PEGGY SUE GOT WORK
Al Bundy...................Ed O'Neill
Peggy Bundy................Katey Sagal
Steve Rhoades..............David Garrison
Marcy Rhoades..............Amanda Bearse
Kelly Bundy................Christina Applegate
Bud Bundy..................David Faustino
Buck.......................Mike the Dog
Mr. Pond...................Ernie Sabella
Mr. Hugo...................Irwin Keyes
Woman #1...................Jeryl Jagoda
Woman #2...................Regina Leeds
Peggy is in the living room, humming as she collects garbage and tosses it into a large black
garbage bag. The doorbell rings. Peggy opens the door to Marcy, who is also holding a black
PEGGY Hi, Marce. Thanks.
Peggy takes the garbage bag from Marcy. Marcy comes in and closes the door behind her.
MARCY So I'm not crazy? You did just call and say, "please bring over your garbage"?
Peggy puts Marcy's bag inside her bag.
PEGGY Yeah. This'll save me a lot of work. This garbage I'm making doesn't smell.
Peggy sniffs the bag.
PEGGY Yours doesn't either.
MARCY Of course not! We're vegeterian.
PEGGY Well, that's okay. I'll just add a pair of Al's socks.
Peggy takes a pair of socks out of the laundry bag (which is also sitting on the coffee table)
and puts them in the garbage bag.
MARCY Peggy, what are you doing?
PEGGY I'm getting myself a VCR.
MARCY [looking confused] I see...
Peggy takes the laundry bag to the kitchen table.
PEGGY No you don't. You're not a housewife. You have your own money. I have to use strategy.
You see, when you first get married, you can withhold sex. But then they get to like
that... So you have to put a little spin on the ball.
Marcy nods, still looking a trifle baffled.
PEGGY You see, I have to pretend to clean to remind Al how hard my work is. He'll come in that
door any minute, sit down in the couch [sits down herself], put one hand down his pants
[mimes Al putting his hand down his pants] and the other hand here -
Peggy puts her other hand down on a newspaper ad that's been tucked between two cushions.
PEGGY - on this VCR ad.
Marcy sits down next to Peggy.
MARCY Excuse me, Peggy, but why don't you just say, "Honey, I want a VCR"?
PEGGY 'Cause Al works very hard for his money, and he deserves me to work equally as hard to
get him to spend it on me. To continue: he'll say, "Why do we need a VCR? Because you
wanna watch Phil and tape Oprah?". Ha! I mean, everyone knows that you watch Oprah and
tape Phil. [chuckles] Men. God love 'em. They're just children with paycheques. So I'll
grovel for a while, and I'll get my VCR.
MARCY But don't you find this demeaning?
PEGGY Just the part where I have to explain it to you.
Peggy tucks the ad back between the cushions. We hear a car door slam.
PEGGY Ooh, there's his car.
Peggy and Marcy get up.
MARCY I - I better get going.
PEGGY Oh, no, stick around. You might lose your job someday and have to be a woman.
Peggy chuckles. She holds a banana peel above the garbage bag and waits for Al to come in. As
soon as he does, she drops it into the bag and sighs wearily.
PEGGY Hi, honey. I didn't hear you pull up. How was your day?
AL I sell shoes, okay? Geez, it stinks in here. Oh well. What's for dinner?
Al sits down on the couch, puts one hand down his pants and the other hand right on the VCR ad.
He takes the ad from between the cushions and looks at it.
AL What's this?
PEGGY Gee, I don't know. [sits down next to Al] Let's see. [looks at the ad; with pretend
surprise:] Son of a gun, they're having a sale on VCRs. What are those?
AL Video something recorders.
PEGGY That's a good price, isn't it?
AL It's not bad.
PEGGY You know, if we had one of these, you could tape the Cubs game while you were at work.
AL Come on, you just want one 'cause Phil and Oprah are on at the same time and it's
PEGGY [begging] Oh please Al, please, can I have one?
