A Christmas Story
Season 1, Episode 11
Air date December 15, 1982
Production code 014
Written by Joanne Pagliaro
Directed by Will Mackenzie
Episode Guide
Have Gun, Will Unravel

A Christmas Story is the eleventh episode of the first season of Family Ties. It aired on December 15, 1982.

Plot Edit

Christmas at the Keatons, and plans for a holiday ski trip are knocked out by blizzard.  Looking through a photo album causes the family to flash back to earlier days.

Flashbacks Edit

  1. Africa 1965 - Steven and Elyse meet in the Peace Corps and during a drought, Alex is born.
  2. Berkeley, CA 1967 - Dr. Larry Waxman (played by Charles Levin), an old buddy of Steven's from Camp Cuyahoga, helps to deliver Mallory (while Steven is away taking a Poli-Sci final). Steven isn't sure if he is going to go until Elyse and Crazy Larry finally convince him.
  3. Columbus, OH 1972 - Steven and Elyse were on their way to vote for McGovern when Jennifer decided to enter the world. Alex wanted to vote for Nixon and Mallory wanted a puppy.

Quotes Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Nixon won the 1972 election 520-17 in the Electoral College (largest landslide until Reagan's 1984 win), and specifically in Ohio, Nixon won by more than 880,000 votes (not as close as Steven estimated).
  • The traditional Keaton Christmas photo (as in "A Keaton Christmas Carol") because Steven gets a camera as a present.
  • In "Where's Poppa?", Alex reveals that he ran away from home because of his parents' vote for McGovern.

Goofs Edit

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