Family Ties

Season 4 Episode 1

The Real Thing (1)

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Aired Unknown Sep 26, 1985 on NBC
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Alex appoints himself chairman of the non-existent Sophomore Welcoming Committee as a ploy to meet Tricia Armstrong, an attractive freshman.

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    Michael J. Fox

    Michael J. Fox

    Alex P. Keaton

    Tina Yothers

    Tina Yothers

    Jennifer Keaton

    Michael Gross

    Michael Gross

    Steven Keaton

    Justine Bateman

    Justine Bateman

    Mallory Keaton

    Garrett Merriman

    Garrett Merriman

    Andrew Keaton [#1] (1985-1986)

    Meredith Baxter Birney

    Meredith Baxter Birney

    Elyse Donnelly Keaton

    Suzanne Snyder

    Suzanne Snyder

    Tricia Armstrong

    Guest Star

    Judson Allen

    Judson Allen

    Jack

    Guest Star

    Marc Price

    Marc Price

    Irwin "Skippy" Handelman

    Recurring Role

    Tracy Pollan

    Tracy Pollan

    Ellen Reed

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (2)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Steven: Well, Alex, I have to give you credit. You got that book, picked out the girl you wanted, sought her out, and now you're a happy couple. You took all the surprise and romance you of love, and reduced it to what it should be: An exact science.
        Alex: Well it's not quite as exact as I hoped it would be, Dad.
        Steven: What do you mean?
        Alex: Well, here I am, I'm with Tricia. She's everything I wanted in a girl. She's beautiful, she's fun-loving, she's vivacious. And if I have to spend another minute with her, I'm going to strangle both of us.

      • Alex: Do you know that [Ellen] had the nerve to accuse me of going over there just to hit on Tricia.
        Elyse: Well isn't that why you went over?
        Alex: So what?

      • Steven: The Leland College Freshman Directory….
        Elyse: You [Alex] met seven different freshman girls your first day of school?
        Alex: Well, I haven't actually met any of them yet, Mom. I just thought it would be more efficient to go through the book, pick one I like, seek her out, and fall in love.
        Elyse: Wouldn't it be easier just to order a few, try them out, and then send back the ones you don't like?
        Alex: You're a natural at this.

      • Alex: That could be a real painting.
        Ellen: It is a real painting.

      • (Jennifer is holding 9-month-old Andy. Steven enters, holding a child's book.)
        Steven: Oh, there he is. Andy, how about a quick story before I go to work?
        Jennifer:Uh, Dad, he's all booked up right now. But maybe Mom can read to you.
        Steven: It's not the same.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • The title alludes to the slogan for Coca-Cola soft drink from 1969-70.

      • The scene where Ellen's bookshelf falls is a possible allusion to the quarantine scene in The Parent Trap. In both scenes, two people who are hostile to each other find themselves alone and together; in both scenes, there is a natural mini-disaster involving the wall of the room they are alone in; in both scenes, the unaffected party steps forward to assist; and in both scenes, resolving the disaster together resulted in converting the former hostility into a bond.

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