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Family Ties

The Disciple (Season 4, Episode 13)
TV-PG
TV Episode | 25 min | Comedy, Family

Jennifer is tired of being outclassed by classmates, so she asks the academically brilliant Alex (who won the Thomas Dewey best student achievement award three years in a row) to help her prepare a social studies presentation on how a bill...See moreJennifer is tired of being outclassed by classmates, so she asks the academically brilliant Alex (who won the Thomas Dewey best student achievement award three years in a row) to help her prepare a social studies presentation on how a bill becomes a law. Alex accepts, provided she do it his way, all the way. After assigning her reading at an Ivy League level, then attends her presentation (pretending to be a quarry worker too dumb to understand) - cueing her in a brilliant show with lights, music, patriotic panache and the flawless story, complete with the printing on parchment. Afterwards, both parents claim credit for the talent running in the family, and her teacher Mrs. Pedroza enters Jennifer for the Dewey Award. Alas, Jen is uncomfortable about how much of the project has actually been done by Alex, with her simply parroting his words, and once onstage she feels unable to go trough with the 'deceit'. After getting an impossible question from lawyer Ralph Boswell - who bickers with Steven about whether his Timmy is brighter then their toddler Andy - Alex takes the floor to try and salvage the occasion. Jen blames Alex for the embarrassment, but the smart siblings talk it through and reconcile their views on academic achievement. Written by KGF Vissers See less
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Updated Jan 9, 1986

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Jan 9, 1986 (United States)

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Meredith Baxter
Elyse Keaton (as Meredith Baxter Birney) Elyse Keaton (as Meredith Baxter Birney)   See fewer
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Michael Gross
Steven Keaton Steven Keaton   See fewer
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Michael J. Fox
Alex P. Keaton Alex P. Keaton   See fewer
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Justine Bateman
Mallory Keaton Mallory Keaton   See fewer
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Tina Yothers
Jennifer Keaton Jennifer Keaton   See fewer
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Marc Price
Irwin 'Skippy' Handelman Irwin 'Skippy' Handelman   See fewer
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Belita Moreno
Mrs. Pedroza Mrs. Pedroza   See fewer
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Amy O'Neill
Brenda Brenda   See fewer
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Corey Feldman
Walter - Dewey Award Student Finalist Walter - Dewey Award Student Finalist   See fewer
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David Wohl
Ralph Boswell Ralph Boswell   See fewer
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Cynthia Carle
Betty Boswell Betty Boswell   See fewer
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7.3 / 10 | 50 votes