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"I'll See You in Court" is the tenth episode from the third season of Married... with Children, making it the series 45th episode overall. Originally intended to air on February 19, 1989, this episode remained unaired within the United States until June 18, 2002 due to its content and the Rakolta Boycott against Fox. Once dubbed as "the lost episode" by the producers, this episode has since not only aired, but can be found on volume one of the most outrageous episodes as well as the complete third season DVD set.

SynopsisEdit

In the infamous 'lost episode', Al and Peg learn they have been video taped getting intimate at a sleazy motel. The same thing has also happened to Steve and Marcy. They decide to take the matter to court.

SummaryEdit

On her couch in the Bundy living room, Peggy Bundy is watching Dr. Sally as her children, Kelly and Bud come down the stairs from the second floor. While the commercial air, Kelly, Bud and Peggy discuss Al's wallet and the fact he has taken it into the shower with him after hiding it in his underwear the previous night. Peggy informs the kids that Al does not have an original wallet, but a duplicate with xeroxed money, reasoning that if Al dared to spend money without them, then he deserved to go to jail. Peggy gives money to Bud and Kelly before the two leave as Dr. Sally resumes, this time responding to viewer mail sent in for on air correspondence. Dr. Sally reads a letter from "Peggy Pundy" that her husband, "Sal" has lost interest in their sex lives. Upon reading the letter, Dr. Sally offers suggestions, such as the living room, the kitchen table or even the bathroom which Peggy, revealing she in fact wrote the letter, confirms neither of these have been done. In closing out the correspondence, Dr. Sally urges "Mrs. Pundy" to try this, as she claimed that she had, and that it worked.

After seeing this, Peg decides that the best way to rekindle her relationship with Al is to have sex in a different location. Upon Marcy's recommendation, Peg and Al go to the Hop-On-Inn and discover a videotape waiting for them in their room. After watching some of the tape, the Bundys realize that the couple having sex on the video is Steve and Marcy. Although Al is disgusted, the action turns Peggy on and the couple has sex.

Peggy and Al return home and show the tape to Steve and Marcy, who are embarrassed by the film, much to the delight of the Bundys. The Rhoades express their dismay that they were secretly recorded, but Steve points out that the Bundys may have been videotaped as well. Marcy and Al are upset by this violation of their privacy and propose physical violence against the owners of the motel. Steve and Peg, on the other hand, want to take action against the Hop-On-Inn and make money from the incident.

Peggy convinces Al to sue the motel with her and the Rhoades. Steve, not wanting a lawyer to take any of the million dollars he expects to win from the case, decides to act as one for the two families. The case begins with Steve presenting a lengthy opening statement, during which the stenographer and the judge fall asleep. Next, Steve shows the subpoenaed sex tapes from the motel, despite objections from his wife. After a few hours, the tape runs out and the courtroom applauds Steve and Marcy's romp. Next, Steve shows Peggy and Al's tape, which ends after a few seconds.

After the plaintiff rests, the defense lawyer calls Marcy, Al, and Peggy to the stand. She asks Marcy a series of embarrassing questions, hoping to prove Marcy knew that the camera was there. Her tactic with the Bundys is to try to prove sexual intercourse did not occur on the videotape. In the end, the Rhoades are awarded $10,000, but the Bundys receive nothing, because the jury does not believe that sex occurred. After everyone exits the courtroom, Al attempts to prove that he can perform when he wants to, and has sex with Peg for hours on the judge's bench, unwittingly while being recorded by the courtroom camera!

Background InformationEdit

ProductionEdit

This episode was written by Jeanne Baruch and Jeanne Romano, both of whom were newcomers to Married... with Children, and was directed by Gerry Cohen. It was taped on January 6, 1989 with an intended air date of February, 1989. However, trouble began when the Broadcast Standards department of the Fox Broadcasting Company declined many lines of the script. Along with other changes, which totaled fifteen (a typical episode of Married... with Children at the time contained two or three at most), of which thirteen of them were conceded to by the editors and producers (who did not agree with the changes to begin with), Fox censors felt that the shows overall topic, sex, was not something that was (at the time) something vocally and openly discussed on television. In addition, Fox was currently the target of a boycott lead by Terry Rakolta over the content of "Her Cups Runneth Over" which aired earlier in the year and the episode's punchline, namely, the length of Al's performance (which prevented the Bundys from getting monetary compensation) was considered an unacceptable revelation for the airwaves. As a result, the episode did not air within the US (but did elsewhere in the world throughout 1990) until June 18, 2002, a full thirteen years, five months and twelve days after the episode was taped. Even then, the channel which aired the episode FX, edited out four lines from the episode's broadcast, effectively causing the episode to still not air in its entity (even though it had throughout the world) until the episode was released on DVD. [1][2][3][4]

Critical ReceptionEdit

With the episode not airing in the United States until 2002, the contemporary critics of the time did not have ample opportunity to review it. DVD Verdict's review was that the episode was, in fact, not overly racy, even by the standards of the era (which were used to not air the episode), claiming that by 2003 its content was "so sedate as to be comatose."[4] The episodes grade given by Film Freak Central was a C+, which went on to call the episode "quaint" and further warning viewers to "[n]ever trust the hype."[5]

Home Media ReleasesEdit

This episode was released on the Married... with Children The Most Outrageous Episodes Volume 1 DVD on February 4, 2003, as well as the The Complete Third Season DVD set on January 25, 2007[6].

Recurring Cast/Guest starsEdit

Links and ReferencesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Bundyology episode transcript page
  2. Stason.org page
  3. Television Haven page
  4. 4.0 4.1 DVD Verdict review page on most outrageous episodes volume 1
  5. Film Freak Central review and grade
  6. TV Shows on DVD page

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