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Ship Happens (Part 1) is the 18th episode in Season 9 of Married... with Children, and was also the 201st overall episode. Directed by Gerry Cohen and written by Michelle L. Wolff, the episode originally aired on FOX, premiering on February 19, 1995.


After Peggy wins a magazine contest, the Bundys and the D'Arcys go on a cruise, which turns out to be one catering to fat women by day and slim, sexy women by night. Peggy gets a bad hair-do there and stops Al from enjoying the slim, bikini-clad women. Meanwhile, Wolfman Jack (appearing as himself) stays at the Bundy house.


Part one of two-episode story arc. In this particular episode, after Peg enters a magazine contest, Wolfman Jack appears at the Bundys' door telling them that they won the prize, a free Caribbean cruise. When the Bundys and the D'Arcys go on the cruise, it turns out to be a cruise which caters to fat women by day and slim, sexy women by night! Peggy gets a bad hair-do there and stops Al from enjoying the slim, bikini-clad women. On the ship, the S.S. Sea Dodge, the four, Al, Peg, Marcy and Jefferson (Bud and Kelly stay at home) are stuck in a cramped cabin in the boiler room on a ship with large women on their way to a weight loss center on a tropical isle.

Recurring Cast/Regulars[]

Guest starring[]

  • Wolfman Jack as Himself
  • Lisa Stahl as Gretchen
  • Mary Garripoli as Julie
  • Yvonne de La Paix as Chubby Cruiser (uncredited0
  • Kim Anderson as Party Girl Jackie (uncredited)



  • The title of this episode is a reference to the idiom "Shit happens", meaning that life is unpredictable and that bad things can occur, no matter how hard one tries to avoid them.


  • This was the last acting role of Wolfman Jack, as he passed away about 5 months after this episode aired.
  • According to the lifeboat, the name of the ship was "Sea Dodge".

Cultural References[]

  • After Peggy asks "Would Ed McMahon lie?", Al sarcastically asks if McMahon would drink, laugh at an unfunny joke or eat dog food to make money.
    • Ed McMahon was a game show host, actor and announcer. He was best known as serving as the announcer / sidekick of talk show host Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show as well as being the host of the talent competition show, Star Search.
      • As Peggy mentioned, McMahon was also a pitchman for American Family Publishers, which marketed magazine subscriptions and also ran mail in sweepstakes. They would often feature on their entries a picture of McMahon and the phrase, "You may have already won $10,000,000!"
      • As Al pointed out, McMahon was known for laughing at jokes that were not even funny while on The Tonight Show and there were rumors that he would drink backstage. Also he was known for endorsing various products and had financial troubles until he passed away in 2009.
  • Al compares the room he is sharing with Peggy and the D'Arcys to the novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas and Peggy to the giant squid from the story.
  • After Peggy and Marcy boast about the celebrity stylist on the ship, Marcy then asks Al "Who do you think does Sandra Bernhard's hair?". He quips "Ray Charles?!".
    • Sandra Bernhard is an American comedienne and actress. At the time this episode originally aired, she was one of the stars on the ABC sitcom, Roseanne
    • Ray Charles was an American songwriter, pianist and singer who was blind for most of his life.
  • After Peggy mentions that the cruises entertainment will be provided by Gilbert Gottfried, Al and Jefferson are disappointed.
    • Gilbert Gottfried is an American actor and comedian who is often known for his exaggerated shrill voice and crude humor. He appears as himself in the next episode.
  • Kelly complains about Wolfman Jack staying at the house and comments "it's not that we haven't enjoyed your cute little stories about things that happened even before Dick Clark was born"
    • Dick Clark was an American radio and television personality, known for hosting shows such as American Bandstand and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. At the time this episode aired, he was also serving as a co-pitchman with Ed McMahon for American Family Publishers.



  • Bundy Living Room / Kitchen
  • Cruise Ship sub-sub economy class room / deck
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