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Series regulars or semi-regulars in 'Eight Is Enough' in the 1970s:

1970s Episode Guide for 'Eight Is Enough':

(Episodes with dates prior to 1970 aired as reruns during the '70s.)

March 15, 1977: Never Try Eating Nectarines Since Juice May Dispense
Season 1, episode 1
W: William Blinn   D: E.W. Swackhamer

With Diana Hyland (Joan Bradford), Michael Thoma (Dr. Maxwell), Virginia Vincent (Daisy Maxwell), Chris English (Tommy Bradford), Larry Golden (Dr. Himmler), Charles Aidman (Forrester), Morris Buchanan (Desk Sergeant), Kimberly Beck (Nancy Bradford).
Premiere of a comedy-drama series starring Dick Van Patten and Diana Hyland, concerning a couple experiencing the joy and agony of raising eight chldren. Tonight, 15-year-old Elizabeth is arrested for the possession of narcotics.

March 22, 1977: Schussboomer
Season 1, episode 2
W: Norman Lessing   D: David Moessinger

With Lane Binkley (Matlda), Jeffrey Bryon (Rick), Ellen Travolta (Dr. Abbott), Darrell Larson (Stan Lewis), Doney Oatman (Chris).
Tom and Joan are reluctant to let 19-year-old Susan go on an unchaperoned ski weekend after Mary's unmarried, pregnant friend moves in "for awhile".

March 29, 1977: Pieces Of Eight
Season 1, episode 3
W: Greg Strangis   D: Reza Badiyi

With Jennifer Darling (Donna), Hal England (McElwayne), Anthony Battaglia (Julian), James B. Sikking (Mr. French).
Tom is faced with a newspaper strike, a wife who wants a job, and a daughter who wants to become a model.

April 5, 1977: Women, Ducks And The Domino Theory
Season 1, episode 4
W: Peter Lefcourt   D: Vincent McEveety

With Charlene Tilton (Wendy Springer), Susan Lainer, Jay W. MacIntosh (Mrs. Springer), Robert Lussier (Mr. Springer), Lieux Dressler (Waitress), A. Michael Baldwin (Richie).
Tommy embarks on his first date, David has a spat with his girlfriend and the girls plead for extended curfews.

April 12, 1977: Turnabout
Season 1, episode 5
W: Katharyn Powers   D: Harvey Laidman

With Jennifer Darling (Donna), Michael Thoma (Dr. Maxwell), Virginia Vincent (Daisy Maxwell), Adrienne Barbeau (Jennifer Linden), Don Matheson, Cosie Costa (Sandy Watson).
David's date for the Maxwells' party is a legislator sponsoring a bill that would triple Dr. Maxwell's malpractice-insurance rates.

April 19, 1977: Quarantine
Season 1, episode 6
W: Gwen Bagni, Paul Dubov   D: Harry Harris

With Dennis Kort (Chris Cusack), Ray Buktenica (Chalmers), Leonard Stone (Drug Store Manager), Damon Raskin (Arnold), Holly Smith (Health Dept. Lady), Michael Thoma (Dr. Maxwell), Virginia Vincent (Daisy Maxwell).
When Mary's new boyfriend is hospitalized with an exotic illness, the family and its visitor are quarantined by the health department.

April 26, 1977: V Is For Vivian
Season 1, episode 7
W: Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker   D: Harry Harris

With Janis Paige (Auntie V), Michael Thoma (Dr. Maxwell), Stephen Johnson (Leonard), Virginia Vincent (Daisy Maxwell).
Tom's flamboyant sister Vivian shows up for a visit and turns the Bradford home upside down by encouraging the kids to follow their dreams.

May 3, 1977: Hit And Run
Season 1, episode 8
W: C. Robert Brooks, Robert L. McCullough   D: Ralph Senensky

With Jennifer Darling (Donna), Brett Ericson (Mark), Molly Dodd, Peter Coffield, Frank Cady, Steve Bonino (Michael Thompson), Dudley Knight (Mitch), Ernest Sarracino (Mr. DoGioia), Marc McClure (Jeremy).
A real estate developer is upset with an article Tom writes opposing his latest project, and his animosity towards Bradford doesn't improve when he gets in a fender-bender with Joanie.

August 10, 1977: The Gipper Caper
Season 1, episode 9
W: William Blinn   D: William F. Claxton

With Gregory Walcott (Dr. Hammer), Kin Shriner (Michael), Michael Thoma (Dr. Maxwell), Virginia Vincent (Daisy Maxwell).
Tom's dentist, an old college foe, challenges the family to a touch football game which becomes a blood and guts event.

September 14, 1977: Is There A Doctor In The House?
Season 2, episode 1
W: Paul Dubov, Gwen Bagni   D: Harry Harris

With Michael Thoma (Dr. Maxwell), Virginia Vincent (Daisy Maxwell), Ava Readdy (Maxwell's Partner), Jeri Lea Ray (Tom's Partner), Connie Day (Marge), Ron Lombard (Host), Beth Howland (Mavis).
Tom and a temporarily single Doc Maxwell try their luck as middle-aged swinging singles.

September 21, 1977: Trial Marriage
Season 2, episode 2
W: Leonard Stadd, Toni VanHorne   D: Philip Leacock

With Jennifer Darling (Donna), Don Johnson (Doug), Michael Thoma (Dr. Maxwell), Virginia Vincent (Daisy Maxwell).
Tom disapproves when his oldest daughter, Mary, moves into an apartment with her fiancee. Meanwhile, Tom begins dating Tommy's tutor.

September 28, 1977: Triangles
Season 2, episode 3
W: Bruce Shelly   D: Philip Leacock

With John Shea (Jonathan Moracci), Jonathan La Page (Derek).
When David's roommate begins dating both Susan and Joannie, he learns the true meaning of "hell hath no fury like a woman and her sister" when they compare notes.

October 5, 1977: Double Trouble
Season 2, episode 4
W: Joyce Perry   D: Harry Harris

With Tricia O'Neil, Joey Forman, Sparky Marcus, Chris Hubbell.
Problems develop when Tom and Abby break up and he begins dating a divorcee.