MARCY [cutting Al off] Oh, stop! Please! I can't stand any more.
PEGGY [to Marcy] Then maybe you should go home? [resumes her begging] Please, Al?
MARCY No, Al, Al, this is so simple. Peggy wants a VCR, but she's afraid you'll say "no".
AL Then she's smarter than you.
MARCY Peggy, you don't have to stand for this. It is the tragedy of our times that a housewife
has to beg for what she's entitled to. Just because Peggy Bundy's contribution is in the
home, doesn't mean it's any less valuable than Al Bundy's in the workplace.
AL [to Peggy] You can't have a VCR.
Al gets up and walks to the kitchen. Marcy follows him.
MARCY What gives you the right to make that decision?
AL [showing Marcy a cheque] Because the name on this cheque says "Al Bumby". [looks closer
at the cheque] Al Bumby? Well, that's not important. What's important is that I can cash
it - maybe - because I earned it, and that's the bottom line.
The doorbell rings.
PEGGY Now I'll get the door, and when I get back, Al, we'll discuss this while I spit-shine
Peggy gets up and opens the door. Steve is standing outside.
PEGGY Oh, hi, Steve.
STEVE Hi Peggy. [to Marcy] Honey, I just wanted to tell you "This Old House" is coming on.
Bob's gonna test for a septic tank.
MARCY Just a second, Steve. I'm settling an arguement here. Al is a cheap, sexist, primitive
throwback of a human being.
STEVE So what's the arguement?
MARCY Peggy, if Al doesn't appreciate your contributions then it's time to take them
elsewhere. You want a VCR? I have the solution. You're going to get a job.
Al and Peggy laugh heartily.
AL She's not getting a job!
Steve comes in and closes the door behind him.
STEVE You know, Al, this is probably none of my business but there are advantages to having a
working wife. For one thing, it gave us enough money to buy the house next to yours.
Steve sits on the chair.
STEVE No, wait, that's a disadvantage. But there are some advantages.
AL Like what?
PEGGY You tell him, Al. [pats Al's knee]
STEVE Well, for one thing, you'll have two paycheques coming in. It sure helps around bill
AL I don't care. In the history of the Bundy family, no wife has ever worked outside or
inside the home. Not about to change.
Marcy sits in the small couch.
MARCY Think of Peggy. What do you think, she just wants to sit around all day, just watching
MARCY Women aren't like that anymore. You know, I talked with a customer today, who had a job
that would be perfect for Peggy.
Kelly comes down the stairs.
PEGGY Oh, gee, guys, I already have a job. [pats Al's knee] My family needs me.
Peggy gets up and walks over to Kelly, who is getting ready to leave.
PEGGY Kelly, Honey, you want me to make you some dinner?
KELLY Oh, no, Mom, I'm going to eat over at Joanie's house. Her mom makes homemade stuff.
PEGGY Oh. Um, be careful. You never know what they put in that.
PEGGY [to everyone present] Fifteen is the most crucial age of all. You really have to keep
Bud comes down the stairs.
PEGGY Oh, and Bud! My baby.
Peggy chuckles and hugs Bud.
PEGGY [to everyone else] Excuse me, but I promised Bud I'd help him with his homework.
BUD It's all done, Mom. Oh, and I wrote that letter for you to get you out of jury duty.
Bud goes to get his jacket.
PEGGY Well, you must be tired. Do you want something to eat?
BUD No thanks. I don't have time to cook right now, Mom.
Bud leaves. Marcy gets up and walks over to Peggy.
MARCY Peggy, the kids are obviously old enough to take care of themselves. And Al... Well,
he'll learn. Just put an 'L' and an 'R' on each of his shoes and he should be fine.
AL [to Steve] Careful, Steve, someone's gonna steal this one away.
Steve gets up and walks over to Peggy too.
STEVE I think we're overlooking the most important thing here, and that is: "What does Peggy
MARCY Yes, what does Peggy want?
PEGGY I want a VCR.
