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1 - The Return

Original title : The Return
First Aired : 19.09.1986 (USA) - 03.07.1988 (FRANCE)
Director : Charles S. Dubin
Writing credits : James Henerson, James Hirsch
Cast : Patrick Culliton (Wiley) , John Otrin (Aide), Richard Molnar (Bellman), Julie Mannix (Eileen), Christopher Kriesa (Kent), Charles Davis (Waiter), Mark Burke (Photo Technician), Lou Cutell (Clerk), Jason Wingreen (General Wade), Ruth Manning (Fay Tomarkin), Mimi Kuzyk (Liz Baynes), Joseph Phelan (Wes, the Pilot), Brad Kesten (Boy #3), Ryan Bollman (Boy #2), Mavis Neal Palmer (Woman in Elevator), Marcello Krakoff (Boy #1), Christopher Daniel Barnes (Scott Hayden), Michael Cavanaugh (George Fox), Lydie Denier (Darcy)

The Story : After the death of his foster parents, a grieving Scott inadvertently "calls" his alien father (the Starman) back to Earth, where he clones the body of too-daring photojournalist Paul Forrester (killed in a helicopter crash while trying to photograph an erupting volcano). Fox, already investigating Scott Hayden, learns of the alien's return through Liz Baynes (an investigative reporter who often worked with the real Forrester -- and was one of his many paramours). Young Scott, forced to believe his father's identity when he hears a tape from Jenny Hayden, sets out to find his mother. The new "Paul" decides to accompany him, trying to protect them both from the government agents on their trail. Liz Baynes, won over by the pair, offers to be their contact, helping Paul find work as a photographer.

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2 - Like Father, Like Son

Original title : Like Father, Like Son
First Aired : 26.09.1986 (USA) - 10.07.1988 (FRANCE)
Director : Nancy Malone
Writing credits : Geoffrey Fischer
Cast : Candy Clark (Shannon McGovern), Robyn Lively (Beth McGovern), Jeremy Slate (Vic), Paul Tuerpe (Dana McGovern), Alan Haufrect (John), Diana Webster (Pat), Kurt Smildsin (Jay), Seth Mitchell (Officer), Charles Quertermous (Hunter #1), Josh Gordon (Hunter #2), Marco Hernandez (Roy), Tom Kindle (Glenn), Joy Ellison (Waitress)

The Story : Scott's still having trouble accepting his father's origins (and the implications for his own life). They encounter a used car salesman who meets his match in Starman, a stressed-out woman who has "kidnapped" her own daughter, and a disgruntled cougar. Meanwhile, Fox is trying to muster the government support he needs.

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3 - Fatal Flaw

Original title : Fatal Flaw
First Aired : 03.10.1986 (USA) - 17.07.1988 (FRANCE)
Director : Robert Chenault
Writing credits : Michael Gray (II), John Mason
Cast : Patricia McPherson (Jessica Bennett), Sam Melville (Joe Floss), Kenneth Tobey (Conrad Bennett), Timothy Jecko (Sam), Herb Armstrong (Sheriff), Bill Shick (Frank), Shannon Sinutko (Randy), Anthony Barton (Boy)

The Story : A headstrong pilot with financial problems endangers her life and business because she won't believe Paul can communicate with her father, a stroke victim. Starman takes his first shot at photography; Scott's enchanted by motorcycles and experimental aircraft. This is a turning-point episode as Scott begins to truly appreciate his dad's abilities.

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4 - Blue Lights

Original title : Blue Lights
First Aired : 17.10.1986 (USA) - 24.07.1988 (FRANCE)
Director : Claudio Guzman
Writing credits : Tom Lazarus
Cast : Rick Hurst (Charlie Ewing), Margot Rose (Laurie), Patrick Collins (Wiley), Lawrence Bame (Buddy), Richard Fullerton (Vern), Sharon Madden (Kelly), Michael Griswold (Louie), J. Omar Hansen (Lizard #1), Walter Caldwell (Lizard #2), Diane Vincent (Waitress)

The Story : Scott's inexpert use of the sphere creates a light-show that's hard to explain and lands them "behind the eight-ball" -- in a rural jail cell with Fox and Wylie on the way. Scott's beginning to like and respect his dad but still has trouble being totally honest with him.

