Married... With Children

He Thought He Could

Season 3, Ep 1, Aired 11/6/88
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  • Episode Description
  • Marcy convinces Al to finally return a copy of The Little Engine That Could that he checked out while in grade school. Unfortunately, the library is still run by the same curmudgeonly librarian who pegged Al as a loser when he was just nine years old.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Katey Sagal

    Peg Bundy

  • David Garrison

    Steve Rhoades

  • Christina Applegate

    Kelly Bundy

  • David Faustino

    Bud Bundy

  • Ed O'Neill

    Al Bundy

  • Fan Reviews (1)
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    By MrBond5000, Dec 02, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Young Al: My life's got to get better than this.

    • Al: Miss Degroot, does the word "suey" mean anything to ya?

    • (Steve finds the "Little Engine That Could" in a box) Steve: Hey! (holds up book) Look at this, the book that inspired my whole life! Al: "Wanda The Preppy Hippo?"

    • Steve: Al, just take the book back. Al: I've got bad memories of that library. Peg: (patronizing) Oh, Honey, is that because all the other kids were reading?

    • (Peggy is popping popcorn for Al and Steve) Marcy: (reading label) Peggy, do you know this say's "Use before May 11th 1972?" Peg: Marcy, if you read it carefully it says "Best if used before May 11th 1972!"

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    Notes (2)

    • This idea was also mentioned in an episode of the Brady Bunch "Private Ear" in which it was discovered that Greg had borrowed a library book which he still hadn't returned several years later.

    • It seems Seinfeld completely ripped off this storyline later on somewhere around '92. In the episode of Seinfeld The Library, Jerry finds out he had an overdue book from 1971, and there George finds someone he knew back then.

    Allusions (3)

    • Ms. Degroot says to Al that he is the Freddy Kruger of the library. Freddy Kruger is the famous killer in The Nightmare on Elm Street movies played by Robert England.

    • The name of this episode is a parody of the storylines of The Little Engine That Could.

    • Al: The nails that hold your chair together is from the planet Krypton. Al is referring to the planet Krypton from the movie Superman (1978), the planet Clark Kent/Superman was from.

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