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A.L.F. is the first episode of the ALF TV series.
It originally aired on Sept. 22, 1986.
Gordon Shumway, last known survivor from the planet Melmac, crash-lands his spaceship into the Tanner family's suburban garage. Willie Tanner dubs him "ALF", short for Alien Life Form. After convincing a military officer that they are not harboring a space creature, the Tanners decide to take ALF in as a member of the family.
Willie's voiceover starts the episode as he and Brian are in the backyard and walking toward the garage. Willie shouts to Kate that he will be in the garage calling Nebojŝa, his friend in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Willie and Brian enter and Brian asks to look through the telescope. Willie says he can and turns on his short wave radio. Lynn enters and asks Willie if she can talk to Natalie on the radio when he is finished. She wants to tell her about her new boyfriend, Lash. Willie is bewildered at the name. Kate enters and asks what is going on. Brian says he is looking for Venus. He hasn't found it but sees that the neighbors are watching Body Heat again. Kate sends Brian to bed and Lynn goes to feed the cat. Kate tells Willie to talk to Lynn about her boyfriend. Willie says he will do so in the morning and begins to shut off the radio. A beeping sound comes from his infrared radio band and realizes he locked onto a fast approaching object in space. The lights go out and some lights in the sky are flashing. Brian and Lynn rush into the garage and the spaceship crashes into the garage. Willie looks up and sees Alf in the spaceship window. Willie says "We have a visitor"fabiantanner
Kate and Willie are carrying ALF on a blanket into the house. They set him down on the coffee table and begin to talk about what they should do. Willie says they should call the authorities and Kate concurs. ALF wakes up and says (in perfect English) "Can I make a suggestion?" They are all shocked that he can talk. ALF asks if they can fix his spaceship. Willie says it is too dark to do it now and Kate says they shouldn't be too friendly with him. ALF says that they'll have a snack first and be friendly later. Kate asks in a nervous voice "What kind of a snack?" ALF asks if they have a cat and the family says no cat eating. ALF states that a cat food can will suffice. The kids and ALF go into the kitchen. Kate is worried about ALF and Willie convinces her to give ALF a day to see if he can behave before calling someone. Alf then opens the can and Lucky jumps out of the kitchen pass through.
The next morning Kate is turns off her alarm clock and screams when she sees ALF lying in bed with her. ALF then runs into the bathroom and Willie asks ALF what is happening. ALF says "Nothing, just screaming" Willie then goes into the bedroom and reassures Kate. Wilie then runs back into the bathroom after he hears ALF flushing the toilet. Willie tells ALF that Kate is nervous about him being around and then goes to take a shower. Willie warns ALF to stay away from he window because of Mrs. Ochmonek ALF then climbs on the counter and looks out the window. Across the way, Mrs Ochmonek sees ALF and calls Trevor. He comes to look but ALF has left. He then insults his wife and leaves. ALF returns to the window waving a towel. Willie is finished his shower and asks for a towel. ALF then unrolls a whole roll of toilet paper and gives it to Willie. Willie uses it to dry off.
ALF is playing with a model railroad in the garage while loudly singing along to the radio Playing "Proud Mary" on headphones. Willie is attempting to repair ALF's spaceship. He asks for a wrench but ALF cannot hear him. Willie yells and gets ALF's attention. Lynn enters the garage and ALF tells her there is a contest on the radio and the 15th caller to correctly identify a song wins a Porsche. Willie continually asks for a wrench but nobody pays attention until he screams for it. Lynn suggests the ALF tries to contact his people and he says it would be futile. ALF sings "Proud Mary" again and Lynn joins in. ALF goes into the house.
ALF and Brian are watching Sesame Street and then they go to the kitchen. Kate asks them where they are going. They say they are getting something to drink. Kate tells then "no soda pop and nothing to eat before dinner" They return with two open cans of beer. Kate grabs them from them and scolds ALF. Kate says "I don't know what it's like on Mork or whatever planet you come from.." "Melmac" ALF interrupts, and explains that his home planet exploded. He says he could live somewhere else such as a crater filled asteroid and fend of gamma rays. There is a knock on the door. It is a soldier. Lynn and Willie enter and mention they cannot fix the spaceship. Kate opens the door and the soldier says he is with the Alien Task Force he says they received an anonymous tip that the family is harboring a space creature. Kate says they aren't and he leaves. The kids and ALF thank her for sending him away
ALF enters the garage at night and activates Willie's radio. He attempts to contact his friends Skip, Larry, and Muffy. He tells them where he is and about the family he is living with, Meanwhile the family enters the garage and surreptitiously listens in. ALF invites them visit him so he could introduce them to his new friends and eat their cat.
ALF tells the family jokes during dinner.
During the part where Kate is complaining to Alf about giving her son beer, the boom mic is visible for a few seconds in the top left corner.
Scenes cut from syndicated release
The first several minutes of the episode is cut up until the scene when Kate and Willie are in the garage and the infrared radio first picks up the signal of ALF's spaceship. The voiceover which originally began the episode is moved to where the cut ends.
Links and references
- Andrea Elson as Lynn Tanner
- Paul Fusco as ALF (voice) (uncredited)
- Benji Gregory as Brian Tanner
- John LaMotta as Trevor Ochmonek
- Francis X. McCarthy as Darnell Valentine
- Anne Schedeen as Kate Tanner
- Liz Sheridan as Raquel Ochmonek
- Max Wright as Willie Tanner
A.L.F.; Alien Task Force; Andromeda; army; asteroid; Born in the U.S.A.; cat; Coors; Cramble; droid; E.T.; Edwards Air Force Base; family; gamma rays; heart; Human; Larry; light-year; melmac; Melmac (planet); Mork; Muffy; Sean Penn; Porsche; Proud Mary; pulsar; satellite; Sesame Street; Skip; space patrol; spaceship; sun
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