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Take My Wife, Please was the 7th episode of Season 8 of Married... with Children, also the 163rd overall episode of the series. Directed by Tony Singletary and written by Eddie Feldmann & Brad Yuen, the episode originally on FOX, premiering on October 24, 1993.The episode name references to a famed Henny Youngman one liner.


In this Halloween episode, Al wishes he was dead, and is visited by the Grim Reaper with a very familiar face. He can escape death only if someone expresses he were alive or a desire to need him before the stroke of midnight. In a subplot, Marcy hosts a charity party in honor of rehabilitated female convicts. She tried hiring the Village People to perform, but they cancelled at the last minute, forcing her to conscript Jefferson, Peg, Kelly and Bud into impersonating the group. They are told to lip-synch, but the only Village People album Marcy owns is a single-track of their one-hit wonder YMCA. She plays it repeatedly, angering the guests.


On Halloween night, the Grim Reaper (in the form of a dark-haired, pasty-faced Peggy) finally answers Al's inadvertent long cried call for death and won't leave him until one of his family members say that they need him. Meanwhile, Marcy convinces Peggy, Bud, Kelly and Jefferson to impersonate the Village People at a party she's hosting honoring female spouse murderers.

Guest stars/Recurring[]

Cast regulars

Guest starring[]

  • Patrika Darbo as Ethel
  • Mindy Seeger as Jeannie
  • Joshua Boyd as Kid #1
  • Billi Gordon as Belle
  • The Village People as Themselves



  • The title of this episode is based upon Henny Youngman's signature joke, "Now take my wife... Please!"


  • Peggy mentions that some of their neighbors include the Millers and Mr. Grover.
  • This is the first time that the D'Arcy's kitchen has been shown.
  • In this episode, Death takes on the the appearance of Peggy with long black hair. Earlier, in season 5's "A Man's Castle", the picture of Peggy that Al sees in his bathroom eventually turns into Death.
  • In the original airing of the episode, the ending credits continue with Death, the Bundys and the Village People at the Bundy residence dancing and performing "YMCA" while Al continues to inhale the toxic fumes from Kelly's spray canister. In the DVD release, the scene is turned into a still frame as "YMCA" continues playing over the credits.

Cultural References[]

  • The first trick-or-treater who is a dinosaur and spits in Al's face is a reference to the 1993 film, Jurassic Park. Specifically the boy's costume is based on the Dilophosaurus and Al's reaction is a parody of Dennis Nedry's last moments in the film.
  • When Death introduces herself, she tells Al that she could be her own worst nightmare, "But who'd want to go around looking like Sally Struthers", referring to the actress who has been the butt of several jokes on the show.
  • During Al's plea to Death to not take him, he suggest the singer Michael Bolton or "whoever wrote that 'Facts of Life' theme!" go in his place.
    • Michael Bolton is an American singer and songwriter, who, after a brief stint in the hard rock / metal scene in the late 1970s became known for his pop rock ballads in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was previously mocked by Al in "Old Insurance Dodge".
    • The Facts of Life was a 1980s sitcom about a group of girls living in a boarding school and their housemother. The opening theme song was previously heard on MWC during season 6.
      • One of the writers of the theme song, actor Alan Thicke, was starring on the show Growing Pains that is mentioned later in this episode. He would later guest star on MWC as Henry in season 10 and Bruce in season 11.
  • While waiting to see if his family will need him, Death shows Al that they have their own cable network called DTV, which is a parody of MTV.
  • Death mentions having to take Elvis, requiring six other Deaths to help carrying him and slipping on Ho Hos before finally getting him out of the bathroom. This is a reference to singer Elvis Presley who died in 1977 while on the toilet bowl at his estate and had gained a significant amount of weight from his heyday.
  • While showing off the people she has taken in her photo album, Death mentions Al's personal hero John Wayne and Al's favorite comedic trio, The Three Stooges.
    • Specifically she said that she took "all six of The Three Stooges". This is a reference to the six actors who made up the variations of the Three Stooges through its long career:
      • Moe Howard, Shemp Howard, Larry Fine (the original trio, with Moe and Larry being the only consist members throughout its entire run),
      • Jerome "Curly" Howard (replaced Shemp from 1934 to 1946, forming the classic Columbia shorts team. Shemp would rejoin the trio after Curly became ill and died in 1952)
      • Joe Besser (replaced Shemp after his death in 1955)
      • Joe DeRita (replacing Joe Besser after the end of the shorts production in the early 1960s).
  • Peggy mentions that she wishes The Supremes were there to see them perform and then says that she is better at singing "Love Child".


  • Througout the episode, "YMCA" by the Village people is played.
  • Peggy and the Kids sing "Macho Man" by the Village People after Marcy bribes them with $500.



  • Bundy Living Room / Kitchen
  • D'Arcy Living Room
  • D'Arcy Kitchen


  • When Marcy announces that she got the Village People to perform at her house, Peggy and the kids give her a blank look and imply that they never heard of them before. But after Marcy offers them $500, they suddenly know the chorus to one of their songs "Macho Man".
  • While on stage, Peggy says that she wishes that her cousin Wormy was there to see them perform, and says he has all of The Village People's records. Yet as mentioned earlier, she didn't even know who they were in the first place, so why would she know that one of her cousins has their albums.
  • When Al is saying that "Next to Christmas, Thanksgiving, Sunday through Monday, Halloween's gotta be the worst day of the year" he says Sunday through Monday, instead of Monday through Sunday.
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NO MA'AMDances with WeezieChange for a BuckA Little Off the TopThe Worst Noel
Sofa So GoodHoney, I Blew Up MyselfHow Green Was My AppleValentine's Day Massacre
Get Outta DodgeField of ScreamsThe D'Arcy FilesNooner or LaterRide Scare
The Legend of Ironhead HaynesAssault and BatteriesAl Goes DeepKelly Knows Something