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5 - Best Buddies

Original title : Best Buddies
First Aired : 24.10.1986 (USA) - 31.07.1988 (FRANCE)
Director : Charles S. Dubin
Writing credits : Leon Tokatyan
Cast : Cliff Potts (Jake Lawton), Suzanne Lederer (Kathy Lawton), John Anderson (I) (Rayfield), Jason Ronard (Barker), Barbara Beckley (Milton), Tamara Mark (Cindy), Tony Miller (Dave), Biff Elliot (Man #1), Eduardo Ricard (Burgess), Ric Mancini (Arnold Davidson), Rob Narita (Asian Businessman), Kathryn Fuller (Woman With Dog), Scott Martin (Man #2), Elyse Donalson (Mother), Michelle Casey (II) (Maryanne)

The Story : Starman finds it may not be so easy to pick up Paul Forrester's professional and personal life. While struggling with his first real photo assignment (about homeless squatters), he runs into his "best buddy" from Vietnam and learns Forrester was having an affair with the man's wife.

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6 - Secrets

Original title : Secrets
First Aired : 31.10.1986 (USA) - 07.08.1988 (FRANCE)
Director : Bob Sweeney
Writing credits : Randall Wallace
Cast : Patrick Culliton (Wiley) , Lisa Blount (Angela), Jonas Marlowe (Bobby), Michael Prince (Dr. Schuyler), Mie Hunt (Anne Nishakura), Frank Lugo (Mr. Romero), David Bowman (Sportscaster), Pete Gonneau (Newscaster), Peter Jolly (Orderly), Kim Strauss (Young Man), Sam Temeles (Patient)

The Story : After a narrow escape of their own, Paul and Scott hear a news report that someone named Jennifer Hayden has escaped from a nearby mental hospital (a ruse arranged by Fox). They enlist the aid of a sensitive actress (who's more interested in Paul than in finding Jenny -- whom she says she knows). While Starman's getting his first taste of Shakespeare, another false news report leads Scott into a trap. It's a poignant episode for Scott as he faces several disappointments and uncomfortable surprises.

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7 - One for the Road

Original title : One for the Road
First Aired : 07.10.1986 (USA) - 14.08.1988 (FRANCE)
Director : Claudio Guzman
Writing credits : Michael Marks
Cast : Patrick Culliton (Wiley) , Robert Donner (Joe Connell), Ellen Regan (Mrs. Madison), Ami Dolenz (Kelly Jordan), Henry G. Sanders (Coach Carl Newman), Terry Burns (Justin Wright), Keith Coogan (Ric Baker), Ed Hooks (Editor), Robert Moberly (Police Sergeant), Glenn Robards (Photo Editor), Roger Scott (Reporter), Jane Kehl ("Totally" Jordan)

The Story : Settling down long enough for Scott to join the school track team -- and fall in love -- Starman chaperones a dance and proves a cynical and alcoholic newspaperman that there is "something new under the sun." Scott finds such a welcome niche, he rebels when his worried dad suggests moving on.

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8 - Peregrine

Original title : Peregrine
First Aired : 14.11.1986 (USA) - 21.08.1988 (FRANCE)
Director : Robert Chenault
Writing credits : Geoffrey Fischer
Cast : Joe Clarke (Owner #3), Hartley Silver (Owner #2), Lee Arnone (Waitress #2), Deborah Rose (Carrie), Jason Bernard (Chief Harold Galley), David Hayward (Brian Willis), Margaret Klenck (Casey Flynn)

The Story : Paul sees both sides of the captive breeding program for endangered species when he heals the broken wing of a bird he calls Waldo. Starman also makes his first intentional joke and learns an important lesson about being human.

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9 - Society's Pet

Original title : Society's Pet
First Aired : 28.11.1986 (USA) - 28.08.1988 (FRANCE)
Director : Claudio Guzman
Writing credits : Ross Hirshorn
Cast : Patrick Culliton (Wiley) , Janet Leigh (Antonia Weyburn), Katherine Moffat (Samantha), Jack Fletcher (Mitchell), William Ian Gamble (Seymour McGillis)

The Story : The very wealthy sister of Scott's foster father uses a $10,000 insurance policy to lure Paul and Scott to her "farm." Willing even to strike a bargain with Fox, she wants to remove Scott from Paul's bad influence and raise him "properly." When he sees how much Scott savors the luxury offered him, Paul wonders if his son might not prefer such an arrangement. Starman discovers irises, artichokes, and horseback riding, and Scott gives Fox a grammar lesson.

