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The Razor's Edge 

Steve returns home having grown a beard from a week-long rafting trip. He and Marcy get into a huge argument over his reluctance to shave it off, leading him to move in with the Bundys.


Gerry Cohen


Ellen L. Fogle, Michael G. Moye (created by) | 3 more credits »




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


Steve comes home after a little personal vacation sporting a beard. When Marcy sees it, she tells him to shave it. But he doesn't want to. So they get into an argument which ends with Steve moving out and staying with the Bundys. He passes the time by cleaning and cooking and Al likes his cooking that he tries to make his stay as long as possible. Written by

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While Steve is cooking, Al states that Peggy said the stove has been broken for months. Steve replies that the cord has been cut.

Moments later, Peggy warns Al that the electric bill will be expensive. Al replies that the stove is gas. See more »


Al Bundy: Steve, I'm going to give you a gift. A special gift to make you stop thinking about Marcy. I didn't want to do this until it was absolutely necessary, so sit down. Clear your mind. Think of Marcy. Now, take a look at this photo of... my mother-in-law!
Steve Rhodes: AHHHHHHHHHH!
Al Bundy: Everybody says that. Yep, look at her in a two-piece bathing suit, bending over at the beach on the shore of Lake Michigan to pick up her sunglasses, the summer of '71. Notice the perspiration peculating in the folds of her stomach. ...
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References The Razor's Edge (1946) 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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Steve's beard episode!
25 May 2009 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Steve Rhoades has slowly been rebelling against his wife, Marcy. When he returns home after a long trip, Marcy is startled by his beard. He likes and wants to keep it. Marcy's holding sex back until he shaves it. Al comes to Steve's rescue and helps aid him in his quest to defeat Marcy's wish. The scene where he shows a picture of his mother-in-law is priceless and worth watching in this episode. Marcy isn't handling life without sex or Steve at all and comes seeking Peggy's help. This episode was quite tame in it's day and probably would be considered childish today. It's all about the beard really, Marcy wants the old Steve and not the new emerging Steve.

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15 November 1987 (USA) See more »

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