Season 4 Episode 11

Happy Together

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 27, 1989 on NBC
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Episode Summary

ALF, on the outs with the Tanners, is offered a place to stay by Neal.

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  • Light on comedy, heavy on allusions...the writers clearly were running thin on ideas.

    Following up on season four's list of repeat themes, this episode ushers forward the beginning of the end for the show. The pattern is now set: introduce new character (in this case, nerdy Neal Tanner, brother of Willie) who has never seen ALF, shock new character with ALF's appearance, then test their compatibility for a few cheap chuckles. As if that weren't dismal enough, this episode is guilty of relying on the lamest of laughs by making one pop cultural allusion after another, feebly attempting to garner reaction through ALF's parroting commercials, television and old movies, rather than actually creating humorous dialogue.moreless
Liz Sheridan

Liz Sheridan

Raquel Ochmonek

Paul Fusco

Paul Fusco

Gordon "ALF" Shumway [Voice/Puppeteer]

Andrea Elson

Andrea Elson

Lynn Tanner

Benji Gregory

Benji Gregory

Brian Tanner

John LaMotta

John LaMotta

Trevor Ochmonek

Josh Blake

Josh Blake

Jake Ochmonek (1988-1990)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Neal: How far away was Melmack?
      ALF: In feet? Pretty far, I guess.
      Neal: Well what solar system was it in?
      ALF: I don't know. This may be a good time to tell you. I was a P.E. major.

    • ALF: Not another day under tyranny's heavy thumb! Goodbye, Willie!

    • ALF: (about the timeshare salesmen) They were like Jehovah's Witnesses, only with prizes!

    • (doorbell rings) Willie: It's me, Willie!
      ALF: Oh, great. The fun police have arrived!

    • Mrs. Watson: We've had a lot of complaints about you from the other tenants!
      Neal : You have?
      Mrs. Watson: I'm afraid so. But I told them, "he's new, he's down on his luck, his wife threw him out, and he's a little pathetic."
      Neal: Well, thank you. I appreciate your kind words.

    • Mrs. Watson: Don't test me, Mr. Tanner! Being pathetic will only get you so far in life.

    • Neal: (about ALF) How do you handle him? How do you afford him?
      Willie: Well, Kate's working now. We're on our third mortgage. And we're desperately hoping that Lynn marries well.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Harry: (referring to the timeshare video) How about that Spiro Agnew? Isn't he something?

      Harry is alluding to Spiro Agnew, the 39th Vice President of the United States and the first Greek American to hold that office.

    • ALF: I could be watching Beauty and the Beast right now! What I wouldn't give to have a great set-up in the sewer like that!

      ALF is alluding to the sci-fi drama Beauty and the Beast which ran from 1987-1990 and starred a mysterious half-man/half-cat persona who dwelled underground in New York City's elaborate sewer systems.

    • ALF: Goodbye, Kate! Goodbye children! (pauses, and turns to Brian and Lynn) I think I shall miss you most of all.

      ALF is playing off Dorothy's farewell to the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz.

    • ALF: You should see me in a white dress and a white wig. I look exactly like Estelle Getty!

      Estelle Getty is an actress most known for her role as Sophia Petrillo in the '80s and '90s sitcom The Golden Girls.

    • ALF: Don't hate me because I'm beautiful.

      ALF is quoting a statement made famous by a Pantene commercial.

    • ALF: I've always depended on the kindness of strangers.

      ALF is alluding to the famous statement made by Blanche Dubois in Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire.

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