October 19, 1977: Mortgage Burnin' Blues
Season 2, episode 5
W: Parke Perine   D: William Wiard

With Gerald McRaney, Dennis Burkley, Woodrow Parfrey, Jonathan Lippe, Fred Stuthman, Floyd Levine (Sam Wickes), Charles Howerton (Buddy), Creed Bratton, Mitchell Bock, Sam Weisman, Joe Hoover.
At the opening of David and Tommy's night-club act, Susan punches a heckler. When seven of the Bradford kids wind up in jail, Tom has to remortgage the house to bail them out.

October 26, 1977: Dark Horse
Season 2, episode 6
W: Dusty Kay, Bill Nuss   D: Harry Harris

With Sydney Lassick (Mr. Kaminsky), Kim Fowler (Alice), Jeff Doucette, Victoria Huxtable, Joan Tompkins.
Tom and Abby decide to get married after having put aside their differences to help Mary run for a seat on the board of education.

November 2, 1977: The Bard And The Bod
Season 2, episode 7
W: Michael Weinberger   D: Irving J. Moore

With Kevin Cassidy (Lenny), David Agress (Fred Gorman), A. Michael Baldwin (Jason).
Joannie wins the lead in a modern Shakespearean production, but doesn't want her father to know she must play a nude scene.

November 9, 1977: Children Of The Groom
Season 2, episode 8
W: Hindi Brooks   D: Philip Leacock

With Richard Kline (Mr. Corelli), Montana Smoyer (Neighbor), Sylvia Sidney, Dennis Patrick, Johnny Haymer, Jeff Maxwell, Louise Latham, Ken Olfson, Armin Hoffman (Phil).
Despite the usual pre-marital jitters and the loving interference of the children, Tom and Abby finally get married.

November 16, 1977: I Quit
Season 2, episode 9
W: Greg Strangis   D: David Swift

With Henry Sutton, F. William Parker, Aline Towne, Georgia Paul, William Dozier, William Bogert.
Tom Bradford abdicates as head of the household when his children accuse him of being a dictator.

November 23, 1977: All's Fair In Love And War
Season 2, episode 10
W: Marion Hargrove   D: David Swift

With J.R. Miller (Maloney), Joe Bratcher (Sgt. First Class), Jonathan La Page (Derek), Lupe Ontiveros (Mariana), Tina Menard.
Tom's liberal attitudes are put to the test when he suspects a romance between his daughter Mary and the son of an old Army pal -- who happens to be black.

November 30, 1977: The Return Of Auntie V
Season 2, episode 11
W: Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker   D: Ray Marsh

With Janis Paige (Auntie V), Wayne Northrop, Robin Williams, Lawrason Driscoll, William Callaway, Alf Kjellin, Jed Cooper, Ernest Emling, Lin Shaye.
Turmoil strikes the Bradford household when Tom's flamboyant sister gives the newlyweds the down payment on a mansion.

December 14, 1977: Yes Nicholas, There Is A Santa Claus
Season 2, episode 12
W: Hindi Brooks   D: Harry Harris

With Casey King, Larry Gelman, Thad Geer, Hal Riddle, Tim Haldeman, Darrell Larson, Will Geer (Sam), Nicholas Hammond (Harold), Judy Strangis (Noreen), Frank DiElsi (Sailor).
A special gift hidden by Joan before her death restores the Bradford's spirits after a burglar disappears with all of their other Christmas presents.

January 4, 1978: A Hair Of The Dog
Season 2, episode 13
W: Peter Lefcourt   D: Alf Kjellin

With Danny Bonaduce, Eric Olson, Tom Reese, Nedra Volz, Helen Page Camp (Clerk), Rex Riley.
When Tommy learns that the night before isn't worth the morning after, he and his father have a talk about manhood.

January 11, 1978: Author, Author!
Season 2, episode 14
W: David Hurwitz, Larry Arnstein   D: Irving J. Moore

With Leonard Frey, John David Carson, Jay Gerber, Julie Parsons (Frieda Farnham), Dante D'Andre, Maggie Munro (Friend).
Tom meets unexpected resistance from his family when he announces his intention to write a novel.

January 18, 1978: Much Ado About Garbage
Season 2, episode 15
W: Greg Strangis, Peter Lefcourt   D: Harvey Laidman

With Al Berry, Elaine Ballace, Marc Baxley, Phillip R. Allen, Charles Macaulay, Gary Imhoff (Lance Ham), John Dennis Johnston, Stuart Gillard, Larry Hankin, Ben Davidson.
Tom is suspended from his job after accusing city officials and a garbage company of corruption and then refusing to reveal his sources to a Grand Jury investigating his expose.

January 25, 1978: Dear Miss Dinah
Season 2, episode 16
W: Paul Dubov, Gwen Bagni   D: Irving J. Moore

With Howard Morton, Charles Bloom (Ronnie).
Tom doles out advice in the hometown lovelorn column, but loses his cool when his daughter Elizabeth wants to take "The Pill".

February 1, 1978: Hard Hats And Hard Heads
Season 2, episode 17
W: Peter Lefcourt, Gary Adelson, Greg Strangis   D: Barry Crane

With Randy Powell, Milt Kogan, Laurence Haddon, Sondra Currie, Sander Johnson, J. Andrew Kenny, Thomas Bellin, Ed Griffith, A. Michael Baldwin.
When David is laid off his construction job, he becomes a copyboy at his father's paper and must reevaluate his career choice. Meanwhile, Tommy has trouble living up to his big brother's football legacy.

February 8, 1978: Seven Days In February
Season 2, episode 18
W: Bill Nuss, Dusty Kay   D: Irving J. Moore

With John Mark Robinson, Gary Swanson, Michael Sullivan, Stephen Parr (Baptista), Joshua Grenrock, Stephanie Kramer, P. J. Benjamin.
Mary decides to convert to Judaism when she falls in love with a man she thinks is Jewish.

February 15, 1978: The Boyfriend
Season 2, episode 19
W: Larry Arnstein, David Hurwitz   D: Earl Bellamy

With Tom Lacy, Ike Eisenmann, Kip Gilman (Martin).
When Susan's boyfriend and Abby work together on a project, Tom and Susan suspect them of having a love affair.

