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5 Jan. 1984
Birthday Boy
Because dad Steven has to be in Washington for PBS on the day of Alex's 18th birthday, ma throws him a surprise party a few days early. On his big day, Alex fails to 'pass on putting out the trash to the younger generation' and declines a restaurant dinner because he planned with his mates Neil and Doug to attend Camelot Inn in West Virginia, where 18 is legal majority. Elyse blatantly forbids it, and when Alex's mates' taunting lures him along anyway -pretending to be pilots, about to invade Canada- she goes get him back right there, publicly. Alex is beyond furious ...
12 Jan. 1984
Go Tigers
Alex decides to apply at the college where Mallory's ex Jeff is. So when he goes for his interview she decides to go with him so that she could see Jeff. When she sees him she finds him with another girl. After seeing him she goes looking for Alex so that they could leave but Alex is having his interview with the Dean which she can't help but disrupt.
19 Jan. 1984
'M' Is for the Many Things
Alex is placed in charge of his high school's class souvenirs for graduation. He wants to turn it into a millionaire making project. Elyse is upset when her not-yet-divorced mother starts enjoying the prospect of being single.
26 Jan. 1984
Say Uncle
Uncle Ned pays the Keatons a visit. However, it becomes quickly evident to Alex that Ned has developed a drinking problem. Alex tries to convince his reluctant family of Ned's addiction before it's too late.
2 Feb. 1984
Ladies' Man
Alex pretends to be a feminist to impress a girl he likes.
9 Feb. 1984
Ready or Not
Mallory considers taking a big step in her relationship with her boyfriend, Rick.
16 Feb. 1984
Double Date
Alex finds himself with two dates to his senior prom, and devises a plan to take them both.
23 Feb. 1984
Lady Sings the Blues
Elyse tries to revive her performances practiced as a college folk singer with mixed results while Alex and Stephen are traumatized by Mallory's driving lessons.
8 Mar. 1984
Baby Boy Doe
Skippy finds out he is adopted, and decides to meet his birth mother.
15 Mar. 1984
The Graduate
Alex is upset his girlfriend is class valedictorian instead of him. He thinks the man should be the superior one in the relationship. His attitude affects his relationship. His father helps him realize relationships are not competition.
3 May 1984
Diary of a Young Girl
Jennifer is in the hospital to have her tonsils taken out and is worried she will not survive. Awaiting the surgery, she writes down her thoughts and memories of her family.
10 May 1984
Working at It
Elyse gets a new job as an architecture. Nervous with her first project, not knowing how to use a computer, she over-plans and ends up quitting. Her boss reviews her plans she left behind, finds the right plan, and rehires Elyse.
20 Sep. 1984
The Gambler
When ma Elyse has a convention speech in 'fascinating east coast resort' Atlantic City, she didn't plan to waste any time and money gambling, but brainiac Alex is dying to get his mathematical system tested and dad Steven makes sure they stay in a casino and play a few hands of blackjack. His luck runs out very soon, but Elyse has enough to win big with Alex's system. Of course casino lucks never lasts, yet when losing she's already hooked. When ma returns from her solo last run, she surprises the family with both results and conclusions...
27 Sep. 1984
Here We Go Again
Dad Steven was looking forward to a weekend camping with the kids, although only Jennifer volunteers to forgo urban comforts, Alex can't be bothered and Mallory can't live without, well, her whole room-content. Ma Elyse stays home, she's behind with work and feels miserable but just got a clean bill of health after a medical. Skippy turns up, having been invited for dinner by wicked Mallory and manages to stay for breakfast. Then her doctor rings with vital news she had presumed impossible: Elyse is as thrilled as surprised, but isn't looking forward to telling Steven...
4 Oct. 1984
Little Man on Campus
It's a new academic year for the three Keaton kids. The girls are flippant about it, as every year. High school star Alex makes his entry at prestigious Leland University, overconfident so he puts his foot in his mouth answering professor Ephraim Bronski's rhetorical question whether free speech is an absolute constitutional right. Alex trusts his elaborate paper will more then make up, only to find his plain mate Doug gets the A he expected, he his first-ever, ineffable F: traumatic enough to consider dropping out of college, or at least out of constitutional law. ...
11 Oct. 1984
Love Thy Neighbor
Jennifer is delighted at the return of Scotty, a neighborhood boy and her garden ball sports friend from a few years ago, who has meanwhile turned into a handsome 17 year-old, according to Mallory 'grown into his ears', but unfortunately Scott now seems irresistibly drawn to the dumb sister his horny age; this leaves Scotty's true friend Jen practically ignored and literally forgotten, but she won't take Alex's word for that just being cruel nature, so she intrudes on the couple's restaurant date... Meanwhile mother is eating like a bear and dad determined to pick and...
