Married with Children: Season 3, Episode 20

The Computer Show (14 May 1989)

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The Bundys buy a computer, which serves no purpose other than a hat rack. But what nobody knows is that the computer can talk. But only to Al.



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Against Al's objection, Peggy buys a home computer for the kids to help them in their schoolwork. But it gets more use of as a hat rack when no one wants to use it, while Al begins to hear the computer talking to him and taunting him about his inferior life, while at the same time, Al tries to train the not-so-bright Buck to fetch his bedroom slippers. Written by Anonymous

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Marcy states that she has lived next to the Bundys for 937 days. This is just over 2.5 years. Given the fact that the show premiered in September 1987 and this show aired in May 1989, factoring in post-production times, this is an almost accurate estimation of days since the premiere. See more »


Peggy tells Al the computer was $2,100 and with the $200 rebate would lower the price to $1,900. The computer talks only to Al. Al later smashes the computer, but not before the computer says it is worth $2,500. The computer alone was $1,900 and since they had it, they added to it (printer, phone and desk) which could bring the total up to $2,500. See more »


Al: I didn't marry a happy man.
Peggy: No, you did, Peg. You just turned him into me.
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Spoofs 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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A Computer Ahead of Time!
30 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

About twenty years ago when this episode aired, computers were really only used to type papers or do some mathematical and even play games. There was no internet yet. We very behind back then if you had a computer. The computer in this episode becomes virtually useless. The Bundys decide or maybe Peggy and the kids decide to get a computer. With help from the neighbors, Steve and Marcy, they get an expensive computer even then for $2,100 because few families had computers back then before it was a necessity. While the kids could use the computer to type reports for school, Al hates it and Peggy has it more for decoration than to use. Finally, Al has enough of the computer or maybe the computer has enough of him.

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