The ABC Afterschool Special

Season 9 Episode 2

Schoolboy Father

Aired Wednesday 4:00 PM Oct 15, 1980 on ABC

Episode Recap

A sixteen-year-old boy, has a summer girlfriend, and nine months later, finds out by seeing a birth announcement in the newspaper that this girl had a baby boy, and wants to put it up for adoption. Charles (Rob Lowe), dislikes the idea of adoption, and feels that he should be a father, unlike his father, that had never been around in his life. Charles takes the baby and is really caring for him, but loses out on being a kid himself. He wants to buy a car, but needs to buy stuff for his son. He is invited to a birthday party for the girl at high school he likes (Nancy McKeon), but can't go because he can't find a babysitter. After a few situations where he misses out on being a kid, for being a father, he decides that the baby would be better off being put up for adoption, and he could still be a kid.
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