February 22, 1978: Great Expectations
Season 2, episode 20
W: Bruce Shelly   D: Arnold Laven

With Marc Vahanian, David Hollander, Natasha Ryan.
Tommy cheats in order to meet his father's expectations of excellence in English class.

March 1, 1978: Long Night's Journey Into Day
Season 2, episode 21
W: Peter Lefcourt, Greg Strangis, Gary Adelson   D: Philip Leacock

With Jack McCulloch.
The family is forced to take shifts to keep Abby awake for 24 hours after she falls and suffers a concussion.

April 26, 1978: The Lost Weekend
Season 2, episode 22
W: Peter Lefcourt, Greg Strangis   D: Harry Harris

With Michelle Patrick, Jeff Cotler (Irving J. Moore), Timothy Van Patten, Harry Gold, Robin Strand, John Walter Davis, Anson Downes, Janet Wood, Alisa Powell, Stacey Nelkin (Linda), Rudy Hornish, Grace Gaynor, Rob Berger.
Confusion reigns in the Bradford household with Tom and Abby away for the weekend.

May 3, 1978: Poor Little Rich Girl
Season 2, episode 23
W: Kathy Donnell, Madeline DiMaggio Wagner, Paul Belous   D: Philip Leacock

With Ann Dusenberry (Andrea Jenkins), Norman Alden (Jenkins), Vera Stough.
The extremely self-assured daughter of a prominent contractor showers David Bradford with expensive gifts in an attempt to buy his affection.

May 10, 1978: Who's On First?
Season 2, episode 24
W: Bill Nuss, Dusty Kay   D: Ray Marsh

With Donegan Smith, Danny Dayton, Dan Barrows, Meeno Peluce, Karen Fredrik.
The Bradfords take to the stage to in order to help out a local orphanage.

September 6, 1978: Who's Crazy Here?
Season 3, episode 1
W: J. Miyoko Hensley, Steven Hensley   D: Harry Harris

With Millie Slavin, June Christopher, Dawn Jeffery.
Tom's secret visits to a psychiatrist to cure insomnia are misconstrued by Mary and Abby.

September 13, 1978: Nine Is Too Much
Season 3, episode 2
W: Bruce Shelly, Peter Lefcourt, Shirl Hendryx   D: Stan Lathan

With Rod Browning, Peggy Pope, J.A. Preston, Elliott Street, Phillip Tanzini (Verger), Jack Perkins.
When Abby manages Nicholas' little league team after Tom suffers a back injury, Tom provides unwanted coaching from the bleachers and America's favorite pastime becomes the Bradfords' biggest headache.

September 20, 1978: Here We Go Again
Season 3, episode 3
W: Peter Lefcourt   D: Arnold Laven

With Anita Dangler, George Pentecost, Joe Hecht.
When Abby thinks the stork may be making another visit to the Bradfords, she tries to keep it a secret from the family -- especially Tom, who stopped thinking about babies nine years ago.

September 27, 1978: Cinderella's Understudy
Season 3, episode 4
W: Nick Thiel, David Braff   D: Marc Daniels

With Hope Alexander-Willis (Diana), Earl Boen, Tony Haig, Marie Lillo, Alan Mandell, Richard Cox.
Tom is unexpectedly assigned to review the play in which Joanie is making her professional acting debut.

October 11, 1978: Milk And Sympathy
Season 3, episode 5
W: Barbara Elaine Smith   D: Irving J. Moore

With Andrea Howard, Charles Lucia, Jeff Cotler, Dana Kimmell.
Nicholas falls in love with his fourth-grade teacher.

October 18, 1978: The Flunked And The Funked
Season 3, episode 6
W: Bruce Shelly   D: Irving J. Moore

With Justin Lord, Jack Somack, Robert Kya-Hill, Jean Howell, Fred Downs.
Nancy drops out of school for the "excitement and wealth" of the working world.

October 25, 1978: Cops And Toddlers
Season 3, episode 7
W: Sandra Kay Siegel   D: Irving J. Moore

With Corey Feldman, Deirdre Berthrong, Wyatt Johnson, Tracy Justrich, Heather Hobbs, Paige Taylor, Maureen Lee, Judy Jean Berns, Sarah Miller.
The Bradford homestead bulges at its seams when Nancy invades with an army of toddlers and Susan goes into basic training as a police cadet.

November 1, 1978: The Hipbone's Connected To The Thighbone
Season 3, episode 8
W: Parke Perine   D: Irving J. Moore

With David Hurst, Stanley Bennett Clay, Lanny Duncan.
The Bradford house goes into an uproar when Mary is thrown out of the house following a tirade, and Tommy learns to drive.

November 8, 1978: Fast And Loose
Season 3, episode 9
W: Greg Strangis   D: Stan Lathan

With Meridith Baer (Janet), John Lisbon Wood, Jean Howell, Conrad Bachmann, Gary Epp (Brian Marshall), Roy Andrews.
A beautiful young lady comes to David's aid when he is arrested in a barroom brawl.

November 15, 1978: War Between The Bradfords
Season 3, episode 10
W: Dusty Kay   D: Harry Harris

With Todd Susman, Henry Polic II, Bobby Sandler, Ted Jordan, Robert Starr.
Abby's speech to the school board on the role of modern women in society turns the household into a battleground.

November 22, 1978: All The Vice President's Men
Season 3, episode 11
W: Jacqueline Simmel-McKane, Robert L. McCullough   D: Harvey Laidman

With Dennis Patrick (Harry Mitchell), Louise Latham (Katherine Mitchell), Bryan O'Byrne, Fredric Lehne, John Miranda (Honest John), Tom Henschel, Jed Mills, Patrick Gorman, Rene Levant, Sam Chew Jr..
The Bradfords are shocked when the vice president of the United States accepts Nicholas' invitation to Thanksgiving dinner.

November 29, 1978: You Won't Have Nicholas To Kick Around Anymore
Season 3, episode 12
W: Lester Shorr, Hindi Brooks   D: Harry Harris

With Jack Elam (Joe Simons), Cliff Norton, Lucille Benson, Ellen Travolta (Della Gale), Antoinette Stella, Helen Hughes.
Nicholas, feeling unloved and unwanted after accidentally starting a fire in the house, decides to find himself a new home. He finds a foster family headed by a crusty old con man.

