Season 1 Episode 23

The Gambler

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 06, 1987 on NBC
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Episode Summary

ALF develops a gambling habit and winds up in trouble with his bookie.

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  • good one

    Alf gets in trouble again losing 6000 dollars on horse betting but then he saves the day by renting out his spaceship to save the day. Good humor.
Liz Sheridan

Liz Sheridan

Raquel Ochmonek

Paul Fusco

Paul Fusco

Gordon "ALF" Shumway [Voice/Puppeteer]

Andrea Elson

Andrea Elson

Lynn Tanner

Benji Gregory

Benji Gregory

Brian Tanner

John LaMotta

John LaMotta

Trevor Ochmonek

Anne Schedeen

Anne Schedeen

Katherine Daphne "Kate" Halligan Tanner

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (28)

    • Willie: What are you looking for?
      ALF: Rebate coupons

    • Kate: Willie, isnt there someone we should consult about this?

    • Carl: The thing I want looks like a spaceship
      Willie: Well, the spaceship is not for sale. . . Not that it is a spaceship, could be anything!

    • ALF: I'll slip out the sidedoor
      Brian: We don't have a side door
      ALF: Well, why not?
      Willie: Just finish your will!

    • Kate: Mom, is Nick a violent man?
      Dorothy: Yes, (glances at ALF) but he's fair.

    • ALF: You people are supposed to protect me from myself!

    • Lynn: What is it this time, food or money?
      ALF: Have I become that predictable?

    • Willie: He placed a bet with your bookie and lost six grand!
      ALF: When you say it, it sounds so sleezy.
      Kate: And now the mob is after him!
      Dorothy: Well, at least some good came out of this!

    • ALF: I, Gordon Shumway, being of sound mind and body . . .
      Willie: I beg to differ!

    • Nick the Fish: Come on ALF, just give me the 6 grand so I can go home and use the vaporizer.
      Willie: You think I placed a bet with you and now I owe you SIX THOUSAND DOLLLARS?
      Nick the Fish: Well, thats the GENERAL IDEA.

    • Willie: What bookie?
      (Doorbell rings)
      ALF: That bookie

    • Willie: Kate, no one's buying anything
      Kate: (snapping) I know that!
      Willie: Well, it was just an observation.

    • ALF: Kate, quick question
      Kate: Yeah
      ALF: Hypothtical situation. An indivdual places a bet with a professional bookie for a sizeable amount of money . . . say $6000. And he loses and he cannot cover his losses. Hypothtically, what could happen to this indivdual?
      Kate: Well, hyptothtically he could have his legs broken, why do you ask?
      ALF: Just making conversation

    • ALF: Keep an eye on #9
      Willie: You mean the one who just fell?
      ALF: Yeah
      Willie: He's not getting up
      ALF: Well maybe he dropped something!

    • Dorothy: I think your neighbors are having a garage sale today too.
      Kate: You're kidding
      Dorothy: Yeah, they've gotta couple of beat up chairs and an old sofa out on their front lawn.
      Kate: Oh yeah, that's the way it always looks.

    • ALF: Let's see, 50 bucks at 6 to 1 odds . . . that means I've won 3 million dollars, wow! YE - no, what? 300 dollars?

    • ALF: Hello, is this the fish?

    • Dorothy: Where did you get 50 bucks? Have you been going through my purse again?
      ALF: Yes, but thats not where I got the money. By the way, you're out of tic-tacs.

    • Dorothy: It's my money
      ALF: But its our inheritance!
      Dorothy: For your information, I am planning to leave all my money to the alien task force!

    • ALF: Forgive my ignorance, but what's a bookie?
      Kate: An unsavory element
      ALF: Like oregano?

    • Kate: Mom, since when do you bet on horses?
      Dorothy: All my life.
      Kate: That's funny, I can't picture you at a racetrack
      ALF: I can picture her running!
      Dorothy: I wonder how long it would take to pull all the hair out of your body.
      ALF: About 2 hours.

    • Lynn: Dad, Mom wants me to sell Muffybear
      Brian: And Scooter!
      ALF: NO!
      Willie: Now kids, we have to be strong about this. (Kate walks by with a hockey stick) No, not my hockey stick, Nooo!

    • ALF: (About Willie's ship in a bottle) Hey! Are you selling that?
      Wille: Yes, unfortunetly
      ALF: Shame, it would have been a great bottle if not for the ship inside.
      Willie: It's a Nina!
      ALF: Sorry, on Melmac we didnt name our bottles.

    • Willie: So you understand what a balloon payment is (ALF nods) and you understand what a garage sale is.
      ALF: Yes, now would you please explain secular humanism again.

    • Willie: Look, we can't talk about this now, we've only got a week to get ready for the garage sale.
      ALF: You're selling the garage?
      Kate and Willie: No, no, no
      ALF: Well, thats good, we're going to need someplace to store that balloon!

    • ALF: (Reading the credit card bills) Is this correct? $11,000 for a balloon payment?
      Wille: That's correct
      ALF: Well, you're getting ripped off, you can get an entire package of balloons for 69 cents.

    • Willie: I say Kate, you aren't selling my ship in a bottle, are you?
      Kate: Hopefully

    • Politician: Excuse me Lady. Do you have any more of these $800 screwdrivers.

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