18 Oct. 1984
Keaton and Son
Alex wouldn't even considering working with dad Steven, a respected producer; at the local TV station, as it is non-profit, but when the last of Alex's applications with banks, his biotope, falls trough, he accepts to become a production assistant for lack of better. Dad is proud as a peacock and happy as a clam to show off his prodigy, he had annoyed the staff about him as very proud dads do for years. Yet when a bank can offer him a job after a medical emergency, Alex writes a letter of notice, which dad doesn't get round to read until after a documentary production...
25 Oct. 1984
Fabric Smarts
For once airhead Mallory impresses even Alex by being a really good salesperson in a clothes shop. When the Keaton parents decide her bad grades must mean she spends too much time on her job, she's ordered to quit it, but Jen challenges Alex to convince the oldies to give her another chance. Even though dad realizes they're being scammed by a master well above their class, they agree to a deal: she can keep working if she scores at least Bs on her next three tests. Alex decides to prevent his honorable victory becoming hollow by tutoring her, and succeeds with two ...
1 Nov. 1984
Hotline Fever
Alex must take a humanities course at college even though he doesn't want to, so he signs up for the student helpline. There he runs into James, an old enemy. When the duo get stuck at the station with their teacher, they are told they can lock up. Alex soon realizes that he's bitten off a little more than he can chew when a troubled teen calls in with thoughts of suicide.
8 Nov. 1984
4 Rms Ocn Vu
The parents are away for a few days, Alex is in charge but cares only for his date Monica, so he wants the girls out; Mallory 'drives' straight into a telephone pole, now they must come up with some $300 to pay for repairs. Alex decides to earn enough by renting out rooms with ocean views to traveling Leland sports game attendants, who certainly bid enough to make a profit on top. Skippy, who can't go home, is happy to stay as unpaid bellhop and sleeps on the floor like the girls, 'hotel manager' Alex gets the couch and can't resist to keep the sweet money flowing in....
15 Nov. 1984
Best Man
Alex always was extremely tight with goofy Doug, now a fellow student, but when Doug falls instantly in true love with Eleanor, he soon starts spending all his time with her and even lets her make his decisions. Alex tries in vain to tighten his family ties instead, to no avail, then to cement his poker boys gang, but that literally drives them away. When Doug announces they're getting married, Alex refuses to come instead of accepting the request to be Doug's best man. Everyone hopes Alex will reconsider, or is that to be the end of his best friendship?
22 Nov. 1984
Lost Weekend
The Keaton parents have high hopes for the weekend, one of their last chances to spend some quality time, each alone with the same-gender kids, before the baby is born, and prepare trips trough memory lane. Alex politely pretends some interest in dad's souvenir ball but eagerly throws a chess game in a minute as an excuse to run off to a potential girlfriend; even Skippy, now welcome, just wants a lift, absolutely no other help. The girls blatantly ignore ma Elyse's huge photo-book and run off no matter where from the log cabin she drove them to. Yet both oldies ...
29 Nov. 1984
Don't Kiss Me, I'm Only the Messenger
While mother flies to a convention in Michigan, dad is in charge, even of the mouse-hunt, which scares Mallory and Alex while Jennifer is willing to help but understandably doubts success. Skippy drops by and is completely ignored as always by Mallory, whom the equally stupid, but sweet scorned kid has been following like a puppy for years, but considers his life suddenly found meaning when Jane, Mallory's latest friend, walks in. Seeing it's literal when Skippy asks him to talk to her as he can't find words with girls, Alex accepts to help him...
6 Dec. 1984
Help Wanted
Steven gets depressed from interviewing frightfully inept candidates as housekeeper-nanny for the baby, such as a child-hater ad an ex-con. Alex is impressed with Karen Nicholson, regardless of lack of any vaguely domestic experience, even hires her on his own. Even with help from Alex and his sisters, who quickly take to her too, she's a household failure bordering on disaster, yet nobody wants to fire her for 'just' wrecking the house till it just gets too much for dad...
13 Dec. 1984
Karen II, Alex 0
Alex is dead-set to be selected for the Alpha Phi Epsilon fraternity, snobs who fixate on prestige, power and money. He lies his way trough an initial interview with chapter officials Don Caruthers and Craig Duvall, but his trump card, a gorgeous though Mallory-dumb date for the party for preselected candidates, has to cancel. Clumsy housekeeper Karen, Alex's only alternative, says she can't tell him why, would like to help him but just can't. Seeing how badly disappointed he is, she turns up, but clearly knows dean Ian McCall, an alumnus, too well, leaves and ...

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