Episode InfoEdit

Episode #61 and 62 - Season 3, Episode 17 and 18

First Aired: January 24 and January 31, 1985

Title:  A play on the movie "Birth of a Nation".


PART I - Pledge Week is underway at WKS.  The kids have no interest in participating but can't relate that to Steven.  Elyse has a desire to sing at the telethon, but Steven doesn't think it would be right.  He later relents.  The kids finally show some support with a "Good Luck" card and an appearance at the station.  Elyse goes into labor while trying to hit the high note in her song.

PART II - Everyone has trouble getting to the hospital because of the snow.  Elyse realizes that she will have to give birth at WKS (and the ratings couldn't be better!).  Unfortunately, the only doctor available to help is a PhD botanist.  Andrew Keaton joins the family (much to Alex's delight).


  • The kids and later Steven break into the WKS jingle.
  • Elyse sings "Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms", a very popular tune, and misses the high note like everyone in cartoons and comedies do.  (Think Bugs Bunny on the xylophone)
  • The comedian breaks out in "Having My Baby" as Elyse heads for the hospital.


  • Parts of this episode are used as a flashback in "The American Family".
  • In Part II, while Skippy and the plumber are talking on the couch, look outside the window right behind them.  The snowstorm is really fierce and the light outside looks odd.
  • Jennifer is wearing a Duran Duran watch. (very 1980s)
  • John Hancock reprises his role as Gus Thompson.
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