November 29, 1978: You Won't Have Nicholas To Kick Around Anymore (2)
Season 3, episode 13
W: Hindi Brooks   D: Harry Harris

With Jack Elam (Joe Simons), Larry Gelman (Officer Bernstein), Grace Gaynor, D.J. Blair, Kay Elliot.
After running away from home, Nicholas finds a foster family headed by a crusty old con man.

December 6, 1978: Alone At Last
Season 3, episode 14
W: J. Miyoko Hensley, Steven Hensley   D: Harvey Laidman

With Michelle Stacy (Lucy), Dan Monahan (Danny), Kristine DeBell (Melanie).
Tom and Abby settle in for a romantic weekend at home while the kids are away on a camping trip.

January 10, 1979: The Yearning Point
Season 3, episode 15
W: Larry Arnstein, David Hurwitz   D: Stan Lathan

With Tom Lacy (Mr. Gillette), Melinda Fee (Gwen Elkhart), Dan Monahan (Danny), Chris Mulkey, Kimberly Alexander, Richard Fullerton.
Elizabeth's dream of going to a posh Eastern school conflicts with the Bradford family budget.

January 17, 1979: Mother's Rule
Season 3, episode 16
W: Sandra Kay Siegel   D: Earl Bellamy

With Peter Horton (Eric), Donald Petrie (Marty), Jim Hackett (Brandon), Douglas Dirkson (Arnold).
Susan, Joan and Nancy find that having their own apartment is causing unexpected complication in their love lives.

January 17, 1979: Moving Out
Season 3, episode 17
W: Nick Thiel, David Braff   D: Arnold Laven

With Danny Wells (Ed Foster), Toni Lamond (Mrs. Dreissen).
Nancy, Susan, and Joannie rebel against their father's restrictions and move into their own small apartment.

January 24, 1979: Inlaws And Outlaws
Season 3, episode 18
W: Bruce Shelly   D: Vincent McEveety

With Louise Latham (Katherine Mitchell), Dennis Patrick (Harry Mitchell), Ed McCready (Booking Sergeant).
Abby's mother arrives at the Bradfords with the news that she and Abby's father are breaking up.

January 31, 1979: Horror Story
Season 3, episode 19
W: Chris Manheim, Patricia Green   D: Irving J. Moore

With Larry Gelman (Officer Bernstein), Peter Bromilow (Andrew Silver), Earl Montgomery (Mr. Alfred), Jim Stathis (Officer Cute), Michael Thoma (Dr. Maxwell), Daniel Selby (Brian), Larry Gilman (Norman).
The Bradford children let a power failure and their imaginations turn their home into a haunted house.

February 14, 1979: Just The Ten Of Us
Season 3, episode 20
W: Steven Hensley, J. Miyoko Hensley   D: Stan Lathan

With Joan Prather (Janet McArthur), James Karen (Elliot Randolph), Keene Curtis (Rev. Mayberry), Jeanna Michaels (Girlfriend).
David and Janet decide to live together, jeopardizing Tom's chance of winning a Father of the Year award.

February 21, 1979: Best Of Friends
Season 3, episode 21
W: David Braff, Nick Thiel   D: Gerald Mayer

With Joan Prather (Janet McArthur), Rosanna Arquette (Lori West), Tracey Gold (Tracey Kappleton), Missy Gold (Missy Kappleton), Martin Azarow (Will), Jeff Cotler (Irving J. Moore).
Tommy shocks the Bradfords with the announcement of his impending marriage to a girl who is pregnant by another man.

February 28, 1979: The Kid Who Came To Dinner
Season 3, episode 22
W: Chris Manheim, Patricia Green   D: Irving J. Moore

With Larry Gelman (Officer Bernstein), David Haskell (Ed Gardner), Keith Coogan (Bobby), Anne Bellamy (Mrs. Spinney).
Nicholas learns his new playmate is an orphan and invites him to live with the Bradfords.

March 7, 1979: The Better Part Of Valor
Season 3, episode 23
W: Dusty Kay   D: Vincent McEveety

With Joan Prather (Janet McArthur), Richard Herd (George McArthur), James Cromwell (Coach Pollard), Stephen Burns (Dixon), Brad Gorman (Gus), Talmadge Scott (Brian), Fay DeWitt (Sylvia), Kathleen Brown (Julie).
Abby's relationship with Tommy is threatened when she returns to teaching and fails one of his friends.

March 14, 1979: Dads, Daughters, Different Drummers
Season 3, episode 24
W: Bruce Shelly   D: Robert L. Friend

With Joel Colodner (Charles), Gertrude Flynn (Mrs. Walker), Al Ruscio (Editor).
When Tom forbids Joannie to see the new man in her life, she runs away from home to move in with the fellow.

May 2, 1979: The Final Days
Season 3, episode 25
W: David Braff, Nick Thiel   D: Vincent McEveety

With James Karen (Elliot Randolph), Abe Vigoda (Ben Ryan), Fred Holliday (Reporter), Sally Marr (Blanche), Kate Riehl (Dorothy), Steven Peterman (Gary), John Zoller (Vince), Kevin Lee Miller (Marshall).
The Bradford kids, trying to study for final exams, are harassed by senior citizens protesting one of Tom's editorials.

May 9, 1979: Marriage And Other Flights Of Fancy
Season 3, episode 26
W: Greg Strangis   D: Harry Harris

With Joan Prather (Janet McArthur), Tom Lacy (Mr. Gillette), Forbesy Russell (Linda), John Calvin (Marty), Joan Tompkins (Mary), Catherine Hickland (Vicki), Noah Beery Jr. (Dutch).
Despite the family's concern and his father's objections, David takes off on a cross-country trip with a female friend of his ex-fiancee.

May 23, 1979: The Graduates
Season 3, episode 27
W: Sandra Kay Siegel   D: Harry Harris

With Jennifer Darling (Donna), Tom Lacy (Mr. Gillette), Jerry Lacy (Barber), Ann Doran (Ms. Ryder), Phil Hoover (Mr. Napier), Patricia Alice Albrecht (Julie), Bobby Duncan (Michael), Chad Roche (Paul), Kathy Mahoney (Debbie), Mae Marmy (Secretary).
Tom, scheduled to be the guest speaker at Elizabeth's commencement, is shocked to learn that she has been suspended from the ceremony.

