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    • Labors of Love
      Labors of Love
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      11/29/77
      9.3
      Buddy, upset by a lack of attention from T.J., tries to make him jealous by hanging out with a geek; Willie catches the eye of his cute über-boss.
    • The First Time
      The First Time
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      9/27/77
      9.2
      Kate unhappily contemplates her 49th birthday; T.J. asks Buddy to go steady with him, but she's not sure.
    • A Special Kind of Loving
      A Special Kind of Loving
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      3/23/76
      9.2
      Willie meets, and starts spending lots of time with, Salina -- leading to a tiff with Buddy, right when she needs him to help conquer her fear of diving.
    • We Love You, Miss Jessup
      We Love You, Miss Jessup
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      11/1/77
      9.1
      Buddy's English teacher gets outed; Willie suspects Nancy of being a home-wrecker.
    • Expectations
      Expectations
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      12/7/78
      9.1
      Nancy's new boss pressures her to sleep with him; Buddy tries out for the cheerleading squad.
    • Disco Queen
      Disco Queen
      Season 4 - Episode 14
      2/8/79
      9.1
      Buddy sneaks into a disco club, with the help of an older acquaintance, and finds it more than she bargained for; Annie has a date with a jock.
    • An Eye to the Future
      An Eye to the Future
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      1/4/77
      9.0
      Buddy (as "Diamond In the Rough") gets heavily into the CB scene; Kate decides to go back to college; Doug does a stint as a judge.
    • Return Engagement
      Return Engagement
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      1/18/77
      9.0
      Doug hears from a woman he once had an affair with; Willie and Buddy go on a biking trip.
    • The Athlete
      The Athlete
      Season 4 - Episode 15
      3/1/79
      9.0
      Buddy, volunteering at a hospital, encounters a star high-school basketball player who is there for a broken leg -- or so he thinks; Annie runs for class president against her nemesis, Emmy Sheldon.
    • Sleeping Gypsy
      Sleeping Gypsy
      Season 3 - Episode 22
      5/9/78
      9.0
      Everyone at school dislikes Buddy's bohemian friend; Kate gives Doug a plaid jacket he doesn't much care for.
    • Prelude
      Prelude
      Season 4 - Episode 20
      4/20/79
      8.9
      Buddy has a crush on her swimming instructor, much to Zack's displeasure; Kate is tempted to call an old boyfriend.
    • All For Love
      All For Love
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      9/28/78
      8.9
      Zack tells Buddy that unless she sleeps with him, he will have to satisfy his manly needs with another girl; Doug thinks of buying a flashy sports car.
    • 'Tis the Season
      'Tis the Season
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      12/24/79
      8.9
      A pre-Christmas argument with Willie nearly gives Doug a heart attack; Buddy invites her school's janitor to her house, where he quickly endears himself to everyone but Kate.
    • Moment of Truth
      Moment of Truth
      Season 4 - Episode 11
      1/18/79
      8.9
      A man he once helped put in jail threatens Doug; Buddy and Audrey have a fight about who copied from whom on an algebra test.
    • Exits and Entrances
      Exits and Entrances
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      1/11/79
      8.8
      After Buddy stars in a high-school play (Shaw's Saint Joan), her interest in acting is strongly encouraged by a friend of Kate's, a professional actress; Annie gets a telemarketing job to pay for a new bike.
    • Just Friends
      Just Friends
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      11/9/78
      8.8
      Willie considers an affair with a married woman he met in a writing class; Nancy, sick of living in a "fishbowl," decides to move out of the guesthouse and into an apartment of her own.
    • Letting Go
      Letting Go
      Season 5 - Episode 13
      6/25/80
      8.8
      Doug is upset when Buddy starts dating a 21-year-old; Annie is jealous of an old friend who has matured much faster than she has.
    • The Little Brother
      The Little Brother
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      11/8/77
      8.8
      Willie fails to understand a black thing; Buddy develops an interest in genealogy.
    • Comings and Goings
      Comings and Goings
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      3/22/77
      8.7
      Willie and Salina decide to live together; Sylvia Maitland uses the Lawrences' house as a refuge after a fight with her husband.
    • The Cradle Will Fall
      The Cradle Will Fall
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      11/30/76
      8.7
      Buddy completes her orthodontal treatment; Salina returns to town once again, only to be plunged into a custody battle with her daughter's father; Kate finds out that Elaine's husband is cheating on her.
    • Play on Love
      Play on Love
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      3/3/80
      8.7
      Willie finds the director of his play more interesting than Rachel; Buddy insists on buying an old sports car, over Doug's objections.
    • Thanksgiving
      Thanksgiving
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      11/20/79
      8.7
      Doug refuses to acknowledge signs of senility in his father.
