The sixth season of Family Ties begins with Alex finding a new romance with Lauren, played by Jami Gertz, a pretty psychology student ("The Last of the Red Hot Psychologists, Parts 1 & 2"). Their relationship leads to new trials and tribulations for Alex, such as when he is intimidated by Lauren's old boyfriend ("Invasion of the Psychologist Snatchers") and when Lauren writes a paper on the Keaton family for her class ("'The American Family Parts 1 & 2"). Meanwhile, Mallory faces her own challenges, including writing the advice column for a local shopper's guide ("Dear Mallory") and running for student body president ("Citizen Keaton"). In "Father Time Parts 1 & 2," the Keatons deal with heavier issues as they get involved in Uncle Rob's divorce. Finally, in the season finale, "Father, Can You Spare a Dime?," Mallory goes head-to-head with Alex in a scholarship competition.