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Eight is Enough Episodes: Tom Bradford

#1 Never Try Eating Nectarines Since Juice May Dispense

  • Tired of fighting with his father, David moves out of the Bradford house and the younger Bradford children fight over his bedroom, prompting Tom to learn the importance of family relationships.
  • Elizabeth is arrested for possession of narcotics and Tom and Joan have to find $1,500 to pay for her lawyer.

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    #2 Schussboomer

  • Matilda, Mary's very pregnant, unmarried, friend stays in the Bradford house while she is between apartments, but her attitude toward marriage upsets Tom. She learns the joys of parenthood and paternal Tom helps deliver the baby.
  • Tom is upset that Susan wants to spend the weekend with her boyfriend in Squaw Valley.

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    #3 Pieces of Eight

  • Tom's chance at managing the newspaper runs into trouble when the printers go on strike.
  • Tom and Joan argue about her continuing to work after the strike is settled.

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    #4 Women, Ducks and the Domino Theory

  • Neither David nor Tom wants to go on their annual hunt.

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    #7 V is for Vivian

  • Tom's sister shows up for a visit and turns the Bradford house upside-down when she encourages the kids to pursue their dreams and goals.
  • Elizabeth wants to wear makeup, but Tom refuses.

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    #9 The Gipper Caper

  • Tom is challenged to a family touch football game by his dentist. He learns that winning is not the only thing that counts.

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    #10 Is There a Doctor in the House?

  • Dr. Max shows up on Tom's doorstep after a fight with his wife and ends up staying with the Bradfords, driving them crazy with his fussy ways.
  • Tom and Dr. Max hit the town in a search for new women.

    #12 Triangles

  • Tom decides he has been neglecting Nicholas and drives Nicholas crazy by spending too much time with him.

    #13 Double Trouble

  • After Tom and Abby break up, the Bradford children set Tom up with another woman in an effort to make Abby jealous.

    #14 Mortgage Burnin' Blues

  • Tom throws a party to celebrate paying off the mortgage on the Bradford house. Unfortunately, the kids get into a melee when Susan punches a heckler at David and Tommy's singing appearance and Tom has to remortgage the house to pay the damages as seven of his children were arrested after a fight in the nightclub.

    #15 Dark Horse

  • Abby is too busy to keep her dates with Tom.
  • Tom proposes to Abby after she and Mary are able to work out their difficulties over Mary's running for the school board. Abby accepts Tom's proposal.

    #16 The Bard and the Bod

  • Joannie agrees to do a nude scene in a Shakespearean play and is relieved when Tom says he can't make it to the show, or so it goes. (Obviously, a sweeps stunt.)
  • Abby's former father-in-law visits and she is hesitant to introduce him to Tom and tell him about her plans to marry him.
  • David arranges for Tom to buy an engagement ring for Abby through a friend at work, but it turns out to be too hot to handle.

    #17 Children of the Groom, pt 1

  • After much debate, Tom and Abby decide on November 9th as their wedding date and agree to let the children handle the wedding plans, but it almost does not happen when things get too crazy.

    #19 I Quit

  • Tom and Abby take the kids to San Francisco where Tom is scheduled to accept an award for his column and the trip doubles as a honeymoon.

    #20 All's Fair in Love and War

  • Mary is upset when the son of Tom's friend comes to Sacramento to open an army recruiting office on campus, which does not please her liberal anti-war feelings. Over the course of time they learn to respect each other's beliefs.
  • Tom gets the wrong idea when he spots Mary and Richard in a hug.

    #21 The Return of Auntie V

  • Auntie V, Tom's eccentric sister, returns for another visit with the Bradfords and surprises Tom and Abby with a new house as a wedding present. The kids are excited, but as they fix up the house for sale they begin to fall in love with it again.

