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Top of the Heap 

Al Bundy's childhood pal, Charlie Verducci, and the guy's dim-witted son Vinnie, attend a high society fund raiser in this pilot for the short-lived TV series, 'Top of the Heap.'


Gerry Cohen




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ed O'Neill ... Al Bundy
Katey Sagal ... Peggy Bundy (credit only)
Amanda Bearse ... Marcy D'Arcy (credit only)
Christina Applegate ... Kelly Bundy (credit only)
David Faustino ... Bud Bundy (credit only)
Joseph Bologna ... Charlie Verducci
Matt LeBlanc ... Vinnie Verducci
Diana Bellamy ... Kathleen Morgan
Joey Lauren Adams ... Mona Mullins (as Joey Adams)
Rebecca Cross Rebecca Cross ... Tyler Cameron
John Mansfield John Mansfield ... Roger Bonderly
Charles Howerton ... Nelson
Dennis Holahan ... Man #1
Kathryn O'Reilly Kathryn O'Reilly ... Woman
Tim Hill Tim Hill ... Security Man


In this back-door pilot for the short-lived TV series 'Top of the Heap' and set in the inner city slums of Chicago, divorcee Charlie Verducci and his incredibly dumb, 19-year-old son, Vinnie, are superintendents of a run-down apartment building. Vinnie is recovering from a boxing match that he lost the other night while fending off come-ons from their local underage teen neighbor Mona. Feeling bored with their miserable lives, Charlie comes up with a "Verducci Master Plan": he and Vinnie secretly crash a formal, high society fund-raiser to meet some wealthy women for themselves hoping Vinnie will marry a debutante, while Charlie himself fends off come-ons from a rather large rich woman. They also pay a short visit Charlie's friend, Al Bundy, at the shoe store to exchange some facts of life about women, where Al is revealed to have lost his TV set in a bet due to Vinnie's poor boxing ability. Written by Anonymous

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Charlie Verducci: Times have passed us by. Women today don't understand that we need to fall asleep after sex. We have to.
[after a few minutes of dialogue]
Al: Wait, Charlie. I was thinking about what you said. I don't have to fall asleep after sex. I want to fall asleep after sex. I welcome the darkness.
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References Get Smart (1965) See more »


Love & Marriage
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Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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Poor Spin-Off
16 June 2009 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Do you remember Charlie Verducci played by Joseph Bologna and his son, Vinnie, played by Matt LeBlanc? Well, the Married with Children people decided to have a spin off based on these two characters. Charlie wants Vinnie to marry a wealthy heiress so they can live in the lap of luxury instead of a tenement apartment building with their beautiful white cat. He arranges Vinnie to attend a lavish ball at a country club where familiar Diana Bellamy is cast as the club manager. She is the first woman ever insulted by Al Bundy in the show's premiere episode. Unfortunately, things don't go so well. Joey Lauren Adams is good as the seductive neighbor. The show's premise never really took off. It's nice to see thought that the show producers are loyal to their guests like Diana Bellamy who would return occasionally to the show. It's like seeing old friends. This episode would show Matt LeBlanc's earlier work before he hit it big on Friends.

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7 April 1991 (USA) See more »

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