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Promises, Promises
Episode #3604


Dates Aired

1. September 20, 1997
2. December 20, 1997
3. March 21, 1998
4. June 20, 1998


Food of the Week

Goat cheese and arugula brownies and fudge muffins with mustard filling


Guests

John Tesh as Himself
Mike Levy as Himself
Ron Popeil as Himself
Tony Little as Himself


Lesson of the Day

Don't make promises you can't keep.


Pictures

  • Al's alter-ego: Fatman
  • Parody of Prodigy's song Firestarter

  • Song Lyrics

  • Bad Haircut - Firestarter Parody
  • Gump
  • I Like You

  • Sounds

    WAV: Al and Friends: What Do You Want to Do Today? RealAudio: Al and Friends: What Do You Want to Do Today? Al and Friends: What Do You Want to Do Today?
    WAV: Fred Huggins: I Like You, Part 1 RealAudio: Fred Huggins: I Like You, Part 1 Fred Huggins: I Like You, Part 1
    WAV: The French Prince of Bel-Air RealAudio: The French Prince of Bel-Air The French Prince of Bel-Air
    WAV: Bad Haircut RealAudio: Bad Haircut Bad Haircut
    WAV: Fred Huggins: I Like You, Part 2 RealAudio: Fred Huggins: I Like You, Part 2 Fred Huggins: I Like You, Part 2
    WAV: Al and The Guy Boarded up in the Wall: What's That? RealAudio: Al and The Guy Boarded up in the Wall: What's That? Al and The Guy Boarded up in the Wall: What's That?
    WAV: Madame Judy: Infomercial RealAudio: Madame Judy: Infomercial Madame Judy: Infomercial
    WAV: Al, Ron Popeil, and Tony Little: Be Like Us! RealAudio: Al, Ron Popeil, and Tony Little: Be Like Us! Al, Ron Popeil, and Tony Little: Be Like Us!
    WAV: Mike Levy and Al: The Amazing Four-tined Food Stabber RealAudio: Mike Levy and Al: The Amazing Four-tined Food Stabber Mike Levy and Al: The Amazing Four-tined Food Stabber
    WAV: Al's Mailbag RealAudio: Al's Mailbag Al's Mailbag
    WAV: The Adventures of Fatman Intro RealAudio: The Adventures of Fatman Intro The Adventures of Fatman Intro
    WAV: The Origin of Fatman RealAudio: The Origin of Fatman The Origin of Fatman
    WAV: Al and Friends: He Was Just Trying to Help RealAudio: Al and Friends: He Was Just Trying to Help Al and Friends: He Was Just Trying to Help
    WAV: Al, Ron Popeil, and Tony Little: Only Hope RealAudio: Al, Ron Popeil, and Tony Little: Only Hope Al, Ron Popeil, and Tony Little: Only Hope


    Stunts

  • Harvey performed no stunts this episode.

  • 27 References

  • During Al's infomercial, the number to call is "555-0127."
  • Summary

    Al is watching TV with his friends when they come across an entertainment news piece on John Tesh. Al's friends start sharing tales of meeting John Tesh, so Al feels compelled to contribute, as well. He then says he knows John Tesh and promises to let them meet the pianist.

    Al realizes he's made a mistake, but isn't sure what to do about it. The Guy Boarded Up in the Wall gives hima book of celebrity prices, and John Tesh costs $82,000! Al seeks advice from Madame Judy, who tells him to do what she does, make an infomercial.

    So Al makes an infomercial, selling weird items, such as an ear magnet, a device for shoelaces that tells you when the laces are at the correct tautness, and a fork. He gaurantees that if people don't like the products, they can get a full refund. Al quickly earns $82,000.

    Al gets ready to pay for John Tesh's appearance, but he discovers that everyone is upset with his products. They come to Al's cave and Al is forced to give them their money back. Then Al confesses to his friends that he doesn't really know John Tesh and that he just wanted to make his friends happy. They forgive him.

    Then his friends leave, and one of the people seeking a refund is John Tesh. Al is grumpy, so he doesn't look up and realize who it is!

    This show also showcased the first appearance of Al's alterego, Fatman!