    #23 Yes Nicholas, there is a Santa Claus, pt. 2

  • The kids convince Tom to show some Christmas spirit by bailing Sam out of jail and inviting him to the house for Christmas dinner as they celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

    #24 Dear Ms. Dinah

  • Tom is upset when Abby makes arrangements for Elizabeth to get birth control pills.
  • Tom is drafted into doing a "Dear Abby" column for the paper.

    #25 A Hair of the Dog

  • The family gives Tom a day of peace for his birthday, and it drives him crazy.

    #26 Author, Author!

  • With Abby's encouragement, Tom takes a leave of absence to pursue his dream of writing a book about his family. He can't get it published the normal way, but has a special issue done for each member of the family.

    #27 Much Ado About Garbage

  • Tom's column about garbage causes a controversy when he writes a tongue-in-cheek column. That's when his troubles start to pile up, along with his garbage.
  • Tom is prepared to go to jail rather than reveal his source for his column.

    #28 Hard Hats and Hard Heads

  • Tired of storing their clothes in the hall closet, Tom and Abby hire David to build a new dresser.

    #30 The Boyfriend

  • Susan and Tom are jealous when Abby spends too much time with Susan's new boyfriend she brought home for dinner, and Abby strikes up too much of a connection with her date.
  • Tommy gets into trouble at school and wrongly assumes he's home-free when the principal calls David instead of Tom.

    #31 Great Expectations

  • Tom is upset that Tommy is failing English and pressures him to get a good grade. Tom learns a lesson about parental pressure when Tommy, trying to please him, buys a term paper from a high school hustler.

    #33 The Lost Weekend

  • Abby convinces Tom to spend the weekend with her parents in Pasadena, leaving the kids alone for the weekend. While they are away, despite a rule against having any non-Bradfords in the house, the kids throw a party, but then the house is overrun with chaos and the kids barely manage to get things back in order before Tom and Abby return.

    #34 Poor Little Rich Girl

  • Tom, while helping Nicholas build a coaster car, takes over completely.

    #36 Who's Crazy Here?

  • Suffering from insomnia and thinking he's going nuts, Tom visits a psychiatrist to find the cause.
  • Tom's sneaking around leads Abby to believe that he may be having an affair.

    #37 Nine is Too Much

  • Nicholas convinces Tom to coach his little league baseball team.
  • Tom resigns as little league coach because of pushy parents but becomes a pushy parent himself when Abby takes over as the coach.

    #38 Here We Go Again/Oh, No...Not Again!

  • Abby has her own problems when she thinks she may be pregnant and is reluctant to tell Tom.
  • Tom panics when he finds out he is going to be audited by the I.R.S., and the family pitches in for help.

    #39 Cinderella's Understudy

  • When the lead actress quits the play, Joannie has 24 hours to learn her lines and is unaware that Tom will be reviewing the play for the vacationing drama critic.

    #41 The Flunked and the Funked

  • Tom is chosen to teach a journalism class at the university and is impressed by one student who is working his way through college.
  • Tom is disappointed when Nancy flunks out of college and decides to drop out to find a job, but she doesn't appreciate it when he pulls strings to get her back in. Tom finally helps her get a job interview.

    #43 The Hipbone's Connected to the Thighbone

  • Susan, Elizabeth, and Nancy try to teach Tommy to drive when Tom is reluctant to do it. Tommy is embarrassed to be seen with his teachers, Susan and Nancy. Finally, Tom teaches Tommy a lesson in driving.
  • Fed up with Mary's complaints about being unable to study at home, Tom gets her an apartment of her own for her to study for exams in medical school. She finally moves back home and the whole family coaches her.

    #47 You Won't Have Nicholas to Kick Around Anymore, pt. 1

  • The Bradford children plan a party for Tom and Abby's anniversary and Nicholas feels left out.
  • Tom and Abby unknowingly bid against each other for "A Chorus Line" tickets for their anniversary.
  • Nicholas accidently sets fire to his room, destroying the anniversary present Tommy was making for Tom and Abby.

