Family Ties

Season 7 Episode 13

The Wrecker's Ball

Aired Unknown Feb 12, 1989 on NBC

Episode Recap

Elyse is heartbroken when she learns that her very first professional design project, the Cavanaugh Building, is about to be torn down to make way for a mini-mall. Disconcerted by the news, Elyse becomes more and more upset as she starts reminiscing about her early career and how much the Cavanaugh Building meant to her.

In a strong show of support, Steven rallies the Keaton clan and, together, they resolve to fight the demolition. When they arrive at the building carrying picket signs of protest, Elyse points out an inscription on one of the bricks, her own dedication of the building to her family. The touching moment is interrupted, however, when the head of the demolition crew shows up with the proper permits in hand, and warns the Keatons that they have very little time to act.

Confronting the owner of the property, mini-mall king John Willis, Elyse's pleas to save the building fall on deaf ears. Though powerless to stop the demolition, Elyse is later somewhat consoled when her loving family presents her with the inscribed brick, which they've managed to rescue from the rubble.