Episode 51 - Season 3, Episode 7
First Aired: November 1, 1984
Alex is upset that all freshmen are required to take a humanities course. He decides to volunteer taking calls at a counseling hotline. He meets an old acquaintance, James Jarrett (played by Jeffrey Joseph), who seems to be a good foil for Alex. The two are put together as a team. Alex gets a call from a suicidal caller, who he accidentally hangs up on. Back on the line, Alex and James spend hours positively counseling the caller.
- "Man, Society, Civilizatio, The Universe" - Alex doesn't think he can relate.
- Steven suggests "Introduction to Abnormal Behavior", to which Jennifer replies, "You can skip the introduction."
- Mallory suggests Alex take "Psychology 3 - I'm OK, You're OK", to which Alex replies, "First of all, you're not OK".
- Other choices: "Sociology of the Family", "The Hotline", or "Marriage and the Family"
- Alex says to Mallory, "You know - college. You might drive past one some day."
- Alex has a running gag about still getting credit for working the hotline.
- James uses the code name "Gidget", while Alex uses "Gandhi".
- Jennifer pulls out a Barbra Steisand lyric: "People who need people are the luckiest people in the world." ("People", from the musical Funny Girl), to which Alex replies, "Jennifer, people who have money don't need people."
- Alex mentions that the Psychology class is more like The Phil Donahue Show (very popular in the 1980s).
- James apparently beat Alex in the regional spelling bee in third grade (and Alex has never gotten over it). Alex claims he only lost because he refused to spell "Democrat".
- Meredith Baxter Birney does not appear in this episode. (see explanation).
- Jeffrey Joseph reprises his role as James Jarrett in "Don't Know Much About History".
- Sam Whipple, the voice of Bill, appears in the next aired episode "4 Rms Ocn Vu" as Jack Driscoll.