I Married Dora

Season 1 Episode 13

The Millionaire's Club

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Jan 08, 1988 on ABC
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The Millionaire's Club
A college friend offers Peter the chance of a lifetime: two years helping design and plan new infrastructure for a city in the Middle East. Peter is torn between taking the offer and leaving Dora and his family behind for two years.

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  • What seems to be a "very special episode" where the dad may leave the series, turns out to be a complete swerve to the audience as actors break character to announce the show's cancellation.moreless

    The most (if only) memorable point of this series is something of a bit of trivia. Simply put, one of the most surprising and groundbreaking series finales ever. This series which approached the subject of "green card" marriage was well ahead of it's time. The series featured not only Elizabeth Pena in her first starring role, but also a teenage, pre-"Cape Fear" Juliette Lewis. In what seems like a climactic dramatic moment the dad is boarding a plane bound for the Middle East where he will be working for 2 years only to get off the plane after a few moments and say "It's been cancelled". Dora replies, "What, your flight?" Dad says, "No- the show!"

    All actors break character, look directly into the camera and waive good-bye. The live studio audience was completely shocked as were viewers at home. They even came back after a commercial break to let the cast take a curtain call. We will never see a series end this way again. It was absolutely brilliant! One of the great moments I've ever seen on a sitcom and likely never to be duplicated.moreless

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    • In November 2005 the ending surprise of the final episode of I Married Dora was ranked #49 Most Unexpected Moment in TV History by TV Guide and TV Land.

    • This episode is legendary for announcing the series' own cancellation. After Peter's flight supposedly takes off, he appears back in the terminal.

      Peter: "It's been cancelled!"
      Dora: "The flight?"
      Peter: "No, our series!"

      The camera pulls back and the cast then waves goodbye to their audience. A final curtain call comes after the last commercial break and before the credits roll.


    • Kate Farrell (Juliette Lewis): "Values, by Kate Farrell. What's important to me is the classic and everlasting music of the Beastie Boys and having really thick hair. Thank you."
      Kate has to do a speech for her class about values. The Beastie Boys were a new act in 1987, riding high off the success of their debut album, Licensed To Ill. Years later, the Beasties are still performing and are considered pioneers of their genre (so their music turned out to be "classic and everlasting" after all!). Later in the episode, when Kate tries out her speech for her family, another pop-music star is mentioned ("You have to march to the beat of your own drummer, and in my case it's Sheila E., who's not only a great drummer but has really thick hair!")