Married with Children... All Things Episodic
1106 - Kelly's Gotta Habit
This review might be a little jaded because I'm writing it after watching "Spring
Break" (due to a SKY special)...on the bright side, that dire two-parter has
probably improved my memories of the other episode. Not that it especially needed
improving because I enjoyed this one quite considerably. There are some really
excellent moments in both plots, both Kelly's frustration and Al's parading around
town. I loved the pottery sculptures joke and also the nun's prayer whilst the
three younger people are fighting it out. For some reason it made me wonder what
the Bundy household would've been like with three children, but I suppose Al would
have committed suicide long before....
The Kelly plot is another one-joke storyline but it holds together by virtue of a
very accomplished performance from Applegate and Faustino, and some neat little
touches. Much, much better is the reality-TV parody which harks back to earlier
episodes in its merciless destruction of all those cliches - right down to the
handheld camera bouncing around, plus some (rare) location work. At the moment SKY
has every Tuesday night full of three hours of this kind of television and it's
such a cliche by now that it was only a shame they didn't show this episode on a
Tuesday. Ed O'Neill seems to be particularly enjoying himself here both in his
words and in the physical comedy such as his attack upon 9766 Jeopardy Lane.
Officer Dan doesn't get much to do overall but what lines he does get are good,
such as his 'crack house' line; I think Dan Tullis is probably as good an actor as
Harold Sylvester, but the latter makes more appearances because it's far easier to
work him in. It's a shame in some ways.
Definitely worth rewatching and a real sign that Season 11 is an improvement upon
10, this episode also marks out the changes in form that were introduced in
"Twisted". A pre-credits sequence, much shorter titles (which were always too long
IMO) and the short 'epigram' between the end of the episode and the final credits
- plus the credits on a black background, which seems a slightly odd choice. They
bring the show more in line with common televisual practice, yes, and the cast are
definitely not used to doing the teaser sequences, but concrete improvements.
Things are getting better every day. Rating 8/10.
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