Married with Children: Season 11, Episode 22

The Desperate Half-Hour (5 May 1997)

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Al is kicking Peg and the kids out so he can watch Death Wish 6 3-D in privacy on pay per view. But Bud also needs the house for himself: his pen pal Starla is getting out of prison and is ... See full summary »



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Al is kicking Peg and the kids out so he can watch Death Wish 6 3-D in privacy on pay per view. But Bud also needs the house for himself: his pen pal Starla is getting out of prison and is coming to see him. Unfortunately, Starla decides to rob the Bundy's at gunpoint. It turns out that she has escaped and is on the run, so she ends up holding the Bundys hostage. Starla also has a dim-witted boyfriend, to whom Kelly becomes attracted to. And the feeling is mutual. Then the D'Arcys, who are about to leave on a charity masquerade cruise, barge in and end up hostages as well... Written by Toni Tapola, Finland

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Peggy: Al, I'm afraid. Hold me.
Al: Peg, Peg, my life's in danger here! It's important I maintain my will to live!
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References The Desperate Hours (1955) See more »


Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Performed by Ed O'Neill
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The Family Held Hostage!
10 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oh who would have guessed that this episode would have been the third to last episode of a long run. Well, this two part episode has Kelly fall in love with dim-witted Lonne, the boyfriend of Starla (played by veteran actress, Tricia Cast), who happens to be Bud's prison pen-pal. You can only imagine what Bud has written to her about the French provincial home and the family Porsche. When she remarks "My cell is nicer than this dump?" and Bud tries to say that he wrote to make him and his family good enough for her. So Starla and Lonne arrived but she escaped from prison and is holding up the Bundys and their guests hostage. Of course, it's ruining Al's night to watch Death Wish 6 in 3-dimensional and his buddy, Griff. The Rhoades are dressed up as Mary and her little lamb. It's quite an episode. When Starla ask for demands, Al replies "Me too." Oh, Kelly and Lonne fall in love.

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