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1987

8 Jan. 1987
O'Brother: Part 1
Steven's brother Rob visits the Keaton family. He announces he has left his wife and they are filing for a divorce. He is dating a woman he just met on the plane that day. Mallory and Jennifer find ways to see a cute paramedic at the mall.
 
15 Jan. 1987
O'Brother: Part 2
Maureen, Rob's wife, arrives at the Keaton home. She tells what has been happening in their life lately - Rob left home and his job two months previous without telling Maureen where he was going.
 
22 Jan. 1987
Higher Love
Mallory is enthralled in a grad student in her poetry reading group at Grant College. Mallory's boyfriend Nick is concerned that he might lose her to the poet.
 
29 Jan. 1987
Architect's Apprentice
Steven's work has approved Elyse for remodeling the lobby of the WKS building. Also, they want a contest for sculptures submitted by local artists and will pick a winner. Against Steven's wishes, Nick is included. He has great ideas.
 
5 Feb. 1987
A Tale of Two Cities: Part 1
Alex attends a banking conference with his boss, but when his hotel reservation is lost, he shares a hotel room with his boss. The room is quit small. Elyse and the girls want to remodel the kitchen. Steven is reluctant.
 
12 Feb. 1987
A Tale of Two Cities: Part 2
While Alex and Rebecca attend a banking convention, Rebecca is nervous about meeting her boss. She has some drinks to relax, but ends up getting drunk and ruins the meeting. Steven wallpapers the kitchen but makes a mess of the job.
 
19 Feb. 1987
Battle of the Sexes
At a restaurant, Alex orders food for Elyse, Mallory, and Jennifer. They are upset that he was being chauvinistic. Alex and Steven disagree, so the women recall all the times they tried to be overly manly and all the disastrous results.
 
19 Feb. 1987
Battle of the Sexes: Part 2
The memory/flashback show continues with everyone recalling stories where someone else has made mistakes when it comes to the sexes, relationships, and events.
 
26 Feb. 1987
Band on the Run
Jennifer is in a musical band and auditions to play at Leland College Dance. Their band is chosen, and Alex sees it as a money making proposition. He attempt to be the band manager causes problems for the band.
 
5 Mar. 1987
Keaton vs. Keaton
Steven's station offers a scholarship open to employees' college-aged children. Alex and Mallory apply. Alex is certain he will beat Mallory as well as all other applicants. Alex is privately told he won, but he withdraws so Mallory wins.
 
12 Mar. 1987
A, My Name Is Alex
Alex's friend dies in an accident. As the family grieves, Alex tries to mask his grief, but he can't hide his grief and other emotions forever.
 
20 Mar. 1987
'D' Is for Date
Jennifer helps tutor a star athlete who is having problem with science class. She pretends to be dumb in other subjects so he does not think she is just a brain. He invites her out, and she continues her dumb act.
 
30 Apr. 1987
Love Me Do
Steven wants to throw a surprise birthday party for Elyse, but everyone knows he never throws a good surprise party. Also, Skippy meets one of Mallory's friends and is attracted to her. He asks her out and she agrees. Then he is nervous.
 
7 May 1987
The Visit
Elyse's sister Michele and family are visiting. Everyone looks forward to Michele, but not the husband and children. Michele is friendly and helpful whereas the others are loud, rude, and obnoxious. This visit, they also bring a large dog.
 
23 Jul. 1987
Matchmaker
Seeing Mallory is a wreck after her break-up with Nick and six failed dates, Alex decides to match her with a fellow Leland student. His theoretically ideal choice is Roger Sloate, an engineering major. Alas Alex's chaperoning isn't rewarded, his dumb sister dumps Roger like the rest- but accepts a last double-date, where Roger spontaneously falls for Alex's date Tracy; something smart Alex can't understand is that love is irrational chemistry... Dad Steven is deadly against 'dehumanising' computer games, but while one is rented 'for the kids' he gets hooked worse ...
 
6 Aug. 1987
It's My Party: Part 1
On Jen's birthday, she is unusually un-eager for the usual party ingredients, clearly only pretends to appreciate the hand-puppet show dad revels in, and actually gets completely obsessed with imitating the fashion-obsessed herd of 'cool kids' at school, even if that means abandoning all her rather tomcat habits. Stacie's gang and chasing boys seem to overtake her whole personality, she even takes lessons in 'cool' signals and talk from airhead Mallory...
 
