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"A Period Piece" (0301)

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Episode title: A Period Piece
Episode alias: The Camping Show (censored title for US syndication and DVD)
Episode production code: 0301

Episode # in production code order: 36
Episode # in true US premiere order: 39
Episode # in old US premiere order: 39

US premiere date: December 11, 1988
US premiere time: 9:30 pm

Taping date: October 21, 1988

Written by Sandy Sprung & Marcy Vosburgh
Directed by Gerry Cohen

First camera shot: Al and Peggy with fast food on the couch.

Synopsis: Al and Steve mourn what might have been when the women in their lives accompany them on a fishing trip to a cabin in the woods. Unfortunately, it seems that it's the wrong time of the month for Peg, Marcy, and Kelly.

No guest cast

Music: Al & Steve perform "Dueling Banjos". This piec of music is from Ed O'Neill's first movie Deliverance. The Deliverance story reappears in "The Juggs Have Left the Building" (1108).

Influences: The episode title refers to a fiction (movie, play, book) set at a specific time in history.

Article about this episode:
TV Guide, November 12-18, 1988: Fox Delays Married "Period" Episode, by Jeff Kaye
Fox Broadcasting executives have been wondering what to do with a completed but unaired episode of Married . . . with Children that appears to break new ground in sitcom subject matter. The episode, the series' first to be taped this season, has had its airdate postponed. It's entitled "A Period Piece" and addresses the topic of menstruation. More specifically, it tells how the Bundy and Rhoades families go on a fishing trip together, only to find that Marcy Rhoades (Amanda Bearse), Peggy Bundy (Katey Sagal), and Peggy's teenage daughter Kelly (Christina Applegate) are all starting their periods simultaneously.
"I'm sure [the episode] will be scheduled later in the season," says Fox spokesman Brad Turell. "Running it as the season premiere, we felt, was not necessarily the best thing to do. You have to be responsible to the viewers."
Married executive producers Ron Leavitt and Michael Moye don't hesitate to oppinion about whay Fox hasn't run the episode. Says Moye, "If your typewriter makes a clucking sound, that will tell you the story." Adds Leavitt, "They're a shade nervous [at Fox]. It's funny, Geraldo [Rivera] burns babies in prime time and we're just saying women have periods."


Thanks a lot to "Marriedaniac".

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