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10 - Fever

Original title : Fever
First Aired : 05.12.1986 (USA) - 04.08.1988 (FRANCE)
Director : Bill Duke
Writing credits : Tom Lazarus
Cast : Marta DuBois (Dr. Ellen Dukow), Virginia Capers (Nurse Corona), Dabbs Greer (Ralph Wollery), Russ Marin (General Wade), Angus Duncan (Nardo), Mike Muscat (Samuel Traynor), Courtenay McWhinney (Grey Lady), Pamela Roylance (Spring), Sam Nudell (Motel Manager), Daniel Verdin (Nervous Man), Brad Zerbst (Lab Tech), Benjamin Jurand (Psychiatric Ward Attendant #1), Larry Turk (Psychiatric Ward Attendant #2), Jeris Lee Poindexter (Orderly)

The Story : A common cold endangers the life of Starman's newly cloned body, leaving him vulnerable to Fox. Scott realizes how important his dad has become to him. Can *he* save his father's life?

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11 - The Gift

Original title : The Gift
First Aired : 12.12.1986 (USA)
Director : Mike Gray
Writing credits : Peggy Goldman
Cast : Jane Wyatt (Stella Forrester), Jeff Corey (Hal Walker), Don Sparks (Dave Winfield), Joe Nesnow (Milt Linden), James O'Connell (Sam), Mary Gregory (Antique Store Manager), Lynn Seibel (Council President), Charles Olsen (Art Councilmen), Terence Marinan (Fire Chief), Judy Jean Berns (Vera), Ritchie Montgomery (Gas Station Attendant), Dave Alverson (Bystander), John Marshall (Minister), Michael George-Benko (Officer Pinella), Adam Taylor (Man Talking to Sheriff)

The Story : Accepting an invitation to spend Christmas with the real Paul Forrester's mother, Paul and Scott find she didn't invite them and doesn't want to see her son. Starman tries to explain his own view of death to Scott and to heal the wound between Stella and Paul "before it's too late."

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12 - The System

Original title : The System
First Aired : 09.01.1987 (USA)
Director : Bill Duke
Writing credits : Steven Hollander
Cast : Patrick Culliton (Wiley) , Jessica Harper (Charlotte Hart), Raymond St. Jacques (Judge Arthur Richardson), Tim Russ (Tyrone Washington), Troy Evans (Desk Sergeant), Arthur Burghardt (Les Martin), Jack Bernardi (Murray), Alan Koss (Cashier), Kerry Stein (Eddie Benton), Nathan Haas (Thompson), Laurence Braude (Patrolman), Spike Sorrentino (Guard #1), Dale Reynolds (Bailiff), Abbe Kanter (Meter Maid), Toni Lamond (Edna), Stephanie Rose (Pizza Lady)

The Story : Starman's arrested on a bench warrant for the real Forrester, who refused to violate the confidence of a fugitive from justice whom he'd photographed. (Story based on real-life Stephen Bingham case.) Paul experiences a big-city jail, a "flashy" and talkative cellmate, and perhaps the most subtlely humorous arrest scene ever. The episode also expands our view of Wylie and the real Paul Forrester.

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13 - Appearances

Original title : Appearances
First Aired : 16.01.1987 (USA)
Director : Nick Marck
Writing credits : Michael Marks, Michael Marks, Joe Goodson
Cast : Don Dubbins (Frank Radin), Carol Vogel (Mary Radin), Nadine van der Velde (Julie Radin), Buck Taylor (Driver), Wayne Grace (Sheriff), Ed Corbett (Man)

The Story : Starman heals the acid-burned hand of a blind girl who can't understand why he won't heal her eyes as well.

