Married... with Children (season 2)

Married... with Children (season 2)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original network Fox
Original release September 27, 1987 (1987-09-27) – May 1, 1988 (1988-05-01)
Season chronology

This is a list of episodes for the second season (1987–88) of the television series Married... with Children.

At the beginning of this season, Kelly is portrayed as a girl of reasonable intelligence (though she is often teased by Bud for her promiscuity and bleached hair). By the end, however, her character obtains her trademark stupidity that will become both a plot device and comic focus for the rest of the series. This season also contains the first use of the "Bundy Cheer" and the first instance of the Bundys leaving Chicago.[1] Although Buck is portrayed in later seasons as having been with the Bundys since he was a pup, it's implied by Peg that they've had him for only three years and Al states that he's actually Bud's pet; he even "speaks" once ("Buck Can Do It"), something that becomes a regular feature beginning in the fourth season. Michael Faustino (David's younger brother), makes the first of five guest appearances during the course of the series.


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
"Poppy's By the Tree"Linda DayMichael G. Moye and Ron LeavittSeptember 27, 1987 (1987-09-27)2.01
The Bundys vacation in Dumpwater, Florida, where an axe murderer is on the loose -- and kidnaps Peggy.
163"If I Were a Rich Man"Linda DaySandy Sprung & Marcy VosburghOctober 4, 1987 (1987-10-04)2.03
After a million dollars is reported missing from Steve's bank, Peggy and the kids assume that Al stole the money so they can be rich.
174"Buck Can Do It"Linda DayMichael G. Moye and Ron LeavittOctober 11, 1987 (1987-10-11)2.04
When news hits of the neighborhood dogs getting pregnant by Buck (who's getting out through the hole in the fence that Al hasn't bothered to repair), Peg and Marcy conclude that Buck should be neutered (especially after their neighbor Pittman threatens to sue because Buck impregnated his poodle), and even Bud is perfectly OK with it. Al has second thoughts after having a dream where a walking, talking and beer-drinking Buck (played by Derek McGrath) is angry at Al for not doing enough to stop him from being neutered. When two insane killers knock at the front door (one in a leather mask wielding a chainsaw and the other in a hockey mask with a machete) and Buck won't attack them to save Al, he realizes what he must do: distract Peg by telling her he's in the mood for "it".
Note: Christina Applegate does not appear in this episode.
"Girls Just Want to Have Fun"Linda DayTracy Gamble & Richard VaczyOctober 18, 1987 (1987-10-18)2.05
After arguing with Steve over ogling at a sexy repairwoman, Marcy goes with Peg to a male strip club, where Marcy loses her wedding ring in the pants of one of the dancers. While Al discovers that Peg has been spending her time (and his money) at the male strip club, Marcy struggles not to tell Steve where her wedding ring is, until the male dancer Marcy was with comes to their door to bring it back.
207"For Whom the Bell Tolls"Linda DayRichard Gurman & Katherine GreenOctober 25, 1987 (1987-10-25)2.07
The Bundys struggle with not having phone service after Al refuses to pay for a phone call to Canada. Al is also furious about the crime light installed in the neighborhood which shines on his face at night.
218"Born to Walk"Linda DayJohn VorhausNovember 1, 1987 (1987-11-01)2.08
Kelly passes her driver's test while Al fails his. Meanwhile, Steve gets into betting on horse races.
229"Alley of the Dolls"Linda DaySandy Sprung & Marcy VosburghNovember 8, 1987 (1987-11-08)2.09
Al and his family (with the unwilling help of Steve and Marcy) bowl against Peggy's high school rival and her family.
2310"The Razor's Edge"Gerry CohenEllen L. FogleNovember 15, 1987 (1987-11-15)2.10
