Family Ties (1982–1989)
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Birthday Boy 

Steven must be in Washington for PBS on Alex's 18th birthday, so Elyse throws him a surprise party a few days early. On his big day, Alex fails to pass 'taking out the trash' down to one of... See full summary »

Director:

Will Mackenzie

Writers:

Gary David Goldberg (created by), Michael J. Weithorn

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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Meredith Baxter ... Elyse Keaton (as Meredith Baxter Birney)
Michael Gross ... Steven Keaton
Michael J. Fox ... Alex P. Keaton
Justine Bateman ... Mallory Keaton
Tina Yothers ... Jennifer Keaton
John Putch ... Neil
Crispin Glover ... Doug
Eileen Seeley Eileen Seeley ... Roxanne
Kate Vernon ... Christy
Debbie Gilbert Debbie Gilbert ... Buffy
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Storyline

Steven must be in Washington for PBS on Alex's 18th birthday, so Elyse throws him a surprise party a few days early. On his big day, Alex fails to pass 'taking out the trash' down to one of his siblings, then declines a restaurant dinner because he wants to go to Camelot Inn in West Virginia with Neil and Doug, where the 18-year-olds can drink legally. Elyse forbids this blatantly, but the guys' taunting lures him along anyway, and just as they're pretending to be pilots about to invade Canada, Elyse arrives to drag him home. Alex is beyond furious for days, but they end up talking it through. Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1984 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Crispin Glover guest stars. Both he and Michael J. Fox would work together again in "Back to the Future" (1985). See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene the tape dispenser on the island in the kitchen switches between standing up and laying flat. See more »

Quotes

Alex P. Keaton: Mom, I made a pact with myself never to speak to you again. But I've given myself permission to suspend it. Briefly. Because frankly, mom, the curiosity is killing me. How on earth can you possibly justify doing what you did to me tonight? Go ahead. I'm listening.
[Elyse starts to say something but]
Alex P. Keaton: Oh, I know! I know. You're mad because I disobeyed you. Well, let me tell you something, mom I only disobeyed you because you were wrong. Without just cause or provocation, you denied me permission ...
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Connections

Edited into Family Ties: A Word to the Wise: Part 2 (1986) See more »

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