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Pennsylvania 6-5000 is the fourth episode of the first season of ALF. It originally aired on Oct. 13, 1986.

Plot SummaryEdit

ALF becomes concerned that Earth is headed towards a nuclear disaster similar to the one that destroyed his home planet of Melmac. He therefore uses Willie's short wave radio to contact the President on Air Force One.

When ALF's call is misinterpreted as a threat, the FBI is sent to the Tanner residence and Willie is arrested. ALF comes up with a plan to call the President again and for Brian to pretend his nickname is "ALF," when the FBI returns.

When the FBI discovers that it is was only a child that contacted the President, Brian receives a special commendation for his interest in world peace and for exposing gaps in national security.

Title ReferenceEdit

"Pennsylvania 6-5000" is the name of a song by Jerry Gray and Carl Sigma, written for The Glenn Miller Orchestra. It was the phone number of the popular Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan. Over the years, the hotel has changed names, but the phone remains 212-736-5000.


  • ALF's planet Melmac exploded during what ALF refers to as a "nuclear holocaust." When asked if nuclear war destroyed his planet, ALF sarcastically states that everyone plugged their hairdryers in at the same time.
  • President Reagan's voice could be heard in the last phone scene, though it was impersonated.
  • When ALF tells president Reagan he wants to talk to him about his [nuclear] bombs, Reagan misinterprets this as being his movie "Bedtime for Bonzo" which was not a critical success.
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