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Teacher Pets was the 21st episode of Season 6 of Married... with Children, also the 126th overall series episode. Directed by Gerry Cohen and written by Katherine Green, the episode first aired on the FOX network, premiering on April 5, 1992.

Synopsis[]

Bud tries to prove to others that his substitute teacher has a crush on him. Meanwhile, Peg is sick with the flu and Al crashes children's parties at Chuck E. Cheese to get free food.

Storyline[]

The sixth season's twenty-first episode has Bud trying to support his claim that his 40-year-old teacher is romanticly interested in him is greeted by laughter from everyone. But another student smells the smoke and wants the self-imagined studly Bud's fire for herself. Meanwhile, Peggy has a cold which prompts Al to keep his distance by going out every night to a Chuck-E-Cheese restaurant for some free pizza by crashing little kids birthdays parties. Can Bud keep two girls satisfied or will he suffer from a humiliating Bundy defeat?

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Notes[]

Title[]

  • The title of this episode is a play on the idiom, "Teacher's Pet", which is defined as a student who is viewed to be the favorite of a teacher, usually for being obedient and/or kissing up to the teacher for extra favors.

Trivia[]

  • The name of Bud's new teacher, Mrs A. Mariner, is a play on the title of Samuel Coleridge Taylor's poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner".
  • The name of the teacher Dottie McGowen is possibly named after the hair stylist for the show, Dottie McQuown, though her last name is spelled differently.
  • Charlotte Ross, who plays Bud's girlfriend Darlene, appeared alongside Katey Sagal as the daughter of her character in the 1991 TV movie "She Says She's Innocent" (aka "Violation of Trust").
  • This episode was taped just three days after David Faustino's 18th birthday, which means that even though he was underage while rehearsing a scene in which Bud Bundy is seduced by his 40-year-old teacher (who, in real life, celebrated her 42nd birthday just one day after this episode was taped), David had reached legal age just in time for the producers to avoid any law enforcement matters.
  • Bud tries to lead the family and D'Arcys in a variation of the Whoa Bundy!, but is ignored.
  • Kelly calls up Reverend Fletcher, who was mentioned in previous episodes.
  • MWC production staff member Bert L. Cook appears in this episode as Ernie, one of Bud's classmates who sits in the next row, behind the Asian girl in the pink sweater.

Cultural References[]

  • Throughout the episode, the pizza restaurant chain, Chuck E. Cheese is mentioned.
  • After the D'Arcys invited Bud out for dinner at Chuck-E-Cheese's Pizza out of pity, he asks them and his family, "What does it look like I am, the kid in 'Mask'?". This is a reference to the 1985 biography film, Mask, which focused on the life of Rocky Dennis who suffered from craniodiaphyseal dysplasia, before dying in 1978 at the age of 16.
  • After Mrs. McGowen kisses Bud, he smiles and says "Yabba Dabba Do!", which is the catchphrase said by Fred Flintstone from the cartoon series, The Flintstones.
  • When Al accuses Mrs. A Mariner of sleeping with Bud, he says "You..Cher!" referring to the singer / actress who was known for dating actors and musicians who were several years younger than her following her divorce from Sonny Bono and Gregg Allman.
  • When Al confronts Bud's teacher, he says "I know what you want, Miss Gabor!" in references to actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor, who once claimed to having an affair with her stepson, Conrad Hilton Jr..

Music[]

  • Peggy sings a variation of the Eddie Fisher song, "Oh! My Pa-Pa" called "Oh! My Mama".

Locations[]

Sets[]

  • Bundy Living Room / Kitchen
  • English Classroom


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