Married... with Children (1987–1997)
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Al decides to open a shoe emergency hot-line with help from Steve in the form of a $50,000 loan. But typically, Al's get-rich-quick scheme backfires when nobody phones in. When Marcy gives ... See full summary »


Gerry Cohen




Episode complete credited cast:
Ed O'Neill ... Al Bundy
Katey Sagal ... Peggy Bundy
David Garrison ... Steve Rhoades
Amanda Bearse ... Marcy Rhoades
Christina Applegate ... Kelly Bundy
David Faustino ... Bud Bundy
Ray Reinhardt Ray Reinhardt ... Peamon
Kari Whitman ... Muffy
Kerry Burke Kerry Burke ... Swensen
Dan Tullis Jr. Dan Tullis Jr. ... Sheriff
R. Leo Schreiber R. Leo Schreiber ... Farmer


Al decides to open a shoe emergency hot-line with help from Steve in the form of a $50,000 loan. But typically, Al's get-rich-quick scheme backfires when nobody phones in. When Marcy gives Al a second $50,000 loan to repay the original loan, the Bundys and the Rhoades join together in a downward spiral of failure when Al instead sinks the second $50,000 into his failing shoe hot-line, which results in Steve losing his job at the bank, Marcy getting demoted, and Al ending up being the loser as always. Written by SpaceAce77

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Although he will still be prominent in several episodes to come, this episode begins the story arc that will allow David Garrison to exit the series in early 1990. The arc begins with having Steve lose his job at the bank, after loaning Al 50,000 dollars, then having him realize that the corporate yuppie lifestyle plus marriage to Marcy is not for him. Then Steve begins becoming an outdoors enthusiast, something David Garrison is in real life, and then ultimately dumps Marcy and moves to Yellowstone Park to become a park ranger. See more »


Steve makes a bank loan to Al but tells him to fill out the paperwork later. Seconds later, the bank president comes over to complain to Steve about his poor judgment in making the loan. However, Al never completed the paperwork - the bank president would not have even known the loan had been made, let alone that it would be bad. See more »


Al: [Looking at the phone bill] What about these three pages of toll calls to the Heavy Metal hotline?
Kelly Bundy: [Kelly looks away, then back at Al] Oh, that must have been me, Dad, but I was saving you money.
Al: How did you do that, pumpkin?
Kelly Bundy: Well, because they said it was $3 for the first minute and 50 cents for each additional minute, so rather than being charged extra, I'd hang up after a minute and call back.
Peggy: [Al looks down, holding his head in his hands] At least she's trying, Al.
Al: [Al looks at Kelly] Oh, God!
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Love & Marriage
(Theme Song)
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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You Can't Stop Laughing! No, You can't!
1 June 2009 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Whenever I see this episode, it always makes me laugh no matter what mood that I am in. In this episode, Al has another get rich scheme to have his own 976 line about shoe advice. "Dr. Shoe, I Don't know what to do?" the actress says in the commercial. Al needs to get a loan so he asks Steve who is in competition at the bank for a trip to two to Hawaii which he really wants so much that he willing to sacrifice another bad loan. When Al's commercial airs, nobody calls and Steve becomes catatonic and in a terrible nightmare. He has to face Marcy who takes over and offers to pay the bad loan with her bank loan. She has good credit and can handle a bad loan. It's the beginning of the end of Steve's run on the series but it's been a good one.

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12 November 1989 (USA) See more »

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