Married with Children: Season 4, Episode 11

It's a Bundyful Life (17 Dec. 1989)

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Al has finally saved up a lot of cash to buy his family a ton of presents they want this year. Unfortunately, a mob of late customers in the shoe store prevents him from getting to the bank and retrieving the money he needs.



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Episode complete credited cast:
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Don Sparks ...
Ann Nelson ...
Franklin (as Tim Eyster)
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Norman Jablonsky (credit only)


On Christmas Eve, Al plans the best Bundy Christmas by withdrawing money from his secret savings account to buy the selfish and ungrateful Peggy and the kids presents. When Al can't get to Marcy's bank on time, he tries a ill-fated cash motivated plan for a day care center which leaves him sad and alone with no money. Written by Anonymous

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Fox re-aired this episode on December 15, 2003, making it a rare occurrence in which a classic TV show re-aired on its parent network after being canceled. See more »


When Steve and Marcy come to the Bundys, to wish them a merry Christmas, Bud is "stealing" Marcy's wedding ring from her right hand; later when Marcy asks who has it, she looks at her right hand, where the ring supposedly was. See more »


Al: Now who wants to hear about the red-headed Grinch who stole Uncle Al's life?
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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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Al Bundy is a hero.
25 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a very funny episode. The episode successfully and effectively calls attention to the pretentiousness of all so-called family holidays and to ritualized gift-giving in general. The episode is particularly clever because Al is completely aware of the utter emptiness and phoniness of the the gift-giving, and is made even funnier funnier by the the cluelessness of everyone else around him. Al understands that he is being used as a mark, lets everyone know that he knows he is being used as a mark, yet they still don't stop hitting him up for gifts. What is even more hilarious is how the other family members have no self-awareness regarding the stupidity of their behavior, stupidity that Al recognizes and has to deal with. The title of the show sums up his plight: he's "Married, with Children." What made the entire series so great is the character of Al Bundy. He's real. Al Bundy's are all over the place. They are the guys that put up with all the ingratitude and all the malarkey associated with trying to provide for a family, and stay. They are heroes. Al Bundy is a hero. This sitcom is more than just a comment on the hypocrisy of "family values" that are touted all the time, or the vapid sentimentality portrayed in so many love stories. It's about a guy, an everyman, who is out there struggling to make a living, in the tradition of Chester A. Riley and Ralph Kramden. We laugh when we watch them trying to do better, trying to be a success, and always failing. Yet, they are the guys that keep this country going.

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