September 5, 1979: Merle The Pearl
Season 4, episode 1
W: David Braff, Nick Thiel   D: Stan Lathan

With Michael Goodrow (Ernie), John Brandon (Eddie Grabbis), Bruce Katzman (Lloyd Webster), Catherine Gilmour (Rayna), Amy Smika (Lou).
Season premiere. When Nicholas is insulted by the pitching star of a baseball team, Susan goes after the man for an apology and ends up falling in love with him.

September 12, 1979: The Cupid Crisis
Season 4, episode 2
W: Bruce Shelly   D: Leslie H. Martinson

With William Lampley (Driver), Terry Lester (Reed Ellis).
David returns home to find his girlfriend engaged to another man, while baseball star Merle the Pearl tries to woo Susan by using Nicholas.

September 19, 1979: I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
Season 4, episode 3
W: Sandra Kay Siegel   D: Harry Harris

With Rick Casorla (E. David Charles), Emmaline Henry (Sylvia McArthur), Robert Rockwell (George McArthur), Stephen Keep (Minister), Joshua Grenrock (Bingo), Michael Thoma (Dr. Maxwell), Virginia Vincent (Daisy Maxwell).
David and Janet decide to forego their elopement plans when they learn that Susan and Merle plan to wed and instead have one big double wedding.

September 26, 1979: Ten Ships In The Night
Season 4, episode 4
W: J. Miyoko Hensley, Steven Hensley   D: Arnold Laven

With Katherine Woodville (Ms. Chovick), Renny Temple (Fletcher Patterson), Julia Duffy (Cindy), Ken Smolka (School Director).
Nicholas feels he is being neglected by his family and comes up with some attention-getting, but shocking behavior.

October 3, 1979: The Night They Raided Bradfords
Season 4, episode 5
W: Chris Manheim, Patricia Green   D: David Moessinger

With Michael Goodrow (Ernie Fields), Sondra West (Linda Mae), Howard Witt (Harris), Jeff Maxwell (Officer Caldmaris), Noel Conlon (Dilnik), Bill Smillie (Doctor), Penelope Willis (Nurse), Joe Carafello (Callaway).
Tom's poker game, the girls' strip-tease routine and Abby's attempt to get rid of hiccups are all interrupted by a police raid on the Bradford house.

October 24, 1979: The Devil And Mr. Bradford
Season 4, episode 6
W: Gil Grant   D: Arnold Laven

With Nicholas Pryor (Jeffery Trout), Jerrold Ziman (Sidney Victor), Peggy Lee Brennan (Laurie Cassell), Michael Goodrow (Ernie Fields), Michael Thoma (Dr. Maxwell).
Joanie's plans to impress her new boss at the TV station by exposing a porno theater are upset when she learns that her father owns stock in the place.

October 31, 1979: Big Shoes, Little Feet
Season 4, episode 7
W: Linda Elstad   D: Carl Kugel

With K.C. Martel (Marvin), James Karen (Elliot Randolph), Meg Wyllie (Miss Krutch), Darrell Fetty (Kirk Ashley), Katherine Woodville (Ms. Chovick), Warren Munson (Park Director).
Nicholas decides to drop out of school after a teacher ridicules him for not meeting the Bradford scholastic standards.

November 7, 1979: Fathers And Other Strangers
Season 4, episode 8
W: Gil Grant   D: Harry Harris

With Janis Paige (Auntie V), David Wayne (Matt), Richard Molinare (Nick), Gary Imhoff (Dennis), Lloyd Alan (Dave), Robert Donner (Man on Bus), Casey King (Messenger).
Wealthy Aunt Vivian flies the entire Bradford clan to Hawaii where she hopes to reunite Tom with the father who deserted him 30 years before.

November 14, 1979: Letter To One Bradford
Season 4, episode 9
W: Sandra Kay Siegel   D: Jack Bender

With Janis Paige (Auntie V), Gary Imhoff (Dennis), Richard Molinare (Nick).
Because he broke a chain letter, Nicholas believes he is responsible for Tommy's being rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery.

November 21, 1979: Separate Ways
Season 4, episode 10
W: David Braff, Nick Thiel   D: Jack Bender

With K.C. Martel (Marvin), Jonathan Frakes (Chapper), John Lone (Chang), Anna Garduno (Rona), David Ellenstein (Harry), Leone James (Linda), Channing Clarkson (Chuck), Aileen Fitzpatrick (Nurse).
A major disagreement between Merle and Susan causes the Bradford family to fear that the two are splitting permanently.

November 28, 1979: Arrivals
Season 4, episode 11
W: Bruce Shelly   D: Harry Harris

With Michael Goodrow (Ernie), Bruce Solomon (Andre), Robert Hanley (Bob), K.C. Martel (Marvin), Michael Thoma (Dr. Maxwell), Frank Downing (Mac).
Susan discovers she is pregnant, and Tommy finds that Nicholas is his ticket to success with girls.

December 5, 1979: Brotherhood, Sisterhood
Season 4, episode 12
W: David Braff, Nick Thiel   D: Harry Harris

With Michael Goodrow (Ernie), Shawn Stevens (Jack Binder), Robert Rosen (Herb), Karen Knotts (Sheila), Chris Hagan (Greg), Joe Giuliani (Friend), Nicholas Shaffer (Tom).
College freshman Elizabeth, in search of a boyfriend, winds up at a wild frat party, and Tommy takes a job with David's construction company.

December 12, 1979: Mary, He's Married
Season 4, episode 13
W: James Schmerer   D: Irving J. Moore

With Nicholas Pryor (Jeffrey Trout), Johnny Haymer (Deliverman), Reed Birney (Steven).
Nancy and Elizabeth are shocked when they learn that Mary is involved with a married man, and Joannie brings a camera crew into the house to film a documentary on the Bradfords.