    #48 You Won't Have Nicholas to Kick Around Anymore, pt. 2

  • Tom and Abby discover that Nicholas is gone and search for him.

    #49 Alone at Last

  • Tired of having no time to themselves, Tom and Abby conspire to get rid of the kids so they can spend the weekend alone. They send the kids camping for the weekend.

    #50 The Yearning Point

  • Elizabeth wants to go to an expensive college in Vermont with a good dance program but Tom can't afford the tuition.

    #51 Moving Out

  • Tired of Tom's strict rules, Nancy, Susan, and Joannie look for an apartment of their own because Tom has trouble accepting that his daughters are growing up.
  • Tom is upset when Abby loans the girls the money to get their own apartment.

    #52 Mother's Rule

  • In an effort to keep the remaining Bradfords at home, Tom repeals all curfews but Abby doubts his wisdom. Tom shows everyone that it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

    #53 Inlaws and Outlaws

  • The girls want to move back home after their rent is raised but are afraid to tell Tom.
  • Tom is picked up by the police after the kids rack up $170 worth of parking tickets on the station wagon.

    #54 Horror Story

  • Tom is scheduled to participate in a debate on population control but he and Abby get stuck in an elevator when the power goes out.

    #55 Just the Ten of Us

  • Tom is nominated for "Father of the Year", but his chance grows slim after David and Janet decide to become roommates.

    #58 The Better Part of Valor

  • It's an awkward meeting when Tom meets Janet's parents.

    #59 Dads, Daughters, Different Drummers

  • Tom and Abby are surprised to learn that Nicholas is musically talented but Abby is upset when Tom gets him a drum set.
  • Joannie falls for the local drama critic who gave her a good review. Tom thinks he is a phony and tries to break up their romance.

    #60 The Final Days

  • Abby and the children are frustrated when they are trying to study for finals and a youth-oriented article Tom wrote in his column runs into trouble with a senior citizen and inspires a picket line in their front yard.

    #61 The Graduates

  • Tom is proud when Elizabeth and Joannie are graduating the same week (Joannie from college and Elizabeth from high school).
  • Tom is invited to give the commencement address at Elizabeth's High School graduation.

    #62 Marriage and Other Flights of Fancy, pt. 1

  • Tom finally realizes his dream of being a published author when a magazine prints his short story, but finds it published in a man's magazine more famous for its "illustrations" than its literature.

    #64 Merle the Pearl

  • Frustrated by the gas shortage, Tom agrees to buy a new, fuel-efficient car.

    #67 Ten Ships in the Night

  • Tom is upset when no one is home when Nicholas gets home from school.
  • All this drives Tom bananas and he finally calls a family meeting at 3 a.m. by playing loud music to rearrange the goings on.

    #68 The Devil and Mr. Bradford

  • Joannie "scoops" Tom on a story on a porno theater for her new job at a television station. The problem is that the theater is owned by a public corporation and Tom is a stockholder.
  • Tom is upset that a porno theater has opened in his neighborhood but then discovers that he is part owner of it.

    #69 Big Shoes, Little Feet

  • Tom needs a partner for the father/son golf tournament but David, Tommy, and Merle are all busy.

    #70 Fathers and Other Strangers, pt. 1

  • Tom thinks that Tommy is spending too much time with his band and is neglecting his school work.
  • Tom's sister, Vivian, also known as Auntie V, arrives and offers to take the entire family to Hawaii for a vacation.
  • The real reason is that she has found out that Tom's long-lost father is living there.

    #71 Fathers and Other Strangers, pt. 2

  • Tom is upset to learn that Vivian and Abby have conspired to have him meet his father - who he hasn't seen in 40 years.
  • Tears, understanding and good cheer as Tom and his father finally make up when the family tries to get them together.

    #72 Letter to One Bradford

  • Tom, Abby, and the rest of the Bradfords are worried when Tommy is hospitalized for a ruptured spleen.

