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1987

12 Jan. 1987
Mother and Child Reunion
Kate's mother, who is not on warm terms with Willie, arrives for a surprise visit that forces the Tanners to lock ALF in the garage for "a few days". The problem is that ALF just can't stand being not allowed to roam around in the house, with all the luxuries found there. So he just has to do something.
 
19 Jan. 1987
A Little Bit of Soap
ALF and Kate's mom are arguing about TV. Kate's mom thinks ALF's favorite soap opera, Midwest General, is sleaze, and shows him her favorite, One World to Hope For, which ALF thinks is boring. Angered, ALF argues that he could write a better script for the series than the writers are coming up with. So ALF actually writes a script and sends it in. The production company actually films ALF's script that bears not-so-subtle similarities to the situation at the Tanners' house...
 
2 Feb. 1987
I've Got a New Attitude
Willie catches ALF from eating a box of chocolate that was to be a Valentine's Day present for Kate. This incites Willie to give ALF a lecture on how ALF does not respect private property and needs to adopt a new attitude. Also, Kate's mom is moving out of the Tanners' house. The problem is that her new neighbor, Whizzer, wants to come help Dorothy move her stuff. Which means ALF has to hide from him. Kate likes Whizzer and suggests that they invite him over for a dinner. Dorothy doesn't want that. ALF interjects by claiming to have spoken to Dorothy's dead husband ...
 
9 Feb. 1987
Try to Remember: Part 1
ALF bumps his head and loses his memory. All he knows is that his name is Wayne Schlagel and that he's an insurance agent. The Tanners try to make ALF remember who he really is - cue clips from earlier episodes.
 
9 Feb. 1987
Try to Remember: Part 2
ALF still believes that his name is Wayne Schlagel and that he's an insurance agent. Worse still, he has called the police to the Tanners. The Tanners have only a short while before the police arrive, so they try to make ALF remember who he really is by telling more stories from the past - cue more clips from earlier episodes.
 
16 Feb. 1987
Border Song
ALF is now into gardening, which means he's turned over the entire Tanner's backyard. Willie has a problem at work: a lost Mexican boy is at his office and Willie is trying to track down his father. When that fails, and Willie's boss couldn't care less about helping the boy, Willie has no option but to bring the boy home.
 
2 Mar. 1987
Wild Thing
ALF starts to go through a phase where his erratic behavior and hunger for cats will, in his own words, make him "ALF to the tenth power". He wants Willie to build a cage where he can be locked in until the phase is over. Will the cage be strong enough? Can they keep him locked in when he tries to plot himself out?
 
16 Mar. 1987
Going Out of My Head Over You
Brian has to lie to his friend who wants to come for a sleepover that the Tanner's basement is flooded, because ALF must be kept secret. Willie then tries to explain to Brian that lying is always wrong even though Brian has to keep lying because of ALF. Lying to the Ochmonecks is also tiring Willie, not to mention having to put up with ALF's antics. Kate suggests Willie talk to Larry, a therapist they know. Of course, Willie has to prove that ALF exists and is not his hallucination, which means that Larry and ALF meet.
 
23 Mar. 1987
Lookin' Through the Windows
There's a power blackout, so ALF is passing the time by watching the Tanners' neighbors, the Ochmoneks, who are fighting. By dinner time, the power has come back so the Tanners can have dinner. Then comes another, short blackout. Trevor Ochmonek appears at the Tanners' door, seeking peace and quiet from the angry Raquel. Soon after, Raquel comes to demand that Trevor return home. The Tanners persuade him to do so. Night falls and ALF hears the Ochmoneks continue fighting. Suddenly it becomes silent. Too silent for ALF, who's convinced that something foul has happened ...
 
30 Mar. 1987
It Isn't Easy... Bein' Green
Lynn has introduced ALF to rap music, much to Willie's dislike. Willie himself is making the final changes to Brian's song in the school pageant where the kids dress as vegetables. Unfortunately, Brian is suffering from stage fright, which causes him to forget the lyrics. ALF offers to help...
 
6 Apr. 1987
The Gambler
The Tanners are preparing for a garage sale to get some money for house payments. ALF discovers the alluring world of horse racing thanks to Kate's mom who bets on them. When the concept of a bookie is explained to ALF, he gets the bright idea of getting the Tanners some money through betting. When his initial bets yield only profit, the plan seems good... at the time.
 
