Family Ties

Season 7 Episode 18

All in the Neighborhood (2)

Aired Unknown Mar 19, 1989 on NBC

Episode Recap

Surprised and disgusted with their neighbors' racist attitudes, Elyse and Steven apologize to Gus and Maya Thompson for ever having suggested that they buy the house across the street. The Keatons become even more disturbed when they learn that the Thompsons are considering moving out immediately.

As Steven and Elyse continue to question their own naivete in matters of race, they urge Gus and Maya not to make any hasty decisions. Unfortunately, their advice is soon challenged when the couples return home after dining out to find Michael standing in the wreckage of the Thompson living room, which has been vandalized by bigots.

The next day, when the Keatons help the Thompsons clean up, Michael comes across pictures of Gus and Maya at various civil rights demonstrations in the '60s and is moved to reflect seriously on the struggles his parents must have gone through. At last he comes to realize that he must become personally involved in the fight for freedom. Just when the Thompsons resolve to stay in their home, several neighbors arrive to pledge their support and help their new friends straighten up the mess.