January 9, 1980: My Son, The Prom Queen
Season 4, episode 14
W: Bruce Shelly   D: Irving J. Moore

With Michael Goodrow (Ernie), James Karen (Elliott Randolph), Nicholas Pryor (Jeffrey Trout), Michael Griswold (Mr. Gillette), Colin Hamilton (Rankin Manheim), Amy Gibson (Charlotte), Heather Totten (Blythe), Lachelle Chamberlain (Anne), Tony O'Dell (Jeff), Brian Henskovitz (Scott), Kimberly Cameron (Cindy).
When Tommy and Ernie's band is beaten out by an all-girl rock group to play for the senior prom, the guys plan a counterattack by nominating Tommy for prom queen.

January 16, 1980: The Courage To Be
Season 4, episode 15
W: Gil Grant   D: Jack Bender

With Michael Goodrow (Ernie), K.C. Martel (Marvin), Stanley Grover (Mr. Fields), Philip Levien (Gene Ruggles), Karin Mary Shea (Miss Kilpatrick), Nedra Volz (Mrs. Yaterman), Nora Denney (Mrs. Shelley).
Ernie won't admit he has a drinking problem.

January 23, 1980: Semi-Centennial Bradford
Season 4, episode 16
W: Steven Hensley, J. Miyoko Hensley   D: Bernard McEveety

With James Karen (Elliot), Michael Thoma (Dr. Maxwell), John Crawford (Paul Armstrong), Michael Sullivan (Hank Sullivan), Mark Harrison (Floyd Wakley).
Tom has a midlife crisis as his 50th birthday nears, when in his depression he quits his job on the newspaper and brings hardship to the family.

January 30, 1980: The Commitment
Season 4, episode 17
W: David Braff, Nick Thiel   D: Jack Bender

With K.C. Martel (Marvin), Michael Goodrow (Ernie), Michele Greene (Jill), Markie Post (Kerry), Grant Wilson (Brandon), Kimberly Woodward (Darla).
While everyone prepares for Susan's shower, Tommy debates dropping his girlfriend for someone more experienced and Nicholas sets up a date for his friend Marvin.

February 6, 1980: Seven More Days In February
Season 4, episode 18
W: Gary Adelson, Gil Grant   D: John Patterson

With Michael Goodrow (Ernie), James Karen (Elliot), Joe Regalbuto (Wayne), Joseph Hacker (Greg), Ray Underwood (Ken), Shawn Stevens (Jack), Carol Jones (Kati), Micki MacKenzie (Candy), Cris Capen (S.A.P. Man).
Tom dreads winter school break and its effect on his domestic solitude.

February 13, 1980: The Return Of Joe Simons
Season 4, episode 20
W: Bruce Shelly   D: Jack Bender

With Michael Thoma (Dr. Maxwell), Michael Goodrow (Ernie), Jack Elam (Joe Simons), Mary Betten (Eloise), Joan Prather (Janet).
Tom questions the motives of Nicholas's buddy, and his secretary as well.

February 27, 1980: Bradford vs. Bradford
Season 4, episode 21
W: David Braff, Nick Thiel   D: Leslie H. Martinson

With Michael Goodrow (Ernie), William Schreiner (Barry), Thomas Callaway (Fred), Mark James (Jackson), Stoney Jackson (Darren), Bebe Drake (Mrs. Andrews).
David looks askance when Janet works overtime at the office with an attractive bachelor; Tommy becomes upset when his friend Ernie starts dating Elizabeth.

March 5, 1980: Memories
Season 4, episode 22
W: Channing Gibson   D: Vincent McEveety

With Michael Thoma (Dr. Maxwell), Christopher Connelly (Paul), Elizabeth Hoy (Corrine), Tammy Taylor (Connie).
Abby is visited by painful memories when a Vietnam veteran who was with her husband when he died shows up at the Bradford home.

March 19, 1980: Official Positions
Season 4, episode 23
W: Margaret Schneider, Paul Schneider   D: Leslie H. Martinson

With James Karen (Elliot), Michael Thoma (Dr. Maxwell), Veronica Redd (Mrs. Andrews), Stoney Jackson (Darren), Woody Eney (Channing Ellis), Mark James (Jackson).
Abby's book contract creates an ego problem for Tom, whose novel has been rejected; Merle organizes the Bradford girls into a ragtag basketball team.

March 26, 1980: A Matter Of Mentors
Season 4, episode 24
W: Patricia Green, Chris Manheim   D: Vincent McEveety

With Nicholas Pryor (Jeffrey Trout), Monte Markham (Michael Hayes), Don Matheson (Robert Decker), Angela Newell (Joey).
Tommy takes over the family petty cash; Joannie scores a big news assignment but her boss demands special favors in return; Nicholas searches for a way of dealing with a girl who keeps beating him up.

April 2, 1980: Roll Over Bradford
Season 4, episode 25
W: Gary Adelson, Gil Grant   D: Stan Lathan

With Janis Paige (Auntie V.), Michael Goodrow (Ernie), Michele Greene (Jill), Dana Elcar (Ben), Karl Held (Jerry).
Tommy shocks the family when he announces that he is not going to college, but plans instead to move to Los Angeles to pursue his music career; Auntie V. and her fiancee visit.

April 9, 1980: A Little Triangle
Season 4, episode 26
W: David Braff, Nick Thiel   D: Vincent McEveety

With Michele Greene (Jill), Michael Goodrow (Ernie), Larry Breeding (Gary), Keith Coogan (Vincent), Cyndi Bain (Tami), Rori King (Wendy), Ted Noose (Rex's Owner), John McCafferty (Bobby).
Nancy's relationship with a widower runs afoul of his jealous 5-year-old daughter; Ernie can't find a date for the prom.

April 30, 1980: Finally Grad Night
Season 4, episode 27
W: Patricia Green, Chris Manheim   D: Irving J. Moore

With Michael Goodrow (Ernie), Michele Greene (Jill), Cyndi Bain (Tami), Floyd Levine (Officer Dudley), Ed Griffith (Mr. Moore), Melissa Converse (Mrs. Moore), Jeff Cotler (Irving), Eric Stolz (Kurt Harper), James Parkes (Officer Callow), Tom Dunlop (Alvin Flecker), Gary Dubin (Jeff), Tony O'Dell (Scott).
Tommy's graduation party is invaded by "friends" after he convinces the family to vacate the house so he can have a small get-together with his closest chums.

