Big Brother is Watching
Season 1, Episode 7
Air date November 17, 1982
Production code 013
Written by Ruth Bennett
Directed by Alan Bergmann
Episode Guide
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Big Brother is Watching is the seventh episode of the first season of Family Ties. It aired on November 17, 1982.

Plot Edit

Alex is elected (barely) as editor of the school newspaper the Harding Hurrah (which he wants to rename the Harding Herald).  A student, Howie (played by Andrew J. Lederer), approaches Alex with a story about a cheating scandal at the school that is being covered up by the principal.  Alex wants to run with the story, until he finds out Mallory is involved.  Alex decides to print the story, with major repercussions.

Quotes Edit

Trivia Edit

  • The vote was Alex: 21, Not him: 17.  Mallory voted in the minority.
  • The faculty editor, Mr. Winkler (played by Philip Sterling) is a famous character actor.
  • The title is based on a phrase from George Orwell's 1984.

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