Family Ties

Season 7 Episode 12

The Job Not Taken

Aired Unknown Feb 05, 1989 on NBC

Episode Recap

As Steven returns from a shopping spree, Alex eagerly prepares to have dinner with Paul Corman, a former Leland classmate who's now an associate with the top investment banking house in Ohio. He's even more excited when, over dinner, Paul tells Alex that his firm is looking to hire a new associate, and that he has suggested Alex for the job.

When Alex arrives for the interview Paul has set up for him, he is ushered into the office of Jessica Foster, Paul's high-powered but humorless boss. Realizing immediately how intensely competitive and driven she is, Alex wows her by professing his passionate love of money and mergers and Jessica hires him on the spot.

Ready from the interview, Alex comes home wearing a bowler hat and announces that he wants to take the entire family out for a celebration dinner. The festivities are interrupted, however, when Paul drops by to tell the Keatons that he's been fired and Alex has been hired as his replacement. In no way pressured by Paul to resign but faced with a guilty conscience, Alex realizes there's more to life than the bottom line and decides not to take the job.