October 29, 1980: And Baby Makes Nine
Season 5, episode 1
W: Hindi Brooks   D: Harry Harris

With Michael Thoma (Dr. Maxwell), Victoria Racimo (Dr. Kuo), Richard Hill (Harvey), Jeffrey Bryon (Jack Nasella), Stephanie Braxton (Doris), Noah Hathaway (Jerry), Ted Noose (Coach), Belle Ellig (Nurse Julia), Jane Booke (Helen), Kevin Schultz (Steve), Colleen Case (Margie), Lea Catucci (Sally), Shirley Merchant (Nurse Gloria).
Doctors perform a risky emergency operation to deliver Susan's baby after she is involved in an automobile accident; Merle's chance to make the big leagues is complicated by Susan's pregnancy; Elizabeth considers moving in with Jack.

November 5, 1980: Jeremy
Season 5, episode 2
W: Gil Grant   D: Jack Bender

With Michael Griswold (Mr. Koppel), Nicholas Pryor (Jeffrey Trout), John Considine (Mr. Andretti), Bubba Smith (Ned Naughton), Kenneth Tigar (Mr. Whitney), Don Fenwick (Principal).
Abby takes in her late sister-in-law's ill-mannered teenage son; Joannie becomes Sacramento's first woman sportscaster; Nicholas turns Mary's anatomy books into a money-making scheme.

November 12, 1980: Welcome To Memorial Dr. Bradford
Season 5, episode 3
W: Channing Gibson   D: Bernard McEveety

With K.C. Martel (Marvin), Vernee Watson (Jackie Calhoun), Eleanor McCoy (Michelle), Paul Sorenson (Mr. Gregory), Gordon Haight (Eddie), Read Morgan (Motorcycle Cop), Verda Bridges (Cassie), Mary Helen Barro (Gym Teacher), Shannon Presby (Wilkes).
Abby is hired as a guidance counselor at the toughest inner-city high school in Sacramento, where her predecessor was stabbed by a student.

November 19, 1980: Generations
Season 5, episode 4
W: Karen Hall, Michael Marks, Steven Hensley, J. Miyoko Hensley   D: Harry Harris

With James Karen (Elliott Randolph), Robert F. Simon (Grandpa Wells), Joan Tompkins (Grandma Wells), Stanley Brock (Lance Merlow), John Gibson (Chris), Laurence Lau (Larry).
The father of Tom's first wife rejects Abby as a replacement for his daughter; Susan moves back into the family home with her daughter; Tommy gets a job in a male strip club.

November 26, 1980: Holly
Season 5, episode 5
W: Bob Shayne   D: Jack Bender

With Michael Goodrow (Ernie), Jennifer Perito (Holly), Charlotte Stewart (Ann Cavalusi), Derrel Maury (Albert), Cory Miller (Aaron), Kevin McCarley (Thorne), Noel Scott (Hal).
Tommy falls in love with his songwriting partner, an older woman; Jeremy is lured back to delinquency when he returns to school; the entire Bradford clan pitches in to convert the family garage into an apartment for Susan and the baby.

December 10, 1980: The Maltese Airline Bag
Season 5, episode 6
W: Lee Sheldon   D: Harry Harris

With James Karen (Elliott Randolph), Henry Polic II (Jay Redding), Marie Reynolds (Bright O'Shaugnessey), Saundra Sharp (Mrs. Rodgers), John Louie (Melvin), Lew Brown (Bill Clifford), Vidal Peterson (Harry), Michael Lang (Jerry).
Nicholas and a friend start a delivery service; Tom learns that his job is in jeopardy.

December 17, 1980: Strike
Season 5, episode 7
W: Bruce Shelly   D: Seth Pinsker

With James Karen (Elliott Randolph), Sandy Kenyon (Joe Jackson), Peggy Pope (Rowena), Richard Paul (Chuck), Tom Williams (Sydney Vector), James Staley (Inspector Carruthers), Ken Sansom (Byron), Freeman King (Officer), Robert Ackerman (George), Clint Young (Security Guard), Ben Kronen (Unemployment Clerk).
With Tom out of work after he sides with striking typesetters at the newspaper, Nicholas suggests the family try the barter system to make ends meet.

January 7, 1981: Bradfordgate
Season 5, episode 8
W: Gil Grant   D: Harry Harris

With Nicholas Pryor (Jeffrey Trout), James Karen (Elliott Randolph), Ken Berry (Barry Hopper), Jack Riley (Joe Roth), Dawson Mays (Bill Kendall), Stanley Kamel (Bruce Taylor), Bill Erwin (Cal Fitzpatrick), Warren Munson (Principal), Tyler McVey (Senator Theil), J. Edward McKinley (Senator Braff), Theresa Hayes (Dale Reynolds), Paul Braden (Bill Wiley).
His nomination to a post on the state board of education brings out the best in Tom and the worst in his rivals, when a newspaper writer publishes some provocative stories about Tom's personal life.

January 14, 1981: Darlene's Dilemma
Season 5, episode 9
W: Jeff Wilhelm   D: Rowe Wallerstein

With DeAnna Robbins (Darlene Scott), Danny Wells (Easy Art), Eldon Quick (Johnny Johnson), John Edwards (Jones), Jerry Hoffman (Bartley), John Louie (Melvin), Terry Wagner Otis (Jennifer), D. J. Sydney (Helen), James Parkes (Policeman), Dana Halsted (Bernice).
Abby befriends a troubled student; Nancy loses one job when she accepts another as a model in a semi-nude television commercial; Nicholas plans for his first date.

January 21, 1981: Second Thoughts
Season 5, episode 10
W: Karen Hall   D: Harry Harris

With Nicholas Pryor (Jeffrey Trout), Michael Griswold (Mr. Koppel), Gary Imhoff (Henry), Mark Schneider (Assignment Editor), Rick Gates (Reporter), Doug Cox (Leonard), Ivan Bonar (Professor Semenza), Ken Smolka (Animal Control Officer).
Joannie takes a leave of absence from her job and considers abandoning her television career to marry a co-worker; Nancy's modeling career skyrockets after she appears in a TV commercial; Tommy becomes Nicholas' slave for a week to earn tickets to a rock concert.

