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"It's a Bundyful Life, Part 1" (0412)

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Episode title: It's a Bundyful Life, Part 1
Episode production code: 0412

Episode # in production code order: 69
Episode # in true US premiere order: 67
Episode # in old US premiere order: 68

US premiere date: December 17, 1989
US premiere time: 9 pm

Written by Michael G. Moye & Ron Leavitt
Directed by Gerry Cohen

First camera shot: The Bundy house covered in snow.

Synopsis: Al is left sad and alone after his plans for "the best Bundy Christmas ever" are thwarted, when he can't get to Marcy's bank in time to withdraw the money he saved to buy everyone presents. Meanwhile, Steve is spending Christmas with his mother in Cincinnati and Marcy doesn't know if she should go to a Christmas party at her bank.

Guest cast:
Midge: Kate Romero
Santa Horowitz: Don Sparks
Franklin / Damon: Tim Eyster
Elderly Woman: Ann Nelson
Denise: Kristeen Buxton
Bobby: Thomas Ian Nicholas
Mom: Eve Smith

General note: Parts 1 and 2 originally shown as a one-hour episode.

Music: "Deck the Halls" by Mannheim Steamroller

Characters' relatives: We can hear Steve's mother.

Al Bundy's xmas story:
Twas the night before christmas, and all through the house,
no food was a stirring, not even a mouse.
Stockings were hung 'round dad's neck like a tie,
along with a note that said "presents or die".
Children were plotting all night in their beds,
while the wife's constant whining was splitting his head.
But daddy had money this year in the bank,
then they closed up early, now dad's in the tank.
...and all of a sudden Santa appeared,
a sneer on his face, booze in his beard.
Santa I said as he laughed merrily,
you do so much for others do something for me.
Bundy he said, you only sell shoes,
your son is a sneak-thief, your daughters' a flooze.
Ho Ho Santa said, should I mention your wife,
her hairs like an a-bomb, her nails like a knife.
As he climbs up the chimney, that fat piece of dung,
he mooned me two times, he stuck out his tongue.
And I heard him exclaim, as he broke wind with glee:
you're married with children, you'll never be free.

Five Days of Christmas
Bud: 5 bowls a-flushing
Peg: 4 'roids a-throbbing
Kel: 3 nosehairs waving
Bud: 2 children starving
Peg: 1 untouched wife!

Influences: The whole two-parter is a parody on the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" with James Stewart.

Transcript: Available at Married with Children... All Things Episodic.


Thanks to Thijs Witkamp.

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