MARCY And the only way to get it and feel good about yourself is to get this job. You do want
to work, don't you?
Peggy looks at Steve and then at Al, who grins widely.
MARCY Well, then it's settled. I'm so excited! Can't wait to go home and call about the job.
Come on, Steve.
Marcy and Steve start to leave. At the door, Steve turns around towards Peggy.
STEVE Welcome to the work force, Peg!
Steve leaves too. Peggy sits down heavily on the couch's arm and looks on in astonishment.
Al laughs his guts out behind her.
Bud and Kelly are eating cereal at the kitchen table. Al pours himself some coffee and walks
over to them.
AL Now remember, kids, this is your mother's first day at work. She's probably a little
nervous, a little insecure, so when she comes down those stairs I want everyone to stand
behind her like a family - and try not to laugh.
The doorbell rings. Al walks over to the door and opens it. Marcy is standing outside.
MARCY Hi, Al. Came to pick Peggy up for work.
Al starts to laugh upon hearing this. Peggy comes down the stairs, all dressed up for work.
PEGGY Well, how do I look?
Behind Peggy's back, Al encourages the kids to praise her appearance.
KELLY You look great.
AL That's enough.
Bud and Kelly go back to eating.
AL All right, Peg, a few words of advice. As soon as you walk out that door you'll feel a
warm sensation on your head and shoulders. Don't panic; that's just our friend, the sun.
PEGGY [forcing a smile] And Al, if you should feel a sudden sharp pain where you sit, that's
just your friend, my foot.
Marcy walks over to Peggy and leads her towards the door.
MARCY Come on, Peggy. You're gonna love this. You're gonna come home tonight with a real sense
PEGGY Yeah, you're right. I've been cooped up in this house much too long. It's time to say
"goodbye" and [voice breaking] move on.
Peggy walks over to Bud, puts her arm around his neck and hugs him tight.
PEGGY Goodbye, Bud.
BUD [barely able to breath] Mom, please! You're a strong woman!
Peggy lets go of Bud and hugs Kelly.
PEGGY Goodbye, Kelly.
KELLY Mom, my hair.
Peggy walks past Al without hugging him and stands next to the TV.
PEGGY Well, Al, I'm off to work.
Al laughs to himself.
PEGGY [sourly] Thank you, Al. You have a good day too.
MARCY Don't worry, Peggy. It'll be fine. It's gonna be a great job, and you'll be surprised at
just how quickly the day goes by.
We see Peggy standing at the counter of Muldins' clock department, cleaning some clocks and
humming to herself. She sighs, looks at her watch, picks up a cello-shaped clock and mimes
playing it. A customer, Mr. Hugo, comes into the store and walks over to the counter.
MR.HUGO Do you have any clocks?
PEGGY [glaring at him] No.
Mr. Hugo leaves. Two woman customers approach the counter and look at some clocks while chatting
with each other. Peggy listens in on their conversation.
WOMAN1 Oprah's doing a whole week on: "Transexuals: Which Bathroom Should They Use?"
Peggy edges closer to the two women.
WOMAN2 Phil's doing a show on "Male Potency: A Thing Of The Past".
Peggy is clearly disheatened at not being able to watch this.
WOMAN1 You know, nowadays you really need a VCR.
WOMAN1 Let's buy one.
WOMAN2 [excitedly] Let's get two!
The two women leave. One of Peggy's superiors, Mr. Pond, comes in and walks over to Peggy.
MR.POND Oh, hello. I'm Mr. Pond. Ernest Pond. I'm one of your superiors. You have many. Now
let's see: is it Miss Bundy or Mrs.?
MR.POND Ah! Then it's Miss.
PEGGY It's Mrs. Hey, look, do you have any openings in the TV department?
MR.POND [laughing] Oh, you just don't start in TV. You rise to it. Besides, we prefer to put men
in the TV department. We find women tend to waste a lot of time watching Oprah. Or is it
Phil? I get them confused. Hey, did you love that training film: "Muldins - The First
PEGGY How in the world did you get William Shatner to narrate?