    • A Friend of the Family's
      A Friend of the Family's
      Season 3 - Episode 20
      2/28/78
      8.6
      A somewhat unscrupulous former friend of Willie's drops by; Buddy needs driving lessons; Kate and Doug consider taking separate vacations.
    • Smarts
      Smarts
      Season 5 - Episode 12
      6/18/80
      8.6
      Annie gets picked on by her classmates, for being too smart; Buddy, studying for her SATs, worries that she's not smart enough.
    • An Apple For the Teacher
      An Apple For the Teacher
      Season 4 - Episode 19
      3/30/79
      8.6
      Kate's teaching career gets off to a rough start, when a student decides to continuously annoy her; Annie borrows Buddy's "lucky" ring to help during a spelling bee, and promptly loses it.
    • Daylight Serenade
      Daylight Serenade
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      3/10/80
      8.6
      Buddy has an ambiguous relationship with a nerdy schoolmate whom Kate is training for a piano recital; Nancy begs Annie to teach her how to roller-skate, so she can go to a party with a handsome fellow lawyer.
    • Someone's Watching
      Someone's Watching
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      2/8/77
      8.6
      A series of anonymous gifts eventually makes Nancy feel threatened; Buddy's motor-mouth school-project partner uses the Lawrences as his surrogate family.
    • When the Bough Breaks
      When the Bough Breaks
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      1/21/80
      8.5
      Kate finds out she's pregnant; a friend of Buddy's, on vacation from her all-girls school, picks Willie as a seduction target.
    • Point of Departure
      Point of Departure
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      4/13/76
      8.5
      Doug resents Willie's attitude towards work, the universe, and everything; a string of burglaries sweeps through the neighborhood.
    • Just Like Old Times
      Just Like Old Times
      Season 5 - Episode 11
      6/11/80
      8.5
      Buddy tries to make everyone think she didn't get into any of the schools she applied to; Doug wants Annie to share his obsession with baseball.
    • Best Friends
      Best Friends
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      2/22/77
      8.5
      Nancy attends her high-school reunion, meeting the guy she dumped to marry Jeff; T.J. asks Buddy to a formal dance, causing a rift with Audrey.
    • Change of Heart
      Change of Heart
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      10/4/77
      8.5
      Nancy is jealous of Jeff's new fiancée, while Buddy fights her own feelings of jealousy over T.J.'s admiration for another girl's dance performance.
    • Malicious Mischief
      Malicious Mischief
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      1/25/79
      8.5
      Nancy considers a marriage proposal from Timmy's daycare provider -- until he gets accused of child abuse; Willie falls in love with a cat.
    • Sleeping Over
      Sleeping Over
      Season 4 - Episode 13
      2/1/79
      8.4
      Kate is offended when Willie has a fling with her younger, harp-playing friend; Buddy is torn when she is invited to join a sorority and Audrey isn't.
    • Coming Apart
      Coming Apart
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      10/5/76
      8.4
      Buddy gets a job at a bakery, and introduces Willie to her boss, "Big Al"; Nancy gets involved with Peter, while she's finalizing her divorce from Jeff -- despite the latter's pleas for a reconciliation.
    • Whispers
      Whispers
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      2/4/80
      8.4
      Buddy's friendship with a teacher gives rise to rumors; Annie uses questionable tactics to get Willie to let her interview him for her school paper.
    • Jack of Hearts
      Jack of Hearts
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      1/14/80
      8.4
      Buddy and Nancy find themselves in a love triangle; Annie dabbles in the occult.
    • Generations
      Generations
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      11/23/78
      8.4
      When the Lawrences visit the family farm, Kate confronts her mother's ghost, while Buddy flirts with a local yokel.
    • Gifts
      Gifts
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      12/21/78
      8.4
      Annie, who still misses her parents, can't relate to the Lawrences' holiday cheer, and decides to run away until Christmas is over; Willie runs into his old barber, who is about to close up shop for good.
    • Starting Over
      Starting Over
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      9/21/78
      8.4
      Annie's sole surviving relative dumps her into the Lawrences' lap -- where she doesn't feel quite comfortable, at first.
    • Hard Times
      Hard Times
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      1/28/80
      8.4
      Two friends of Buddy's who have been going steady for 3 years are having relationship problems -- and when she tries to help, the results aren't quite what she expected; Nancy is having trouble at work, which starts to affect even Timmy.
    • Skeleton in the Closet
      Skeleton in the Closet
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      12/7/76
      8.3
      When Doug's sister Emily comes to visit, he has trouble facing the fact that she's an alcoholic; Buddy tries to help an old lady she sees shoplifting at a supermarket.
    • Rites of Friendship
      Rites of Friendship
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      12/28/76
      8.3
      A friend of Willie's comes out of the closet; Buddy, after getting invited to the "Junior Jump" by a popular boy, asks Nancy to teach her to dance.
