Tooth or Consequences

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The episode “Tooth or Consequences” was one of the several episodes that play to one of Al’s fears – namely, a trip to the dentist – it begins with Al demanding that Peg cooks him a real dinner, even though it is increasingly apparent that he won’t be able to enjoy it, what with his teeth fizzing and all. After resorting to cold beer poured over white bread as a meal, he finally relents and goes to Marcy’s dentist, Dr. Plierson (Joe Flaherty), whose rage against the excess spending of his mistress/dental assistant (Tracy Lords) and ex-wife is channeled through his drill meeting Al’s teeth. Honestly, what is more endearing than seeing a grown man tiptoe into the examining room while clutching a balloon and a stuffed yellow ducky?