Season 2 Episode 14

The Boy Next Door

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 04, 1988 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • ALF: I have powers that you can only dream about.
      Jake: Like what?
      ALF: (thinks for a moment) I can watch television for ten hours straight and not get up to go the bathroom.

    • ALF: The only good cat is a stir-fried cat.

    • Jake: My dad could fix everything, especially horse races.

    • ALF: That Jake really grows on you, doesn't he?
      Brian: Not on me.
      Lynn: Don't you think he's a little rude?
      ALF (burps): Not particularly.

    • Jake: My motto is: if I can't fix it, it ain't broken.
      ALF: My motto is: I broke it.
      Jake: My Dad's motto is: I broke into it.

    • ALF: On Melmac we only had one guy who could fix things. We put him on display in a zoo, but the door to the cage was broken, so he just walked away.

    • Trevor: Hey Willie, can we borrow some of your tools?
      Willie: Sure, they're in your garage.

    • Kate: Children can be difficult but at least they don't shed in the milk.
      Raquel: I haven't heard that old cliche in years.

    • Trevor: Who is that comedian?
      Lynn: Have you ever heard about Jay Leno?
      Trevor: No.
      Lynn: It's Jay Leno.

    • ALF: Willie, what do you think about it seems a pizza in my mouth right now?

    • Raquel: What do you think of Jake?
      Kate: Well, I just met him, he seems . . . quiet
      Raquel: Well, Brian never says a word and you don't see me making a stink about it

    • Raquel: Jake just flew in from New York. He's staying with us while his father is away.
      Kate: Oh, how long will that be?
      Jake: Five years.
      Trevor: ...unless he gets time off for good behavior.

    • Kate: ALF, hide in the kitchen
      ALF: You know if you werent always sending me to the kitchen, I might not eat so much

    • ALF: (While the family is playing charades) No fair! You were giving him hand signals to help him guess!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • When Lynn and Willie need to say which comedian was in the tape, they say "Jay Leno." This alludes to Jay Leno, host of The Tonight Show.

    • At the end of charade, ALF reveals that the movie he was hinting at was The Man Who Would Be King. The 1975 movie based on a short story by the same name is about two former British soldiers who wind up as kings in Kafiristan.

    • During charades, ALF points at himself as a hint for a movie, which evokes guesses of Hair, and The Brother from Another Planet.

      - Hair is a 1967 musical-turned-movie about a young man who goes to New York City and joins a group of hippies, then is later drafted.

      - The Brother from Another Planet is a 1984 movie which tells the story of an alien who crashes on Earth and tries to adjust himself.

    • When ALF pretends to be the television, he first announces Monday Night Football. When reminded that it's a saturday, starts to announce Saturday Night Live. Monday Night Football, running since the 1970's is a live broadcast of the National Football league. Saturday Night Live, also airing since the 70's, is a comedy show.

    • When Willie tells him "to run and hide, or else" in a threatening tone, ALF asks if that wasn't a Chuck Norris movie. Chuck Norris is a martial arts champion, who has acquired a reputation of being a tough, no-nonsense type guy.

    • When ALF is calling Scotland on the radio, he starts the conversation by saying: "Hey, Scotty, beam me up." This alludes to one of the most famous phrases from the original Star Trek series.

    • The title is derived from a song with the same name from the Broadway musical, Meet Me in St. Louis.