Family Ties

Season 1 Episode 10

Have Gun, Will Unravel

Aired Unknown Dec 08, 1982 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The Keatons are burglarized, and a terrified Steven and Elyse wrestle with the previously unthinkable notion of buying a gun for protection.

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Steven credits Elyse for being able to sleep through any crisis. But in episode #15, The Fugitive (2), it is Elyse who cannot sleep, and goes through great effort to wake up Steven.

    • The Keaton neighborhood gets filled in:

      - The Barkham family lives next door (this episode).
      - The Obeck family lives either next door (Big Brother is Watching, The Fugitive (2), and The Fifth Wheel), or across the street (this episode).
      - The Handelman family lives at an undisclosed place in the neighborhood (Death of a Grocer).

    • Steven quoted from the Beatles' Eleanor Rigby after returning home from seeing A Hard Day's Night, starring the Beatles. Eleanor Rigby is not sung in A Hard Day's Night.

    • In this episode, Marty Obeck lives across the street. In Big Brother is Watching, The Fugitive (2), and The Fifth Wheel, Mrs. Obeck lives next door.

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    • Elyse likens the kids' attitude toward the Beatles to her own attitude toward how Stella looked by starlight. Stella by Starlight was written for the 1944 movie The Uninvited. It's popularity was made permanent when Ella Fitzgerald recorded it.

    • Eleanor Rigby is a 1966 Beatles song. Steven cites one line from it in the opening scene. The first verse, including the cited line, reads:

      Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been;
      Lives in a dream.
      Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
      Who is it for?

    • The title alludes to Have Gun, Will Travel, a TV western series that aired from 1957-1963.