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14 - The Probe

Original title : The Probe
First Aired : 30.01.1987 (USA)
Director : Mike Gray
Writing credits : Syrie Astrahan James
Cast : Kay Lenz (Dr. Katherine Bradford), David Spielberg (Dr. Dan Willet), James Ingersoll (Major Holmes), David J. Partington (Jim Johnson), Mark Costello (Government Worker), Paula Slade (Science Fair Director), David Michael Sterling (Controller #1)

The Story : While blipping the curve of a psychological test, Paul finds himself falling in love with a beautiful widowed astronomer who herself is struggling with the issue of military funding for scientific research.

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15 - Dusty

Original title : Dusty
First Aired : 06.02.1987 (USA)
Director : Claudio Guzman
Writing credits : Peggy Goldman
Cast : Bruce Winant (Bellman), Lori Lethin (Joanna "Dusty" Haley), Joseph Hacker (Joe Dinata), Ron Masak (Henry Bridges), Billie Bird (Little Old Lady), Ben Frank (Ron), Ned Bellamy (Gold Chain #1), Tony Borgia (Gold Chain #2), J.P. Bumstead (Salesman)

The Story : A compulsive gambler steals Paul and Scott's car, stranding them in some "educational experiences" in Reno (including an $8000 debt). Paul experiences blueberry muffins and the bite of the gambling bug while Scott indulges himself in the perks of the high-roller's life, and Fox stoops to bribery.

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16 - Barriers

Original title : Barriers
First Aired : 13.02.1987 (USA)
Director : Mike Gray
Writing credits : Michael Marks
Cast : Danelle Hand (Tonita de Cordova), Alice Hirson (Ida Schwartzman), Radames Pera (Richard Billings), Castulo Guerra (Ruiz), Julio Medina (Pepe), Patrick Culiton (Wylie), Gloria Manos (Senora Lopez), Harold Cannon-Lopez (Don Miguel de Cordova), Roger Hampton (Counterman), Ted Gehring (Mike), Paul Tauger (Man), Marabina Davila (Mexican Woman), Mark Morante (Mexican Man), Ernesto Hernandez (Armand), Gregory Cruz (Henchman #1), Fernando Negrette (Henchman #2), John Houy (Neighbor)

The Story : Knocked unconscious, Paul finds himself in Mexico, separated from Scott and imprisoned by the father of a pregnant aristrocat -- a "spoiled brat." Paul must escape, cross the border with other "illegal aliens," and protect Tonita from bandits as she goes into labor on the way to find her baby's father.

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17 - Grifters

Original title : Grifters
First Aired : 13.03.1987 (USA)
Director : Claudio Guzman
Writing credits : Steve Hollander
Cast : David Doyle (Artemis Guinness), Eric Server (Agent Howard), Burke Byrnes (Agent), Bill Macy (Naughton Wells), Patrick Culliton (Wylie), Alex Murdock (Harry), Dominick LaRae (Police Officer), John Platt (Man in Crowd), John Houy (Victim), Brian Kinsley (IRS Agent)

The Story : "Guests" of a pair of "two-bit" con men who've tried to sting them, Paul and Scott find themselves the victim of an even greater scam. When Starman is at last in the clutches of George Fox, he learns the frightening extent of Fox's hatred, paranoia, and plans for Scott. Though one of the funniest episodes, it also features an electric confrontation between Starman and Fox -- their first and only conversation -- and their words are mirrors of their two souls.

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18 - The Wedding

Original title : The Wedding
First Aired : 21.03.1987 (USA)
Director : Nick Marck
Writing credits : Geoffrey Fischer
Cast : Al Ruscio (Matteo Gionetti), Christine Healy (Anna Gionetti), Timothy Stack (Henry Kimble), Penny Santon (Aunt Rose), Patrick Culliton (Wylie), Malachy McCourt (Father Sullivan), Joseph Romeo (Deliveryman), Kathie Gibboney (Bridesmaid #1), Karen Huie (Bridesmaid #2), Irene Olga Lopez (Olga), Bobbi Pavis (Cake), Jay S. York (Fisherman), Tony Travis (Eddie)

The Story : The owner of a fishing fleet and cannery nets Paul to photograph his daughter Anna's wedding, but Papa really hopes being reminded of a past love affair with Forrester will make Anna change her mind about marriage and leaving home. Starman has a conversation with a cake, and Scott gets to practice his healing sphere skills. Lots of local color: Grace Cathedral, Fisherman's Wharf, cable cars.

