can't understand such kid, and indeed is repaid by more shoplifting... Meanwhile little Andy's greater interest for a toy's box then for its content reminds everybody of ...
 
2 Jan. 1986
Nothing But a Man
Dad Steven postulates for the job of regional PBS manager, interested in programming clout rather then the pay raise - despite his poor performance, he got the job, in fact in advance. The family is disappointed he's home much less, except Alex, who even acts as dad's though appointment book keeper. Alex is terribly worried for his beloved baby-brother Andy's manhood when the kid takes a ferocious fancy to a doll Ellen gave him. Steven starts feeling guilty never to be available for the children's activities, enough to...
 
9 Jan. 1986
The Disciple
Jennifer is tired of being outclassed by classmates, so she asks academically always excelling Alex (who won the Thomas Dewey best student achievement award three years in a row) to help her prepare a social studies presentation on how a bill becomes a law. Alex accepts, provided they do it his way, all the way: after reading at Ivy league level, while he pretends in class to be a quarry worker too dumb to understand what he fetches, he attends -queing her- a brilliant show with lights, music, patriotic panache and the flawless story, complete with the printing on ...
 
16 Jan. 1986
Where's Poppa?
Alex is in charge of this year's Leland parents students day. His girl-friend Ellen is angry because Alex personally invited her father, corporate lawyer Franklin Reed, whom she rejected as 'foul materialist' years ago, he's happy to learn she has a rich family and gets her to agree. When Franklin drops by, the men prove birds of a feather, but will father and daughter make up?
 
23 Jan. 1986
Fool for Love
Ma and Jen hardly notice the mustache Alex grows for the homecoming speech as former valedictorian in Harding High-school. Skippy hopes Mal just uses Nick to make him jealous, but of course she refuses to go with him to the homecoming dance; the sweet pup is heart-broken but convinces Alex to find him a blind date, any human female will do- it's Dr. Sylvia Wagner, a divorced psychiatrist who is researching adolescent social life and sees him as a voluntary study subject, even for him no catch but they go, hoping absurdly to make Mallory a bit jealous. Nick hates ...
 
30 Jan. 1986
Checkmate
When Alex, as Leland chess club champion, duels reputed Soviet guest Ivan Rozmirovich, he takes it as a personal and patriotic challenge, stirred by a telegram from the White House. The match is commented by desperate dad Steven and American chess-master Eric Nordstrom whose seemingly silent-succinct style at his debut is likely to be his undoing as commenter. After endless equal quality, Ivan's last move before adjournment is an obvious attempt to throw the game, but why? The boys meet in a bar, and Alex learns the official pressure totally spoiled Ivan's love for ...
 
6 Feb. 1986
Engine Trouble
Alex committed the surprising error to vent his conviction there are male and female fortes in the feminist home, so he gets stuck following the same elementary car mechanics course as ma Elyse, the architect, who proves more gifted at it. It gets embarrassing when Alex keeps bumbling like any self-respecting nerd covered in grease while she gets 'consulted' by Nick's hunky mate Clete... Meanwhile the girls must try to keep dad Steven in bed, who refuses to admit he's sick.
 
13 Feb. 1986
A Word to the Wise
Alex and Ellen have been together for six months. The family decides to tell Ellen some of the things Alex has done in his life before she met him.
 
13 Feb. 1986
A Word to the Wise: Part 2
Part 2 continues with a memory show. Skippy joins the Keaton family to share some of his Alex-related stories to Ellen.
 
20 Feb. 1986
Art Lover
Steven accepts works of art for WKS's 1986 auction, reluctantly even Alex's 'fiscal-surrealist' bank yard eviction drawing (at age 5) and an abstract welded sculpture by Nick, which only gets a bid from filthy rich, glamorous art lover Victoria Hurstenberg, who calls him an irresistible hidden talent. Nick brings more of his works for a private show at the Keaton house, and becomes her protégé. Only Mallory and naive Nick need weeks to realize the airhead didn't get to see Nick since miss (!) Victoria offered her patronage not for his 'art' but for his company. Just ...
 
2 Mar. 1986
Teacher's Pet
While Andy's inability to handle a toy the box recommends from an age two month younger makes worried pa Steven determined the toddler needs to go to preschool, which ma Elyse forbids, Alex enjoys the rare honor to be picked as professor Spanos's teaching assistant for economics. An arrogant professorial air and ruthless strictness come naturally to 'Mr. Keaton, or Sir', but he talks Ellen out of changing to another course to assure impartiality. Once Alex grades her first paper C- their relationship -which is forbidden under college rules too- is in danger...
 
6 Mar. 1986
My Buddy
As Jennifer is growing up, Steven is feeling that he is no longer an important part of her life. Meanwhile, Alex attempts to refute a traffic ticket.
 
1 May 1986
Once in Love with Elyse
Elyse is quite happy to collaborate closely at the architects firm with younger Paul Kenter, but he confides to their boss Raymond to have a problem: he fell secretly but passionately in love with the happily married mother of four. Unsuspecting Elyse asks him over for a family dinner to celebrate landing a major account. Paul confesses to Steven, but still keeps quiet to Elyse. When Steven tells her, she is first flattered, then hears Paul has quit his job and intends to leave the country...
 
8 May 1986
Paper Chase
Four weeks to graduation, and Mallory is in danger of flunking history and not graduating. She needs a "B" on the final exam. Mallory realizes that her future is on the line as she buckles down and studies for her exam.
 

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