13 Apr. 1987
Weird Science
When the living room TV breaks down, Willie declares that he won't have it fixed, despite ALF's complaints that he has nothing to do but watch TV. ALF keeps pressuring Willie, who discovers that the TV is still under warranty and he can have it sent to the factory for repairs. Except that the factory is in Libya and Willie would have to pay for shipping... ALF thinks Willie has been conned, so he calls Consumer Ed, the guy who fights for consumers' rights on TV... Brian announces that he needs to come up with a project for the Science Carnival. On his own, Brian ...
 
4 May 1987
La Cuckaracha
An insect from Melmac has an unexpected reaction when exposed to earthly chemicals.
 
11 May 1987
Come Fly with Me
ALF thinks he's won in a publisher's sweepstakes, but the actual truth is that he subscribed to "hundreds of magazines" (Willie probably exaggerates here)... The next leaflet ALF gets his hands on *does* promise free gifts, but only if the family comes to listen a sales pitch for vacation homes. The Ochmoneks are going there, so Trevor invites the Tanners to come along. Turns out he is a pilot who flew in the Korean war, so they are able to fly instead of a seven-hour drive. The reluctant Willie eventually warms to the idea, but ALF has to stay home. Or is it that he ...
 
21 Sep. 1987
Working My Way Back to You
ALF breaks Kate's precious $1,000 painting and gets confined in the garage. ALF can't handle a single night there and makes a bargain with Kate: unless he can behave 7 days in the house, ALF has to move into the garage permanently.
 
28 Sep. 1987
Somewhere Over the Rerun
ALF has taken a liking to watching Gilligan's Island (1964). He dresses accordingly and has coconut drinks. He's bored at the Tanners' house and takes things one step too far towards Gilligan's Island (1964).
 
5 Oct. 1987
Take a Look at Me Now
In one of those moments, when ALF lets his mind wander, he unintentionally walks into Mrs. Ochmonek's sight and greets her. Cue Mrs. Ochmonek panicking and deciding to warn the neighborhood about the "space creature".
 
12 Oct. 1987
Wedding Bell Blues
Lynn is researching the Tanner Family Tree for a school project. Kate suggests ALF do the the Shumway Family Tree, hoping it will occupy him for some time. However, digging the past may not be a good thing.
 
19 Oct. 1987
Prime Time
The Tanners get the chance to participate in a new TV ratings system. With clever arguments, ALF gets Kate to let him use the system. After learning his favorite programs might get canceled, ALF decides to tweak the numbers a bit.
 
26 Oct. 1987
Some Enchanted Evening
Halloween is approaching and ALF wants to go trick-or-treating. Kate, of course, objects, but ALF persists. He argues that he has a natural costume and tries offering Willie a deal he can't refuse... Lynn presents Lizard to his parents.
 
2 Nov. 1987
Oh, Pretty Woman
ALF learns the concept of Earthly beauty pageant. Since Lynn, having been dumped, is suffering from low self-esteem, ALF enters her in Miss Southland pageant to prove she is pretty and uses the prizes to lure Lynn to participate.
 
9 Nov. 1987
Something's Wrong with Me
Kate's mother has decided to get married in the Tanners' house. Unfortunately, ALF develops a Melmacian Hiccup, that keeps getting louder and louder, threatening to draw everyone's attention within a 100 meters (give or take).
 
16 Nov. 1987
Night Train
ALF reminisces his "adventures" on Melmac. Willie reveals that when he was 17, he hopped on trains and crossed the whole country. ALF gets excited about the idea and talks Willie into taking him to the rail yard.
 
23 Nov. 1987
Isn't It Romantic?
Willie and Kate no longer share activities, because one of them has to always stay at home keeping eye on ALF. ALF concludes that they are about to break up and in order to prevent that, decides to add romance to their life.
 
7 Dec. 1987
Hail to the Chief
ALF is frustrated because he can't vote in the presidential election. He watches a televised debate with Kate and offers his "better" ideas on how to solve the world's problems. This gives Kate some weird nightmares.
 
14 Dec. 1987
ALF's Special Christmas: Part 1
The Tanners decide to spend Christmas in a cabin in the woods when Alf suddenly gets lost.
 
14 Dec. 1987
ALF's Special Christmas: Part 2
ALF is still in the hospital with Tiffany and Mr. Foley. He convinces Tiffany to help him get back to the Tanners, but changes his mind when he hears about Tiffany's condition.
 

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