Married... with Children (season 4)

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

Married... with Children
Season 4
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes23
Original networkFox
Original releaseSeptember 3, 1989 (1989-09-03) –
May 13, 1990 (1990-05-13)
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List of Married... with Children episodes

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.[1]


David Garrison missed two episodes this season. Amanda Bearse also missed one episode.
No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
581"Hot Off the Grill"Gerry CohenStory by : Gabrielle Topping
Teleplay by : Michael G. Moye & Ron Leavitt
September 3, 1989 (1989-09-03)401
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.
592"Dead Men Don't Do Aerobics"Gerry CohenKatherine GreenSeptember 10, 1989 (1989-09-10)402
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.
603"Buck Saves the Day"Gerry CohenMarcy Vosburgh & Sandy SprungSeptember 24, 1989 (1989-09-24)403
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, and the trip turns into such a disaster that Al sends Buck home to get someone to rescue them. Meanwhile, Kelly earns money for the same concert by fleecing Peggy's friends at poker.
Michael Faustino guest stars as one of the neighborhood kids.
614"Tooth or Consequences"Gerry CohenStory by : Will Rogers
Teleplay by : Sheldon Krasner & David Saling
October 1, 1989 (1989-10-01)404
Al gets a toothache and goes to a dentist (played by former SCTV cast member Joe Flaherty), who is bitter over his wife divorcing him and his sexy dental hygienist assistant (played by former porn star Traci Lords) spending his money.
625"He Ain't Much But He's Mine"Gerry CohenLisa RosenthalOctober 8, 1989 (1989-10-08)405
Peg thinks a new customer at the hair salon may be having an affair with Al. She soon gets jealous and acts weird.
636"Fair Exchange"Gerry CohenAl AidekmanOctober 29, 1989 (1989-10-29)406
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.
647"Desperately Seeking Miss October"Gerry CohenArthur Silver & Steve BingNovember 5, 1989 (1989-11-05)407
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.
658"976-SHOE"Gerry CohenSandy Sprung & Marcy VosburghNovember 12, 1989 (1989-11-12)408
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.
669"Oh, What a Feeling"Gerry CohenRon Leavitt & Michael G. MoyeNovember 19, 1989 (1989-11-19)409

Al decides to get a new car, but finds out that Peggy spent all his saved-up money that he buried in the backyard.

Note: Amanda Bearse and David Garrison do not appear in this episode.
6710"At the Zoo"Gerry CohenKatherine GreenNovember 26, 1989 (1989-11-26)410
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.
"It's a Bundyful Life: Parts 1 & 2"Gerry CohenMichael G. Moye & Ron LeavittDecember 17, 1989 (1989-12-17)412

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 does not appear in the second part of this episode.
7013"Who'll Stop the Rain"Gerry CohenKevin CurranJanuary 7, 1990 (1990-01-07)411
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."
7114"A Taxing Problem"Gerry CohenPaul DiamondJanuary 14, 1990 (1990-01-14)415
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.
7215"Rock and Roll Girl"Linda DayEllen L. FogleFebruary 4, 1990 (1990-02-04)414
Al challenges the family to go out and make their own money so he doesn't get shaken down for his meager change every allowance day, prompting Peg to open her own tollbooth and Kelly to get a job as the eye candy in a rock video by The Gutter Cats (guest starring as themselves).
7316"You Gotta Know When to Hold 'Em: Part 1"Gerry CohenSioux DoanhamFebruary 11, 1990 (1990-02-11)416
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.
7417"You Gotta Know When to Hold 'Em: Part 2"Gerry CohenKevin CurranFebruary 18, 1990 (1990-02-18)417
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.
7518"What Goes Around Came Around"Gerry CohenEllen L. FogleFebruary 25, 1990 (1990-02-25)418
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 is chosen to speak at the homecoming dance and uses it as a chance to speak out against the dangers of marriage.
7619"Peggy Turns 300"Tony SingletaryKatherine GreenMarch 25, 1990 (1990-03-25)420
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.
7720"Peggy Made a Little Lamb"Gerry CohenEllen L. FogleApril 15, 1990 (1990-04-15)421
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.
7821"Rain Girl"Gerry CohenKevin CurranApril 29, 1990 (1990-04-29)419
Kelly gets an internship at Channel 84's local news station, which turns into a $250,000-a-year paid position when the executives look to her for a way to boost ratings.
7922"The Agony of De Feet"Gerry CohenDiane Burroughs & Joey GutierrezMay 6, 1990 (1990-05-06)422
Kelly tricks Marcy into thinking she slept with Bud after Marcy scares off Kelly's date and off-handedly calls her a "simpleton". Meanwhile, Al, who lately has been freaking out over feet, is chosen to be a judge in an odd beauty pageant.
8023"Yard Sale"Gerry CohenMarcy Vosburgh & Sandy SprungMay 13, 1990 (1990-05-13)423
When Al discovers that Peg has been spending money on old junk from yard sales, the Bundys have one of their own...then turn it into a cheap carnival when no one buys what they're selling.


  1. ^ Andreas, Carl (April 10, 2001). "Changes throughout the Seasons". Bundyology. Retrieved 2007-09-09.