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.



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Episode credited cast:
Elyse Keaton (as Meredith Baxter Birney)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brother Timothy
Psychiatrist (voice)
Mrs. Leahy


Alex agrees to help a friend, but when his friend arrives late. Alex turns him down because his friend has thrown off Alex's schedule, his friend races to complete his task all alone. When his friend dies in an accident caused by his haste, Alex is plagued by guilt and grief. Written by Jesse Sanchez

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Comedy | Family




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12 March 1987 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Fox's Finest Hour
1 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was like watching "Our Town" By Thornton Wilder, but better ~ with the established characters of "Family Ties". Michael J. Fox was never so brilliant in bringing all of Alex's character traits into the light for examination.

We are taken through never-seen-before memories of Alex's young life, as he reflects on the meaning of life, while facing a personal tragedy. We are given several glimpses into Alex's growing up years, which explains some of the reasons he has grown up as he has.

I was charmed to see how impressionable & vulnerable Alex could be. In a regular episode, we might see a second of the Alex-deep-down; but here, and the concluding next episode; we become part of Alex' psyche as we wrestle with him through a pivotal moment in his life.

As an actor, I have never seen Mr. Fox be so compelling & likable as he was in these episodes. I rooted for his character while I applauded the skill of the young man on stage.

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