French Lessons is the seventeenth episode of the first season of Family Ties and the seventeenth episode of the series overall. It originally aired on February 16, 1983.

Episode Info[edit | edit source]

Episode #17 - Season 1, Episode 17

First Aired: February 16, 1983

Plot[edit | edit source]

Mallory and Jeff are studying French together.  Jeff is extremely nervous about dating Mallory, but Alex coaches him (and eventually goes on the date - with Jennifer - secretly as well).

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Alex and Steven play Chess.  Alex claims a record of 138-0 against his father.  Steven claims it is 138-0-1.  The tie supposedly happened on the day when Alex had his appendix removed.  While Alex is away, Steven reads the book "Chess for Idiots" to help him analyze the game.  Steven wins unexpectedly, but then knocks the board over before anyone can see it (see YouTube).  They become competitive much like playing other Board Games.
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