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For Whom the Bell Tolls 

Al gets heated up over the large phone bill and refuses to pay it, which results in the disconnection of the Bundy phone line, making him the target of hostility from Peggy, the kids and ... See full summary »


Linda Day




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


Al gets heated up over the large phone bill and refuses to pay it, which results in the disconnection of the Bundy phone line, making him the target of hostility from Peggy, the kids and the Rhoades who now take the Bundys phone calls on their phone, especially the ones from Peggy's mother. To make matters worse, there's a streetlight that is also bothering Al which is keeping him awake every night. Written by Anonymous

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The title, For Whom the Bell Tolls, is based on a 1940 book by Ernest Hemingway; it is also a 1984 song by the Thrash Metal band Metallica. See more »


Peggy is on the phone with her mom, Al hangs up and calls a family meeting. Kelly yells down she's on the phone. The Bundys only have one phone line so unless Kelly got right on the phone when Al hung up on Peg's mom this could not have happened. See more »


Marcy Rhoades: Peggy, Dial-a-Stud called. They wanted to know if you were okay and to tell you Juan is back.
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References For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) See more »


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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Married without money (dvd)
15 September 2012 | by leplatypusSee all my reviews

This second season has the show find his running speed, except for his beginning and ending. The numerous two-parts at the start breaks the tempo, all the more than one is good (the vacations) and the other a bit dull (the strip). Then, the season leaves with an terrible last show with lousy Peggy's relatives.

Beyond, it remains very funny: the cast is full of talent, the scripts are really comedy and pay attention to everything. It's very accurate on relationships, siblings feud and social awareness: the basic rule is that without money, you have nothing and be nothing as well.

In other words, everything has a price and the constant grunts of Al about his money and bills are a good lesson, said in funny and not moralistic way. Whereas in other shows, people live easy, spoiled lives, here, the focus is on the basic step: the buying power and where it comes from, that's to say from your work, meaning from what the boss wants to pay you. To illustrate this subtle capitalist critic, the best show would be (2.7) For Whom the Bell Tolls or (2.16) Master the Possibilities.

The other highlights of this season would be (2.14) Guys and Dolls (to see why Al lives in the windy city), (2.18) The Great Escape (to see a cool one with the kids) and 2.10 (beard), 2.12 (babe), 2.19 (impotence) and 2.21 (racetrack) for strong performances of Steve and Marcie.

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25 October 1987 (USA) See more »

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Embassy Communications See more »
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1.33 : 1
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