Married with Children... All Things Episodic
0616 - RITES OF PASSAGE
Synopsis: Budís plans for his 18th Birthday couldnít be any bleaker, with Peg hiring a pony
and clown to come to the house and the girl of his dreams could caring less that heís interested
in her. Al however has some good news to cheer him up. Being that heís now 18, Bundy tradition
says that itís time for Budís first trip to the Nudie Bar.
Thoughts: Great episode! Still during the prime season 6 when all was still going well for the
show, this is a funny episode that is a high watermark in terms of the style and writing. Bud is
still in his Grandmaster B phase, still in the phase where he and Kelly can shoot insults around
with no sweat on a daily basis (Kelly is "One size fits all", Bud is now 18, but his pimples are
16 etc). Even if we didnít have the scenes with the Nudie Bar, we would have still had a great
show back home with Peg and the Díarcyís at a lame kiddy party that Peg of all people cooked up.
** One thing to note is that Al and Bud go to the "Nudie Bar" and later on in the series
they decided on the "Jiggly Room." A similar note is why Al reads Playboy and later just reads
BigíUns. Coincidently enough, why did they change the Nudie Bar set? The Jiggly Room set has a
little more pizzazz, but itís almost the same set with runway and bar just rearranged. Anyway
back to the show.
There is sort of a B story here concerning Budís party complete with a just paroled
clown, but itís the way B stories are supposed to be. As many of you know who read these
reviews, I think that if there is ever a secondary plot, it has to be good or in some way be an
extension of the main story. The later seasons were full of bad second stories and plots and all
they did was make for weak stories with fewer laughs. A good episode of MWC should be one story
with all of the characters OR characters in different locations focusing in on one story and here
itís Budís Birthday, only Al and Bud are at the nudie bar and everyone is at home getting Budís
The plot of this episode is pure Bundy in any sense of the word, with the celebration of
debauchery and dishonesty which goes hand in hand with Al and Bud in these rare bonding moments
that are sprinkled throughout the show. Sticky the Clown is funny for the moments we see him and
the episodes awesome babeô quotient is pretty high from Roxanne, Buds dream girl to the dancers
at the nudie bar. An almost perfect episode in every way and while we donít get to see Al tear
into customers at the shoe store, we get another of those great stories that he tells when he
gets home. Plus he and Bud both tear (literally) into customers at the Nudie Bar.
Rating: 9 shoes out of 10. When I said high watermark, I meant it. Where do you think those
"at the Nudie Bar" statements from later episodes came from? By the way, look for Stickyís knife
in the door when Al and Bud get home from the Nudie Bar. Maybe not a top 10 on my list, but it
goes in the top 20. Bundying at itís best.
Al: What place doesnít suck when your broke?
Peggy: You know itís not just any clown, Sticky the Clown!
Marcy: Oh heís out?!
Jefferson just weaseled his way out of having to return a new car he just bought
Sticky: Hi, Iím Sticky.
Jefferson: So am I.
By John Nelson
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