MR.POND We gave him a VCR. Women love that aerial shot of all the employees spelling out the
Peggy looks at the top of Mr. Pond's balding head.
PEGGY Yeah. Wasn't it the top of your head I saw dotting the "i"?
MR.POND 'Twas. [laughs] Now I'll leave you to your happy task, Mrs. Bundy. And don't forget -
tomorrow is daylight savings time, so you have to reset all the clocks. [cheerfully]
Have a Muldins day!
Mr. Pond leaves.
Bud is on the couch watching a fitness show, moving his head in time to the music and smiling
lustfully. We can hear a female fitness instructor's voice on TV.
INSTR. [v.o.] And one and two and three and four. On your back and two and three and four.
Like a dog and two and three and four.
We hear a car pull up outside the house. Bud quickly changes the channel to some cartoon.
Peggy comes in.
PEGGY Hi Bud.
BUD Hi Mom.
Bud turns the TV off.
BUD So how was your first day at work?
PEGGY Hmph. Much like my first day as a mother. Where is your sister?
BUD [calling out] Kelly! Mom's home.
Kelly appears at the top of the stairs.
Kelly runs over to Peggy and hugs her so that Peggy's back is turned to the stairway. A guy
comes running down the stairs and stops at the door, unseen by Peggy.
KELLY [to Peggy] Oh, I missed you so much.
Kelly vigorously encourages the guy to leave. As soon as he does, she lets go of Peggy.
KELLY Well, I better go. I have someone waiting for me. Can I have five dollars?
Peggy takes a bill out of her purse and gives it to Kelly.
KELLY Thanks, Mom.
Kelly leaves, slipping the bill into Bud's palm as she walks past him. Bud smiles smugly.
PEGGY [to Bud] Where's your Daddy?
BUD He went out in the garage.
Peggy sits down next to Bud.
PEGGY What did he make you for dinner?
BUD [with disgust] Marshmellows.
PEGGY Well, where's the dog?
BUD He's out barfing marshmellows. Looks like winter out there.
PEGGY Go clean it up.
BUD Right, Mom.
Bud gets up and leaves through the sliding doors. Peggy slumps back in the couch and sighs
wearily. Al enters from the garage and walks over to Peggy.
AL You look beat. Fix me some dinner, okay?
PEGGY Forget it, Al. I'm too tired.
AL Well, I'm tired too, but I made dinner for the kids...
Al sits down next to Peggy.
PEGGY Marshmellows, Al?
AL Hey, we toasted them, Peg.
PEGGY I am not cooking dinner, Al. I work now.
AL And I'm glad that you do, because now that you're bringing in some extra money we can
get some stuff that we need: new bike for Bud, a tutor for Kelly... and maybe some
fishing gear for me.
PEGGY Hey, wait a minute, Al. What about my VCR? This is my money we're talking about now.
AL Well, how come when I make it it's our money, but when you make it it's your money?
Well, we'll leave that to the historians. But, uh, in the meantime, anything you make is
our money, and we're getting fishing gear.
PEGGY I don't want fishing gear.
AL Hey, I didn't want new clothes for the kids, but I gave in. And what's good for the
goose, is good for the gooses's wife. Great to be working, isn't it, Peg?
The doorbell rings.
PEGGY Get the door, Al. I work now.
AL You get the door. I work too!
PEGGY Well, I got home last.
AL Well, I work longer!
PEGGY Then you should be used to it! Now go see who it is.
Al walks over to the door, peers outside, turns around and heads upstairs.
AL It's Marcy.
Al goes upstairs. Peggy gets up angrily and opens the door to Marcy.
MARCY Hi Peggy. How was your first day at work?
PEGGY I hate working. That's why I got married! And now I'm not even getting a VCR. Oh, the
kids are getting what they want, Al's getting what he wants, but me? Hmm! I miss Phil.
I miss Oprah. I miss my empty life.
