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NO MA'AM is the 9th episode of season 8 of Married... with Children, also the 166th overall series episode. Directed by Larry Jacobson, it premiered on FOX-TV on November 14, 1993.

Synopsis[]

This episode revolves around NO MA'AM, Al's anti-feminist organization. After women are given their own bowling night and the Nudie Bar is turned into a women's coffeehouse, Al organizes a group called NO MA'AM (National Organization of Men Against Amazonian Masterhood) and face off against a talk show host (played by real-life talk show host Jerry Springer) known as "The Masculine Feminist."

Storyline[]

Al and his friends all get fed up with the women taking over their night at The Jiggly Room by having it turned into a coffee house as well as their bowling night, which becomes Women's Bowling Night, thanks to both Jerry Springer, who hosts a feminist-friendly local talk show called The Masculine Feminist, and Marcy, who like Peg, is a devoted watcher. Anyhow, Al and his buddies form a secret organization called NO MA'AM and hold Jerry hostage in his own show in an audience filled with men wearing the NO MA'AM shirts. They intend to perform television's first "sexorcism", which includes them forcing him in watching hours of pro-wrestling! They'll also force him to wear a stinky, yellow undershirt and a pair of boxers with the words "It's All Me" until the women who took over their Jiggly Room and their bowling night comply with their demands.

Recurring Cast/Regulars[]

Guest stars[]

Notes[]

Title[]

  • The title of this episode is a reference to the group Al and his friends start, NO MA'AM

Trivia[]

  • Jerry Springer, who plays a fictionalized version of himself in the episode, was known at the time for hosting his own talk show, The Jerry Springer Show which aired in syndication from 1991 until 2018. In contrast to The Masculine Feminist, his show mostly deals with topics such as people cheating on their spouses or revealing deviant behavior, with the audience often getting involved as well. Springer played the straight man in contrast to the rambunctious guests and audience members.
    • Springer would later play another fictionalized version of himself in the 1998 film, Ringmaster.
  • This is the debut episode of the group NO MA'AM, which stands for "National Organization of Men Against Amazonian Masterhood".
    • Out of all the members there, Barney is Al's oldest friend, as he has appeared on MWC since season 1.
    • Out of all the members in this episode, only Jefferson and Bob Rooney would continue to appear in the group as regular members. Barney and Roger would appear in one more episode ("The Legend of Ironhead Haynes") and this was the only appearance of Pete and Jim.
    • This is the only episode featuring the Five Demands that the group presents.
  • Lisa Boyle, who plays Bubbles Double Dee, would later appear on MWC as Kelly's high school friend, Fawn.
  • Bud asks Kelly what can she spell when they try to find a new last name. She then says that she can spell "Cat" and insist they look in the "K" section of the phonebook. Earlier in the season 5 episode, "One Down, Two to Go" Kelly is shown trying to spell "Cat" during the "Daddy's Little Girl" montage, but ends up spelling it as "Kat".
  • This is the first first "official" appearance of Officer Dan. Although Dan Tullis Jr., who plays the character, has appeared on MWC as a Chicago PD Officer since season 5 (and a Chicago Sheriff in season 4), he was not officially credited as "Officer Dan" until this episode.

Cultural References[]

  • At the beginning of the episode, Kelly mentions actor Christian Slater and that he would be showing off his bare backside.
  • After Peggy and Marcy sit down, Kelly points out that they were watching the President speak, before Peggy notices Christian Slater's bare backside and comments that jogging has really done him some work.
    • This is in refence to then-U.S. President, Bill Clinton, who was an avid jogger.
  • In his introduction, Jerry Springer mentions that he wants to "apologize on behalf of all men for the disgusting way Burt has mistreated Loni" causing Peggy and Marcy to say "Woof! Woof! Woof!" while pumping their fists in a circular motion. He then says "Good move, Burt. And uh, 'Cop and a Half', good movie too."
    • "Burt" and "Loni" are in refence to actors Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson who were married from 1988 until 1994. At the time this episode originally aired, they were in the process of separating after he claimed to have fallen love with a cocktail waitress.
    • Peggy and Marcy's reaction are taken from the late night talk show The Arsenio Hall Show, in which his audience would use that to cheer on Arsenio Hall and his guests.
    • Cop and a Half was a 1993 buddy-cop film which starred Burt Reynolds as a detective partnered with an 8 year old child to help solve a murder. The film also starred Tom McCleister who played Al's friend and NO MA'AM member, Ike starting in season 9.
  • The product that Jerry advertise, "I Can't Believe It's a Tampon" is a parody of the butter substitute spread, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.
  • After Jerry asks if Al was calling from 1952, Al says "I wish! Ike was in the White House, women were in the kitchen and you were in the closet!"
    • "Ike" is a reference to U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower who used the nickname "Ike" and served from 1953 until 1961.
    • "Women were in the kitchen" refers to women in the 1950s and prior, who usually were housewives who cleaned the house and cooked for their families instead of joining the work force and doing work outside of the home.
    • Staying in the closet as Al implied Jerry did back then is a phrase that implies that someone does not want to reveal that they are gay.
  • After commandeering the Masculine Feminist set, one of the audience members is seen wearing a rainbow wig and has a sign that reads "John 3:16" on his chest. This is in reference to Rollen Stewart a popular fixture at sporting events during the 1970s and 1980s, known for his rainbow colored afro wig and holding up signs that read "John 3:16" to spread his message about Christianity, until his arrest during a standoff in 1992.
    • He was previously referenced by Bud in Proud to Be Your Bud", when he starts hearing a voice and asks himself if that is how the "Rainbow Wig Guy" got started.
  • One of the demands that NO MA'AM mentions is for women to stop talking about Fabio, referring to Italian-American model and actor Fabio Lanzoni who often goes by the mononym, Fabio. At the time this episode originally aired, he was best known for appearing on the cover of various romance novels. Shortly after this episode aired, he became a spokesman for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, a brand that was parodied in this episode.
  • While trying to find a new last name to take in the phonebook, Peggy and Bud point out "Berkowitz" and "Borden". Both of those names are references to serial killer David Berkowitz (known as the "Son of Sam") and murder Lizzie Borden.
    • Incidentally, the Bundys also share the same last name as serial killer Ted Bundy.
  • Al ask Bubbles Double Dee on her thoughts about Roe V. Wade, the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 that allows a woman to have an abortion, but she believes it to be a boxing match and offers to have dinner with whomever wins the match.
  • After Al suggest that lactating mothers get a dairy farmer instead having their own "lactation lounge" at the bowling alley, Marcy says "Quiet, Klingon!" referring to the fictional species from the Star Trek franchise.
  • Jefferson says: "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore." This references Dorothy's line from The Wizard of Oz (1939).

Locations[]

Sets[]

  • Bundy Living Room / Kitchen
  • Bundy Garage
  • The Masculine Feminist Set
  • The Nudie Bar / Coffee House Performance Stage

Goofs[]

  • After Jerry asks if Al was calling from 1952, Al says "I wish! Ike was in the White House, women were in the kitchen and you were in the closet!". While "Ike" (the nickname of Dwight D. Eisenhower) was elected President of the United States in November of 1952, he did not actually take office until January 20, 1953.
  • After Al pleads for the rest of the family to help him during his arrest, the Bundy's front door is shown wide open and a tumbleweed rolls on into the empty house. If one looks closely, the head of the person throwing the tumbleweed into the Bundy's house can be seen peaking through the doorframe before they toss it in.
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