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The Fugitive is a two-part episode that acts as the fourteenth and fifteenth episodes of the first season of Family Ties and the fourteenth and fifteenth episodes of the series overall. Part 1 originally aired on January 19, 1983 and Part 2 originally aired on January 26, 1983.

Episode Info[]

Episodes #14 and 15 - Season 1, Episode 14 and 15

First Aired: January 19 and January 26, 1983

Title:  Either an allusion to the 1960s TV show "The Fugitive" or simply a reference to Ned being a fugitive from justice.


(PART I) Elyse's brother Ned (played by Tom Hanks) is coming for a visit (with very little notice).  When she calls, Ned doesn't want his mother to know that he's at the Keaton's.  When an airline calls, he poses as Stanislaw Demkowski.  Ned finally reveals that he's been fired (for standing up for a good principle) and that the company brass is now looking for him.  Bert Carlyle (played by Richard Venture), a bumbling FBI agent shows up looking for Ned (who just went out the back door) because he allegedly stole $4.5 million dollars from Syntram.

(PART II) Ned admits to the family that he stole the money, but only to stop the unethical merger.  Alex drives Ned to the airport to get a flight.  Mr Carlyle shows up at the airport to arrest Ned, but he gets away just in time.  The president of the Syntram Corporation (played by Woody Eney) shows up to assist in the arrest proceedings.  After refusing to make a deal with Syntram, Ned turns himself into the FBI.

Funny Moments[]

  • Ned impersonates a Russian on the phone, but ends the conversation in German:  "Danke.  Danke.  Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" (roughly, "Thank you, thank you.  With me, you are beautiful."
  • Alex tries to convince Ned to go back to the corporate world with: "Let's face it.  You owe it to humanity to make money."  (Alex certainly feels the same way about himself.)


  • Uncle Ned shows up one more time in "Say Uncle."
  • At the beginning of the episode, Mallory is watching CHiPs, a 70s and 80s era TV cop show (a little foreshadowing of the episode, perhaps?)
  • Alex likes Uncle Ned because he is the Junior Vice President of the Syntram Corporation, the 12th largest multinational corporation in the world.
  • Carlyle reads the family dossier: "Steven and Elyse Keaton, married May 1964.  Participated in no fewer than 15 subversive political subversive demonstrations between 1966 and 1973.  Arrested three times."  Ned reveals that one of those times in jail was during the Democratic Convention in 1968.
  • The airline ticket agent is played by Earl Boen, a well-known character and voice actor.