Married... with Children (season 4)

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Married... with Children (season 4)
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 23
Original channel Fox
Original run September 3, 1989 (1989-09-03) – May 13, 1990 (1990-05-13)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 August 30, 2005 (2005-08-30)[1]
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List of Married... with Children episodes

This is a list of episodes for the fourth season (1989–90) of the television series Married... with Children.

This season saw the departure of Marcy's husband Steve Rhoades. Marcy remained single for the remainder of the season. This was also the first season where the audience would applaud when a major character would enter a scene for the first time in the episode, the first time that Buck "speaks", as well as a Bundyesque of the classic film It's a Wonderful Life. In the episode "It's a Bundyful Life (Part 2)," Ted McGinley makes a guest appearance as Norman Jablonsky before reappearing as a regular cast member in the next season as Jefferson D'arcy. Also, Michael Faustino makes his third guest appearance.[2]


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No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
58 1 "Hot Off the Grill" Gerry Cohen Teleplay: Michael G. Moye & Ron Leavitt
Story: Gabrielle Topping
September 3, 1989 (1989-09-03) 4.01
Al has a Labor Day barbecue, where he becomes aroused by the sight of Peg actually doing housework, and Steve and Marcy bring along the ashes of Marcy's aunt, whom Steve hated.
59 2 "Dead Men Don't Do Aerobics" Gerry Cohen Katherine Green September 10, 1989 (1989-09-10) 4.02
Peggy wins the chance to exercise with Jim Jupiter, a local aerobics instructor with his own TV show, for two weeks, but she ends up killing Jim by introducing him to the world of smoking, eating junk food, and watching TV.
60 3 "Buck Saves the Day" Gerry Cohen Marcy Vosburgh & Sandy Sprung September 24, 1989 (1989-09-24) 4.03
To earn money for a concert, Bud rents out Al as a professional woodsman who takes the neighborhood kids (and Steve and Bud) on a camping trip. They all have a miserable time there and put all their hopes on Buck to save them. Meanwhile, Kelly earns money for the same concert by fleecing Peggy's friends at poker. Michael Faustino guests.
61 4 "Tooth or Consequences" Gerry Cohen Teleplay: Sheldon Krasner & David Saling
Story: Will Rogers[3]
October 1, 1989 (1989-10-01) 4.04
Al gets a toothache and goes to a dentist, who is bitter over his wife divorcing him.
62 5 "He Ain't Much, But He's Mine" Gerry Cohen Lisa Rosenthal October 8, 1989 (1989-10-08) 4.05
Peg thinks a new customer at the hair salon may be having an affair with Al. She soon gets jealous and acts weird.
63 6 "Fair Exchange" Gerry Cohen Al Aidekman October 29, 1989 (1989-10-29) 4.06
The Bundys can feast on the $500 a month they receive for hosting a French foreign exchange student. But the beautiful French girl, Yvette (Milla Jovovich), soon turns Kelly's social life into famine, which prompts Kelly to take action to get her own social life back.
64 7 "Desperately Seeking Miss October" Gerry Cohen Arthur Silver & Steve Bing November 5, 1989 (1989-11-05) 4.07
When Al recognizes a female customer at the shoe store as Playboy Magazine's Miss October, Al goes searching for his old issues of Playboy, only to find out that Peg sold them to buy a good luck charm named Tubro. He finally makes her get all the Playboys back.
65 8 "976-SHOE" Gerry Cohen Sandy Sprung & Marcy Vosburgh November 12, 1989 (1989-11-12) 4.08
Al asks Steve for a loan of $50,000 so he can finance his own shoe help hotline. To win a Hawaii trip, Steve sanctions it and ends up with a warning from his boss that he would be fired if Al Bundy did not come through with results. To save his job, Marcy gives Al a second $50,000 loan to pay back Steve, but Al spends that on his shoe hotline too. It costs Steve his job at the bank and Marcy gets demoted to drive up window teller.
66 9 "Oh, What a Feeling" Gerry Cohen Ron Leavitt & Michael G. Moye November 19, 1989 (1989-11-19) 4.09
Al decides to get a new car, but finds out that Peggy spent all his saved-up money, and he has to buy an old, used car. After a lot of tries, he ends up with his old car, remodeled.
Note: David Garrison and Amanda Bearse do not appear in this episode.
67 10 "At the Zoo" Gerry Cohen Katherine Green November 26, 1989 (1989-11-26) 4.10
