Episode InfoEdit

Episode #36 - Season 2, Episode 14

First Aired: January 26, 1984

Title:  A common phrase among kids.


Uncle Ned (played by Tom Hanks) shows up and Steven gets him an interview to work at WKS.  It soon becomes clear, however, that he has a drinking problem (which strains his relationship with everyone and causes Ned to blow the interview).  Alex tries to remind Ned of his business prowess, only to be physically assaulted by Ned.


  • Jennifer has taken up the clarinet.
  • Alex apparently used to play "Lady of Spain" on the accordion.
  • Ned sings that Mallory is an "Uptown Girl".


  • No explanantion is given about the outcome of the events that transpired in "The Fugitive".
  • It is unknown in the episode whether Ned is the brother of Steven or Elyse.
  • The board game of the episode is Trivial Pursuit.
  • Ned relates the old Miller beer commercial, "If you've got the time, we've got the beer."  (YouTube) -  would have been much more familiar in 1984 than now.
  • Ned says he is, along with Olga Korbut and the Mouseketeers, washed up before the age of 30.