Episode Info[edit | edit source]

Episode #67 - Season 3, Episode 23 (one-hour episode)

First Aired: March 28, 1985

Plot[edit | edit source]

Steven's mother has been alone for six months since his father died, and she is thinking of selling the house.  She asks Steven to go to Buffalo to help her.  While there with his brother Robert (played by Norman Parker), Steven dreams of his childhood and his (often-strained) relationship with his father.

Funny Moments[edit | edit source]

  • Steven and Elyse are sleeping in his old room, and Elyse notices the name "Myra" carved into the headboard of the bed.  Steven finally remembers Myra Culbertson (from sixth grade).  He says, "I haven't thought of her in fifteen years", to which Elyse replies, "We've been married twenty."  (The flashback shows young Steven talking about Myra.)
  • Alex calls up Darwin's "Survival of the Cutest".  Of course, Mallory doesn't know who Darwin was.
  • Young Steven takes a stand against his father.  Jake asks Stevie what his father would have done if Jake had talked to him like that.  Stevie replies, "He'd take out the strap?"  Jake agrees and Stevie says, "I'm not afraid."  Jake asks unbelievingly, "You're not afraid?", to which Stevie quickly replies, "Actually, I'm petrified."

Music[edit | edit source]

  • Elyse sings "Snugly, Buggly Baby" to Andrew.  Steven says Mick Jagger also sings it well.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Steven's father Jake visited saying that he was dying in Season 1 - "I Never Killed for My Father" (see also Season 7 - "Heartstrings (Part II)")
  • Young Steven is played by Adam Carl.  Young Robert is played by Mark Marias
  • The flashbacks are to the 1950s and to Milton Berle on TV, who is credited with an explosion in television sales (just as this episode shows.  Berle mentions Arthur Godfrey.
  • Lots of parallels between present and past (the Kretzers, sugar cookies, food too hot, and grievances from each brother about something the other did)
  • Steven's brother Robert appears later in "Oh, Brother" and "Father Time".
  • Jacob Keaton (October 15, 1911 - August 3, 1984)
  • Orange juice is still prominent even when they're not home.  (They're always drinking orange juice - from the same pitcher and in the same glasses - at home.)
  • Alex's kindergarten teacher - Miss McCollough.  According to a later episode ("Sign of the Times"), Alex's kindergarten teacher's name was Mrs. Wills.
  • Alex shared a lot of his grandfather's political and economic good sense.  Recall in "I Never Killed for My Father", Jake took a stand for Nixon.
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