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Family Ties

Season 5 Episode 9

My Brother's Keeper

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Aired Unknown Nov 20, 1986 on NBC
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Alex must choose between his friendship with Skippy and allegiance to his college fraternity when Theta Pi Sigma pledges Skippy with the idea of making him the object of a cruel prank. Skippy is desperate to become a member of a fraternity, but in his zealousness he fails to recognize that he is the "Big Stooge" of the semester.moreless

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  • Alex learns his friend Skippy is to be the object of a cruel joke as Handleman tries to get into the same fraternity.

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    Skippy Handleman, Alex’s best friend, is overjoyed to be at college and have a chance to join the same prestigious fraternity. All seems well as Skippy takes part in the pranks, rote learning and menial tasks that comprise the pledge process. At the end of several weeks, perhaps embarrassed and tired but also proud, the young man will have the right to call himself a real part of the group.



    Trouble looms as Keaton discovers his Theta Pi Sigma brothers don’t take the same view of his friend as he does. Instead, Skippy is to be the victim of the annual joke known as the ‘stooge,’ when someone goes through all the standard rituals but is not allowed final initiation.



    Skippy is an innocent and could be easily hurt by the scheme. Alex has to figure out how to balance his own desire to fit in, with the need to protect his friend from cruelty and rejection.



    Filled with slapstick humor but also a strong portrayal of real friendship and respect.

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Tom Bresnahan

Tom Bresnahan

Brian Elliott

Guest Star

Christopher Bradley

Christopher Bradley

Dave Rubin

Guest Star

George Newbern

George Newbern

Eric

Guest Star

Marc Price

Marc Price

Irwin "Skippy" Handelman

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