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Season 2 Episode 9


Aired Sunday 12:00 AM May 14, 1995 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Alice's sister, Miranda, comes to visit them which Alice is not comfortable with. Miranda must find work in New York so she joins "Mattress in an Hour" delivering mattresses. When everybody attends a party held by Duke, and Miranda falls in love with Duke but is shy because of a wrinkle. She runs out on Duke at midnight and Duke must find the woman who fits her slipper. When Doris claims to be Duke's love, Jay must get Duke and Miranda reunited before he marries the wrong woman.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

    • QUOTES (11)

      • Miranda: Miranda Tompkins, at your service.
        Alice: Miranda was named after the heroine of The Tempest. I was named after Alice in The Honeymooners.
        Miranda: We were both lucky compared to brother Bisquik!

      • (Alice and Jay are at the bus station to pick up Miranda)
        Alice: You'll know Randa when you see her.
        (a pretty blonde hops off the bus with exaggerated grace)
        Miranda: Bonjour, y'all! I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
        Man: Den you're in de wrong place, toots. Dis is New York! Now I'm off to my job: English professor at NYUs.

      • Miranda: I guess my life's not going to have a fairytale ending after all.
        (Jay runs in and slams the door)
        Jay: Oh, you've gotta hide me! I'm being chased by three bears--there's a dispute over some porridge! Don't ask questions.
        Miranda: Oh, Jay, don't tease.
        (bear claws start trying to break down the door)

      • Doris: I told you, I'm from Alabama!
        Duke: Tuscaloosa?
        Doris: No, I use DentureGrip.

      • Jay: Dad, where's your costume?
        Franklin: Oh, yes, I did. (He puts on a mask, spins around and turns into The Mask) Drinking! (He starts jumping all over the place)
        Eleanor: Oh, dear. This is just what he did at Nixion's funeral.

      • Viewer Disclaimer: Duke Phillips is not himself. He has been mixing Nyquil and Dayquil.

      • Jay: Doris, you're not from the South!
        Doris: I'm from Alabama.
        Duke: Mobile?
        Doris: Just barely.

      • Miranda: My, it's awfully crowded in here.
        Duke: Want me to have 'em all killed? I can do it!
        Miranda: That's sweet, but not just now.

      • (Jay and Alice show up at Duke's costume party dressed as Homer and Marge Simpson)
        Alice: Jay, where'd you park?
        Jay: I gave it to the valet.
        Alice: There's no valet.
        Jay: D'oh!

      • Miranda: You don't mind my wrinkle?
        Duke: Hey, I was going to marry Doris and she's nothing but wrinkles. Her whole body looks like Reagan's neck.

      • Jay: Duke, where's your bedroom?
        Duke: You people never quit.
        Jay: I am not gay! And if I were gay, I would do something about that wallpaper! Plaids and florals? Oh please, Dukey-Dukey!

    • NOTES (1)

      • Opening & Closing Gags
        Phone Call: Jay, this is your inner child. I escaped and I just robbed a liquor store!... (sirens)... Gotta go!
        Response to Usher:
        Alice: Get away, pip-squeek.
        Jay: That's why I love her!

    • ALLUSIONS (6)

      • Snow White
        Eleanor Sherman goes to the party dressed as the wicked queen from Disney's 1937 classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

      • The Simpsons
        Jay and Alice go to the costume party dressed as Homer and Marge from The Simpsons.

      • The Mask
        Franklin attends the costume party dressed as Jim Carrey's character from the 1994 movie The Mask.

      • Episode Title: "Dukerella"
        The title of the episode is based on the popular film and fairy tale, Cinderalla.

      • A Streetcar Named Desire
        Much of the plot of this episode is based on the play A Streetcar Named Desire. Miranda is a parody of Blanche DuBois, a husband-hunting, delicate Southern belle, from A Streetcar Named Desire. At one point, Jay behaves like Stanley, wearing a T-shirt, adopting Marlon Brando's voice and boorish behavior.

      • Gone with the Wind
        The first thing Duke says to Miranda is, "Miss Scarlett, may I have the honor of this dance?" Later, Miranda refers to Duke as "Rhett." The names Scarlett and Rhett are of the main characters from the 1939 film Gone with the Wind. At the end of the film, there is a famous line in which Rhett says to Scarlett, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." Duke's statement is a slightly cruder version of the line, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a crap."