Al Bundy's childhood pal, Charlie Verducci, and the guy's dumb son Vinnie, attend a high society fund raiser in this pilot for the short-lived TV series, 'Top of the Heap.'



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peggy Bundy (credit only)
Marcy D'arcy (credit only)
Kelly Bundy (credit only)
Bud Bundy (credit only)
Kathleen Morgan
Mona Mullins (as Joey Adams)
Rebecca Cross ...
Tyler Cameron
John Mansfield ...
Roger Bonderly
Man #1
Kathryn O'Reilly ...
Tim Hill ...
Security Man


In the inner city slums of Chicago, divorcée Charlie Verducci and his incredibly dumb, 20-year-old son, Vinnie, are superintendents of a run-down apartment building. Vinnie is recovering from a boxing match that he lost the other night while fending off come-ons from their local teenage neighbor Mona Mullins. Feeling bored with their miserable lives, Charlie comes up with a "Verducci Master Plan": he and Vinnie secretly crash a formal, high society fund-raiser to meet some wealthy women for themselves hoping Vinnie will marry a débutante, while Charlie himself fends off come-ons from a rather large rich woman. They also visit Charlie's friend, Al, at the shoe store to exchange some facts of life about women, where Al is revealed to have lost his TV set in a bet due to Vinnie's poor boxing ability. Written by Anonymous

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7 April 1991 (USA)  »

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This marked the first screen appearance of Joey Lauren Adams. See more »


Kathleen Morgan: Well, I can see by your shirt that you've been sampling our meatballs.
Charlie Verducci: And I can see by your shirt that you got mighty powerful buttons.
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References Top of the Heap (1972) See more »

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Not Married With Children
30 October 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode is NOT "Married With Children" it was the pilot for the spin-off series "Top of the Heap" featuring Kelly's old boyfriend Vinnie (Matt Le Blanc) and his Dad Charlie hatching a get rich quick scheme with Al.

Ed O'Neil is the only cast member of "Married With Children" to appear and he is the best thing in it, but sadly he only has two scenes. The rest of the cast are seriously missed!! Surely the gorgeous Christina Applegate could have popped up given that the last time the character of Vinnie was on the show he was dating Kelly. It's interesting to see Matt Le Blanc doing his Joey Tribianni from "Friends" routine long before he was cast in the role.

Joseph Bologna is again a weak link, he tried to be an Al Bundy type, but he fails. It's a credit to O'Neil that nobody else can play that type of role as well as he does. Joey Lawrence Adams is decent as the flirty neighbour, but overall not an episode to bother with unless you want to see a pre "Friends" Le Blanc in an early role.

This episode has massively let down the best season so far of Married With Children

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