When Steve refuses to shave his beard and Marcy refuses to have sex with him, Steve moves in with Al and Peggy. He cooks and cleans, so Al doesn't want him to move back. Peg is jealous and wants him to move back. So, Al and Peg start manipulating them.
2411"How Do You Spell Revenge?"Linda DayRalph R. FarquharNovember 22, 1987 (1987-11-22)2.11
Al tries to recruit Kelly onto his baseball team to replace Peg, but Kelly is in love with a boy who wants her to get a tattoo. His father turns out to be Peg's ex.
Note: David Garrison and Amanda Bearse do not appear in this episode.
2512"Earth Angel"Linda DayEllen L. FogleDecember 6, 1987 (1987-12-06)2.12
A pretty blond aspiring artist stays with the Bundys and makes life for everyone (except for Marcy) better. Marcy plots to get rid of her.
2613"You Better Watch Out"Linda DayKatherine Green & Richard GurmanDecember 20, 1987 (1987-12-20)2.13
A Christmas stunt at Chicago's Lakeside Mall goes awry when the man playing Santa crash-lands on the Bundys' yard and dies. Al must deal with the crowd of kids who still believe in Santa Claus. Michael Faustino guests.
2714"Guys and Dolls"Linda DaySandy Sprung & Marcy VosburghJanuary 10, 1988 (1988-01-10)2.14
To curb Bud's destructive behavior after Bud gets in trouble for using a picture of Kelly in a bikini for a school project, Steve and Al get Bud to take up baseball card-collecting as a hobby, but the men get caught up in it and sell Marcy's collectible Barbie doll to get the money for some rare baseball cards.
2815"Build a Better Mousetrap"Linda DayTeleplay: Michael G. Moye & Ron Leavitt
Story: J. Stanford Parker
January 24, 1988 (1988-01-24)2.15
A mouse is running loose in the Bundy house, prompting Peg to face her childhood fear of mice and Al to wreck the house in his attempt to catch the pest.
2916"Master the Possibilities"Linda DayRon Leavitt and Michael G. MoyeFebruary 7, 1988 (1988-02-07)2.16
When Al gets a package of "Yodelin' Andy" records that he didn't order, Marcy tells Al that if he gets something in the mail that he didn't order, he can legally keep it. Using this knowledge, Al receives a credit card in the mail made out to the family dog Buck, and begins to use the card under Buck's name.
3017"Peggy Loves Al, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah"Gerry CohenRalph R. FarquharFebruary 14, 1988 (1988-02-14)2.17
On Valentine's Day, Bud awaits his first Valentine (which he thinks is a trick cooked up by Kelly), Kelly must choose one Valentine from the many boys who are attracted to her, Steve plans to take Marcy to Hawaii, Marcy plans to pop out from a cake naked, and Peg wants Al to say "I love you" to her.
3118"The Great Escape"Linda DayEllen L. FogleFebruary 21, 1988 (1988-02-21)2.18
Kelly is grounded for getting poor grades in school and must stay with her family at the shoe store while the house is being fumigated for termites, prompting Kelly to plan an escape so she can go see a concert.
Note: David Garrison and Amanda Bearse do not appear in this episode.
3219"Impo-Dent"Gerry CohenSandy Sprung & Marcy VosburghFebruary 28, 1988 (1988-02-28)2.19
While Steve is away, Marcy drives Steve's new Mercedes (without his permission) and crashes it. When Steve finds out, he becomes impotent and fails to satisfy Marcy in bed. A sinister plan between Al and Steve unfolds later.
3320"Just Married... with Children"Linda DayEllen L. FogleMarch 6, 1988 (1988-03-06)2.20

Al and Peg pose as Steve and Marcy to get on a sadistic game show called How Do I Love Thee, but find themselves facing off against Steve and Marcy (who are on the game show as Al and Peg).

Note: Ed O'Neill's wife Catherine Rusoff appears as Mona, the wife from the other couple Al and Peg face in the game show.
3421"Father Lode"Linda DayJerry PerzigianMarch 13, 1988 (1988-03-13)2.21
Al tries to keep his race track winnings a secret, while Peg starts taking money from Al's wallet.
3522"All in the Family"Linda DayMarcy Vosburgh & Sandy SprungMay 1, 1988 (1988-05-01)2.22
Al has a nightmare when Peg informs him that her insane relatives are visiting.


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