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You Better Shop Around: Part 1 

Al cannot afford to buy an air conditioner for the hot summer. After an attempt to install an old experimental model, (which results in a neighborhood blackout) Al moves his family into the... See full summary »


Linda Day


John Brancato (as J.D. Brancato), Michael Ferris | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Ed O'Neill ... Al Bundy
Katey Sagal ... Peggy Bundy
Amanda Bearse ... Marcy D'Arcy
Christina Applegate ... Kelly Bundy
David Faustino ... Bud Bundy
Bruce Jarchow ... Manager
John Asher ... Bob (as John Mallory Asher)
Jodie Mann ... The Cashier
Bobbie Brown ... Nibbles
Regina Leeds Regina Leeds ... Cheese Lady
Louise Rapport Louise Rapport ... Mrs. Gillis (as Louise Pellegrino Rapport)
Helena Apothaker Helena Apothaker ... Butter Lefkowitz
Kevin Ryder Kevin Ryder ... D. J. (voice)


Al cannot afford to buy an air conditioner for the hot summer. After an attempt to install an old experimental model, (which results in a neighborhood blackout) Al moves his family into the local supermarket. After a while, they are told by the manager to buy something otherwise they will be sent to the county jail. Al decides to purchase a stick of gum and as he approaches the checkout line, sees Marcy. He decides to cut in front of Marcy and becomes the one millionth customer winning a shopping spree worth $1,000.

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Release Date:

14 April 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the scene with the pitchfork-armed, torch-wielding mob attempting to break into the Bundy house, the laughter from the studio audience was so loud and uproarious that Katey Segal had to start over her speech, "well Desert Fox..." twice. See more »


Cheques is the correct spelling however "checks" was on the sign with Al's picture. See more »


Marcy Rhoades D'Arcy: When we were burning you in effigy, I ran into people I hadn't seen in years. We sat around. We sang our favorite folk songs like, "If I had a hammer, I'd drive it through Al Bundy's skull."
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Featured in Married... with Children: My Favorite Married... (1995) See more »


Love & Marriage
(Theme Song)
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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The Van Der Bundys!
16 June 2009 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

The Bundys don't have an air conditioner so they make do with a kiddie pool and Al in it while the Bundys are as hot during the hottest day in Chicago history. They settle on a getting an air conditioner but Al gets a German air conditioner from World War II and has eaten already from the Crazy Guy store. When their air conditioner goes out, so does everybode else in the neighborhood and they know where to put the blame on the Bundys. The Bundys escape to their summer home at the nearby grocery store, Foodies, where they hide from angry neighbors and suspicious store employees. When Marcy catches the Van Der Bundys at their summer home, Al costs her place in line where the Bundys are the millionth customer.

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