Episode #81 - Season 4, Episode 14
First Aired: January 16, 1986
Alex has been elected the Chairman of the Leland College Parent-Student Weekend Committee. And as part of the weekend, Elyse looks forward to meeting Ellen's father (played by Ronny Cox). She is sure that he wouldn't want to come, until he gets an invitation (from Alex - who it turns out has a lot in common with him). Their relationship has been strained for several years, and time spent together doesn't heal all wounds but some progress is made.
- Alex drops his clipboard into the punch bowl when Ellen says that he knows there's more to life than making money.
- Alex tells Ellen he ran away from home when he was six (1972). He did it because his parents had voted for McGovern. He says, "I couldn't stay." (He probably would have been seven years old.) His plan was to go to Washington to live with the Nixons.