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Stage Fright is the twenty-first episode of the first season of Family Ties and the twenty-first episode of the series overall. It originally aired on April 4, 1983.

Episode Info[]

Episode #21 - Season 1, Episode 21

First Aired: April 4, 1983


Alex is in the finals of a quiz show at Steven's television station, his friend Ted comes up sick.  Alex needs a replacement, so he chooses Mallory to finish out the team.  However, this means he has to spend time teaching everything she'll need to know in order to compete.  Mallory benefits from the kindness of the judges.  The effort pays off in the end, to Alex's great surprise and relief.


  • Parts of this episode are used in a flashback in "A Word to the Wise".
  • During practice with Jennifer, Alex quotes Macbeth: "Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, /
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, / And then is heard no more. It is a tale /
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing." - Act V, Scene 5.