Family Ties

Season 7 Episode 8

Basic Training

Aired Unknown Jan 01, 1989 on NBC

Episode Recap

As the Keaton clan continues to nag Steven about taking it easy in the wake of his heart attack, a very morose Skippy stops by. Depressed by the results of his career aptitude tests, he confides that he's become hopeless about his future job prospects.

But while flipping through brochures he collected during career day at college, Skippy becomes taken with the idea of joining the Army. Excited by the promise of travel, new people and state-of-the-art technical training, Skippy persuades Alex to come with him to the recruiting office. There, he is met by Sergeant Davis, who informs Skippy that he will be his drill sergeant in basic training.

Bidding an emotional farewell to his family and friends, Skippy makes a dramatic exit to boot camp. But a week later, Skippy's mom arrives at the Keatons with a tape from Skippy claiming that he is fine and asking his parents not to visit. The truth is, Skippy's military career has proven disastrous thus far and he is besieged by his barrack mates when the whole platoon is punished for Skippy's failings.

A short time later, Skippy goes AWOL and shows up on the Keaton doorstep. When Sergeant Davis arrives, everyone expects the worst, but they are relieved to find him a lot more understanding than they believed possible.
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