The WORST episodes of Eight is Enough

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The comedy-drama chronciled the lives of the Bradford family. Consisting of father Tom (a columnist for a Sacramento newspaper), mother Joan and their eight children: Mary, David, Joanie, Nancy, Elizabeth, Susan, Tommy and Nicholas. After Joan's death, Tom met teacher Abby, and they were married to make the family ten once more.

Last Updated: 11/20/2022Network:ABC (US)
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The Lost Weekend
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#1 - The Lost Weekend

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired 4/28/1978

Abby convinces Tom to spend the weekend with her parents in Pasadena, leaving the kids alone for the weekend. While they are away, despite a rule against having any non-Bradfords in the house, the kids throw a party, but then the house is overrun with chaos and the kids barely manage to get things back in order before Tom and Abby return. A distant cousins shows up on the Bradford doorstep for the flower children.

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The Return of Joe Simons
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#2 - The Return of Joe Simons

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/13/1980

Tom's new temporary secretary is overly attentive. Joe Simons, the con man who helped Nicholas return from San Diego, shows up pretending to have struck it rich in the Yukon and drives the family bonkers. He claims to have found a gold mine. Joannie offers to produce a TV commercial for David's construction company.

Semi-Centennial Bradford
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#3 - Semi-Centennial Bradford

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/23/1980

Abby tries to cheer Tom up on his 50th birthday. Tom feels the pressure of teh youth movement at work and believes that the Register wants to replace him with a younger columnist. Merle and Susan try to pick names for their baby. Nicholas is helping Merle come up with a name for the new baby.

War Between the Bradfords
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#4 - War Between the Bradfords

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/15/1978

The male Bradfords refuse to attend a speech that Abby was selected to give. War erupts between the Bradfords' men and woman when the woman feel they are not respected by the men. Nancy gets a job pumping gas in a sexy uniform in a local filling station.

Fast and Loose
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#5 - Fast and Loose

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/8/1978

David starts living dangerously after a close friend dies of a heart attack at a young age. The kids try to help and eventually David cleans up his act. Nicholas tries to help by offering David a kitten from a litter of a stray cat he has taken on. He soon discovers that the cat is pregnant.

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The Hipbone's Connected to the Thighbone
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#6 - The Hipbone's Connected to the Thighbone

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/1/1978

Susan, Nancy, and Elizabeth teach Tommy to drive; Mary moves out to study for her medical exams.

The Flunked and the Funked
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#7 - The Flunked and the Funked

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/18/1978

Tom is chosen to teach a journalism class at the university and is impressed by one student who is working his way through college. Nicholas and Irving, who are making prank calls, receive their own from David and Tommy. Tom is disappointed when Nancy flunks out of college and decides to find a job, but she doesn't appreciate it when he pulls strings to get her back in. Tom finally helps her get a job interview.

Milk and Sympathy
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#8 - Milk and Sympathy

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/11/1978

Nicholas has a crush on his teacher and buys her self-portrait at her yard sale, while the rest of the Bradfords' dream about how they would spend their millions after another painting is discovered underneath, and believed to be worth a fortune. Meanwhile, Tommy's chances with a popular girl are dashed when he contracts trench mouth.

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Here We Go Again
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#9 - Here We Go Again

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/20/1978

The family helps Tom prepare for an IRS audit; Abby suspects she may be pregnant and is reluctant to tell Tom.

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Nine Is Too Much
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#10 - Nine Is Too Much

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/13/1978

Tom quits as Nicholas' Little League coach because of pushy parents but becomes a pushy parent himself when Abby takes over the job. Tired of having no privacy, the Bradford children have their own phone line installed.

Who's Crazy Here?
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#11 - Who's Crazy Here?

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/6/1978

Suffering from insomnia, Tom starts secretly seeing a psychologist, which leads Abby to believe that he may be having an affair.

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Who's on First?
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#12 - Who's on First?

Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired 5/10/1978

Joannie directs a talent show to raise money, for the orphanage she is vo;unteering at . Joannie tries to get the whole family to enterain. Nicholas believes ha has seen a UFO, but nobody else believe him. It turns out to be only a practical joke by one of the neighborhood kids. "Abby" sing a song she wrote herself. "SO-LA". music by Jim Hurt, Ira Newborn and Betty Buckley aho also wrote the lyrics. "David" sings a song he wrote hisself. "Eight is Enough". lyrics by Molly-Ann Leikin, music by Lee Holdridge. This song replaced the original theme song from the next season on.

