Family Ties: Season 7

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Oct 30
1988

It Happened One Night

A family camping trip turns into a comedy of errors.
While the Keaton kids and Lauren argue about politics, Steven and Elyse decide it’s time to get away from such…

2 Nov 06
1988

Designing Woman

Mallory’s enthusiasm for her job at a prestigious fashion firm quickly fades when she discovers that her design ideas are being stolen by another employee.
Mallory…

3 Nov 13
1988

Truckers

Alex feels left out when Andy begins spending less time with him and more time with Nick’s streetwise nephew Rocco.
While Steven rages about the household bills, Al…

4 Nov 27
1988

Beyond Therapy

In an attempt to get Alex to open up emotionally, Lauren persuades him to join a therapy group.
Returning from a date, Alex and Lauren arrive at the Keaton home and finis…

5 Dec 04
1988

Heartstrings (1)

The Keaton family unites in crisis when Steven suffers a serious heart attack.
While Alex and Andy discuss the upcoming Presidential race, Mallory and Jennifer prepare fo…

6 Dec 11
1988

Heartstrings (2)

While Steven fights for his life in surgery, the family fights to remain optimistic about his condition.
When Steven’s surgery extends beyond the expected five hour…

7 Dec 18
1988

Heartstrings (3)

Steven battles the physical and psychological aftershocks of his heart surgery.
As the hours drag on during Steven’s quadruple bypass operation, the Keaton crew gro…

8 Jan 01
1989

Basic Training

Skippy’s decision to join the Army soon becomes a losing battle.
As the Keaton clan continues to nag Steven about taking it easy in the wake of his heart attack, a…

9 Jan 08
1989

Deja Vu

Sisterly sparks fly when Jennifer decides to date the younger brother of Mallory’s former high school heartthrob.
As the Keatons try to persuade Steven that he need…

10 Jan 15
1989

Nick's Best Friend

Nick gets back together with his best childhood friend: his dog Scrapper.
When Nick’s mother moves into a new apartment complex that doesn’t allow animals, he…

11 Jan 29
1989

Get Me to the Living Room on Time

When Andy befriends two senior citizens, Steven decides to make them the focus of his new documentary.
After Andy announces that he’s invited a couple of friends ov…

12 Feb 05
1989

The Job Not Taken

Alex must choose between friendship and his career after a friend recommends him for a job at a big investment firm.
As Steven returns from a shopping spree, Alex eagerly…

13 Feb 12
1989

The Wrecker's Ball

When the first building Elyse designed faces the wrecking ball, the entire family rallies behind her attempts to block the demolition.
Elyse is heartbroken when she learn…

14 Feb 19
1989

My Best Friend's Girl

Lauren gets more than she bargained for when she begins counseling Skippy and he falls in love with her.
When Jennifer arrives home with her learner’s permit in han…

15 Feb 26
1989

'Til Her Daddy Takes the T-Bird Away

Mallory’s plans to buy a car are stalled when Steven refuses to co-sign her loan.
As Jennifer labors over a play she’s writing on the final days of the Nixon…

16 Mar 05
1989

Simon Says

Jennifer is caught in the middle when she begins working with her friend Simon.
As Alex recoils at declarations of love from Marla, an 11-year-old newspaper delivery girl…

17 Mar 12
1989

All in the Neighborhood (1)

The Keatons are shocked to realize that racism is alive and well when their black friends move into a house across the street.
During dinner with Steven’s colleague…

18 Mar 19
1989

All in the Neighborhood (2)

The Keatons rally behind their black friends when the issue of racial discrimination hits home.
Surprised and disgusted with their neighbors’ racist attitudes, Elys…

19 Apr 02
1989

They Can't Take That Away From Me (1)

Alex’s relationship with Lauren is tested when he becomes infatuated with a young music student.
While Lauren’s out of town attending a psychology conference.…

20 Apr 09
1989

They Can't Take That Away From Me (2)

Alex finds himself on an emotional rollercoaster when he’s forced to choose between Lauren and Marty.
When Lauren returns from her psychology conference, she notice…

21 Apr 16
1989

Rain Forests Keep Falling on My Head

Jennifer becomes obsessed with the environment after she begins studying the earth’s ecological evils.
As Alex presents Andrew with a pet parakeet, Jennifer arrives…

22 Apr 23
1989

Wrap Around the Clock (1)

When Andy asks the family to contribute to his time capsule, the Keaton clan recalls some of their best-loved stories.
As a homework assignment, Andy has been given the t…

23 Apr 23
1989

Wrap Around the Clock (2)

As Andy’s time capsule fills to overflowing with family mementos, the Keaton clan looks back and laughs at their funniest moments.
Although Andy protests that his t…

24 May 07
1989

Mr. Keaton Takes a Vacation

Steven must confront his true feelings about Mallory’s boyfriend when Nick moves in with the family for a week.
While Elyse struggles to do the family taxes and Ste…

25 May 14
1989

Alex Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1)

When Alex lands his dream job in New York, everyone’s delighted for him, except Elyse.
As Steven helps Andy rehearse for his school play on dental hygiene, Alex bur…

26 May 14
1989

Alex Doesn't Live Here Anymore (2)

While Alex packs for New York, Elyse struggles to deal with her feelings of loss.
After Elyse’s blow-up with Alex, Steven is finally able to get her to admit that m…

About Family Ties

Set during the early years of the Reagan administration, Elyse and Steven Keaton (Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross) are Baby Boomers and liberals [2] raising their three children: Alex (Michael J. Fox), Mallory (Justine Bateman) and Jennifer (Tina Yothers) in suburban Columbus, Ohio. Married in 1964, Elyse, an independent architect, and Steven, a manager in a local public television station, were hippies during the 1960s. According to the episode, “A Christmas Story” in season one, they were influenced by John F. Kennedy and were members of the Peace Corps following their marriage in 1964. Alex was born in 1965 in Africa. Mallory was born while Elyse and Steven were students at the University of California, Berkeley in 1967, and Jennifer was born the night Richard Nixon won his second term in 1972.

Much of the humor of the series focused on the cultural divide during the 1980s when younger generations rejected the counterculture of the 1960s and embraced the conservative politics which came to define the 1980s.3 Both Alex and Mallory embrace Reaganomics and exhibit right-wing attitudes: Alex is a Young Republican and Mallory is a more traditional young woman in contrast to her feminist mother.2 Jennifer, an athletic tomboy and the youngest child, shares the values of her parents. Elyse and Steven have a fourth child, Andrew, born in 1984.

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