Season 5 Episode 5

Desperate Moves

Aired Unknown Nov 14, 1987 on ABC
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Desperate Moves
Helen Johnson, a married career woman, informs her young boyfriend Gary that she is ending their affair and that her husband and 20-year-old daughter, Monica, are joining her for a family vacation. Seeking revenge, Gary makes Monica's acquaintance in the lobby and begins seducing her, and Helen is forced to confess her affair to Monica in order to derail the vengeful seduction. The new receptionist, Cheryl, is upset by a surprise visit from her mother, Beatrice, who arrives without luggage or a reservation. Beatrice reveals that she has had a fight with Cheryl's father in Brooklyn and has come out to San Francisco seeking the same independence as her daughter. When Cheryl shows her mother all the downsides to the single lifestyle, Beatrice heads back home to her husband. Peter has a close brush with death that radically changes his outlook on life. As a result, he no longer has patience for his work, thinking instead about a long trip around the world. Having witnessed a similar situation with his uncle who left his family behind to wander the world, Billy talks some sense into Peter, who begins concentrating on issues at hand and reunites with Christine.moreless

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