Married with Children: Season 5, Episode 20

Top of the Heap (7 Apr. 1991)

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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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This episode was the pilot for the spin-off series Top of the Heap (1991). See more »


Vinnie Verducci: Don't worry, Pop. There are plenty of opportunities out there for a smart guy like me.
Charlie Verducci: [sarcastic] Oh, definitely, definitely. You think you're smart? Name any one of the Great Lakes.
Vinnie Verducci: Lake Fulbert. Remember? That lake up in Wisconsin where we traveled to on summers back when I was younger and where you taught me how to swim. That was a great lake.
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Poor Spin-Off
16 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Do you remember Charlie Verducci played by Joseph Bologna and his son, Vinnie, played by Matt LeBlanc? Well, the Married with Children people decided to have a spin off based on these two characters. Charlie wants Vinnie to marry a wealthy heiress so they can live in the lap of luxury instead of a tenement apartment building with their beautiful white cat. He arranges Vinnie to attend a lavish ball at a country club where familiar Diana Bellamy is cast as the club manager. She is the first woman ever insulted by Al Bundy in the show's premiere episode. Unfortunately, things don't go so well. Joey Lauren Adams is good as the seductive neighbor. The show's premise never really took off. It's nice to see thought that the show producers are loyal to their guests like Diana Bellamy who would return occasionally to the show. It's like seeing old friends. This episode would show Matt LeBlanc's earlier work before he hit it big on Friends.

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