I Never Killed for My Father
Season 1, Episode 5
Air date November 3, 1982
Production code 008
Written by Kimberly Hill
Directed by Dick Martin
Episode Guide
Summer of '82
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I Never Killed for My Father is the fifth episode of the first season of Family Ties and the fifth episode of the series overall. It originally aired on November 3, 1982.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Steven's father Jake (played by John Randolph) is coming for a visit. They've fought in the past, so Steven assembles a list of acceptable topics of conversation, and even those fail. At a moment of high tension, Jake reveals that he is dying. The two later have an impassioned conversation about their ideological differences, and make some peace, but each realizes, far too late in life.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Jake: Less learnin', more earnin'  [picked up by Steven later]

Jake (speaking of Alex's girlfriend):  As long as she's cute and can cook, that's all that matters.
Steven (presumably trying to find some common ground):  Darn right, Dad.  [Elyse glares at him].

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Steven and his father replay the famous "Tastes Great. Less Filling" debate about Lite Beer (so common in the 1980s).
  • Alex (of course) mentions Richard Nixon, to which his grandfather replies, "Nixon. One of the greatest" (in obvious opposition to Steven and Elyse's feelings).
  • In "Remembrances of Things Past", Jake has died and Steven is dealing with his feelings for his father. (see also "Heartstrings (Part II)")
  • The title is a play on the title of the 1970 movie 'I Never Sang for My Father"

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