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Episode #34 - Season 2, Episode 12

First Aired: January 12, 1984

Title:  The Princeton mascot is the Tigers.


Without asking Steven, Elyse commits to babysitting for young cousin Kenneth (played by Joshua John Miller) while Alex and Mallory are away for the weekend.  Then Elyse has to go with Jennifer to ballet school, leaving Steven alone with Kenneth.

Meanwhile, Alex has an interview for acceptance at Princeton University.  Mallory travels with him to see her boyfriend Jeff, who she sees kissing another girl.  She is distraught and wants to go home.  Her later actions at Dean Memminger's (played by Duncan Ross) office cause Alex to leave the interview to help her.  They share heartfelt emotions on the train ride home.


Dean at Princeton (interviewing Alex):   I must say, I'm very impressed with your application, very impressed indeed.  I can always spot sincerity and commitment in an application.

Alex:  Yeah, well, thank you, sir.  I tried to throw a lot of both in there.



  • Parts of this episode are used as a flashback in both "Battle of the Sexes" and "A Word to the Wise".
  • Steven wants to watch the Ohio State - Iowa football game.  The episode aired in January (not regular season for football), but regardless, the #7 Iowa Hawkeyes beat the #3 Ohio State Buckeyes 20-14 (on September 24, 1983).  (Perhaps Steven had taped the game and watched it three months later!  And he watched a different game - Ohio State was at home AND won the game)  See some clips from the 1983 game on YouTube or read a newspaper account.
  • Alex mentions lettering in soccer for three years (first time we've heard of this).