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19 - Fathers and Sons

Original title : Fathers and Sons
First Aired : 28.03.1987 (USA)
Director : Ted Lange
Writing credits : Syrie Astrahan James
Cast : Julie Cobb (Joanna Daniels Kendall), Rodney Eastman (Eric Kendall), David Haskell (Bill Avery), Barry Jenner (Tom Kendall), Kat Sawyer-Young (Christina), John Lafayette (Michael Goodman), Dennis Romer (Dennis Lambert), Carmen Hayward (Reporter #1), Deck McKenzie (Reporter #2), Louise Claps (Vendor), Debra Christofferson (Receptionist), Ernestine Mercer (Mrs. Harverty)

The Story : A 15-year old boy (who has recently learned Forrester was his biological father) wants to escape the restrictions of his current life and go on the road with the dad he idolizes: Paul Forrester. Scott (who's been feeling some irritation in his own father-son relationship) is definitely underwhelmed by this interloper. Meanwhile, Paul's been hired by a magazine publisher to expose some ex-activists who have sold out -- or have they? An episode evocative of 60's themes such as free love and peace marches.

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20 - Starscape (1)

Original title : Starscape (1)
First Aired : 04.04.1987 (USA)
Director : Claudio Guzman
Writing credits : James Henerson, James Hirsch
Cast : Erin Gray (Jenny Hayden), Joshua Bryant (Wayne Geffner), Marilyn Lightstone (Lainie Fine), Brooke Bundy (Phyllis Geffner), Robert Benedetti (Dr. Costigan), Steve Eastin (Foreman), Richard Balin (Bartender), Paul Tompkins (Tech #1), Charles Randolph-Wright (Tech #2), Dennis Crabbe (Major), Robert Sutton (Worker), Philip Weyland (Tech #3), Michael Kelly (Tech #4)

The Story : Paul recognizes his home star in a painting, and he and Scott set off to find the artist: Jenny Hayden. Separated in New Mexico, they both head for Arizona, where Paul finds his lost love but isn't quite sure how to reveal his identity. Meanwhile, Scott's involved in a truck crash in an isolated area and saves the driver, not realizing the man is his uncle. It's an episode full of poignant memories for Starman and Jenny; Paul uses his sphere to recreate some of those moments.

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21 - Starscape (2)

Original title : Starscape (2)
First Aired : 11.04.1987 (USA)
Director : Claudio Guzman
Writing credits : James Henerson, James Hirsch
Cast : Erin Gray (Jenny Hayden), Joshua Bryant (Wayne Geffner), Marilyn Lightstone (Lainie Fine), Peter Hansen (General Elliot), Tom Jackman (Tom), Paul Tompkins (Tech #1), Charles Randolph-Wright (Tech #2), Phil Poulos (Medic), Philip Weyland (Tech #3), Michael Kelly (Tech #4), Stephanie Rose (Nurse)

The Story : Though it isn't easy for Jenny to believe the identity of her "new" love, when they've reaffirmed their bond, they turn complete attention to finding Scott. Fox's capture of both father and son is one of several dramatic moments, followed by an escape from the Air Force lab where they're being held, aided by Jenny's brother. Fox has a heart attack and Starman's offered the perfect solution to all his problems -- all that keeps him from a settled life with the family he loves -- just walk away and let Fox die. Can he?

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22 - The Test

Original title : The Test
First Aired : 02.05.1987 (USA)
Director : Robert Hays
Writing credits : Laurie Newbound
Cast : Madge Sinclair (Lorraine Michaels), Jerry Hardin (Gus), Dub Taylor (Murphy), Buck Taylor (Stan), Courtney Gains (Bo), Robert DoQui (Mr. Hubbard), Richard Coca (Alex), Richard Fancy (Principal Kevin Altman), Patrick Culliton (Wylie), Phill Lewis (J.B.), Gary Waynesmith (Mr. Gimble), Olive Dunbar (Landylady), Rick Williamson (Sid), Tina Erickson (Jessica), James Lunsford (Student)

The Story : Once again the "new kid" in school, Scott comes up against a trio of bullies while Paul presents two people with the opportunity to change their lives: a disillusioned teacher and a man who has yet to face his illiteracy.

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