Family Ties “A, My Name is Alex” (part 3 of 5)
Back from break, Alex is indeed getting the help he needs, in the form of a therapist. Well, sort of. You see, the therapist’s office set is a bit unusual by sitcom standards. It’s really nothing more than a threadbare suggestion of a therapist’s office. All we see is a leather chair, a window frame, and an unattached wall of diplomas, all floating in the middle of empty blackness.
You might recognize this look from, oh, I don’t know… every college play you’ve ever seen. That’s right, this episode has taken an abrupt turn into experimental theater hell. Either that, or Alex’s therapist is Orson. Actually, that could be possible, because we never see the therapist in this episode, and we only hear his voice from off-screen.
Alex starts off by telling the off-screen therapist his name, his age, and his double major of business and economics. Actually, he confesses that he’s “majoring in money”, and money has been a “passion” of his since he was a kid.
The therapist’s voice wants to talk about his childhood. Alex then gives precious insight into his formative years, saying he did the same things as other kids. He liked to color, finger-paint, and “play the stock market”. Which makes sense when you think about it. I hear second graders invested heavily in mortgage-backed securities in 2008.