(1986–1988)

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Season 1

11 Sep. 1986
Home Again
Gus welcomes his widowed daughter-in-law and his three grandchildren from Fort Wayne, IN; neighbor Mrs. Finley wants to chop down the Witherspoons' tree; Jessie finds a job; Kris is unhappy with the curriculum at her new school; everyone adjusts to the new household.
 
14 Sep. 1986
The Money Machine
Jessie takes up photography; David starts a curb painting business, but his competition plays dirty and infuriates Gus.
 
21 Sep. 1986
Families and Friends
Gus's old Marine buddy J.J. Moon visits, and his overbearing personality wears on the family; Gus enlists a reluctant Molly in the battle against a gopher; David subcontracts his home chores while working for Mrs. Taft.
 
28 Sep. 1986
That Lonesome Old Caboose
Fear about his health makes Gus angry and irritable; Kris trains for a charity run; Jessie falls victim to a lie.
 
5 Oct. 1986
The Third Question
Jessie starts dating again when an attractive client asks her out, but the kids have some concerns; Gus's poker night is a disaster.
 
12 Oct. 1986
See You in Court
Gus is called for jury duty; Kris has a fender bender while learning to drive; Jessie's photography leads to an opportunity; Molly brings Arthur to school.
 
19 Oct. 1986
Small Steps Up a Tall Mountain
Inspired by the stories of Gus and his pals, David and J.R. decide to pull a Halloween prank aided by Kris; Molly is exposed to chicken pox; Gus wants to make the kids first Halloween with him special.
 
26 Oct. 1986
Choices
Jessie and Kris argue about trust; Gus agrees to chaperon Kris and her friends on a trip to San Francisco to see a rock concert; Molly is hurt when she isn't invited to a schoolmate's birthday party.
 
2 Nov. 1986
First Impressions
Jessie is sure that a classmate Kris likes participated in a convenience store robbery; Molly acts as a go-between when Joe Kaplan and Gus are on the outs; David enters Arthur in a dog show.
 
9 Nov. 1986
Different Habits
Kris discovers that her friend Bonnie has a serious problem; David and Molly unearth a time capsule buried by their father when he was a teenager; Joe Kaplan and Gus coach Kris's softball team.
 
16 Nov. 1986
Off We Go...
Joe Kaplan bets Gus that he can't keep from interfering in the lives of Jessie and the kids; David searches for a way to deal with bullies at school; Kris is hurt and angry when a favorite teacher jeopardizes her dream of attending the Air Force Academy.
 
23 Nov. 1986
Heart of a Dancer
Gus asks out a single mother, but her angry son objects and takes it out on David. Meanwhile, David likes Chelsea, Kris likes Ralph, and Jessie dates a veterinarian.
 
4 Jan. 1987
Family Secrets
Jessie's older sister comes for a visit; Molly recovers from a tonsillectomy; David has a crush on the pretty teacher who runs the computer club; Gus is upset when David finds an old manuscript of stories in the attic.
 
11 Jan. 1987
A Point of View
Molly befriends a new classmate named Dana who is blind, and tries to understand what Dana experiences by wearing a blindfold. Meanwhile, Gus is opposed to allowing a successful female attorney to join his all male service club. And fire safety becomes an important issue in the household.
 
18 Jan. 1987
The Best Intentions
Abuse is suspected when the baby Kris is sitting for needs to go to the hospital; David and Molly run the household for a weekend; Mr. Kaplan enters a chili cook-off.
 
1 Feb. 1987
The 100 Year Old Weekend
Gus convinces the family to try living for a weekend without 20th century conveniences; an international crisis puts everyone on edge.
 
8 Feb. 1987
Past Tense, Future Tense: Part 1
Kris hopes to reunite Gus with his estranged son Ben during a trip to an Air Force base; Jessie and Molly prepare for a charity fashion show; David and J.R. take Gus's car out for a joyride.
 
15 Feb. 1987
Past Tense, Future Tense: Part 2
Kris and Chris wait for help; Gus ignores his health while searching on horseback with Ben; Jessie and Mr. Kaplan try to keep news of the crash from David and Molly.
 
22 Feb. 1987
Friends
Gus's friend Lou Lefkowitz dies and his last request is for Gus to deliver a moose head to Lou's first love Lila; Kris's busy social life makes Jessie feel neglected; and David makes a new friend in a talented but unhappy tennis player.
 
1 Mar. 1987
Giving 'em the Business
Jessie's new used car is a lemon and Gus hatches a plan to get some satisfaction from the dealer. Kris works on an experiment to drop an egg unbroken.
 
15 Mar. 1987
Growing Up, Growing Old
Kris makes plans for her sixteenth birthday; the Witherspoons take care of cranky Mrs. Taft when she hurts her back; Molly doesn't want to be left-handed.
 
22 Mar. 1987
The Road Out of Briarpatch
Kris tutors a girl to help the hard luck student win a scholarship; David is impressed by the storytelling plumber hired by the Witherspoons, but Gus is not; Molly is led to believe that she qualifies for the gifted class.
 
3 May 1987
The Children's Crusade
A young man delivers a letter to Gus at his late mother's request which reveals that his father is Gus's old friend J.J. Moon; J.J. is reluctant to accept fatherhood; David's Japanese-American classmate doesn't want to debate Hiroshima, putting his and David's grades in jeopardy; Kris shops for a formal dress; Molly takes care of Bertha's pet rat, Pookie, who winds up loose in the Witherspoon house.
 

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