    The Adventures of Fatman

    Al is a clerk at Donut World with a glandular problem. Whenever he eats jelly-filled glaze donut, he turns into the superhero crime fighter "Fatman." His sidekick is "Harvey the Wonder Hamster." His arch-nemesis is his "Evil Uncle Frank," who has an assistant "Procrastinator."

    In this episode, Evil Uncle Frank has turned off all the refrigerators and all the ice cream is melting. The town is starting to be flooded. Al's idea is to go get some ice and re-freeze the ice cream, but while he's away, Harvey saves the day by eating all the ice cream.


    Memorable Lines

    The Hooded Avenger: Say, Al, what do you want to do today?
    Al: Well, we could pour maple syrup all over the rug and then lick it off.
    Gal Spy: Nah. We did that yesterday.

    Son:I assure you father, our cousin's tardiness mystifies me as much as you.
    Father: He was supposed to be here over an hour ago! Now our food is cold!
    Cousin: (Enters wearing a white, judicial wig and dressed in French Imperialist garb) Excusez Moi, Je m'oublie le temps! (In English, "Excuse me, I forgot the time." Thanks to Ryan for the French.)
    Father: Why, you! (Rises from seat and starts chasing the cousin)
    Announcer: The French Prince of Bel-Air. Wednesdays at 8:30!

    Madame Judy: I'm Madame Judy, your gal-pal. Do you desire wealth, fame, and corn dogs?! Of course you do, Trolls!

    Ron Popeil: Al, you've got to do an infomercial!
    Tony Little: C'mon Al! Be like us!
    Ron Popeil: It's the only way you're going to keep your promise to your friends.
    Tony Little: You've got the power, Al! Don't let us down!

    Mike Levy: Al, this next one I'm on Cloud 9 about. It's called the amazing four-tined food stabber. This little item has a number of practical uses and it goes great in your kitchen along with a knife and spoon.
    Al: The amazing four-tined food stabber really works! I use it! And you can too!

    Al: Well, I guess I learned a few valuable lessons here today. One, I shouldn't make any promises I can't keep. And two, I should never EVER do another one of those lousy infomercials. I mean, what was I thinking?
    Ron Popeil: That boy was our only hope.
    Tony Little: No. There is another.
    (Shot of Harvey playing on his cage.)


    Plot and Review

    Al, apparently suffering from temporary insanity, lies to his friends, telling them that he's a close, personal friend of John Tesh. Logically, the gang begs for an audience with the pop star. Al promises to produce Mr. Tesh rather than taking the obvious action of saying that his buddy Johnny is booked for appearances till next year. In order to make enough money to book an appearance, Al makes an infomercial.

    Before one of the commercial breaks, the announcer wonders aloud, "Why am I shouting?" It's about time that they addressed this shouting habit. It doesn't make any sense. Unfortunately, the fact that the announcer pondered this does not mean he is obligated to stop. In fact, he continues to shout throughout the program. I am afraid that this method of message conveyance makes the concept of "pounding an idea home" a painful reality.

    I am concerned that once again Al plays the role of the person making some stupid mistake or bad judgement call. Is the entire season going to be Al doing stupid things, then learning his leason in some network-approved way? Why can't Al have the wisdom every once in a while?

    Much to my delight, though, this episode displayed so much more creativity than the first one. It made me think that they chose the episode that they did for the first one so that they could get the blahs over with early. I mean, how could you not enjoy a show with Tony Little, Caffeine Man? It makes me jumpy just watching him. Plus, the ending of this episode rocked, what with John Tesh making a cute little appearance, and Popeil and Little doing the Star Wars allusion. Harvey is the remaining hope!

    Random comments made while actually watching the show

    • Anyone ever wonder why Al never comes in in the middle of sentences when he channel surfs?
    • I'd like to see the John Tesh-signed utility belt and the "No. 1 Fan" gloves in future episodes. It'll never happen.
    • The Guy Boarded Up in the Wall remindes me of Floor-y from Pee-Wee. Anyone remember Floor-y?
    • The Four-Tined Food Stabber is a direct relative of a bit I once saw in Mad Magazine.
    • Why are Cartoon Harvey's eyes different sizes? Why is the announcer still shouting?


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