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Role With It
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Season 4, Episode 7

Air Date:

February 15th, 1997

Written By:

Michael Markowitz

Directed By:

Anthony Bell

Previous:

Bonfire of the Panties

Next:

Ajax and Ajaxer

"Role With It" is the seventh episode of season 4.

Plot

Duckman takes the family and the staff on a holiday to an Indian casino on a reservation. While there, a psychiatrist notices Duckman and the rest of the family's overall self-destructive behavior. She offers them treatment that involves a role-playing session that uncovers some of their real issues.

Notes

  • The episode ends with the main characters singing a rendition of the song Pass That Peace Pipe, which appeared in the 1947 film Good News and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. The show adds a few lines to the song that aren't present in the original, including "So if you wanna pow-wow with Duckman/Stop your seems from coming unstuck man", "Take a chill pill/down the hatchet" and "bet your foe'd be glad to match it."
  • Episode Title Reference: The phrase "Roll With It."
  • This episode starts with an FBI warning that states that your V-Chip is defective. This was cut from the DVD version.
  • Near the beginning, when Bernice asks if Cornfed was still coming with them, Duckman mentions that he intentionally lost them in the interest of prolonging Cornfed's agony while he's stuck in the car with Fluffy and Uranus. We then see a scene with the three in a car, Cornfed hanging onto sanity while Fluffy and Uranus are singing "Aba Daba Honeymoon" to him. This was cut from the DVD version.
  • Dr. Fox's name may be a reference to the FOX network, which at the time had several very popular shows about dysfunctional families running, including the Simpsons and Married With Children
  • Ajax imagines himself on the show Wings when asked about the perfect family, a sitcom about two brothers who are pilots.
  • Duckman's nightmare about how their family will end, is a reference to the Menendez Murders. In the dream Bernice and Duckman are watching TV, when Ajax, Charles and Mambo come in and shoot them. In 1989, Lyle and Erik Menendez murdered their abusive parents with shotguns while they watched TV. The blue and pink pastel sweaters the kids are wearing reference the sweaters famously worn by the Menendez brothers during their televised trial in 1994.
  • This is the last episode to feature Dana Hill as Charles.

Main Characters

First Appearances

Quotes

Duckman: What makes you think we're dysfunctional?

Ajax: Look, Dad; I'm eating more fries than ever! Love me, Dad! Love me!

Dr. Fox: Call it a hunch.

Duckman: It's shrinks that made this country touchy-feely! It's shrinks that blab and blab on Sally-Jesse so that teenage nymphomaniacs can't get a word in edgewise. It was shrinks that made me and Mom stop bathing together when I was 15--just when I needed her love the most!

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