Family Ties

Season 7 Episode 7

Heartstrings (3)

Aired Unknown Dec 18, 1988 on NBC

Episode Recap

As the hours drag on during Steven's quadruple bypass operation, the Keaton crew grows exhausted in the hospital waiting room. Awakened by Skippy's typically goofy entrance, they all snap to attention when Dr. Harrison appears. He assures them that the surgery has gone well, but Steven must still be observed closely for the next few hours.

When the family members are at last allowed to see Steven, he joyfully looks from one relieved face from the next. But when he is well enough to come home, the kids are nervous and overly solicitous, while Steven seems edgy and testily insists that they all go about their usual business.

Sensing that her husband needs to talk, Elyse gently questions him and Steven confesses that he is terrified. He tells her that his living room now reminds him of his collapse and admits that he can't stop thinking about a colleague, who, after a similar experience, became a depressed shadow of his former self, with no zest for life. But Elyse reminds him that everything can still be there for him, and when he looks in her eyes, he knows that his love for life and his passion for her have not been lost.
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