Family Ties

Season 3 Episode 17:

Birth of a Keaton: Part 1

The Keaton kids are utterly disgusted to have to participate every year in dad Steven's lame PBS telethon as his loving, fake-enthusiastic WKS-family, without ever having been asked, and don't hide it anymore. The parents think the asking is the problem, so Steven poses the open question- all three bail out instantly, Jennifer even without any excuse. After some prodding from adult strangers, who all enjoy Steven's colleagues' families' loyalty, even Alex ends up caving in- a good luck-card doesn't cure their guilt, so after Elyse volunteered to play guitar and sing, ...
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About Family Ties:

Chronicles liberal ex-hippies Steven and Elyse Keaton, their conservative son Alex, daughters Mallory and Jennifer, and later, youngest child Andrew.