Family Ties

Season 1 Episode 21

Stage Fright (a.k.a.) Video Jitters

Aired Unknown Apr 04, 1983 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • In the last question of the quiz show, moderator Steven Keaton acknowledges Mary Catherine, but Mary Margaret is the one who gets up and whispers the answer in his ear.

    • During the quiz between Harding High and St. Mary's, Mary Catherine answers the third question, but Moderator Steven Keaton refers to her as Mary Margaret.

    • The final quiz question posed is regarding the nature of the research of Masters and Johnson, and St. Mary's answers by whispering the response in Steven's ear. Masters and Johnson were a research team consisting of Ob-Gyn William Masters and his then-wife, sex therapist and psychologist Virginia Johnson. The two helped to debunk sexual myths and revise the definition of "normal" sexual behavior.

    • Q. Name the four galaxies closest to the Milky Way.
      A. It depends on the classification system used, but the four likely in mind are named: Sextans, Carina, Ursa Minor and Draco. Since the airing, a closer galaxy, Sagittarius, was discovered.

    • Q. Who invented the Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA)?
      A. Dr. Christian Lambertson invented SCUBA gear for shallow dives. Emile Gagnan and Jacques Cousteau invented the demand regulator, which made scuba diving more suitable for deeper dives.

    • Q. Who was Grover Cleveland's Secretary of Treasury during his second term?
      A. John G. Carlisle.

    • It is unlikely that the network would have allowed one - let alone two - of Steven's children to compete.

  • Quotes

    • Steven: Hey, Alex. How's it going?
      Alex: Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
      That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
      And then is heard no more: it is a tale
      Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
      Signifying nothing.
      Steven: He seems a bit depressed.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • As the three kids celebrate Mallory's break-through on the SCUBA acronym, they perform a rough parody of The Rain in Spain, from My Fair Lady. Alex's follow up question, "And who invented it?" was intended to parallel Higgins asking Eliza, "And where does it rain?"

    • The tutoring program that Alex executes for Mallory is an allusion to Professor Henry Higgins' tutoring of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.

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