Alex must take a humanities course at college even though he doesn't want to, so he signs up for the student helpline. There he runs into James, an old enemy. When the duo get stuck at the ... See full summary »

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Alex must take a humanities course at college even though he doesn't want to, so he signs up for the student helpline. There he runs into James, an old enemy. When the duo get stuck at the station with their teacher, they are told they can lock up. Alex soon realizes that he's bitten off a little more than he can chew when a troubled teen calls in with thoughts of suicide. Written by Movieguy45

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Per the title, the hot line was the Cold War phone line between the President of the United States and the Premier of the Soviet Union to help prevent a misunderstanding that could escalate into a nuclear conflict. Hot Lines are also established for people who are in crisis or need immediate help. See more »

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29 November 2012 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Alex volunteers for a hotline where people call for advice on problems or crises. He does it because he wants to earn humanities credits without having to take an actual humanities course. On the way he bumps into a third grade chum who also gets the volunteer job. Alex doesn't take the whole thing very seriously until someone calls threatening to kill himself.

Sounds tense, sure, but it's not. Alex and his friend say unrealistic things, act retarded, clueless, wax emotional, and the whole thing is way too kitchy, boring, and uninteresting.

It seems in the third season the show has gone for more character-driven plots. We now spend more time with the Keatons as they interact with each other and express their inner thoughts. But the pace has slowed down, and the laughs aren't so plentiful anymore.

Interesting to note the third grade classmate Alex bumps into is "officially" the first black guy in the show. In accordance with the innocent times in which the show aired, the guy is well-spoken and well- dressed. He's basically a normal white person who happens to look black. Today it would've been some section 8 piece of garbage with his pants around his ankles giving Alex "the pound," while Alex fumbled along, trying to look all "black" and cool.

Worst episode so far.


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