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The Agony and the Extra C is the 17th episode of season 10 of Married... with Children, also the 226th overall series episode. Directed by Sam W. Orendor and written by Jimmy Alack & Jim Kelley, it premiered on FOX-TV on February 11, 1996.


Bud and Kelly visit Jefferson in the hospital, who tells them the story. For his Anniversary, Marcy wants him to be away from Al, but he goes to nudie bar with them to see the Mexican babes. He gets delayed there and based on a stripper's suggestion he decides to get a tattoo from a drunk guy at the nudie bar, but it ends up misspelled ("I Love Mary").

Plot Summary[]

In the hospital waiting for surgery, Jefferson tells Bud and Kelly about his 5th wedding anniversary mishap. He and his pals Al, Griff, Ike, Officer Dan and Bob Rooney went to the Jiggly Room where it was suggested that he honor Marcy by getting a tattoo. But the drunken tattooer adorned his rear end with the sentiment "I Love Mary." Al must figure out a way to help Jefferson get this past Marcy.

Recurring Cast/Regulars[]

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  • Katey Sagal briefly appears in this episode in a pre-recorded insert, where Peggy is shown to be in Paris, France continuing the search for her missing father.
  • Griff mentions that the Jiggly Room will feature dancers from Chihuahua, Mexico.
  • The dancer who gives Jefferson a lapdance in this episode is played by Traci Bingham who at the time was known for her role on the syndicated television series, Baywatch. That series also featured past MWC guests Pamela Anderson and Donna D'Errico.

Cultural References[]

  • Al refers to Marcy as "Codename: KFC", in reference to the fast food restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).
  • A drunk Officer Dan gets on stage at the Jiggly Room and says "Hey, I'm a village person", in reference to the musical group, The Village People, which featured a member dressed as a police officer.
  • The taxi that Peggy rides while in France reads "CHEQUER" ("Checker" in English). This is in reference to Checker Taxi, a Chicago based taxicab service. Their taxis, made by Checker Motors, became synonymous with the American taxi of the past, particularly the models made between 1959 to 1982.
  • During Peggy's phone conversation, there are various reference to the European country of France and the French:
    • The taxi cab appears to be driving near the Arc de Triomphe.
    • The taxi cab driver has a baguette on his dashboard and is dressed in stereotypical white long sleeve shirt with thin black horizontal stripes and a beret while smoking. Peggy also notes how rude and smelly the people are, which is also another French stereotype.
    • Peggy mentions that she flew to France on the Concorde a supersonic passenger airliner developed between Britain and France.
    • Peggy mentions that she tracked Ephraim Wanker to a Jerry Lewis film festival. Jerry Lewis was an American actor and comedian who became popular in France with some viewing him as a genius.


  • The song Marcy sings while setting up dinner for her and Jefferson is "Hot Stuff" by Donna Summers.


  • When NO MA'AM tries to convince Jefferson to join them for "Foreign Exchange Night" at the Jiggly Room, Griff tells Jefferson that they are featuring dancers from Chicago's sister city, Chihuahua, Mexico. Chicago's sister city from Mexico is actually Mexico City, which is about 898 miles (1445 km) south of Chihuahua.
  • The taxi that Peggy rides in while in France says "CHEQUER", in reference to the Checker Taxicabs. In reality, Checker Taxis were based in the U.S. and did not expand its service or fleet of taxicabs outside of the country.
    • Also, a taxi in Paris would read "Taxi Parisian".
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