    • Such Sweet Sorrow
      Such Sweet Sorrow
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      10/19/76
      8.2
      Salina drops by, at a time when Willie is having problems with Alex, and he's torn between a former sweetheart and his current girlfriend; Doug is offered a great job in New York.
    • A Right and Proper Goodbye
      A Right and Proper Goodbye
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      3/30/76
      8.2
      A sudden visit by Kate's mother delights Willie but disturbs Kate.
    • More Than Friends
      More Than Friends
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      1/3/78
      8.2
      Nancy hits it off with Willie's former writing teacher, but things get awkward when he pans Willie's script.
    • The Competition
      The Competition
      Season 4 - Episode 16
      3/8/79
      8.2
      Buddy blames herself when a fellow student commits suicide after losing to her in a history competition; Annie stumbles upon a novel cookie-selling strategy
    • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...
      Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      2/1/77
      8.1
      A daughter whom Elaine gave up for adoption years ago finds her, through Kate; Willie is intrigued by a pretty client at the photo studio where he works.
    • Ballerina
      Ballerina
      Season 4 - Episode 17
      3/15/79
      8.1
      Willie has a fling with a ballet dancer; Doug purchases a workout set by mail order.
    • See Saw
      See Saw
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      1/24/78
      8.1
      Kate volunteers to help a moody (and arithmetic-obsessed) young patient at the Braille institute; Willie works on installing Timmy's new bed; Buddy leaves for a week-end of skiing with T.J. and his parents.
    • Monday is Forever
      Monday is Forever
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      3/16/76
      8.1
      Kate has to wait until Monday to find out whether she has cancer; Buddy and her friend Laura Richardson have until Monday, when the latter's family is scheduled to move to Detroit.
    • A Tale Out of Season
      A Tale Out of Season
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      11/22/77
      8.0
      Doug's colleague and protégé turns out to be a child-beater; Nancy finds a puppy; Buddy finally gets into the Thanksgiving spirit.
    • Fear of Shadows
      Fear of Shadows
      Season 3 - Episode 21
      5/2/78
      8.0
      Kate has a recurring nightmare about running over a little boy; Buddy gets a pet raccoon.
    • Going Straight
      Going Straight
      Season 4 - Episode 21
      5/10/79
      8.0
      Willie's humanitarian impulses are defeated by his boss' lechery; Doug overestimates his fix-it skills.
    • Jury Duty (2)
      Jury Duty (2)
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      11/23/76
      8.0
      Kate is subjected to widespread abuse for being the lone holdout; Buddy captures first prize, T.J.'s heart, and (for good measure) the real killer.
    • Lifeline
      Lifeline
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      1/31/78
      8.0
      Nancy plays hot-line operator when her classmate attempts suicide, to get back at her married boyfriend for breaking up her; Buddy baby-sits a whiny kid.
    • Echoes of Love
      Echoes of Love
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      1/17/78
      8.0
      Willie can't stop reminiscing about Lizzy, so he hooks up with her former roommate; Audrey is depressed because her parents are splitting up, and angry that Doug is representing her mother in the divorce.
    • Counterpoint
      Counterpoint
      Season 3 - Episode 23
      5/16/78
      8.0
      Kate has to go back and repeat a class she flunked the previous semester, and gets picked on by a snobby professor; Doug contemplates early retirement after his tennis partner has a heart attack.
    • A Safe House
      A Safe House
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      2/15/77
      8.0
      A former friend of Willie's, now an outlaw, gives him a call; Buddy thinks she has a great scoop for the school paper.
    • The Friend's Affair
      The Friend's Affair
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      1/4/79
      8.0
      A colleague and friend of Doug's is cheating on his wife; Annie suspects a next-door neighbor of having murdered his.
    • Jury Duty (1)
      Jury Duty (1)
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      11/16/76
      8.0
      Kate is subjected to widespread abuse for being the lone holdout; Buddy captures first prize, T.J.'s heart, and (for good measure) the real killer.
    • Home Movie
      Home Movie
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      10/26/76
      8.0
      Willie drives everyone crazy by following them around and filming them; Buddy has difficulty with a school assignment -- writing a speech on the topic of "How I intend to leave my mark on the world"; Kate runs into a former roommate, who has become a successful author.
    • Childhood's End
      Childhood's End
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      11/15/77
      7.9
      Buddy's friend Laura returns for a visit, and -- guess what? -- she, too, is now an alkie; a friend of Doug's, a divorced father, is apprehensive about seeing his kids again.
    • Changes
      Changes
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      10/12/78
      7.9
      Nancy is all set to re-marry Jeff; Annie, heretofore known as "Annie Cooper," decides to add "Lawrence" to her name; Buddy, ever the traditionalist, is bothered by it all.
