Family Ties

Season 4 Episode 2

The Real Thing (2)

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Aired Unknown Oct 03, 1985 on NBC
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Alex realizes he must make Ellen aware of his feelings, but she is on a train on her way to marry another man, so he takes drastic measures to stop the wedding. The usually cool Alex decides he must let down his defenses or lose the girl he loves.moreless

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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

    Peter Van Norden

    Peter Van Norden

    Janitor

    Guest Star

    Danny Ponce

    Danny Ponce

    Shoeshine Boy

    Guest Star

    Marc Price

    Marc Price

    Irwin "Skippy" Handelman

    Recurring Role

    Tracy Pollan

    Tracy Pollan

    Ellen Reed

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • As Leland College is ficticious, there is no real way to place it. But it may be located 50 miles east of Columbus. Columbus to Lancaster is 400 miles; Leland to Lancaster is 350 miles.

      • Ellen leaves for Lancaster on a train evidently local to Columbus. The Columbus train station was torn down in 1979, six years before the episode aired. The nearest operating train station is Cincinnati, 100 miles away.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Alex: Yeah, I love you, okay? I-I-I said it. I mean, after all, Ellen, If I'm going to go this far, I might as well go all the way. I love you, all right? I love you, I love you, I love you! I'm crazy about you. I'd give anything to be with you. I can't live without you, okay? Gotta go, see ya.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Michael Gross does not appear in this episode.

      • The Volvo Alex drives has a standard transmission. You can tell by hearing the whine of the straight spur gear when he is driving in reverse. Straight spur gears are in standard (manual) transmissions.

      • This episode features the song "At This Moment" by Billy Vera and the Beaters. The song was originally released in 1981, but never appeared in the Top 40. Its use by Family Ties propelled it to a Number 1 song six years after its release.

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