Steven is excited to have Alex working with him and begins planning their future together, but Alex tries to convince his dad that he has other goals.
Note: Second episode that Meredith Baxter does not appear in due to her pregnancy.
Alex and an old school rival, James, are teamed to man Leland's suicide hotline.
They have to put their differences aside when a young man calls the hotline, threatening to kill himself.
Alex is left to decide what is more important: family or college.
Elyse's brother Ned (Tom Hanks) returns, hoping to put his life back on track by getting a job at the TV station.
Steven has to meet Richard at a bar to convince him that not only is taking Keith illegal, it's wrong to take "prisoners" in his "war" against Cynthia.
Alex unwittingly makes two dates, Rachel Miller (Daphne Zuniga) and Jocelyn Clark (Jami Gertz) to the senior prom.John Putch also previously guest starred in the episode "Summer of '82" as the character Pete.Alex travels to Princeton University for a critical, yet coveted, admissions interview.Michael Gross had grown the beard between seasons 1 and 2 while appearing in a Broadway production.Parent/Teacher Conferences at Alex and Mallory's school become interesting when both Steven and Elyse contend with a rude, insufferable teacher (Edward Edwards), whom Elyse punches for insulting her.