Family Ties

Season 7 Episode 4

Beyond Therapy

Aired Unknown Nov 27, 1988 on NBC

Episode Recap

Returning from a date, Alex and Lauren arrive at the Keaton home and finish a fight they began in the car. Lauren resents the fact that Alex has dragged her to a boring economics department function and accuses him of avoiding any conversation which becomes personal.

The next day, Alex is relieved when Lauren shows up to apologize for her outburst. She then insists that they should try group therapy and although Alex balks at the idea, he agrees to accompany her to a session, where they are introduced to two other couples. Immediately unimpressed with the group, Alex avoids all personal questions about his relationship with Lauren and walks out.

Regretting his actions, Alex resolves to prepare for his next session by reading psychology books and memorizing whatever appropriate lingo he can pick up. At the next group meeting, he wows everyone by speaking openly about his repression. Applauding Alex's breakthrough, the group then turns to Lauren who, surprisingly, grows increasingly uncomfortable and leaves.

When Lauren later shows up at the Keaton home to explain her behavior to Alex, she is forced to admit that, despite her ability to force him to admit his insecurities, she still has certain problems confronting her own emotions.