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I'm Going to Sweatland is the second episode of Season 3 of the FOX sitcom Married... with Children, as well as the 37th overall episode in the series. Written by Pamela Wick, Susan Cridland and Carl Studebaker, the episode was directed by Gerry Cohen and premiered on FOX on September 20, 1988.

Synopsis[]

When a perspiration stain on one of Al's shirts resembles a silhouette of The King of Rock & Roll, the Bundy household becomes a hot spot for Elvis Presley fanatics to visit.

Plot[]

To be added.

Cast[]

Regular Cast[]

Guest Stars[]

  • Nancy Skelton as Dottie
  • Justine Lenore as Edna
  • Michelle Milantoni as Margo
  • Rawley Valverde as Alejandro
  • Ron Stein as Elvis outside shoe store
  • Tifni Twitchell as Mrs. Webstock
  • Ken Minyard as Ollie
  • Robert Arthur as Lew (as Bob Arthur)
  • Paul L. Casey as Elvis #1
  • Arron Paris as Elvis #2
  • Robert Lenz as Elvis #3
  • Robert Kim as Oriental Elvis
  • Raymond Turner as Black Elvis
  • Casey Stengel as Elvis on Wheels
  • Bruce Liberty as Clyde
  • Sadie Chrestman as Samantha

Quotes[]

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Notes[]

Title[]

  • The title is also a reference to Graceland, the residence where Elvis Presley lived until his death and currently serves as a tourist attraction.
    • The title may also be a reference to the line "I'm going to Graceland" from Paul Simon's song "Graceland."
    • It may also be a parody of the phrase I'm going to Disneyland / Disney World!, that was used in Disney commercial starting in 1987 and feature the Super Bowl MVP after winning the game saying the phrase.

Trivia[]

  • Peggy mentions that her and Al have been married for sixteen years.
  • Marcy mentions that Steve has a scar from an appendectomy.
  • Peggy mentions Youngstown, Ohio. This is Ed O'Neill's hometown.
  • Katey Sagal met Elvis Presley in real life as her father, Boris Sagal, directed a movie starring Presley titled Girl Happy.
  • The idea of seeing an image of Elvis in Al's sweat stained shirt is a psychological phenomenon known as Pareidolia.
  • In the credits, Rod Stein is credited as playing "Elvis ?" while the others Elvis actors do not have the question mark.

Cultural References[]

  • The main topic of this episode is about Elvis Presley, an American actor and singer who died in 1977 at the age of 42.
    • Peggy claiming to have seen Elvis in the mall is a reference to "Elvis sightings", a phenomenon in which it is theorized that that the singer did not actually die in 1977, but faked his own death and randomly appears in public.
      • Later, Peggy said that he was spotted buying lugnuts from a hardware store in Youngstown, Ohio. During the late 1980s, when this episode originally aired, there were claims that he was spotted in Kalamazoo, Michigan doing rather mundane things such pumping gas, standing in line to buy an eletric fuse and in one case, eating a Whopper Sandwich at Burger King, as he was a noted fan of the fast food chain. [1][2]
    • Marcy brings in a group of Elvis impersonators, people who dress and act like the singer in the various eras of his career. Althogh there have been impersonators when he was still alive, the phemonoemon grew more after the singer's death, ranging from amature/hobbyist to professional level performers, known as "Elvis Tribute Artist" who making their living from impersonating and performing as Presley at various venues.
    • Marcy tells Peggy that she has been to Graceland, the residence where Elvis and his family lived at. It is located in Memphis, Tennessee.
    • Marcy mentions that she saw him perform in Las Vegas which lead to her having an orgasmic experience. Starting in 1969, Elvis became a resident performer at the International Hotel (which later became the Hilton Las Vegas) and remained there until 1976.[3][4]
    • In the later half of the episode, there are references to the Elvis' songs, "Hound Dog", "Heartbreak Hotel", "Blue Suede Shoes", "Love Me Tender", "Jailhouse Rock" and "Viva Las Vegas"
    • Bud has "2 Gross of 'Skinny Elvis Pens'" and "2 Gross of 'Fat Elvis Pens'", referring to Presley's weight change, being rather slim in his prime, and notably heavy in his final years.
    • Peggy sings "Heartbreak Hotel" after claiming to make Elvis pick between her and his eventual wife, Priscilla Presley.
  • Peggy tells Alejandro to meet her at Kmart the following day at 10am after droping her shopping bags.
    • Kmart is a big box retailer that is headquartered just outside of Chicago, Illinois. At the time this episode aired, the retailer was a successful chain that had stores across the U.S. and several other countries. As of 2021, only a very small but unknown number of stores still operate within the U.S. while KMart Australia still has 200 stores in operation.
  • Marcy mentions to Peggy that she would cheat on Steve with Elvis or professional boxer Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini. Mancini and Ed O'Neill grew up together in Youngstown (also mentioned in the episode).
  • Marcy mentions that she had a dream with American actor Clark Gable that was ruined by Steve having his appendix burst.
  • Buck has a sign that read "Feed the Dog who saw Lassie $5" referring to the fictional TV dog.
  • Steve mentions that he planned to talk to Marcy about Supply-side economics.

Music[]

  • Peggy sings "Heartbreak Hotel" after claiming to make Elvis pick between her and Priscilla Presley.

Locations[]

Sets[]

  • Bundy Living Room/Kitchen
  • Shoe Store

Goofs[]

  • When Marcy holds up the shirt with the image of Elvis' face, as she says "It's Elvis' face!", the shirt is straight and right below her chin. The camera immediately switches to a close up shot of her face and now, the shirt is held up at an angle and further away from her chin.
  • When the blonde woman calls Peggy back to show the group how Elvis snarled when he found out about Al being a shoe salesman, the group surrounding Peggy is much smaller than earlier and appears to be just several women in various age ranges. When Al comes home and is suprised when he sees Peggy and what is going on, the camera cuts back to Peggy who is now surround by the much larger group from before the commercial break, consisting of elderly men and women taking her picture. Then, as Al goes to confront her and she introduces him as "The Man with the Golden Glan", the group is now back to the smaller group of women.

References[]

External Links[]

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