Family Ties

Season 1 Episode 3

I Know Jennifer's Boyfriend

Aired Unknown Oct 06, 1982 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jennifer faces peer ridicule for her interest in a boy.

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (5)

      • When Jennifer's mother enters her room, Jennifer is reading a copy of Sports Illustrated with baseball players on the cover. The cut scene then goes to her mother asking her if she is going to clean her room anytime soon. The camera then cuts back to Jennifer for a response. Now she is holding a different Sports Illustrated with tennis on the cover.

      • Episode #11 reveals that Jennifer was born November 7, 1972. She celebrated her 10th birthday in this episode, air date October 4, 1982. Give the writers credit for being fairly consistent.

      • The first wave of party guests included 5 boys and 6 girls. (Ultimately, there would be 10 boys.) All the boys entered first, and the girls followed. Rarely do that many home party guests arrive simultaneously, and in that organized a manner.

      • Elyse and Mallory come home from the grocery store with "bulgur." Bulgur is a wheat grrain that has been parboiled (pre-boiled prior to cooking another way), dried in the sun, and de-branned.

      • Tina Yothers' character Jennifer had 67 lines in this episode, about three lines per minute. Tina was 9 years old when the episode aired.

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    • NOTES (1)

      • Jeremy Schoenberg lent his voice to THE CHARLIE BROWN AND SNOOPY SHOW, as "Linus Van Pelt." Another regular on that series was Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson...who later soared to fame with the singing groups Wild Orchid and, later, Black-Eyed Peas. (She remains best-known, however, as the longest-staying-ever cast member of KIDS INCORPORATED.)

    • ALLUSIONS (5)

      • Elyse and Jennifer saw many adoring qualities in Justin. But Jennifer made it clear that "he's no Alan Alda." Alan Alda was the star of M*A*S*H, a long-running show that was in it's finale season when this episode aired.

      • When Steven "confuses" Elyse with Sandra Dee, Elyse calls Steven "Moondoggie," alluding to Sandra Dee's co-star, James Darren who played Moondoggie in the 1959 movie Gidget, and two other Gidget movies. Steven responded by addressing Elyse as "Gidge."

      • As the Keatons prepare for guests to arrive, Elyse is dressed in a '50's style skirt, prompting Steven to "confuse" her with Sandra Dee. Sandra Dee is a '50's movie star - vaguely resembling Meredith Baxter Birney - who is best known for the title role in the 1959 movie Gidget.

      • Alex appears in the nifty fifties party wearing a leather jacket, prompting Steven to call him "Fonzie." Fonzie is Arthur Fonzerelli, a whose leather jacket became legendary in the long-running sit-com Happy Days, which was still popular when this episode aired.

      • Elyse likened negotiating the boys and girls to agree to dance together to the SALT talks. SALT II (the second round of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks/Treaty, 1972-79) featured the United States and the Soviet Union negotiating to discontinue nuclear weapons.