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1988

10 Jan. 1988
The Play's the Thing
The local theater is producing a radical play that Steven wrote in the 1960s. Steven wants Elyse to play the lead. At the first performance, things go wrong and it ends up with two leading men. The audience is underwhelmed.
 
17 Jan. 1988
The Spirit of Columbus
Nick is ecstatic when one of his art works sells for $200. Alex sees a money making venture. He convinces Nick to mass produce his "one of a kind" artwork. As Nick works, he loses his interest in art because it is no longer fun.
 
24 Jan. 1988
The Blues Brother
Alex is DJ for a radio show for his college. He plays a jazz track and announces the singer/player is dead. The jazz artist calls the station and says news of his death is premature. He agrees to visit the radio station for a talk.
 
7 Feb. 1988
Read It and Weep: Part 1
Jennifer writes a report on "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" for her English class even though it's now on a list of banned books. She becomes the focus of a battle over rights of free speech.
 
14 Feb. 1988
Read It and Weep: Part 2
Jennifer's actions spur on a public meeting with the School Board to discuss if "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" or other books should be banned from being read by students.
 
21 Feb. 1988
Quittin' Time
Mallory finds a box of old love letters between Steven & Elyse. Andy copies them to send to a school girl he likes. Lauren stresses from working on senior thesis. Alex tells her to take a break. She does, and starts watching soap operas.
 
28 Feb. 1988
Spring Reminds Me
A former neighbor, Evelyn, visits the Keatons. Her daughter was Mallory's friend, but recently committed suicide. Evelyn begins to think Mallory is her own daughter. Steven finds a box of magic items and tries all the tricks with the family.
 
6 Mar. 1988
The Boys Next Door
Roger, a former childhood neighbor of Elyse's visits. Roger was considered a nerd as a child, but is now a millionaire. He wants Elyse to be his date for a college reunion.
 
13 Mar. 1988
Sign of the Times
Andy becomes the official School Buddy for a new child starting at the school. Josh is deaf. He and Andy become good friends. When the other classmates tease Jose, Andy refuses to talk anymore until the teasing stops.
 
1 May 1988
Father, Can You Spare a Dime?
Nick's art class at the community center has ended, and he wants to open his own art school to continue working with children and art. Nick is refused a loan, and he asks his father to lend him money. His father is hesitant.
 
30 Oct. 1988
It Happened One Night
Steven & Elyse wants to take the entire family on a camping trip, but the three oldest do not want to go. After Steven & Elyse leave, the children feel guilty and head out to the campsite. Unfortunately, they get lost.
 
6 Nov. 1988
Designing Woman
Mallory gets an internship at a fashion company and is ecstatic. Mallory is happy to share her ideas with her co-worker, but then finds out the co-worker is stealing her ideas. Mallory confronts her, but nothing seems like it will change.
 
13 Nov. 1988
Truckers
Steven is upset at the size of the electricity bill, and tries to reduce costs around the house. Andy finds a friend with Nick's nephew. Alex feels left out when Andy prefers to play with the nephew rather than him.
 
27 Nov. 1988
Beyond Therapy
Lauren is upset over the lack of communication and emotional sharing between she and Alex. Lauren suggests that they see a therapist to discover the cause of their problem.
 
4 Dec. 1988
Heartstrings: Part 1
After jogging with Elyse, Steven feels pains in his chest. He is taken to the hospital and they find out he had a heart attack. While in the hospital, everyone starts to meet other family members and patients who suffered a heart attack.
 
11 Dec. 1988
Heartstrings: Part 2
Steven has an operation to clear a valve from his heart attack. As they wait and worry, Elyse and the others remember events with Steven. They take comfort talking and sharing with other people waiting for their spouses.
 
18 Dec. 1988
Heartstrings: Part 3
Family and friends continue their vigil while Steven has his operation. The operation is a success and home they go. Steven has to adjust to restrictions in food and activity, while the family treat him as an elderly invalid.
 

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