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Have Gun, Will Unravel
Season 1, Episode 10
Air date December 8, 1982
Production code 006
Written by Ruth Bennett
Directed by Alan Bergmann
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Have Gun, Will Unravel is the tenth episode of the first season of Family Ties and the tenth episode of the series overall. It originally aired on December 8, 1982.


The family returns from a movie to find their house has been broken into.  Many things were stolen, and the Keatons are left insecure in their own home.  They hood decide to hold a Neighbor Watch meeting. Ed Quigley, an insurance salesman, suggests that everyone buy a gun (though this is against Steven and Elyse's principles). They purchase a gun, but feel more afraid with it in the house, especially when Alex comes home unexpectedly late at night.



  • The movie the family has just seen before realizing the burglary is "A Hard Day's Night" starring the Beatles.
  • One of the neighbors, Earl Quigley is played by a very famous character actor, Jack Riley.
  • This was the final episode where "Without Us" is performed by Dennis Tufano and Mindy Sterling.