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Poor Little Rich Girl
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#13 - Poor Little Rich Girl

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired 5/3/1978

David meets an attractive young woman who is the daughter of a wealthy construction man. Joannie tries to get the family to communicate better using encounter-like truth games. Tom, which helping Nicholas build a car, takes over completely.

Father Knows Best?
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#14 - Father Knows Best?

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/23/1981

Finally ready to be a father, Jeremy's father returns for a visit and wants to take him back to Los Angeles. David relives old memories when four of his old high school buddies return to Sacramento for their 10 year high school reunion.

Long Night's Journey into Day
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#15 - Long Night's Journey into Day

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired 3/1/1978

Abby suffers a concussion when she falls off a ladder. Tha Bradfords take turns keeping Abby awake by telling her stories and sharing memories, which are flashbacks from previous episodes.

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Great Expectations
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#16 - Great Expectations

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired 2/22/1978

Frustrated by the transporation arrangements, Tommy, Elizabeth, Nancy, and Susan buy their own car. Tom is upset that Tommy is failing English and pressures him to get a good grade. Tom learns a lesson about parental pressure when Tommy, trying to please him,buys a term paper from a high school hustler. Joannie wants Nicholas to play Prince Charming in her play.

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The Boyfriend
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#17 - The Boyfriend

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired 2/15/1978

Susan and Tom are jealous when Abby spends too much time with Susan's new boyfriend she brought home for dinner, and Abby strikes up too much connection with her date. Nicholas is appointed water monitor at home during a water shortage, and gets fired for being too tough. Tommy gets into trouble at school and wrongly assumes he's home-free when the principal calls David instead of Tom.

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Seven Days in February
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#18 - Seven Days in February

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/8/1978

Joannie, Nancy, and Susan meet new guys at a disco over winter break and love times three drives the Bradford household crazy. David's friend tries to convince him to go on a blind date, so he fixes David with one, but the "date" turns out to be totally unexepectely...his sister Mary. Tommy desperatiely tries to win rock concert tickets.

Hard Hats and Hard Heads
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#19 - Hard Hats and Hard Heads

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/1/1978

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Much Ado about Garbage
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#20 - Much Ado about Garbage

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/18/1978

Abby is upset about when David gives Nicholas a BB gun. Tom's column about garbage causes a controverty when he writes a tongue-in-cheek column. That's when his troubles start to pile up, along with his garbage. Tom is prepared to go to jail rather than reveal his source for his column.

A Hair of the Dog
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#21 - A Hair of the Dog

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/4/1978

The family gives Tom a day of peace for his birthday, and it drives him crazy. David goes for the weekend and gives Tommy the use of his apartment but Tommy winds up throwing a party. Abby's parenting skills are tested when Tommy gets drunk.

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Yes Nicholas, there is a Santa Claus (2)
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#22 - Yes Nicholas, there is a Santa Claus (2)

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/14/1977

The kids convince Tom to shoiw some Christmas spirit by bailing Sam out of jail and inviting him to the house for Christmas dinner as they celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. Tommy receives a special Christmas present from his mom.

Yes Nicholas, there is a Santa Claus (1)
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#23 - Yes Nicholas, there is a Santa Claus (1)

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/14/1977

The Bradfords celebrate their first Christmas without their late mother,Joan. Nicholas mistakenly assumes the man he finds in the house on Christmas Eve is Santa Claus and lets him steal the Christmas presents, putting Christmas temporaily on hold.

The Return of Auntie V
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#24 - The Return of Auntie V

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/30/1977

Auntie V. Tom's eccentric sister, returns for another visit with the Bradfords and surpries Tom and Abby with a new house as a wedding present. The kids are excited, but as they fix up the house for sale they begin to fall in love with it again. Nancy wants to expand her horizons by going on a cruise with Auntie V. Nancy falls for the estate agent who is trying to sell the Bradford house.

All's Fair in Love and War
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#25 - All's Fair in Love and War

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/23/1977

Abby coordinates Spring cleaning at the Bradford house. Mary is upset when the son of Tom's friend comes to Sacramento to open an army recuriting office on campus, which does not please her liberal anti-war feelings. Over the course of time they learn to respect each other's beliefs. Tom gets the wrong idea when he spots Mary and Richard in a hug. Tommy helps Nicholas deal with a school bully. Another of Tommy's money making schemes backfires.

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