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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 25

    Project: ALF

    Aired 2/17/96

  • S 4 : Ep 24

    Consider Me Gone

    Aired 3/24/90

  • S 4 : Ep 23

    I Gotta Be Me

    Aired 3/10/90

  • S 4 : Ep 22

    Hungry Like the Wolf

    Aired 3/3/90

  • S 4 : Ep 21

    Stayin' Alive

    Aired 2/26/90

  • Cast & Crew
  • Max Wright

    William Francis "Willie" Tanner

  • Liz Sheridan

    Raquel Ochmonek

  • John LaMotta

    Trevor Ochmonek

  • Anne Schedeen

    Katherine Daphne "Kate" Halligan Tanner

  • Josh Blake

    Jake Ochmonek (1988-1990)

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  • show Description
  • Gordon Shumway, last known survivor from the planet Melmac, crash-lands his spaceship into the Tanner family's suburban garage. Willie dubs him "ALF", short for Alien Life Form. After convincing a military officer that they are not harboring a space creature, the Tanners decide to take ALF in as a member of the family.

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  • Quotes (454)

    • (first line) Willie: (voice-over) This is the way it began, that extraordinary night. The night... he came.

    • Raquel: Trevor, is there such a thing as a cross between a kangaroo and an aardvark? Trevor: Ah, stop putting yourself down.

    • Kate: This thing is not staying! Brian: E.T. got to stay! Kate: E.T. was a movie. This is real! This is on our coffee table!

    • Willie: Hello? Hello? This is K726XAA. Can you read me? They're answering but I don't recognize the language. Kate: Why don't you just shut it off? Willie: I ... can't ... I can't control it. It's locked in on the signal. Kate: Willie, what's that? Willie: Oh, my gosh! It can't be. Kate: The lights! What happened to the lights? Lynn: Daddy! Daddy! What's that thing in the sky? Brian: What's going on? Willie: It's closing in fast. I think maybe we'd better.... (The spacecraft crashes into garage.) Willie: We have a visitor.

    • (alarm goes off) Kate: Morning. Alf: Morning. (Kate turns and sees Alf, starts screaming. Alf starts screaming too.) Kate: WILLIE! Alf: WILLIE! (Alf runs into bathroom and slams door behind him.) Willie: What's going on out there? Alf: Nothin'. Just screaming.

    • Kate: I said no soda pop. Brian: Its not soda pop, its beer. ALF: You're about out of Coors!

    • Willie: Stay away from the window. We've got a very nosy neighbor Mrs. Ockmonek. ALF: Ockmonek? Sounds like a typo.

    • ALF: I want to do everything you do. Your my idol. Willie: I'm going to take a shower. ALF: Count me in. Willie: I prefer to take one alone thank you. ALF: OK. Just don't use all the hot water.

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    Notes (62)

    • ALF's voice is that of producer Paul Fusco.

    • In scenes where Alf walks around, seen in full size, his head is differently shaped than in the scenes where he only talks or walks with only the upper half of the body shown. This is because in some earliest episodes and in the first opening sequence, a walking and running Alf was portrayed by Michu Meszaros wearing a suit, and not by a puppet.

    • Syndication cuts out the first 2 minutes of the pilot episode, beginning the episode when Willy shuts of the radio. The entire first scene in the garage is cut out.

    • From this episode on, the name of every episode is also the name of a well-known song.

    • Raquel calling Trevor about the strange things happening at the Tanners' is reminiscent of the Bewitched sub-theme, where Gladys Kravitz tells Abner about strange things regarding Samantha.

    • This was the second episode to air, but the fourth to be filmed. It is also the fourth episode on the season one DVD.

    • This is the first time the main plot is based around Lucky.

    • Harry Shearer is best known for several of his voices on The Simpsons.

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    Trivia (92)

    • When Kate slams the beer cans down, Brian's is supposedly full, according to ALF. However, for as hard as Kate puts it down, nothing spills out the top, and instead both cans make a hollow sound.

    • ALF's voice in this premiere episode is considerably deeper and gruffer than later as the series develops.

    • When ALF is in the garage with Lynn, trying to guess the tune on the radio, the miniature train on the tracks in front of him disappears and reappears between shots.

    • When Willie gets into the shower and turns to tell ALF to stay away from the window, he has no shaving cream on. But when he reopens the shower curtain he has three spots on his face.

    • Though ALF and Kate can't possibly be the same size, ALF fits into Kate's dress.

    • When Mrs. O. opens Brian's door, his eyes are open, but you can see them quickly close as the door opens.

    • It's revealed that Melmac was destroyed by a nuclear disaster, though when asked, ALF sarcastically commented that everyone plugged their hairdryers in at the same time.

    • On Melmac they have pianos but they have red keys.

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    Allusions (224)

    • Lynn identifies a song on the radio as "Born in the USA," a 1985 song by Bruce Springsteen.

    • ALF and Lynn are both singing "Proud Mary." Proud Mary was a song by Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1969.

    • Kate: I don't know what it's like on Mork... Kate is incorrectly referencing the 1978-1982 TV show "Mork & Mindy", where an alien named Mork from the planet Ork comes to Earth.

    • The title is derived from a Frank Sinatra song with the same name.

    • Alf's note about Lucky mentions David Janssen. This alludes to the actor who played Dr. Richard Kimble on the 1963 series of The Fugitive.

    • In the animal shelter, Heidi calls her newly adopted cat Damien. This likely alludes to the main character of the movie The Omen and later sequels, in which Damien is the antichrist born in a human body.

    • Alf: (singing) I like the music that feeds my soul. I like that all time rock and roll The dancing around in a men's shirt and lip-singing to that song is a common allusion to the movie Risky Bussness.

    • ALF sings the Jetson's theme. The Jetsons was about a futuristic family and their misadventures.

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