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The Desperate Half-Hour 

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 »


Gerry Cohen

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Episode complete credited cast:
Ed O'Neill ... Al Bundy
Katey Sagal ... Peggy Bundy
Amanda Bearse ... Marcy D'Arcy
Christina Applegate ... Kelly Bundy
David Faustino ... Bud Bundy
Ted McGinley ... Jefferson D'Arcy
Tricia Cast Tricia Cast ... Starla
Charles Esten ... Lonnie
Harold Sylvester ... Griff
Bill Torees Bill Torees ... Cop
Lucky Lucky ... Lucky the Dog


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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Release Date:

5 May 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Starla shoots Al, the bullet is stopped by Al's shoehorn in his pocket. However, there is no bullet hole on Al's shirt pocket. See more »


Peggy: [Starla shoots the TV remote out of Al's hand] Oh my God!
[Peggy shoves Al out of the way]
Peggy: My Baby!
[Peggy picks up the shattered remote]
Peggy: Oh Why? Why? Why?
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Featured in Bundymania (1998) See more »


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The Family Held Hostage!
10 December 2009 | by SylviastelSee 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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