Married with Children
Episode: 0718 - PEGGY AND THE PIRATES
Reviewed By: John P. Stevenson
When youíre talking about your favorite television shows, how you judge the quality of
the various episodes is a very relative thing. The worst episode ever produced of, say, STAR
TREK, beats the hell out of the best DR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN; at least in this reviewers
opinion. That holds especially true for MWC in general, and this episode in particular.
First of all, whatís bad about this episode: You have some time?? The humor is tepid,
at best; the actors, with the exception of David Garrison, are just walking through their
parts, which is highly unusual for this quality cast; the plot is as thin as a clip show (Which
would have been preferable!); and, of course, that walking, talking abomination of a booger-
machine, Seven (GOD, but I detest that kid)! This is by far the weakest episode of the weakest
season of MWC. Which still puts it far above 98% of everything else on TV.
Now, whatís good about the episode: Not much, although any pretense to get David
Garrison back is certainly welcome. Though Iím definitely not one of those who feel that the
show "Jumped the Shark" when Steve left, it certainly was a better show with him than without.
That is perfectly demonstrated in episodes where there is direct interaction between Steve and
Jefferson; Ted McGinley is good, but always comes out looking second-best. Perhaps the best
actor of the cast, Garrison is the one shining spot in this lackluster episode, throwing himself
into his role with abandon. Itís worth watching just to see that!
Another high point, at least for me, is the fact that this is Sevenís last appearance!
(God, I REALLY detest that kid!!!!)
Any time you have a series of 259 episodes, spanning an 11-year run, youíre bound to have
a few stinkers float to the surface. This is one of those; but, hell, it beats watching DR.
QUINN! (Please God, let the Indians kill her!!!!)
RATING: * out of Five.
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