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I Want My Psycho Dad (Part 1) was the 194th overall series episode of Married... with Children also the 12th episode of Season 9 of the series. Directed and Gerry Cohen and written by Barry Gold, the episode originally aired on FOX-TV on December 11, 1994.

Synopsis[]

Part one of two episode story. Al and his NO MA'AM buddies protest their local TV station when Al's favorite TV show, Psycho Dad, gets cancelled. When no one seems to care in Chicago, they plan to go to Washington D.C.

Storyline[]

Al brings his group NO MA'AM together again, this time, to organize a protest outside the local TV station after Marcy's group, FANG gets NO MA'AM's favorite TV show, "Psycho Dad" canceled. But in a blizzard, no one takes notice. Meanwhile, Kelly and Bud try to convince Al to have them throw a house party for their friends.

Recurring Cast/Regulars[]

Guest starring[]

Notes[]

Title[]

  • The title of this episode is a reference to the slogan used by cable music channel MTV during the early 1980s.

Trivia[]

  • In 1993, MWC co-creator and producer Michael G. Moye got into a dispute with FOX over this two part episode (which was still in the early writing stage at the time and had been slated to be released during season 8), claiming that the network was trying to censor it. He believed that they did this as an attempt to appease Congress, following Attorney General Janet Reno who wanted to crack down on television violence.[1][2]
  • Despite all the whole group being outside in the snow protesting, Al is the only one who ends up with fever, and possibly a cold near the end of the episode.
  • It's possible this episode takes place around early December, since it's was also shown in December before Christmas.

Cultural References[]

  • It is revealed that Psycho Dad was replaced with the All-Barbara Special with Barbara Walters interviewing Barbara Streisand, Barbara Bush and then Barbara Streisand again!
    • Barbara Walters is a retired journalist and television personality. At the time this episode aired, she was known for her specials on ABC, interviewing various celebrities and political figures. She did in fact do interviews with both Bush and Streisand.
    • Barbara Bush was the First Lady of the United States when her husband, George H. W. Bush served as the 41st U.S. President from 1988 until 1993.
    • Barabara Streisand is a singer and actress who had been interviewed multiple times by Walters over the years.
  • During Marcy's song to mock Al and the cancellation of Psycho Dad, she mentions VH1, a cable music channel that is the sister channel of MTV. It focused more on a slightly older demographic compared to MTV and played more softer pop music.
  • Al mentions that Peggy watches Models Inc., which was a short lived FOX prime time drama that aired between 1994 and 1995. It was part of the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise.
  • Peggy refers to Al, Griff and Bob Rooney as "Huey, Dewy and Ewwy", in reference to the Disney cartoon characters, Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
  • During their talk about writing letters to bring back Psycho Dad, Griff tells the guys that real men write letters to Penthouse. Penthouse Magazine is a men's adult magazine that is typically more explicit than Playboy and often features letters from men going into vivid details about sexual experiences.
  • At the protest, Al mentions that America "was founded on the power of protest, from the Boston Tea Party to the March of Dimes".
    • The Boston Tea Party was a protest in which the American Colonists boarded ships and threw tea into the Boston Harbor, to show that they were against the British taxing the colonies for tea. It was partial referenced earlier in the season 7 episode The Chicago Wine Party.
    • The March of Dimes wasn't a protest, as Al believed, but is in fact a nonprofit organization that deals with keeping mothers and babies healthy.
  • At the protest, one of the NO MA'AM members holds a sign that reads "John 3:16", which is a passage from the Bible that is usually written as "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.".
    • In popular culture, it has been associated with religious figures such as Rainbow Man who would often wear a rainbow wig and carry a sign with "John 3:16" written on it to show to audience members and television viewers to restaurants stores such as Forever 21 and In-N-Out also referencing the passage on their packaging.
  • As Miranda signs off she tells the camera, "I'd have that anchor job by now, if I had just slept with Peter Jennings instead of Andy Rooney."
    • Peter Jennings was a Canadian-born American news anchor who was known for being part of the "Big Three" news anchormen (along with NBC's Tom Brokaw and CBS' Dan Rather) during the 1980s until 2000s. He served as the sole anchor at ABC World News Tonight until his death in 2005.
    • Andy Rooney was an American writer who was best known for his segments on the the CBS News program 60 Minutes.
  • When Al tells the kids that they will have to outrun Al's Dodge if they're lying about Psycho Dad being back on, Buck says "Rush Limbaugh can outrun the Dodge".
    • Rush Limbaugh was a radio personality and author who was considered one of the premier conservative voices in the United States during the 1990s. At the time, he was known to be rather heavyset as well as a constant cigar smoker as Buck alluded.
  • As the kids try to put a tape of Psycho Dad into the VCR, Bud tells Al to close his eyes as there is "a few minutes left of 'Saved by the Bell: The Prison Years'." in reference to the NBC teen sitcom Saved by the Bell.
  • At the end of Al's letter to the actor who played Psycho Dad, it reads "P.S. What does Barbara Eden look like naked?"
  • When the guys try to figure out what to do, Jefferson tells them, "We're not going back to Ice Station Zebra again!". Ice Station Zebra is a 1968 Cold War era film that takes place in the Arctic.

Music[]

  • Al sings the Psycho Dad Theme when he arrives home.
  • Marcy sings her own version of the Psycho Dad Theme after the show is cancelled.

Locations[]

Sets[]

  • Bundy Living Room / Kitchen
  • WHBZ Front Entrance / Public Sidewalk
  • Press Conference Room

References[]

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