February 4, 1981: David's Rib
Season 5, episode 11
W: Bruce Shelly   D: Jack Bender

With Ivan Bonar (Professor Semenza), Ken Smolka (Animal Control Officer), Jack Griffin (Teamster).
David and Janet oppose each other in court when David's construction firm is hired to restore an old building that Janet's law firm has been retained to have destroyed; Nicholas receives a horse as a present; Merle gets a surprise when he comes home to spend an evening with Susan.

February 18, 1981: Vows
Season 5, episode 12
W: Gary Adelson, Gil Grant   D: Irving J. Moore

With Kari Michaelsen (Lisa), Joe Ross (Irving Katzman), Shirley Freemond (Dr. Stein), Alice Nunn (Horace's Wife), Kipp Lennon (Benson), William Callaway (Rev. Billy), John J. Fox (Horace), Tina Carlisi (Nola), Laura Saylor (Felicia).
Tom and Abby prepare to renew their vows; David and Janet shock the family by announcing that they are legally separating; Jeremy finds a new girlfriend.

March 4, 1981: The Way We Were
Season 5, episode 13
W: Sandra Kay Siegel   D: Vincent McEveety

With Michael Goodrow (Ernie), Michele Greene (Jill), James Karen (Elliott Randolph), Peter Fox (Gordon), Gaye Kruger (Stephanie), Cindee Appleton (Ginger), Lanny Horn (Drummer), Bill McLean (Condo Manager), Kristin Larkin (Linda), Catherine Paolone (Dabra), Steven Hirsch (Night Club Manager).
Tommy and David try to rekindle old relationships; Tommy feels anchored to the past when his best friends come home from college and tell him what he's missing.

March 11, 1981: If The Glass Slipper Fits
Season 5, episode 14
W: Karen Hall   D: Stan Lathan

With Michael Shannon (Ben Catron), Steve Doubet (Alan Alderson), Pamela Norman (Valerie), Arlene Banas (Connie Langston), Lisa Cori (Librarian), Karen Fredrik (Maureen), Rick Rossovich (Fred), Charles Parks (Apartment Manager).
Nancy's new modeling assignment in Los Angeles involves a request to pose topless; Elizabeth wants her platonic friend to get romantic; David hires Nicholas to to find him a new apartment.

March 28, 1981: The Best Little Telethon In Sacramento
Season 5, episode 15
W: Bruce Shelly   D: Irving J. Moore

With Michael Griswold (Mr. Koppel), Margaret Ladd (Carolyn), Jeff Maxwell (Corry Terrel), Bea Silvern (Mother), Susan Brecht (Kathy Dworsky).
Unable to attract any big stars, Joannie staffs a telethon with "local" talent; David takes in a roommate to cut expenses; Jeremy talks Tommy into signing him as manager for Tommy's rock group.

April 4, 1981: Yet Another Seven Days In February
Season 5, episode 16
W: Gil Grant, Gary Adelson   D: Rowe Wallerstein

With Heather Locklear (Ingrid), Patty Dworkin (Henrietta Hall), Diane McBain (Mrs. Hall), Jim McKrell (Mr. Hall), John Yates (Nick).
In an attempt to get some air play for his record, Tommy gets stuck with the klutzy daughter of a radio-station owner, arranges a date for David with her mother, and forces Jeremy to go out with with her beautiful but overly athletic cousin.

April 11, 1981: The Idolbreaker (1)
Season 5, episode 17
W: Gary Adelson, Karen Hall   D: Jack Bender

With Michael Goodrow (Ernie), Larry Hankin (Max), Milt Oberman (Tim Nides), Tarah Nutter (Ellen), Malcolm Groome (Counselor), Shaun Sperling (Robin), Jim Calvert (Craig West), James Francis (Gilmer).
As Tommy is preparing to leave on the biggest tour of his rock band's career, things get sidetracked by the news that his ex-girlfriend Ellen is pregnant -- and he is the father.

April 18, 1981: The Idolbreaker (2)
Season 5, episode 18
W: Gary Adelson, Karen Hall   D: Jack Bender

With Michael Griswold (Mr. Koppel), Laura Johnson (Melanie), Bonnie Bartlett (Mrs. Gregory), David Haskell (Curtis Watkins), Tarah Nutter (Ellen), Barry Pea (Bruce), David Boyle (Minister).
Tommy moves into Ellen's apartment and makes plans as their wedding day nears; Joannie resents a competitive newswoman at the TV station.

May 9, 1981: Starting Over
Season 5, episode 19
W: Stephanie Garman, Hollace White   D: Harry Harris

With Larry Gelman (Officer Bernstein), Dane Witherspoon (Rick), Don Matheson (Ross), Joel Brooks (Bennett), Ivan Naranjo (Chief Sun Bear), Don Dubbins (Allen), Morgan Hart (Dana), Jim Gatherum (Hobbs), Bill Calvert (Stosik).
After being separated for several months, David and Janet meet and decide to give marriage another try.

May 16, 1981: Goals
Season 5, episode 20
W: Stephanie Garman, Hollace White   D: Jack Bender

With David Landsberg (Dennis Wilcox), Ralph Strait (Uncle Sid), Darrell Larson (Dan Mulford), William Phipps (Eddie Gravitz), Joshua Bryant (Walt Liebowitz), Helen Verbit (Mrs. Wilcox), Sands Hal (Barbara), Mickey Cherney (Stan Mattox), Lucas Dudley (Leibowitz), Stacy Sipes (Doris Wilcox), Esa Lewis (Laurie).
Merle's career may be cut short by a shoulder injury; Mary's life is complicated by a patient at the hospital who falls in love with her.

May 23, 1981: Father Knows Best?
Season 5, episode 21
W: Gil Grant   D: Gary Adelson

With George Dicenzo (Mr. Andretti), Michael Talbott (Ozzie), Gordon Metcalfe (Johnski), Paul Comi (Superintendant), Charlotte Stewart (Ann Cavalusi), Jay Lomack (Ralph), Richard Chaves (Bobo), Sean Allan (Wheezer).
Jeremy's birth father arrives and pleads for a chance to be a real parent; David attends his high-school reunion, but discovers that things aren't the way they used to be. (Last show of the series.)

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