Jason Bateman as Matthew Burton

Episodes 18

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Pilot

1x1
September 26, 1984

Imagine J.R. Ewing at the age of 14. That's Matthew Burton. Imagine Matthew Burton 20 years on. That's Norman Lamb. When Norman moves into the apartment across the hall and takes a shine to Mrs Burton, Matthew moves into action with a fiendish opening gambit. Will it soon be checkmate, or has Matthew finally met his match?

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Put to the Test

1x2
October 3, 1984

Matt's plans to sell answers to an upcoming English test hit a snag when his teacher goes on maternity leave.

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Dating Games

1x3
October 17, 1984

In a rare righteous moment, Matt assures his friend Eli of a date with Julie to the Harvest Ball. Julie has no intention of dating 'this lower life-form', forcing Matt into his bag of tricks to save face.

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Night Work

1x4
October 24, 1984

For the first time in his young life, con-artist Matt meets resistance to his devious courting strategies, which are complicated by some clever monkey business from his new neighbour, Norman.

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Pajama Party

1x5
October 31, 1984

Matt and Eli plan their greatest conspiracy - bugging Julie's pajama party!

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Love Letters

1x6
November 14, 1984

Romance may be slipping through Matt and Norman's fingers as a web of suspicion surrounds love letters each receives from supposed secret admirers

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Dad and Me

1x7
November 21, 1984

When burglars clean out the Burtons' apartment, Matt and Norman are forced into an unlikely partnership - posing as father and son on a TV game show in the hope of furniture...

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The Rival

1x8
November 28, 1984

Matt is determined to break up his mother's and Norman's relationship and hits on a scheme guaranteed to drive Norman into a jealous rage - a trait his mother despises in men.

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Top Dog

1x9
December 5, 1984

Matthew finds he has created a monster when his scheme to prevent Norman from replacing his retiring teacher goes horribly wrong.

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December 12, 1984

When Norman gets a new credit card, it means two things - a romantic weekend alone with Eileen and freedom from Matt's economic clutches.

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December 19, 1984

The Burton family is poised to celebrate their Christmas in their traditional fashion, complete with Christmas-day bowling, guacamole, and picking up the San Diego channel on their aluminum Christmas tree. Norman, however, has more traditional plans that include thick, gooey egg nog and making his own Christmas presents. Plans go awry when traditions clash. Matt saves the day and still successfully makes Norman look like a fool.

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January 2, 1985

The band Matt and Eli put together for the school dance creates an impression that is out of this world, and trouble that leaves the boys' bones ratling.

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January 9, 1985

The apparant success of Matt and Eli's ""band"" hits a snag when various money-hungry lowlifes sue the nonexistant group for 25 million dollars. In order to save face, Matt and Norman collaborate on a way to kill-off the band by driving Norman's new car off a cliff and scattering the band's clothing around the scene of the accident.

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January 26, 1985

Eileen's image of her perfect son is permanently shattered after his scheme to get her a well-deserved pay-rise backfires.

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Eli's Song

1x15
February 2, 1985

When a reluctant Norman is appointed coach of the high school's losing soccer team, Matt persuades him to give Eli the opportunity of a lifetime and make him second-string goalie...

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February 9, 1985

When Eileen turns down a marriage proposal, opting for Norman's affections over fame and fortune, Norman feels obliged to make an equally noble gesture.

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The Experts

1x17
February 16, 1985

Acting on Matt's financial advice, Norman and Dwight make a killing on the stock market. But rather than dining out on their new-found wealth, they soon find themselves singing for their supper.

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February 23, 1985

The story of Julie Burton, a cheerleader. But, strangely enough, a cheerleader without cheer. For a perverse crime is about to strike Julie down. A crime from the hands of one she trusted.

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