    #73 Separate Ways

    Note: This is part one of two broadcast separately.
  • Elizabeth and Mary try to fix the furnace when David doesn't have time to fix it, and try to bill Tom.
  • Tom is up to his ears with kids when Susan returns home after a spat with Merle.
  • Tom deals with Nicholas on strike for more allowance.

    #74 Arrivals

  • Tom and Abby believe that Susan is depressed because Merle is gone but learn that she is pregnant. The girls try to cheer her up.

    #76 Brotherhood, Sisterhood

  • Tom talks David into hiring Tommy as a construction worker but Tommy has to prove himself to his fellow workers by standing up to them on his own.
  • Nicholas needs to write a speech about Tom and follows him around for a day at the office to get material.

    #79 The Courage to Be

  • Tom is upset that everyone is neglecting their household duties so Abby and the kids pool their resources to hire a maid.

    #80 Semi-Centennial Bradford

  • Abby tries to cheer Tom up on his 50th birthday.
  • Tom feels the pressure of teh youth movement at work and believes that the Register wants to replace him with a younger columnist.

    #82 Seven More Days in February

  • It's winter break and Joannie, Nancy, and Mary meet strange men that drive Tom and Abby crazy.
  • Tom fixes Tommy up with his boss's niece.

    #83 The Return of Joe Simons

  • Tom's new temporary secretary is overly attentive.

    #84 Bradford vs. Bradford

  • David is jealous that Janet is working long hours with a male colleague. Tom counsels David and Abby counsels Janet, and they end up happily together.

    #86 Official Positions

  • Tom is jealous when a publisher offers to publish Abby's thesis and Tom can't get his accepted. They pool their efforts, after competitive feelings are straightened out, to co-author his book.

    #87 A Matter of Mentors

  • Fed up with the way that Tom divvies up the family's discretionary funds, Tommy takes over budgeting for it.

    #88 Roll Over Bradford

  • Tom is upset that Tommy hasn't sent in any college applications but Tommy wants to be a musician and is not interested in college.
  • Auntie V encourages Tommy to pursue his musical dreams. Tommy wants to be a professional musician rather than go to college. Though Tom disagrees, he still is able to encourage him, which brings them closer.

    #90 (Finally) Grad Night

  • Tom and Abby agree to let Tommy and a few friends have the house for a small party after graduation.
  • The party goes on without them as party crashers show up. Officers were called in to finally break up the party and Tom demands an explanation, thinking Tommy was being ignorant.

    #91 And Baby Makes Nine, pt. 1

  • Nicholas and Tom start boy scouts and Nicholas volunteers Tom to be the assistant scout master.

    #92 And Baby Makes Nine, pt. 2

  • Merle is playing ball with the Mets and Tom and Nicholas are camping when Susan goes into labor.

    #94 Welcome to Memorial Dr. Bradford

  • Tom discovers his driver's license has expired and fails the renewal test. Tom drives his family crazy when they become his chauffers.

    #96 Holly

  • Jeremy begins to feel like part of the family when Abby enrolls him in school and Tom makes him follow the household rules.

    #97 Maltese Airline Bag

  • Abby and Donna plan a surprise party for Tom.

    #98 Strike

  • Caught up in a newspaper strike and laid-off, Tom tries to bring the feuding parties together thanks to something Nicholas says about giving and compromise.

    #99 Bradfordgate

  • Tom is nominated for a political post by the governor. A political appointment for him ends up more than he can live with.

    #103 Vows

  • Tom and Abby decide to renew their marriage vows on their 3rd anniversary and they agree to let the kids handle the arrangements.

    #104 The Way We Were

  • Upset by Tom's refusal to give him money, Nicholas gets a job delivering a rival newspaper.

    #112 Father Knows Best?

  • Tom and Abby fight with Jeremy's dad for custody of Jeremy.
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