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Season 3 Episode 6

Strangers

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 07, 1989 on ABC
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Melissa must come to terms with the problems she has over the age difference with Lee. Their relationship is paralleled by a new one between Russell Weller and Peter Montefiore.

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    Timothy Busfield

    Timothy Busfield

    Elliot Francis Weston

    Polly Draper

    Polly Draper

    Ellyn Warren

    Mel Harris

    Mel Harris

    Hope Murdoch Steadman

    Peter Horton

    Peter Horton

    Gary Sheperd

    Melanie Mayron

    Melanie Mayron

    Melissa Steadman

    Ken Olin

    Ken Olin

    Michael Steadman

    Frank DiElsi

    Frank DiElsi

    Referee

    Guest Star

    Ivette Soler

    Ivette Soler

    Gallery Assistant

    Guest Star

    Peter Frechette

    Peter Frechette

    Peter Montefiore

    Guest Star

    Lacey Craven

    Lacey Craven

    Janey Steadman

    Recurring Role

    Brittany Craven

    Brittany Craven

    Janey Steadman

    Recurring Role

    Corey Parker

    Corey Parker

    Lee Owens

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (2)

    • QUOTES (0)

    • NOTES (4)

      • Footage from this episode used in the season four opening credit sequence includes a shot of Michael passing a plate of food to Nancy and Gary.

      • Patricia Wettig is credited but doesn't appear.

      • Melissa's fantasy where she imagines herself as opposing boxers in the ring was patterned after the look of Martin Scorsese's modern film classic Raging Bull. Shot in black & white, Melissa imagined herself as "The Judge" and "The Kid." She debated with herself about her relationship with Lee as she gave herself a beating. Michael was the ring announcer, Ellyn was in her corner, Elliot was the fight broadcaster and Russell sat watching in the audience. Another fantasy scene had Melissa imagining Lee acting like a childish brat during the Steadmans' dinner party.

      • When this episode originally aired, a great controversy erupted over the scene showing Russell and Peter (David Marshall Grant, Peter Frechette) in bed together. Some sponsors backed out of advertising on the broadcast, others threatened to, several conservative and/or religious groups condemned the show, boycotts were talked about, etc. The scene showed the two men bare-chested sitting up in bed after apparently spending the night together, talking about being gay, how far "out" they were, and the current AIDS epidemic.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Michael: Tuesday night, our house, you'll come over to supper, then we'll watch Harold and Maude.

        Harold and Maude (1971), starring Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort and directed by Hal Ashby, was a film about the very odd relationship between a young man and a much, much older woman. Michael is obviously using the reference here simply to needle Melissa, but it does point up her overriding concern that her friends will not approve of her relationship with a younger man.

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