Marcy and Peggy sit down on the couch.
MARCY Congratulations, Peggy! You've learned what it is to be a woman of today. The freedom to
make your own choices. You tried work, you hate it - now you can choose to quit.
PEGGY No I can't. You see, Al comes home every day, and if I ask him to do something for me -
or to me - he says he's too tired from work. So if I quit, then he'll know that I know
that work is hard. And that'll be the end of any fun I'll have in our marriage.
Marcy nods understandingly.
PEGGY No, the only way out is to get Al to make me quit.
MARCY Then you're gonna keep the job?
PEGGY [sadly] I have to.
MARCY Well, I meant what's best for you, Peggy. I think it'll work out fine.
Marcy pats Peggy's hand, gets up and heads for the door.
PEGGY And don't think I don't appreciate it, Marcy.
Peggy waits for Marcy to close the door behind her, then picks up the phone and dials.
PEGGY [on the phone] Hello, "Pizza Shack"? I'd like fifteen of your "gut bucket" pizzas
delivered to Marcy Rhoades. [listens] Oh, free garlic bread with every order? [laughs]
No thanks, we'll pay for it.
Al is in the kitchen, kneeling by the oven. He straightens up and walks over to the kitchen
AL [calling out] Okay, kids! Marshmellows are ready.
Bud comes in through the back door and into the kitchen. Al takes a tray with marshmellows on
buns out of the oven.
BUD Marshmellows again??
AL They're fresh today. We don't have to toast them. [sniffs the marshmellows] And they're
on a bun.
Bud and Kelly sit down at the kitchen table and Al puts the tray down in front of them.
BUD Dad, it's been a week. Why don't you just break down and go to the supermarket and buy
some actual food? You know, the kind Mom used to defrost?
AL No. I hate the supermarket. I always wind up in the two-thousand-items-or-less aisle
behind some ugly lady in a muumuu and curlers. And when everything is totaled up, then
they go for the chequebook. Like it never occured to them that they have to pay. And
then they always turn around and ask me: "What's the date?". Like it matters to me! All
they gotta do is look at the date on their milk and add one! [rubbing his palms
together] Now come on! Let's have some enthusiasm here. Camp fire burgers for everybody!
Al puts one marshmellow-bun on each of the kids' plates.
AL [calling out] Buck! Dinner! Where is that stupid dog?
The doorbell rings.
AL Come in!
Steve comes in, holding a pizza slice.
STEVE Al, do you know your dog just jumped the fence into my yard? He's coughing up little
AL All right, then there's more for us. Right, kids?
Bud and Kelly give Al long looks and say nothing. Al puts down his bun and stands up.
AL All right, go get him back.
BUD How, Dad?
Al takes a chocolate bar out of his shirt pocket.
AL Well, I was saving this chocolate bar for me, but he is the family dog, so... Don't give
it to him, just draw him with the scent. Go on, it's the only protein in the house.
Bud and Kelly leave. Bud snatches the pizza slice from Steve's hand on the way out.
STEVE Well, it's all right. I got fifteen more pizzas at home. [shrugs] So Al, how's Peggy's
new job working out?
AL Oh, great, Steve. Yeah, she's pulling in a clear 90 bucks a week... 'Course, she's
spending 400 bucks a week. Yeah, she needed a new smock at Muldins, and of course she
needed some new clothes, and then, uh, she wanted some new shoes...
STEVE Well, that's no problem. You sell shoes.
AL No, she wanted good shoes.
Steve nods. They sit down on the couch.
AL Well, so the way I figure it, if she keeps working any longer we'll all be living in the
gutter. Oh now, actually, I won't be living in the gutter. I'll be in prison for killing
STEVE Well, before you go down that long, lonesome road, Al, why don't you try this: ask Peggy
AL No, I can't do that. No, see, the truth is I like having her at home.
STEVE Well, she'd love to hear that.