Steve begins spending his time taking Peg, Kelly, and Bud to the zoo instead of looking for a job, which doesn't sit well with the recently-demoted Marcy.
68/69 11/12 "It's a Bundyful Life" Gerry Cohen Michael G. Moye & Ron Leavitt December 17, 1989 (1989-12-17) 4.11/4.12
Al promises his family a wonderful Christmas when he reveals that he put money away in a Christmas club account, but fails to get it when the bank closes early for a party. After Peg and the kids blow off Al to have Christmas dinner at Denny's, Al is stuck at home fixing the Christmas lights (which almost electrocute him), and meets a loud, obnoxious guardian angel (Sam Kinison) who shows Al what life would be like if Al was never born.
Note: David Garrison and Amanda Bearse do not appear in Part 2.
70 13 "Who'll Stop the Rain" Gerry Cohen Kevin Curran January 7, 1990 (1990-01-07) 4.13
During a rainstorm, Al tries to fix the roof and the TV antenna. Meanwhile, Marcy is upset when Steve gets a new job at a pet store and she ends up getting bitten by one of his "pets."
71 14 "A Taxing Problem" Gerry Cohen Paul Diamond January 14, 1990 (1990-01-14) 4.14
Al is faced with an audit following some "creative accounting" done by Peg (claimed that she could get more money for 23 kids if claiming 2 children as dependents got them $200), and plots to sell Peggy's hair to a desperate woman in order to pay the owed tax money.
72 15 "Rock and Roll Girl" Linda Day Ellen L. Fogle February 4, 1990 (1990-02-04) 4.15
On Marcy's suggestion, Al asks everyone to earn their own money. Kelly gets a job as a dancer in a rock band's music video. Bud becomes her agent. Meanwhile, Peg tries to find ways to earn her own money by opening her own tollbooth.
73 16 "You Gotta Know When to Hold 'Em: Part 1" Gerry Cohen Sioux Doanham February 11, 1990 (1990-02-11) 4.16
Part one of two. Marcy stays at the Bundys' after Steve leaves her to pursue his dream of being a forest ranger, and Peg takes Marcy to Las Vegas to cheer her up — but not before selling Al's TV and maxing out his credit cards to pay for the trip.
74 17 "You Gotta Know When to Hold 'Em: Part 2" Gerry Cohen Kevin Curran February 18, 1990 (1990-02-18) 4.17
Conclusion. Al, Kelly, and Bud track down Marcy and Peg in Vegas who are desperately trying to raise money to get home — and sign Al up in a wrestling match.
75 18 "What Goes Around Comes Around" Gerry Cohen Ellen L. Fogle February 25, 1990 (1990-02-25) 4.18
Bud tries to make amends with a girl (played by Saved by the Bell's Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) who humiliated him in sixth grade. Meanwhile, Al prepares a speech for the homecoming dance, warning teens of the dangers of marriage.
76 19 "Peggy Turns 300" Tony Singletary Katherine Green March 25, 1990 (1990-03-25) 4.19
Al plans a special evening for Peg's birthday by taking her out to the Bowlarama where he hopes to finally beat his arch rival's high game score, but Peg bowls a perfect game and destroys Al's self-esteem.
77 20 "Peggy Made a Little Lamb" Gerry Cohen Ellen L. Fogle April 15, 1990 (1990-04-15) 4.20
While going through her high school memorabilia, Peggy discovers that she never passed Home Economics class in high school and must make up the lost credit by going to Kelly's Home Economics class. Peggy is soon asked to make a Rack of Lamb for her finals. Kelly now has to attend summer school in order to graduate when Peggy steals her project.
78 21 "Raingirl" Gerry Cohen Kevin Curran April 29, 1990 (1990-04-29) 4.21
Kelly gets a job as a weather girl on a local newscast. She is given a $250,000-a-year contract, but loses it when she is unable to read the Teleprompter.
79 22 "The Agony of Defeet" Gerry Cohen Diane Burroughs & Joey Gutierrez May 6, 1990 (1990-05-06) 4.22
Marcy thinks she had sex with Bud after waking up next to him on the couch, thanks to a scheme by Kelly, who plotted it as revenge because Marcy called her an "simpleton" (idiot). Meanwhile, Al, who lately has been freaking out over feet, is chosen to be a judge in an odd beauty pageant.
80 23 "Yard Sale" Gerry Cohen Marcy Vosburgh & Sandy Sprung May 13, 1990 (1990-05-13) 4.23
When Al discovers that Peg has been spending money on old junk from yard sales, the Bundys have one of their own. They find it difficult to attract customers and come up with a few ideas.


  1. ^ Season 4 DVD set at
  2. ^ Andreas, Carl (April 10, 2001). "Changes throughout the Seasons". Bundyology. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  3. ^ Andreas, Carl (September 28, 2005). "Episode "Tooth or Consequences"". Bundyology. Retrieved 2007-09-10.