Episode 2: Al...with Kelly
Al... with KellyAl taking care of a sick Kelly after they originally pretended to be sick in order to get out of visiting Peg's mom in the episode "Al...with Kelly" in Season 5 of MWC.InformationDirected ByGerry CohenWritten ByStacie LippGabrielle ToppingTaping DateAugust 31, 1990Air DateSeptember 23, 1990Production Code5.01Series DesignationMarried... with ChildrenSeason 5, Episode 2Episode Number82IMDBAl... with KellyEpisode GuidePreviousNextWe'll Follow the Sun(Season 5 premiere)Sue Casa, His CasaAl... with Kelly is the second episode of Season 5 of Married... with Children, and also the 82nd overall series episode. Directed by Gerry Cohen, and written by Stacie Lipp & Gabrielle Topping, the episode originally aired on FOX, premiering on September 30, 1990.
Episode 2: Al...with Kelly
"MWC" was known for a lot of things during its long run on the Fox Network. Among them were crude sexual humor, snappy dialog, and beautiful women. This particular episode "Al...with Kelly", contains plenty of all three. While it may seem tame by today's TV standards, some of moments in this episode (specifically Al's dream sequences) were considered much more racy for 1990. These moments are also among some of the funniest of the fifth season.
Perhaps the most memorable aspect of this episode is the appearance of Pamela Anderson back when she was a Playboy Playmate centerfold, just before her really big break in the role of C.J. on the Baywatch series. Al and Kelly both fake illness in order to get out of having to visit Peg's mother. With Peg away, Al begins to fantasize about two buxom blonde women, Yvonne and Yvette (played by Anderson and similarly sexy blonde B-Movie actress/centerfold Becky Mullen) who engage in a catfight over him! Things really begin to get sticky when Kelly really does come down with a cold and needs Al, who winds up catching the bug at episode's end, to tend to her.
Tropes Annoying Patient: Kelly, who alternates between being too sick to do basic things (like buy bread or use the phone) and well enough to do other things (like jam out to music videos).
Bottle Episode: The episode takes place in two rooms of the house (Al's bedroom and the living room) and only has a handful of characters: Al, Kelly, the two blondes Al dreams about, the pizza delivery guy who gets kicked out by Al, and the demented nurse at the end (Peg and Bud are in the episode, but they have a brief appearance in the beginning).
Downer Ending: Al after spending a miserable 5 to 6 days nursing Kelly gets sick in the end and Kelly refuses to return the favor to him leaving him sick, hungry, and trapped in a realistic dream where a demented, redheaded nurse is about to give him an enema.
"It" Is Dehumanizing: Al refers to "that red beast" who ruined his dreams and turned his life after scoring four touchdowns in one football game and gave him two new children to feed as just simply "it".
Jerkass Ball: Kelly has a firm grasp on it throughout the episode. First, she makes Al go out in a downpour for bread, only to call for pizza and share none of it with him. Then, she pulls out the bell that Peg once used to fool Al into thinking there was food on the table and laughs at the memory of how sad he was there wasn't. She also continuously annoys/awakens him by ringing it for stupid reasons and lastly, she gets Al sick by sneezing in his face.
Ms. Fanservice: Both of Al's dream girls and blonde, willing beauties (and one is played by a virtually unknown Pamela Anderson).
Sick Episode: Kelly (and then Al) both get sick after having faked it to get out of visiting Peggy's mother's.
This Is My Story: Kelly can't sleep, so she begs Al for a bedtime story. Al at first refuses as he himself is very tired and has little energy, but as Kelly keeps whining, Al gives in and tells him his life story while keeping incognito.Al: (as Kelly is resting on him) Once upon a time, there was a man who sold shoes. He was a good man, but somehow, good things never came to him. Did I mention he was a great athlete in high school? People cheered him. That was before the.... red thing appeared. Darkness fell on shoe town. Who would take on the red beast? Who would battle? Who would marry it? The little shoe man stepped forward. Or perhaps the others just stepped back. At any rate, an unholy union was born. So were two unholy children. (glares back at Kelly) And the lonely shoeman, who had once been a mighty athlete in high school scored four touchdowns in one game and had many offers for junior colleges and could have made something in his life.... laid down and died. The end. (falls asleep next to Kelly)
Buck the dog (voiced by Cheech Marin in this episode) runs away and takes home a white female dog who plots to replace him as the family pet. Meanwhile, Al searches for his favorite cheesecake chef. B.B. King makes a cameo appearance as a street musician.
In this special 100th episode (which only features Al Bundy in a small cameo), Al's divorced and unemployed friend Charlie Verducci (Joseph Bologna) and his dim-witted teenage son Vinnie (Matt LeBlanc), try to fit in with snobs at a high-class party where Charlie hopes that Vinnie will meet and marry a debutante.