Married with Children... All Things Episodic
1114 - ďT.R.A.S.H.Ē
Synopsis: Jefferson convinces Al and Griff that the National Guard is the place to be with the
promise of a paid weekend away from the family, and spending most of the time screwing around with
other guys. While it starts out that way, Al and Griff are put through the rigors of boot camp and
later called upon to break up a garbage manís strike. Meanwhile, Kelly and Bud plague Marcy with
their excess trash.
Thoughts: Admittedly when I first saw this one, I hated it for some reason. Watching it again
it is a good episode, especially the start. The episode is filled with some great one liners.
The episode unfortunately shows some of the low production values MWC has at times. The obstacle
course scene for example is CLEARLY indoors. Married with children is a show that goes outdoors at
times, why not here? The garbage strike scene with Al, Griff and Jefferson is where it goes downhill.
The strikerís weapons consist solely of empty plastic bottles, nothing more. No pizza boxes, balled
up tin foil or 2x4ís or anything, just plastic bottles, and to believe that this is enough of a
deterrent to stop them is laughable (in the bad way). It only sets up the traditional war movie
clichťís (Griff's "dying" scene is funny). I however really like the way at the beginning Al and
Griff are seen hanging out together at Alís home. Itís so good to see Al have a friend outside of
Jefferson that he can hang around at home with (OTHER then the rest of the NO MAíAM guys). One last
scene to comment on is the barracks scene. Al playing football with the guys, and when he yells
"touchdown"! The audience goes nuts. We all can feel a little something to see Al having fun and
being back in his habitat.
Bud and Kelly typically (again) make up the B story with their attack on Marcyís house with
the Bundyís excess garbage. Not only are these scenes superfluous, they feature more obvious jokes
about Kellyís ever dwindling brain power concerning their garbage catapult. At least they donít allow
Bud to do one of those "face the camera" takes. If you watch "The Worst Noel" or "Kiss of the Coffee
Woman" you will find more examples of what Iím talking about. Anytime ANY cast member (short of maybe
Al) addresses the camera, itís bad news.
Marcy gets an eye-popping two scenes in this episode. Jefferson gets about three. Youíd
almost want to see him more in the opening boot camp scenes giving Al a hard time, after he told
him the reserves were great. Al and Griff are the main characters here. Bud and Kelly have their
own agenda with Marcy and garbage as I said above. Peg just sort of happens along when the kids
For plot, itís does admittedly smack of the traditional "new locales for characters" plot
lines that ageing sitcoms sometimes use, (remember "The Juggs Have Left the Building?"), and this
one is no exception. At least the writing is good and it works out better for Al wanting to be away
from the family, and the National Guard was as good a way as any to do it.
Rating: 7 shoes out of 10. It peters out towards the end. Add to that another lame B story with
Bud and Kelly as the stars and your left with an above average Bundyfest. Worth a couple of watches.
Griff: "Whatís the scam?"
Jefferson: "No scam, I just have to say goodbye to Marcy"
Al and Griff together: "Thatís the scam!"
Jefferson: "The National Guardís motto is, 'If it happens on a weekend, weíll be there!'"
Griff: "This pillow is lumpy!"
Al: "At least it doesnít have red hair and beg for sex!"
Al: "No one's called me sir in a long looong time!"
Drill Instructor: "How Ďbout MORON!? Theyíve called you that havenít they?!!"
Drill Instructor: "So high-heel, are you gonna finish this course or not?!"
Al: (lying on the ground) "Canít sir, tired sir."
Drill Instructor: "Then let me help you rest!!" (Begins stepping on Alís head.)
Bud: "I hear women are attracted to men in uniform."
Al: "Itís not the uniform son. Itís the fact that heís been trained to obey orders and eat crap!"
By John Nelson
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