Married... with Children (season 3)

Married... with Children (season 3)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original network Fox
FX (episode 10)
Original release November 6, 1988 (1988-11-06) – May 21, 1989 (1989-05-21)
Season chronology

This is a list of episodes for the third season (1988–89) of the television series Married... with Children.

The third season marks a notable increase in the show's popularity, based on Terry Rakolta's moral campaign against the show, which began after the episode "Her Cups Runneth Over", where Al and Steve go to a lingerie store in search of Peggy's favorite bra (which had been discontinued). This season also contains the "lost episode" "I'll See You in Court", which was not aired in North America until June 18, 2002 after the show's initial run on the cable channel FX (and was included in the season three DVD set).[1] Michael Faustino makes his second guest appearance. During the season the show became the first to have a quarter of the viewership on Fox.


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
361"He Thought He Could"Gerry CohenRon Leavitt and Michael G. MoyeNovember 6, 1988 (1988-11-06)3.01
While moving old boxes from the attic, Al comes across a copy of "The Little Engine That Could", which hasn't been returned to the local library (headed by an evil, redheaded woman named Miss DeGroot) since 1957.
372"I'm Going to Sweatland"Gerry CohenTeleplay: Pamela Wick & Susan Cridland
Story: Carl Studebaker
November 20, 1988 (1988-11-20)3.02
Peggy becomes obsessed with Elvis Presley when she sees a man who looks like The King at the mall and sees his image in a sweat stain on one of Al's shirts.
383"Poke High"Gerry CohenRalph R. FarquharNovember 27, 1988 (1988-11-27)3.03
Al tries to keep a local high school boy from breaking his football record while Kelly tries to get a date with him during a game.
394"The Camping Show"
"A Period Piece"
Gerry CohenSandy Sprung & Marcy VosburghDecember 11, 1988 (1988-12-11)3.04
A guys-only fishing trip with Al, Bud and Steve turns sour when Steve invites Marcy who then invites Peg and Kelly on the trip — and things get worse when all three of the women have their periods simultaneously.
405"A Dump of My Own"Gerry CohenMichael G. Moye & Ron LeavittJanuary 8, 1989 (1989-01-08)3.05
Al realizes his dream to build his own bathroom in the garage.
416"Her Cups Runneth Over"Gerry CohenMarcy Vosburgh & Sandy SprungJanuary 15, 1989 (1989-01-15)3.06
Peg becomes depressed on her birthday when her favorite bra is discontinued. Al and Steve discover that Peggy's favorite bra is still being sold at a lingerie store called Francine's of Wisconsin.
This is the episode that started Terry Rakolta's moral boycott campaign against Married with Children
427"The Bald and the Beautiful"John SguegliaJules Dennis & Richard MuellerJanuary 29, 1989 (1989-01-29)3.07
Steve thinks he's going bald after finding a newspaper clipping for an anti-baldness cure given to him by Marcy.
438"The Gypsy Cried"Gerry CohenRichard GurmanFebruary 5, 1989 (1989-02-05)3.09
Steve and Marcy hire a psychic, who predicts good fortune for Al, Peg and Steve — and doom for Marcy.
449"Requiem for a Dead Barber"James E. HornbeckRon Leavitt & Michael G. MoyeFebruary 12, 1989 (1989-02-12)3.10
Al's favorite barber dies, prompting him to go to a salon and risk losing his masculinity.
4510"I'll See You in Court"Gerry CohenJeanne Baruch & Jeanne RomanoJune 18, 2002 (2002-06-18) (on FX)3.08
To spark up their waning marriage, Al and Peg go to a seedy motel where one of the porn movies they watch is surveillance footage of Steve and Marcy having sex.
4611"Eatin' Out"Gerry CohenSandy Sprung & Marcy VosburghFebruary 19, 1989 (1989-02-19)3.11
After receiving a moderately large windfall, the Bundys go out to eat at a fancy restaurant — and trouble starts when they forget to bring the money with them.
4712"My Mom, the Mom"Gerry CohenTeleplay: Lesa Kite & Cindy Begel
Story: Jan Rosenbloom[2]
February 26, 1989 (1989-02-26)3.12
Peg resorts to acting like a true mom when Kelly picks her to appear at Polk High's Parents Day. Meanwhile, Al teaches Bud the value of a dollar by putting him to work at the shoe store.
4813"Can't Dance, Don't Ask Me"Gerry CohenTeleplay: Robert Ulin
Story: Gabrielle Topping[3]
March 19, 1989 (1989-03-19)3.13
After getting Polk High's dance club in trouble during a field trip, Kelly is forced to join and perform tap at the school talent show. Meanwhile, Al thinks there is a conspiracy among the women when his socks end up missing.
4914"A Three Job, No Income Family"Gerry CohenRichard GurmanMarch 19, 1989 (1989-03-19)3.14
When money becomes tighter than usual at the Bundy house, Peg signs Al up for a job as a make-up salesman, but when Peg hears the job's perks, she signs up for the job instead, and (seemingly) proves to be a better seller than Al.
5015"The Harder They Fall"Gerry CohenEllen L. FogleMarch 26, 1989 (1989-03-26)3.15
While driving with Steve to the video store, Peg flips off a driver and gets Steve in trouble, prompting the Bundys to stay at the Rhoades' house to protect him — and take advantage of their neighbors' hospitality.
5116"The House That Peg Lost"Gerry CohenSteve Granat & Mel ShererApril 9, 1989 (1989-04-09)3.18
While the Rhoades are away on vacation, the Bundys are called to house-sit for them, leading to the Rhoades' house being taken away by a man looking for a roadhouse. Meanwhile, Kelly has a slumber party with her best friends, which leads to chaos when Bud reveals that Kelly slept with her best friends' boyfriends.
5217"Married... with Prom Queen"Gerry CohenEllen L. FogleApril 23, 1989 (1989-04-23)3.16
Part one of two. Peggy's chances at being prom queen at her high school reunion are doomed when her old rival, Connie Bender ("Bring a friend, it won't offend her"), arrives. Meanwhile, Al meets his old rival in high school and continues the fight that they last had following graduation.
5318"Married... with Prom Queen: The Sequel"Gerry CohenEllen L. FogleApril 30, 1989 (1989-04-30)3.17
Conclusion. Peggy recruits Bud and Kelly's help in rigging the Prom Queen election so Peg can win. Meanwhile, Al squares off with high school rival Jack in a parking lot fight.
5419"The Dateless Amigo"Gerry CohenSara V. Finney & Vida SpearsMay 7, 1989 (1989-05-07)3.20
Al comes up with a new invention called Shoe Lights and uses Kelly as his guinea pig. Meanwhile, Bud, trying to prove to his friends that he can get a girl, uses a department store mannequin as his date.
5520"The Computer Show"Gerry CohenRalph R. FarquharMay 14, 1989 (1989-05-14)3.19
Against Al's wishes, Peg and Marcy buy a home computer for the Bundy house.
5621"Life's a Beach"Gerry CohenRalph R. FarquharMay 21, 1989 (1989-05-21)3.21
The Bundys spend a day at the beach. Michael Faustino guests.
5722"Here's Lookin' at You, Kid"Gerry CohenTeleplay: Jeanne Baruch & Jeanne Romano
Story: Len O'Neill
May 21, 1989 (1989-05-21)3.22
The neighborhood women become the targets of a Peeping Tom — except for Peg, who takes it as a sign that she's not attractive anymore. Meanwhile, Al convinces Bud to help Kelly with her studies.


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  2. Andreas, Carl (March 20, 2000). "Episode "My Mom, the Mom"". Bundyology. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
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