(1986–1988)

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Season 2

13 Sep. 1987
Sounds from a Silent Clock: Part 1
Kris wants to take flying lessons, but her mother disapproves; Gus decides to go back to work and needs a bank loan to buy a truck; Jessie enjoys taking care of a baby whose mother abandoned him; David is about to turn thirteen; Molly is worried after a series of tremors hits the area.
 
20 Sep. 1987
Sounds from a Silent Clock: Part 2
Gus is trapped in an elevator with the baby after an earthquake; Kris is a passenger in a small plane without Jessie's permission; David becomes friends with a handyman while his class is stuck at a church in the country, then tragedy strikes; Jessie is reluctant to give up the baby.
 
27 Sep. 1987
A Silent, Fallen Tree
During a teachers' strike, Gus substitutes at Kris's school, and Kris supports the picketers; Molly and Bertha have a falling out over potential sweepstakes winnings; Jessie's new boss gives her a beeper.
 
4 Oct. 1987
Dancing in the Dark
Kris leads a petition to reopen the teen dance club; Gus disapproves of Kris's new friend; David takes up surfing and skips school; Molly and Bertha decide to become blood sisters.
 
18 Oct. 1987
The Witherspoon War
When Gus and Jessie have a fight, Kris urges them to seek help from a talk radio therapist; David shoots a home video; Molly thinks she may be adopted.
 
25 Oct. 1987
The Haunting
There's a Halloween heatwave; a friend of Gus's dies and leaves him a horse; David wonders about the afterlife and decides to explore a supposedly haunted house.
 
1 Nov. 1987
Candles and Shadows
After a bicycle accident puts David in a coma, he is visited by his late father, John, who helps David work through his unresolved feelings about his death.
 
15 Nov. 1987
The Stringtown Treasure
David and his friends go on an overnight camping trip without permission to search for buried treasure after finding an old map; Gus goes to work at a stable and discovers a mutual attraction with his pretty employer.
 
22 Nov. 1987
They Also Serve
A tough ROTC instructor causes Kris to doubt her dream of going to the Air Force Academy; Gus's service club plans a memorial for Vietnam war dead and Gus can't understand Lt. Col. Trask's ambivalence towards it; Molly grows squash and befriends caterpillars; David regrets his gift to a pretty classmate.
 
29 Nov. 1987
Like Father, Like Son
Encouraged by memories of his father's past glory, David joins the school basketball team, but doesn't enjoy it; Molly and Bertha mistakenly believe Mr. Kaplan is dying; Kris and Nikki have a falling out after Kris accuses Nikki of keeping secrets; Jessie dates an old friend.
 
6 Dec. 1987
Sunday's Hero
When Gus takes the family and Joe Kaplan to a friend's cabin for the weekend, they unexpectedly meet the friend's son, a troubled professional football player; David makes an expensive bet with J.R.; Molly works on a poem for school.
 
10 Jan. 1988
Balance of Power
Kris meets her Russian pen pal, a talented pianist whose teacher tries to keep them apart; Jessie objects to being paid less than a male colleague; Molly and Bertha enjoy a soap opera.
 
17 Jan. 1988
Call It a Draw
After Gus identifies the young man who mugged him, the mugger's brother begins a campaign of intimidation against the Witherspoon family to keep Gus from testifying in court; Molly and Bertha build an ant colony for a school project; Kris is overwhelmed when she studies for an important test.
 
24 Jan. 1988
Finish the Day
Kris and Gus compete together on a game show; Jessie discovers a lump in her breast; David receives an anonymous love note.
 
7 Feb. 1988
Two Beat, Four Beat
Gus convinces Joe Kaplan to join his service club, but when Joe is blackballed for unknown reasons, it causes a rift between the friends; David's band gets a female drummer and David and J.R. both fall for her; Molly awaits a reply from Jason Bateman after writing him several fan letters.
 
28 Feb. 1988
Out of Step
Jessie becomes an advisor to the high school newspaper and allows a satirical article to run poking fun at student council candidates--including Kris; Kris is upset at being labeled a goody two-shoes; David and his friends decide to get their ears pierced; Molly and Bertha take up tap dancing.
 
6 Mar. 1988
The Ashton Street Gang
David and J.R. are convinced that the new neighbors are criminals; Joe Kaplan feels old and tries to be more adventurous; Molly gets a magic set.
 
13 Mar. 1988
The Fifth Beatle
David's band is offered a chance to record an album by a young music producer, but Gus believes it's a scam; Jessie feels guilty that she doesn't have the financial means to help David with his dream; Molly takes a cue from Ghandi when a cranky neighbor complains about Arthur.
 
1 May 1988
Neighborhood Watch
A rash of home burglaries rattles the Witherspoons' neighborhood; Molly discovers her new friend has a secret; Gus is put in charge of the neighborhood watch; Kris enjoys chatting on a party line.
 
8 May 1988
Artful Dodging
Molly shoplifts to join a secret club; Kris takes a job; David gets a crash course in horseback riding to impress a girl; Gus is confused by his new romance; Mr. Kaplan damages one of Gus's toy trains.
 

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