    • From Russia With Love
      From Russia With Love
      Season 4 - Episode 22
      5/17/79
      7.7
      Kate acts as escort to, and highly impresses, a visiting Ukrainian composer; Buddy and Annie play Monopoly to determine who gets Willie's old room.
    • Diversions
      Diversions
      Season 4 - Episode 18
      3/22/79
      7.7
      Nancy, cramming for the bar exam, keeps getting distracted by her neighbor; Annie goes on a survivalist kick.
    • The Covenant
      The Covenant
      Season 3 - Episode 19
      2/21/78
      7.7
      Doug and his father attend to some unfinished business; Nancy has a miscarriage
    • An Endangered Species
      An Endangered Species
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      5/3/77
      7.7
      A recently-divorced friend wants to hang out with Kate; Nancy gets upset when a classmate asks to use her place for an affair with a married man.
    • Acts of Love (2)
      Acts of Love (2)
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      9/20/77
      7.7
      Lizzy dies, but not before Willie convinces her to marry him first.
    • Acts of Love (1)
      Acts of Love (1)
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      9/13/77
      7.7
      While Nancy and Buddy prepare for their parents' 25th wedding-anniversary party, Willie meets, and falls in love with, a physics student named Lizzy -- who, as he soon finds out, has radiation sickness.
    • Coming of Age
      Coming of Age
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      11/9/76
      7.7
      Buddy officially reaches puberty; Nancy is caught between Kate's resentment of her thoughtlessness, Peter's proposal of marriage, and a come-on from a complete stranger.
    • Princess in the Tower
      Princess in the Tower
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      1/10/78
      7.7
      Kate, slightly sick of family life, checks out a model apartment in a brand-new high-rise condo -- and gets trapped overnight, along with a very pregnant younger woman; Buddy has the bright idea of dyeing her hair blonde.
    • Such a Fine Line
      Such a Fine Line
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      3/17/80
      7.7
      A schoolboy has a crush on Kate; Jeff, now an in-over-his-head rock manager, blows into town with his band.
    • The Ties That Bind
      The Ties That Bind
      Season 5 - Episode 10
      6/4/80
      7.5
      Annie and Elaine are going through different stages of emotions while facing their abandonment.
    • A Child is Given
      A Child is Given
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      12/13/77
      7.5
      At Christmas-time, Timmy Jr. falls seriously ill.
    • Pilot
      Pilot
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      3/9/76
      7.5
      Buddy hears Kate say something about her, and isn't happy. Also, Nancy walks in on Jeff with another woman.
    • On The First Day Of Christmas
      On The First Day Of Christmas
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      12/21/76
      7.5
      Doug is suspicious when his father introduces his new, and much younger, girlfriend and therefore spoils his holiday; Nancy and Jeff have a fight over who gets Timmy over Christmas.
    • Magic
      Magic
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      10/19/78
      7.5
      Kate, in the hospital for a physical, meets a burned-out former rock star; Annie needs Doug's help to impress her classmates with magic tricks.
    • ...And Baby Makes Three
      ...And Baby Makes Three
      Season 3 - Episode 17
      2/7/78
      7.5
      Nancy and Jeff aren't sure whether to get back together; Buddy is disgusted that Audrey has fallen for the cheap ploys of the school Casanova.
    • Thursday's Child
      Thursday's Child
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      4/6/76
      7.4
      As Timmy Jr.'s christening approaches, the whole family (especially Buddy, who stubbornly refuses to take part) relives the painful memories of Timmy Sr.'s death.
    • Annie Laurie
      Annie Laurie
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      10/25/77
      7.2
      Doug gets propositioned by a female lawyer.
    • Lovers and Strangers
      Lovers and Strangers
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      1/11/77
      7.2
      Willie gets cradle-robbed by a visiting movie director, and takes it much too seriously; Doug gets a dog as a birthday present.
    • ...More Things in Heaven and Earth
      ...More Things in Heaven and Earth
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      3/29/77
      7.0
      Kate is shaken by what a supposed psychic says about her long-missing aunt; Nancy lands a prestigious legal assignment, and suspects her looks are the reason.
    • Crossing Over
      Crossing Over
      Season 3 - Episode 18
      2/14/78
      6.6
      Willie has an appointment with a big-shot film producer, on the eve of his 21st birthday; then, he and Doug make friends with a stripper.
    • Taking Chances (2)
      Taking Chances (2)
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      3/8/77
      5.7
      After spending an eternity as a blind man whose youngest daughter despises him, Doug finally musters up the courage to have the operation -- and, of course, all's well.
    • Taking Chances (1)
      Taking Chances (1)
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      3/1/77
      5.7
      When Doug loses his sight after getting hit by a car, opinions are divided as to whether he should undergo an operation that could either restore it, or kill him; in the meantime, Willie has second thoughts about having quit his job.
    • The Best Years
      The Best Years
      Season 5 - Episode 14
      9/14/16
      0.0
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