Peg and Marcy attend the funeral of Al's barber in "Requiem for a Dead Barber" in Season 3 of MWC.
| Season 3, Episode # 9 |
Number (#44) in series (259 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||Kenny Sacha|
|Writer(s)||Ron Leavitt & Michael G. Moye|
|Director||James E. Hornbeck|
|Original airdate||February 12, 1989|
|IMDB||Requiem for a Dead Barber|
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Requiem for a Dead Barber is the eighth episode of season 3 of Married... with Children, also the 44th overall episode in the series. Directed by James E. Hornbeck, and written by series creators Ron Leavitt and Michael G. Moye, the episode premiered on FOX on February 12, 1989.
Al is completely devastated when his favorite barber dies, prompting him to go to a salon and risk losing his masculinity.
Al is devastated when Tony, his barber, dies. Al then realizes barbershops are a dying business, being replaced by hair salons. After several months of no luck, a long-haired Al is fed up with looking like an old-time hippie and capitulates by going to a hair salon. However, the beauticians have no idea of how to cut men's hair and Al comes home with a perm! Al's blue-collar friends, who were also customers of Tony's, are in the same boat. During one get-together for poker the men cannot do their usual activities as they are too concerned about their hairdos. Al, grasping what little grip on masculinity and reality he has left, rallies the men to regain their manhood. First, he says they will find a fire hydrant, dunk their heads in water and "wash the gay away". Second, they will spare no expense in finding a new barber.
Meanwhile, Peg attempts to take out a million dollar insurance policy on Al's life without telling him. The subplot ends with the main plot when Peg annoying says that the insurance agency did a background check on Al. Realizing he works as a shoe salesman, he was considered a risk due to the high suicide rates in that career, and his policy was revoked. Al comes home in a good mood though, with his usual hairstyle. He says Tony's father is still alive, and he was also Tony's mentor. Al is not concerned that Tony's father is 1/2-blind and 97 years of age, and as he goes upstairs the back of his head is seen with a bandage.
Recurring cast/Guest starsEdit
- Amanda Bearse as Marcy Rhoades
- David Garrison as Steve Rhoades
- Buck as Buck Bundy, the dog
- Kenny Sacha as Mr. Adonis
- Charlie Spradling as Murphy (as "Charlie")
- Steven Levy as Mr. Ron
- Stacey Alden as Fran (as Stacy Alden)
- Sandra Wild as Fluffy
- Garrett Morris as Russ
- Harry Hart-Browne as Eduardo
- Steve Susskind as Barney
- Frank Lloyd as Norris
- Vito D'Ambrosio as Louie
- Al makes a remark about how he likes pinball and hates that video arcades have taken over old-time nickelodeons. 20 years after this episode aired, Ed O'Neill starred in the popular Disney film Wreck-It Ralph, voicing a character named Mr. Litwak, who owned and managed a video arcade.
- This episode marks the second and final appearance of Al's friend, Russ and the only appearance of Al's friend, Louie.
- Al mentions that he was able to find Tony's father in Cicero. Cicero is a suburb of Chicago, located in Cook County.
- This episode was nominated for Outstanding Editing for a Series (Multi-Camera Production), Larry Harris (Editor) at the 1989 Emmy Awards,
- Al asks Bud's help with chopping up Buck's doghouse for firewood, but the Bundys don't have a fireplace.