AL Yeah, I'm sure she would, but I'm not gonna tell her. No, 'cause then I'd have nothing
to complain about, and I love complaining. Nah, if I got her to quit, she'd lord it over
me for the rest of my life. Yeah, she'd say: "I wanted to work but you want me home, so
now I'm home, so shut up". And that would be the end of all my fun in the marriage. No,
I've gotta think of another way.
STEVE Ah, gee, Al, I don't like to butt into your business...
AL No, go ahead. Pretend you're your wife.
STEVE Okay: I think you have to take into consideration what's best for Peggy.
AL Why would I do that?
The clock department at Muldins.
We see two cat-shaped clocks on the wall with their eyes moving from side to side with every
tick, and then the camera crosses over to Peggy, whose eyes are also moving in the same way.
Peggy is sprawled on the couch, exhausted. Al comes down the stairs.
AL Oh, hi, Hon. I didn't hear you come in. Gee, you made it all the way to the couch this
time. How's work? Are you still enjoying it?
Al massages Peggy's side, with his left hand close to her ear. She hears the ticking from his
watch and starts to panic.
PEGGY [with horror] What's that noise?
AL What noise?
PEGGY I hear ticking!
Peggy sits up and searches hysterically for the source of the ticking.
PEGGY [to Al] Oh, it's you!
Peggy removes Al's watch from his wrist and tosses it into a glass of water. She takes a pillow
and hugs it, trembling. Al sits down next to her.
AL I'll tell you an interesting thing about this watch, Peg. You put it in water, you ruin
Al takes the watch out of the glass.
AL Is there anything you wanna tell me, Peg?
PEGGY No. Anything you wanna tell me?
Buck comes running down the stairs and goes outside through the sliding doors.
AL Oh, the dog has the runs. Are you gonna do any housework tonight, Peg?
PEGGY I have a job, Al. Unless you want me to quit...
AL [promptly] No. Unless you wanna quit...
PEGGY Well, then, I guess we're both kinda happy, huh?
Bud and Kelly come down the stairs.
KELLY Mom, Dad, there's something we have to talk to you about.
Bud sits in the armchair, and Kelly sits next to him, on the arm.F
KELLY We really miss you around the house, Mom.
BUD Yeah. No offense to you, Dad, but we're starving and we're dirty. I think we need you to
take care of us, Mom.
Peggy seems touched by this.
KELLY I know we're an age where we oughta be able to take care of ourselves, but we can't. We
want you to quit your job.
AL What do you say, Peg?
PEGGY Well, the kids have to come first. [to Bud and Kelly] Okay, I'll quit. But only because
I love you.
Al laughs happily and hugs Peggy.
AL You hear that, kids? Your mother is quite a lady. [to Peggy] Now, Peg, are you gonna go
shopping tomorrow and get some groceries?
PEGGY If I have time.
AL What do you mean, if you have time? You don't do anything else...
PEGGY Okay, Al, I'll go shopping. But if I do, I'll miss Phil, and I'll miss Oprah... and the
Cubs game. But that's all right, Al. You'll get me a VCR when you're ready. [short
pause; starts begging] Are you ready Al? Please, please, please, please.
AL Well, since you put it like that... Sure, why not!
Al hugs Peggy and she laughs happily.
AL Hey, we can go to Muldins. We can still use your employee discount.
Al leads Peggy to the door.
PEGGY Oh, I don't think so, Al. I think they're kinda mad at me. I kinda damaged some
Peggy takes a broken cat-shaped clock out of a bag and holds it up.
AL Well, that'll be a nice gift for Steve and Marcy!
PEGGY Oh, yeah!
Peggy puts the clock down. She and Al get their coats and leave.
KELLY Well, we did it.
BUD Yep. Does Mom know Dad payed us?
BUD Dad know Mom payed us?
BUD Does Mom know about your phony ID?
Bud smiles smugly and holds out his hand. Kelly takes some bills out of her pocket and puts them
in his palm, looking unhappy. Bud sits back, looking pleased with himself.
Transcribed by Nitzan Gilkis
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