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Enemies is the 22th episode of Season 10 of Married... with Children and the 233th episode overall. Directed by Gerry Cohen and written by Richard Gurman, Stacie Lipp and Russell Marcus , it premiered on FOX on April 14, 1996.

Plot Summary[]

In this pilot for yet another Married... with Children spin-off, a group of "friends" live in a sometimes peaceful co-existence. Tom is a deliveryman sharing an apartment with his girlfriend Shannon, his half-sister Maria, and their lazy friend Jackson. Tom is on the rocks with Shannon yet again over their constant flirting with other people. When Tom meets Kelly Bundy while delivering a package to the Bundy house, he decides to ask her out for the evening. Shannon, just to make Tom jealous, asks out a millionaire named Henry, who also happens to be married. The four of them unexpectedly end up at the local grease spoon diner in the inner city. The evening gets more X-rated as both Tom and Shannon try to outdo each other with their dates.

Guest Cast[]

  • Alan Thicke as Henry
  • Nicole Eggert as Shannon
  • Matthew Borlenghi as Tom (credited as Matt Borlenghi)
  • Terri Ivens as Maria
  • Chris Young as Jackson
  • Melissa Chan as Keiko
  • Phill Lewis as George
  • Jean Speegle Howard as Claire
  • Rance Howard as Edwin



  • The title of the episode is a reference to the popular NBC sitcom, Friends that ran from 1994 to 2004.


  • Katey Sagal does not appear in this episode due her giving childbirth.
  • The elderly couple sitting in the diner are real life husband and wife Jean Speegel Howard & Rance Howard. the parents of actor/director Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard.
    • Jean and Clint previous appeared on MWC in the season 9 episode, "And Bingo Was Her Game-O" as Ceil, the bingo player and Mullen, the janitor.
  • Matt Borlenghi, who played Tom in this episode, previously appeared on MWC in the season 8 episode "Hood 'n the Boyz" as Ray-Ray.
  • Melissa Chan, who played the waitress Keiko in this episode, previous appeared on MWC in the season 9 episode "Ship Happens (Part 2)" as one of the reporters questioning Kelly and Bud.
  • Alan Thicke, who plays Shannon and later Kelly's date, Henry, would re-appear on MWC as Bruce, a man who goes out with Peggy after she and Al separate in "Breaking Up Is Easy to Do (Part 2)" and "Breaking Up Is Easy to Do (Part 3)".
  • This episode was a pilot for a proposed spin-off series that was not picked up. It would have been the 3rd spin-off of MWC.
  • During the end credits, instead of showing a still frame of Al and Peg, the credits continue to roll as Henry continues looking at the TV screen with binoculars while Al and Kelly try to figure out what to do now.
    • The original ending credits (including the credits for "Love and Marriage") remain intact on the DVD release, making it one of the few episodes released on DVD with the original credits unedited.

Cultural References[]

  • At the beginning of the episode, Kelly is shown being obsessed with watching Friends and at the end of the show, Al and Henry become fans of the show via actress Jennifer Aniston and her no bra look.
    • Former MWC guest star Matt LeBlanc was one of the main stars on Friends, while Christina Applegate and other MWC guest stars had recurring roles on the show after their appearance on MWC.
    • During the fifth and sixth season of Friends, it also served as a lead in for Christina Applegate's short-lived sitcom, Jesse.
  • Besides Kelly being obsessed with watching Friends, the characters and subplot involving Shannon, Tom, Jackson and Maria share aspects of the series:
    • Tom's voice and flirtacious nature are similar to Joey
    • Tom and Shannon's complicated relationship is based on Ross and Rachel.
    • Tom and Maria are siblings like Ross and Monica.
    • Jackson's appearance and voice are similar to Chandler.
    • Tom, Shannon, Maria and Jackson share an apartment in the city.
    • George and his restaurant are similar to Gunther and the café the friends hang out at,Central Perk.
    • Keiko, the dim-witted waitress, is similar to Phoebe.
    • Keiko being an inept waitress is likely based on Rachel, who worked as a waitress at Central Perk for the first three seasons and was often mixing up orders and taking long breaks.
  • The news reporter mentions the NBC sitcom, Cheers and how the cast would talk about their favorite episode of Friends.
    • The show is referenced again later when George describes his diner as the place "...where everybody knows your name but is still rude to you just the same!", referring to the show's opening lyrics.
  • Tom mentions the Disney Theme Park ride, It's a Small World.
  • When George tells Marcy and Jefferson "I'm glad you've seen 'Martin', but here, we serve hamburgers!", it is a reference to the FOX sitcom that ran from 1992 to 1997 and starred comedian Martin Lawrence.
  • When Tom tells George that Shannon is in town after they broke up, he mention that she would be crying into a pint of "Chunky Monkey", which is a flavor of Ben and Jerry's ice cream consisting of banana ice cream with fudge chunks & walnuts.
  • During the scene at George's Diner, Jefferson is prominently wearing a "Bad Boy Club" branded baseball cap.
  • When Marcy and Jefferson are sitting at the lunch counter talking to the fry cook, two Pepto-Bismol bottles are at each end of the condiment tray.
  • At the end of the episode, Al mentions that he is now watching Friends on mute and points out that Jennifer Aniston isn't wearing a bra. Jennifer Aniston was notorious for having a no bra look on Friends. (A natural shape Breast with nipples visible)
  • After borrowing Al's binoculars to see Jennifer Aniston's no bra look, Henry says "Wow, this really is Must See TV!", in reference to NBC's advertising slogan for its Thursday night primetime programming, which included Friends as the lead-in show, as well as Christina Applegate's post-MWC sitcom, Jesse in the late 1990s.


  • The song that plays while Tom and Shannon try to make each other jealous in the diner is a parody of the 1981 song "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell.



  • Bundy Living Room / Kitchen
  • Tom and Shannon's Living Room / Kitchen
  • George's Diner Counter / Dining Area / Bathroom


  • When Tom tells Al he has a package for Peggy, he has both a box and a tubular package before Al shuts the door on him. When Al comes back after Tom mentions he has the Big'uns Centerfold Popsicle Mold and opens the door, the tubular package disappeared and Tom only has the box with him.
  • After George puts the D'Arcys' order in a paper bag, he puts the baskets down in two separate places. After Marcy tells him "Your mama!", the baskets have somehow been stacked together. Then when Keiko comes up and asks who gets the tip money, the baskets are separated again in their original position. Finally, when George pulls Tom aside to asks if he and Shannon broke up again, the baskets are staked up together again.
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