Crystal, the cover girl on Bud's business project Girls of Trumaine College, about to reveal a secret about herself.
|Season 10, Episode # 16 |
Number (#225) in series (259 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||Victor Raider-Wexler|
John Patrick White
|Writer(s)||Fran E. Kaufer|
|Original airdate||February 4, 1996|
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Calender Girl is the sixteenth episode of Season 10 of Married... with Children and the 225th overall episode. This was the first episode where Katey Sagal made only a short appearance, as a result of her pregnancy, which she would keep doing for the rest of the season.
Al has a rivalry with Floyd Babcock, who also works at the mall with Al, though his business is more successful than Al's. When Al learns that Bud has a business project and has the same class with Floyd's son, Al is determined to get Bud a higher grade than Floyd's son. Kelly inspires the two to go with a calender of Trumaine College's women by showing them the Men of USC calender. Bud has an idea for the cover of the calender, Crystal Clark. However, she is reluctant to do it, though Bud convinces her to do it on the basis that it will improve her self esteem and the calender's. She agrees to be the cover, and the calender is a success, earning an A+ for Bud. Floyd arranges an agreement with Al to market the calender to a wider audience, which could be very profitable. Crystal goes on Chicago Tonight to promote the calender.
In the interview, she admits that not only is Bud a great kisser, but that the modelling project boosted her self esteem and now, she has something important to say that Bud is convinced will be a marriage proposal, as Al and Floyd watch, awaiting the possible profits from this interview. While everyone is watching the interview at home, Bud gets down on his knees in front of the TV and says yes just before she tells the truth about who she really is: a woman who was born as a man. Al, Floyd, Griff, Jefferson and Little Floyd (who laughs at Bud) all leave Bud to himself, as Bud watches on, even after the television blares white noise hours later.
- Victor Raider-Wexler as Floyd Babcock
- Krista Allen as Crystal Clark
- John Patrick White as Little Floyd Babcock
- Patty Breton as Pilgrim Girl
- Tina New as Woman #1 (Woman in black dress)
- Robin Krieger as TV Host
- The title of the episode is a reference to the song of the same name by Neil Sedaka, which is heard while Bud starts his photoshoot at Gary's Shoes.
- It is also a reference to the fact that Bud is making a calendar with images of girls from his school.
- Because of Katey Sagal's pregnancy, Peggy's character leaves Al to search for her runaway father from this point until the end of the season.
- Al reveals that Babcock's Shoes has been in the New Market Mall for over 20 years.
- Bud states that he didn't get play in little league baseball because of Al, but Al stated that it was because Bud threw like a girl.
- The end credits do not feature "Love and Marriage" or the still frame of Al and Peg. Instead it continues off from the end of the last act, with Bud in front of the TV while white noise from the TV plays instead.
- In the original airing of this episode, Bud is still motionless after finding out about about Crystal, but the footage is still live while the credits roll. On the DVD release, a still frame of Bud in the same position is used instead, though the white noise is still heard.
- Al reveals that putting his family in the will is his punishment to Bud and Kelly, as they will owe money instead of inherit anything of his.
- This is also one of the few times that Al has actually punished Kelly on the show, as she can be heard screaming "No, daddy, noo!" as he puts her in the will for eating his last Hershey's Kisses.
- Several hints are dropped throughout the episode regarding Crystal's secret.
- Bud gets the idea to make a calendar of the girls of Trumaine from Kelly, when she gets a male calendar of the Buns of USC. Naturally, Kelly gets confused and asks, "You wanna make a calendar of men's butts?"
- When Bud realizes he has to be honest and sincere with her, he says, "Completely honest? That goes against everything I stand for. That'd almost be like talking to a guy."
- Crystal is initially reluctant to pose for the calendar, in case her parents see her in it. And tells Bud that he doesn't understand why that can't happen.
- When Crystal finally decides to pose for the pictures, she says, "You know, maybe doing this calendar isn't such a bad idea after all. I'll let my parents know I've finally become a woman."
- During her interview, soon before her revelation, Crystal mentions that Bud helped her to realize that she has nothing to be ashamed of anymore.
- Tina New, who plays the woman in the black dress who asked if Al sells black pumps, previously appeared on MWC in "Blonde and Blonder" as Debbie, the woman who slapped Bud in the face after asking her for a dance for the 15th time.
- When Al first confronts Babcock, he makes a joke about the NBA team, Chicago Bulls being involved with his wife.
- Later, Al says that Little Floyd looks a lot like Dennis Rodman, an NBA player, who, at the time this episode originally aired, started his stint with the Bulls.
- As Peggy talks to Al on the phone, she tells him that she just left Tiffany's and commented on the stones there.
- Tiffany & Co. is a luxury jewelry and specialty retailer, with its flagship store based in New York City.
- While Peggy didn't say where exactly she was at, there is at least one Tiffany's in Chicago, but the image of her limo exiting and driving off has California license plates, implying she may have been in Los Angeles.
- As Peggy's limo exits onto the streets, there is a billboard for Bell's Whisky.
- The calendar that Kelly looks at is The Buns of USC, in reference to the Los Angeles based private university,University of Southern California, which is typically referred to by its initials "U.S.C.".
- Later in the show, Kelly mentions that she has another calendar to look at called The Buns of UCLA in reference to the Los Angeles based public university, University of California, Los Angeles, which is typically referred to by its initials, "U.C.L.A.".
- When Bud needs twelve beautiful woman for his calendar project, Kelly suggests that he use some of his toys, including:
- Lieutenant Uhura - A character from the 1960s sci-fi series, Star Trek.
- Barbie - a popular fashion doll and was the subject of MWC episodes "Guys and Dolls" and "Sleepless in Chicago".
- Strawberry Shotcake - a female cartoon character that was popular in the 1980s and has had several relaunches.
- Isis - Bud's inflatable sex doll that has been mentioned in several past episodes.
- Al is heard punishing Kelly for eating his last Hershey's Kisses a bite size piece of chocolate that is shaped like a teardrop and wrapped in foil with a plumbe sticking out at the top.
- "Calendar Girl" by Neil Sedaka is heard during Bud's photoshoot with the girls at Gary's Shoes.
- Bundy Living Room / Kitchen
- Gary's Shoes Seating Area / Photo Shoot area
- Chicago Live Set
- When Kelly finds the "page turner" Bud left behind and tries to flip her "Buns of USC" calendar, the first page reveals that she is actually looking at a Chippendales calendar.
- In the scene where Peggy's limo pulls out and exits onto the main road, although the episode takes place in 1996, the footage is clearly taken from the early to mid 1980s, judging by the design of the cars on the road. Also worth noting, the limo has a blue California license plate with yellow lettering. The California DMV had discontinued those license plates style in 1982 in favor of the white with blue lettering version. 
- In several shots, Kelly can be seen wearing a wedding band on the ring finger of her left hand; however, in the show she is single.
- Near the beginning of the episode, an attractive redhead asks Al and Griff if they have black pumps, but Al says that they never had them. In several episodes, such as "So This is How Sinatra Felt", they clearly sell black pumps.