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Thirtysomething Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

21 Episodes 1987 - 1988

Episode 1

Pilot

Tue, Sep 29, 1987 60 mins

In the series pilot, yuppies Hope and Michael Steadman adjust to parenthood while struggling with money problems and best-friend crises. Ellyn: Polly Draper. Gary: Peter Horton. Elliot: Timothy Busfield. Melissa: Melanie Mayron.

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Episode 2

The Parents Are Coming, the Parents Are Coming

Tue, Oct 6, 1987 60 mins

Hope braces for what might be called "The Attack of the Killer Parents," but it's her own hostility toward her mother (Shirley Knight) that mars the visit. Michael: Ken Olin. Gary: Peter Horton. Ted Murdoch: George Coe. Ellen: Polly Draper.

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Episode 3

The Housewarming

Tue, Oct 13, 1987 60 mins

While preparing for a housewarming, Michael feels pangs of guilt about leading a yuppie existence, and the carpenter flirts with Hope (Mel Harris)---who flirts back. Ellyn: Polly Draper. Elliot: Timothy Busfield. Dave Finland: Tom O'Brien. Janine: Faith Ford. Zayda Morrie: Leo Fuchs. Jerry Stahl: Jan Rabson.

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Episode 4

Couples

Tue, Oct 27, 1987 60 mins

Hope and Michael measure the "level of misery" in their marriage against that of Elliot and Nancy's. Elliot: Timothy Busfield. Nancy: Patricia Wettig. Melissa: Melanie Mayron. Ellyn: Polly Draper. Jane: Jade and Lauren Mortimer.

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Episode 5

But Not for Me

Tue, Nov 3, 1987 60 mins

Hope and Michael have a nightmarish night on the town, and Gary and Melissa (Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron) rescue each other from romantic self-pity. Hostess: Lucy Webb. Gian Franco: Tim Stack. Elliot: Timothy Busfield.

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Episode 6

We Gather Together

Tue, Nov 17, 1987 60 mins

The gang celebrates Thanksgiving with a frozen turkey, Melissa's turkey of a date (Jack Blessing) and a holiday "plague" attacking the Steadman household. Elliot: Timothy Busfield. Nancy: Patricia Wettig. Michael: Ken Olin. Hope: Mel Harris. Melissa: Melanie Mayron.

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Episode 7

Nice Job if You Can Get It

Tue, Dec 1, 1987 60 mins

Michael and Elliot come down with a case of "advertising hack" anxiety when Ellyn (Polly Draper) throws a tough account their way, while she mulls a romantic relationship with her boss (Terry Kinney). Michael: Ken Olin. Elliot: Timothy Busfield. Amy: Amy Benedict.

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Episode 8

The Weaning

Tue, Dec 8, 1987 60 mins

Hope is caught up in the "supermom syndrome," but has mixed feelings when she returns to work after Janey is weaned. Val Shilladay: Rosalind Cash. Cooper: Marg Helgenberger. Amy: Amy Benedict.

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Episode 9

I'll Be Home for Christmas

Tue, Dec 15, 1987 60 mins

Hope wants a Christmas tree, but Michael would rather have a menorah; a famous photographer (Paul Sand) shows interest in Melissa. Sarah: Dinah Lenney. Shelley: Maura Soden. Melissa (age 12): Danielle Rioux. Gary: Peter Horton. Melissa: Melanie Mayron.

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Episode 10

South by Southeast

Tue, Jan 5, 1988 60 mins

It's a Hitchcockian nightmare as Gary falls in love for real, but commitment could be for the birds when a look in his rear window reveals past indiscretions. Eve: Dana Delaney. Jenny Vandamm: Lora Staley. Prof. Phillip Vandamm: Christopher Carroll.

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Episode 11

Therapy

Tue, Jan 12, 1988 60 mins

Nancy pushes Elliot to see a marriage counselor, while Michael shatters Ellyn's confidence when he reveals her revealing tattoo. Dr. Nicolson: Marshall Herskovitz. Nancy: Patricia Wettig. Michael: Ken Olin. Ellyn: Polly Draper. Hope: Mel Harris. Carla: Courtney Gebhardt.

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Episode 12

The Competition

Tue, Jan 19, 1988 60 mins

Michael feels he's been replaced in the male bonding chain when Elliot spends all of his time with a new client (Richard Masur). Meanwhile, Hope and Nancy (Mel Harris, Patricia Wettig) try to bond with Mr. Computer. Ethan: Luke Rossi. Faustine: Danitza Kingley. Elliot: Timothy Busfield.

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Episode 13

The Separation

Tue, Jan 26, 1988 60 mins

Elliot leaves Nancy after a halfhearted attempt to save his marriage, and Michael agrees to put him up, while Hope (Mel Harris) struggles to put up with Elliot. Ethan: Luke Rossi. Brittany: Jordana "Bink" Shapiro. Michael: Ken Olin. Nancy: Patricia Wettig.

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Episode 14

I'm in Love, I'm in Love, I'm in Love with a Wonderful Gynecologist

Tue, Feb 2, 1988 60 mins

Melissa and Ellyn find friendship through their common love of renting videos, but they unbond for a chance with the uncommonly wonderful single man they bump into at the video store.

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Episode 15

Business as Usual

Tue, Feb 9, 1988 60 mins

Michael's father arrives for a visit and makes a surprise announcement, which puts the brakes on a celebration as Michael's reaction to the news tests his family. Michael: Ken Olin. Linda Steadman: Barbara Rhoades. Doctor Turlow: David Wohl. Hope: Mel Harris.

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Episode 16

Accounts Receivable

Tue, Mar 1, 1988 60 mins

Leo Steadman loses his battle with cancer, and Michael is left alone to deal with the details of death after unfinished business between him and his brother Brad (Danton Stone) comes to a head over money. Barbara Steadman: Barbara Barrie. Birdie Kravitz: Dena Dietrich. Hope: Mel Harris. Michael: Ken Olin.

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Episode 17

Whose Forest Is This?

Tue, Mar 15, 1988 60 mins

While Ethan frets over his parents' separation, Elliot (Timothy Busfield) agonizes over an impending blind date. Sharon Berman: Lisa Jane Persky. The Beast: Irwin Keyes. Nancy: Patricia Wettig.

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Episode 18

Nancy's First Date

Tue, Mar 22, 1988 60 mins

Nancy has her first date since the separation; and Melissa and Dr. Bob (Robin Thomas) hit the "different life goals" wall over the possibility of having kids. Nancy: Patricia Wettig. Elliot: Timothy Busfield. Melissa: Melanie Mayron. Robin: Kellie Martin. Hope: Mel Harris.

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Episode 19

Undone

Tue, Apr 12, 1988 60 mins

Michael's college friend arrives for a visit, compelling Michael to confront the past as he watches her effect on the people of his present. Hope: Mel Harris. Michael: Ken Olin. Elliot: Timothy Busfield.

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Episode 20

Tenure

Tue, May 3, 1988 60 mins

Life changes loom for Gary, who's up for tenure review, and Ellyn, who's thinking of buying her co-op apartment. Dr. Weiss: Allan Miller. Roger: Grant Heslov. Mary: Devon Williams. Ellyn: Polly Draper.

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Episode 21

Born to Be Mild

Tue, May 10, 1988 60 mins

Taking off for a romantic weekend, Michael and Hope leave the baby with Ellyn and Woodman, who show signs of cracking under the strain. Ellyn: Polly Draper. Woodman: Terry Kinney. Michael: Ken Olin. Hope: Mel Harris.

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