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S04:E17 - Ballerina
Willie meets Josephine Conrad, star of the ballet troupe in town. She talks sadly about being devoid of social life and decides to "break training" and spend the night with him.
StarringMeredith Baxter BirnJames BroderiChristina McnicholFran BrillMichael ShackelfordDavid ShackelfordElizabeth Cheshire
Directed byMarshall Herskovitz
S04:E01 - Starting Over
With all the children nearly ready to venture out on their own, Kate looks forward to a quieter way of life. But the entire family is challenged by the unexpected arrival of a new addition, eleven-year-old Annie Cooper.
S04:E12 - Malicious Mischief
Nancy has become involved with Dr. Joe Alcott, a school psychologist. As he proposes marriage to her, their intimate moment is interrupted by a young student, Beth Ingersol. Later, Joe tells Nancy that he has been dismissed from his position as a result of claims by Beth that he tried to molest her. Doug advises Joe to take the case to court but Joe is reluctant. He admits being involved with Mrs. Ingersol once and also discloses a morals' arrest earlier on. Knowing of the arrest and affair with Beth's Mother does not dissuade Nancy but when Joe gives Annie an affectionate hug, Nancy's over-reaction frightens Joe away. She confronts Mrs. Ingersol and extracts the truth from Beth, but because of Joe's background and the humiliation he has undergone, their relationship cannot continue.
S04:E14 - Disco Queen
Buddy's dance class partner, Julie Granger, invites her to meet a movie casting director at a nightclub. Buddy locates Julie in the chaotic discotheque. Julie is drunk but will borrow a car and drive her home. Julie stops at a liquor store and leaves a drink in the car; a policeman spots Buddy in the car, inspects the drink and holds Buddy under arrest. Julie discreetly watches from afar. The cop brings Buddy home to her furious father. Buddy explains later her reasoning. The quest for independence was a disaster; but for it, she surely has matured. Buddy confronts Julie who shrugs off the incident. Buddy ends their friendship, lambasting Julie for her irresponsibility and immaturity.
S04:E15 - Athlete, The
As a hospital volunteer, Buddy meet's star basketball player, Jake McAllister. Jake's leg is broken. However, Buddy learns Jake may have bone cancer and becomes emotionally involved when he tearfully confides in her.
S04:E19 - Apple for the Teacher, An
Kate begins instructing (teaching) a senior music class at Buddy's school. Her trepidations about the job are correct when Philip Ogden consistently disrupts the class.