Family Ties

Season 1 Episode 16

Margin of Error

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Aired Unknown Feb 09, 1983 on NBC
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Alex amasses a bundle of money by playing the stock market on paper for his economics class. He courts disaster by secretly investing his father’s real money.

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      • Elyse: (showing Steven her blueprint) I did it! I never thought I'd finish this chapel!
        Steven: You gotta have faith, Elyse.
        Elyse: See, all the religions have been satisfied. Uh, I just have that one little blank space down there.
        Steven: That can be the agnostics' lounge.

      • Alex: It's like taking candy from a baby.
        Jennifer: Brings back memories.

      • Steven: No movies, no dates....
        Alex: Sounds fair.
        Steven: ... and no TV.
        Alex: Not even Wall Street Week?
        Steven: Especially not Wall Street Week.
        Alex: Come on Dad. I did not kill a guy!
        Steven: Alex I am out $2,700. I am the major investor in an underwater video company in the Philippines. They probably have a picture of me in one of their huts with the caption, Our Founder. You are lucky to be getting off this easy.
        Alex: Oh listen, just in case, I mean if this stock does go up, we are in this 50/50 right?

      • Mrs. Matthews: This is not very good news is it?
        Mr. Matthews: No it is not.
        Mrs. Matthews: We invested everything we had with you. Our, our life savings.
        Mr. Matthews: We knew there would be risks going in. We discussed that.
        Mrs. Matthews: But we are retired people there is no way that we can re-earn what we have lost. We will lose our house, our car.... Is not there anything you can do?
        Mr. Matthews: Sorry. Say Hi to Dad.

      • Mallory: So Alex what are you going to do? Sell your soul to the devil or your body to someone who is nearsighted?
        Alex: Jennifer…
        Jennifer: Sometimes when you keep a secret all to yourself you get a really bad headache.

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      • When Alex admired the excitement of the stock market, Steven reminded him that a high school student is not a Flying Wallenda. The Flying Wallendas are the quintessential tight-rope walking family. Though they refuse to use a net, they are in the Guinness Book of World Records for tight-rope walking an eight-person pyramid.

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