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"Requiem for a Dead Briard" (1003)

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Episode title: Requiem for a Dead Briard
Episode production code: 1003

Episode # in production code order: 212
Episode # in true US premiere order: 211
Episode # in old US premiere order: 212

US premiere date: October 1, 1995
US premiere time: 9 pm

Taping date: September 1, 1995

Written by Michael G. Moye
Directed by Gerry Cohen

First camera shot: Black-and-white picture of Buck in a frame.

Synopsis: As the Bundys return from Buck's funeral, we cut to The animal after life where Buck is waiting for judgement. He believes that due to his pathetic life, his spirit will be reassigned. Meanwhile, the family tries to console Kelly by bringing her new pets and holding a seance to contact Buck. When a Cocker Spaniel puppy shows up at the house, we realize (to Buck's dismay) that he has been reassigned to the Bundys in the form of the puppy.

Recurring character cast:
Peg's Mom (voice over): Kathleen Freeman († 2001)

Guest cast:
Father Guido Sarducci: Don Novello Voice of Felix D. Katt and Mouse Lawyer: Kevin Schon Voice of Tweety and Bailiff: Roger Rose Thomas: Ben Stein
General note: This episode ends with the following message on the screen: "Dedicated to Buck the Dog who with this episode begins a well earned retirement and hopefully a nice gig at stud. We'll miss you, Buddy, lift a leg. - The Producers." The writer/director credits are over a picture of Buck. Real buck died about nine months after the taping on May 28, 1996.

Music: "Amazing Grace".

References and influences: The episode title was inspired by the movie "Requiem for A Heavyweight". Don Novello used to play the role of Father Guido Sarducci on NBC's Saturday Night Live.


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