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Episode Info[]

Episode #71 - Season 4, Episode 4

First Aired: October 24, 1985


Jennifer is interested in Adam Galardner (played by Noah Hathaway) and she defends him from the school bully (played by Danny Nucci).  Then Jennifer and Adam's relationship ends up on the rocks.  Meanwhile, Alex is disturbed when Mallory scores higher than he did on an IQ test.  Jennifer and Adam find some peace in the end.

Funny Moments[]

  • Jennifer says of Adam, “He’s the boy I’ve been looking for my whole life. Only shorter.” Presumably, she’s been looking for someone taller. In a quick compliment of Adam later, Alex (not known for his tallness) says, “Great height.”
  • Twice, while in her educated phase, Mallory corrects Alex in questions of grammar.
  • Falsely trying to console Alex, Mallory says, "A person of, uh, your intelligence can still lead a normal life."


  • Parts of this episode are used as a flashback in "The American Family".
  • Adam makes reference to Steve Garvey as the best first baseman in the major leagues.
  • Inexplicably, Alex later refers to Mallory's IQ test results as unimpressive ("My Buddy").