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The Poker Game 

Al takes Steve one evening to watch a poker game with his poker playing friends. Steve gets the feel of the game and sits in for one of the men, but he ends up losing his paycheck to Al. ... See full summary »

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Brian Levant
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Cast

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 (credit only)
David Faustino ... Bud Bundy (credit only)
Sue Ann Gilfillan Sue Ann Gilfillan ... Lisa
James Lashly ... E.J.
Steve Susskind ... Barney
Frank Lloyd Frank Lloyd ... Norris
William Utay ... Bum
Garrett Morris ... Russ
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Al takes Steve one evening to watch a poker game with his poker playing friends. Steve gets the feel of the game and sits in for one of the men, but he ends up losing his paycheck to Al. From then on, Steve tries to avoid Marcy to avoid telling her the truth about losing their mortgage payment money while Al plans to use his $300 winnings to buy a new fishing rod. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This episode was taped on April 17, 1987. See more »

Goofs

Al tells Peggy the fishing rod costs $235. Later after he bought it he kisses it and says "you my love" cost $275. See more »

Quotes

Al: What's for supper?
Peggy: Filthy Pig!
Al: We had that last night.
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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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Full tilt comedy.
16 November 2020 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

The writers of Married With Children reveal a winning hand with The Poker Game, possibly my favourite episode of the first season.

It begins with Peg trying to choose numbers for the lottery: "I need something closer to twenty," Peggy declares. "Yeah, so do I," replies Al in the first funny exchange of the episode. Al, however, thinks he has a better way of winning the cash he needs for his new fishing rod: a game of poker with his pals. Inviting Steve along for the evening, Al convinces his neighbour - a non-gambler - to take part in the game, and winds up winning Steve's half of that month's mortgage payment. Marcy will not be pleased.

This one features lots of snappy dialogue, with the best line coming from Al while he is serving a battle-axe at the shoe shop: "I want something that goes with this dress," the customer says. Al's reply: "A bubbling cauldron". It might not seem that funny in writing, but trust me, Ed O'Neill's delivery is priceless.

N.B. This episode is also notable for the total absence of Kelly and Bud.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1987 (USA) See more »

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Embassy Communications See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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