Synopsis by Hal Erickson
It is not for nothing that Murphy (Candice Bergen) has described the relationship between her divorced parents as "a Fellini version of the Waltons." Nonetheless, Frank (Joe Regalbuto) feels that at least one of Murphy's parents should be in attendance when she wins the coveted RFK award. Swallowing hard, Murphy invites her father Bill Brown (Darren McGavin), who in the 15 years since the breakup of his marriage has taken upon himself a trophy bride (Susan Wheeler Duff) who has presented him with a daughter (Jodi Knotts) and a new baby son. Just when it seems that the long-standing estrangement between Murphy and Bill will be healed, who should show up for the ceremony but her domineering mother Avery (Colleen Dewhurst). Originally telecast as an hour-long episode, "Brown Like Me" has since been divided into two half-hours for syndication.