His guardian angel decides pay Al a visit and shows him what life is like without him born. The Jablonskys are a perfect family and The Rhoades are more like the Bundys except without Al.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Steve Rhoades (credit only)
Ann Nelson ...
Franklin (as Tim Eyster)
Kristeen Buxton ...
Eve Smith ...


When Al Bundy gets fed up with how his family treats him, he wishes he was never born. His guardian angel arrives to face the ungrateful man and shows him what life would be like without him. Peggy is married to a wealthy socialite named, Norman Jablonsky and is a wonderful mother and housewife. Kelly is a college student genius and child prodigy in French and writing. Bud is not a dysfunctional nerd, but a ladies man and also a genius. Norman reveals that he's planning to buy a mansion for all of them to live in. Then he shows Al, where Marcy lives. She is still married to Steve and has three children. Unlike the perfect Jablonsky family, she has developed Peg-like manners when she refuses to cook and clean for him, causing him to inherit Al-like manners. He's very miserable and works in a shoe store. This finally give the misanthropic Al a clue, that in wishing he was never born, not only are Peg, Bud and Kelly are happy, but Marcy and Steve are miserable. He decides he wants to ... Written by Anonymous

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17 December 1989 (USA)  »

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Guest star Sam Kinison was the creator's original choice to play Al Bundy. See more »


When Al gets up from laying in the snow, he brushes the snow out of his hair. When he and the angel go into the house, there's snow in his hair again. See more »


Peggy: So Al... I, uh, notice you're not burdened down with presents for your loving family. Are they, uh, in the car?
Al: Well, no.
Bud: Are they, uh, being delivered?
Al: No.
Kelly: Are they... invisible?
[Al, Peg and Bud stare oddly at Kelly]
Kelly: Well, you guys get to ask the good questions. If for once you'd let me go first, I would've asked if they were being delivered...
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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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Al wants to live!
1 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Al meets his guardian angel played by the late great comedian, Sam Kinison. He allows Al to see what life like would be without him. In this episode, Ted McGinley who would later Jefferson Darcy is Mr. Jablonsky. Peggy bakes, cooks, and sews. She even saved herself for marriage according to her. Kelly is a college student who has written her first book of poetry. Bud is the respectful gentleman toward women. The idea of this happy life makes Al want to throw up. Without him, the Jablonskys are a happy, functional family where the parents make out in front of the kids like newlyweds. It's a nice departure from the regular. Sadly, Sam Kinison wasn't around much longer after these episodes and that's a shame because he was quite talented, loud, and funny.

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