13 Aug. 1987
It's My Party: Part 2
Since her birthday party, Jennifer is spending all her spare time with her new 'cool' airhead friends, doing atypical things such as mall-shopping -spending all her babysitting savings- and scorning her own habits and family traditions, and no longer dares to sit with true fiend Beth. She even lets Chrissy convince her to ditch a maths class for a sale. Ellen and Mallory assure Alex that's how 13-year old girls become aware of their sexuality. A call from vice-principal Ross about Jen's truancy makes the parents ground her indefinitely. She refuses to join the family ...
 
13 Sep. 1987
The Last of the Red Hot Psychologists
Back to school; Jennifer in high school and Andy in kindergarten. Alex and Mallory return to college. Alex is asked to participate in a psychology study by a co-student, Lauren. They get off to a bad start, but slowly find the attraction.
 
13 Sep. 1987
The Last of the Red Hot Psychologists: Part 2
Alex and Lauren continue with the psychology test, and their attraction to each other continues. Alex impulsively kisses her during a session. Worried about crossing the line, they are hesitant but work things out.
 
20 Sep. 1987
Dear Mallory
Mallory gets a job as an advice columnist. With the first issue, she includes her home address & phone number. Mallory gets constant calls and visits from everyone who wants help. Later, she finds out her advice has not been helpful.
 
27 Sep. 1987
The Other Woman
Andy is disappointed when Alex keeps missing their together time because he is with Lauren. Alex apologizes by taking Andy to a carnival, but also takes Lauren. The day does not go as planned. Alex and Andy talk, and things are worked out.
 
4 Oct. 1987
Dream Date
Jennifer has an admirer at school, Simon, who carries her books and buys her gifts. He likes Jennifer but she does not like him. She likes someone else who does not notice her. She decides to go with Simon to use him to get to the other.
 
18 Oct. 1987
Super Mom
Elyse gets caught up in work projects to the point of working a lot of overtime. This leaves little time for her family where everyone is confused as to who does what duties and keeping the house moving. Elyse realizes something has to give.
 
25 Oct. 1987
Walking on Air
An intern job opens at the station where Steven works. He thinks Mallory should get the job. Mallory does not want to the job. She avoids her father so he does not keep asking. The Keatons try to solve a cereal contest to win a $5,000 prize.
 
1 Nov. 1987
Invasion of the Psychologist Snatchers
Lauren's old boyfriend visits and Alex is insecure about his relationship with Lauren. Alex does not see what Lauren sees in him (Alex) when Eric seems better on every level.
 
8 Nov. 1987
The Way We Were
The Keatons are delighted by a surprise visit from Elyse's Aunt Rosemary. The Keatons start to notice a difference in her actions, and Rosemary finally admits she is becoming forgetful. A doctor diagnoses onset Alzheimer's disease
 
15 Nov. 1987
Mister Sister
Nick applies for the janitor position at Mallory's sorority and becomes an honorary sorority member.
 
22 Nov. 1987
Citizen Keaton
Mallory runs for class president and Alex becomes her campaign manager.
 
29 Nov. 1987
Father Time: Part 1
Steven's brother Rob and children, Marilyn & Jonathan, visit after his divorce is finalized. He now works as in outdoor telephone repair. His daughter Marilyn is having a hard time with her parent's divorce and takes it out on the Keatons.
 
6 Dec. 1987
Father Time: Part 2
While visiting the Keaton's, Rob's daughter Marilyn stays out all night with a guy she just met. Rob realizes he lost parental control. Rob and Steven talk about marriage, happiness, and children. Rob takes another chance to talk to Marilyn.
 
13 Dec. 1987
The American Family
Lauren is writing a paper on the family unit and uses the Keatons as an example. With Lauren's questions, the family reminiscences about the events that help demonstrate the answers.
 
16 Dec. 1987
Anniversary Waltz
With their 20th wedding anniversary, Steven wants a small gathering, Elyse wants a large party. Everything goes wrong, from the party planning, roof leaks, plumbing issues, to everyone arguing about everything.
 
20 Dec. 1987
Miracle in Columbus
Money-hungry Alex gets a job as a mall Santa. While Alex sees the holiday as a financial event, he gets caught up in the reason for the season when a little girl only wants her father home for a Christmas gift.
 
20 Mar. 1988
Return of the Native
Cousin June visits the Keatons, on holiday from her university studies in London. Memories bubble up when she starts talking about dating boys and a trip to Florence, mostly embarrassing moments for Keatons (from previous episodes), such as weird dates and teachers or the 'home hotel' Alex ran with Skippy and the girls...
 

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