The House that Peg Lost is the 16th episode of season 3 of Married...With Children, also the 51st overall series episode. It originally aired on FOX on April 23, 1989. Directed by Gerry Cohen and written by Steve Granat and Mel Sherer. The title name is a spoof of the nickname of Yankee Stadium, "The House that Ruth Built."
Peg an Al are called to house-sit for the vacationing Steve and Marcy, leading to the Rhoades' house being taken away by a moving man looking for a roadhouse. Meanwhile, Kelly has a slumber party with her friends, which leads to chaos when Bud reveals that Kelly slept with her one best friends' boyfriends.
Full episode summary
After asking the Bundys to watch their house for the day, Marcy and Steve return to find a big hole where their house once stood. It seems that Peggy had earlier that day mistakenly told a wrecking crew looking to demolish a place called Steve's Road House and she directed them to Steve 'Rhoades' house instead. So the Rhoades are forced to spend the night at the Bundy house. Meanwhile, Kelly throws a slumber party for four of her girlfriends, but Bud ends up disrupting it and turns it into a "cat-fight" riot!
Recurring cast/Guest stars
- Allison Barron as Lauren
- Tracy Justrich as Tasha
- Jonathan Coogan as Workman
- Kristin Pearcey as Charlene (as Laurie Plaksen)
- Andy Heyward as TV Announcer (as Howard Stevens)
- Christy Taylor as Caroline (as Christy Johnson)
- Buck the dog as Buck Bundy
- The title of the episode is a reference to the song, "The House that Jack Built" by Aretha Franklin
- Kelly confirms in this episode that she is 16 years old at this point.
- After Al and Peg come back from looting the Rhoades residence, Al can be seen with their VCR among the item they stole. He had stolen their VCR in the previous episode.
- Allison Barron who played one of Kelly's friends in this episode, later appeared on MWC as one of the girls who visits Bud after his failed attempt to win Candy over in "You Can't Miss".
- The boys that Kelly stole from her friends include:
- Dan Peterson
- Greg Barnett
- Bobby Brucato
- When Kelly asks her parents if they can keep Bud out of the house during her pajama party, she tells them to send him to "Steve and Marcy's", which is rather odd, considering she usually addresses the neighbors as "The Rhoades" or "Mr. / Mrs. Rhoades".
- A similar incident happens later in "Route 666 (Part 1)" when Kelly says "When is Marcy going to wire us the money" instead of Mrs. D'Arcy.
- When Peggy confirms that it is 1989, after revealing the promisory note for sex that Al signed, she says that she believes it is the year of the snake.
- Although she is likely referring to Al's penis as a "snake", in the Chinese Zodiac, 1989 was in fact the year of the snake.
- After looting the Rhoades' residence, Al and Peggy reveal that the house is only in Marcy's name and that Steve's mom is the only beneficiary on his life policy.
- Several episodes earlier, in "Requiem for a Dead Barber", Marcy mentions to Peggy that he is worth $1 million on his life insurance policy.
- The show that Al watches at the beginning of the episode seems to parody the television show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, with announcer sounding like the host of the show, Robin Leach.
- Actor Joe Piscopo is mentioned in the show as one of the attendees at the "Luckiest Nen on Earth" party and this would one of the first of many times the actor would referenced on MWC.
- During Kelly's slumber party, Bud is dressed up in a robe and smoking a pipe, in reference to Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine.
- Al sarcastically calls Peggy "June Cleaver" a reference to the mother from the show Leave It to Beaver.
- Marcy mentions that she was dreaming that she was Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and compares Al and Peggy to the Scarecrow and the Good Witch from the film.
- Bundy Living Room / Kitchen
- Al & Peggy's Bedroom
- Al tells Steve that their house became a chicken restaurant in Waukeegan, Illinois. It is never explained how he would know that or how none of the movers noticed that they were in a residential house and not a building designated for a restaurant.
- When Peg looks to see if the Rhoades' house is really missing (and later when Steve and Marcy return home early), she only looks out through the glass in the front door, which would imply that the Rhoades actually live across the street, even though their backyards are right next to each others.
- Also, even if she somehow meant to look to the side for their house, she would not see their house at all from that angle since the Rhoades' house would be on the left (as Peg is looking) and the Bundy garage extends past the front porch on that side, completely blocking any view.
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- The House That Peg Lost - Final Draft Script on albundy.net
- The House That Peg Lost - Transcript on Springfield! Springfield!
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