Married... with Children (season 8)

Married... with Children (season 8)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 26
Original network Fox
Original release September 5, 1993 (1993-09-05) – May 22, 1994 (1994-05-22)
Season chronology

This is a list of episodes for the eighth season (1993–94) of the television series Married... with Children.

This season introduces many of Al's friends, including Aaron, Bob Rooney and Officer Dan (even though Officer Dan wasn't a character in the earlier seasons, the actor who played him also appeared in "Rock 'n Roll Girl" as the sheriff who issued Al a ticket for an insulting bumper sticker, "Weenie Tot Lovers and Other Strangers" as the police officer who arrested Al, and "The Egg and I" as the FBI agent searching for Steve). Al, Jefferson, Bob Rooney and Officer Dan (along with Griff and Ike, who are introduced in Season 9) all become members of NO MA'AM in the episode where the men fight back against a talk show host (played by Jerry Springer) known as "The Masculine Feminist". This is also the season where Bud joins a fraternity.[1] And the closest we get to an explanation for Seven's mysterious disappearance 14 months before is in the episode "Ride Scare," where a closeup on a carton of milk reveals a picture of Seven with the words "Missing." Al's plus-sized model friends simply look at it without comment before helping themselves.


Amanda Bearse missed 1 episode this season.
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
1581"A Tisket, a Tasket, Can Peg Make a Basket?"Tony SingletaryKim WeiskopfSeptember 5, 1993 (1993-09-05)8.01

Al reluctantly takes Peg along to a charity basketball game, where his obnoxious behaviour leads to several altercations with all-star Xavier McDaniel. Meanwhile, Peg is chosen to take part in a $10,000 free throw contest, while Kelly tries to get up and close with the players.

Guest stars: real life NBA players Xavier McDaniel, Vlade Divac, Clyde Drexler and NBA announcer Ray Clay
1592"Hood 'n The Boyz"Tony SingletaryMichael G. MoyeSeptember 12, 1993 (1993-09-12)8.02
Al and Peg go to the big city for their second honeymoon where Al is called to help his childhood girlfriend deal with a young tough guy and his gang.
1603"Proud to Be Your Bud"Tony SingletaryStacie LippSeptember 19, 1993 (1993-09-19)8.03
Bud builds a portal in the basement that summons his true self, who tells him how much of a loser he is. Meanwhile, the rest of the Bundy family worry that Bud may be going insane, except for Al, who's fighting with a voice mail system to get parts for his Dodge.
1614"Luck of the Bundys"Tony SingletaryRichard GurmanSeptember 26, 1993 (1993-09-26)8.04

Al is worried that his and his family's sudden string of good luck may be reversed because nothing good can ever come from being a Bundy. Finally everything goes wrong and Al is happy.

Guest star: Lee Arenberg
1625"Banking on Marcy"Tony SingletaryStacie LippOctober 3, 1993 (1993-10-03)8.05
Marcy works through her fear of public speaking by imagining herself having sex. Meanwhile, Al gets interested in rap videos.
1636"No Chicken, No Check"Tony SingletaryRalph R. FarquharOctober 10, 1993 (1993-10-10)8.06
Kelly and Bud buy a new car, but end up having to share it when Bud dates a foreign exchange student while Kelly dates a commercial actor. Meanwhile, Al insures the car as a farm vehicle, and in order to collect in case of an accident, there must be a chicken in the car, hence the episode title.
1647"Take My Wife, Please"Tony SingletaryTeleplay: Peter Gaulke & Eddie Feldmann
Story: Brad Yuen[2]
October 24, 1993 (1993-10-24)8.07
In this Halloween episode, Al wishes he was dead, and is visited by the Grim Reaper with a very familiar face. He can escape death only if a family member wished he was around before mid-night. Meanwhile, Peg, Bud, Kelly, and Jefferson impersonate The Village People at a party for menopausal women. They perform the same song over and over again.
1658"Scared Single"Sam W. OrenderKatherine GreenNovember 7, 1993 (1993-11-07)8.08
Al hires a young high school football player, named Aaron, to work in his shoe store for the summer, and then tries to keep from getting married — until he meets his girlfriend, who isn't anything like Peg. Meanwhile, Kelly gets stung by beetles in a Verminator commercial and goes insane.
1669"NO MA'AM"Tony SingletaryLarry JacobsonNovember 14, 1993 (1993-11-14)8.09
After women are given their own bowling night and the Nudie Bar is turned into a women's coffeehouse, Al organizes a men's sexist group called NO MA'AM (National Organization of Men Against Amazonian Masterhood) and face off against a talk show host (played by real-life talk show host Jerry Springer) known as "The Masculine Feminist."
16710"Dances with Weezie"Tony SingletaryRichard GurmanNovember 21, 1993 (1993-11-21)8.10
Al and Jefferson bribe Bud and Kelly to impersonate them for their wives while they sneak out of a Jeffersons reunion performance on stage in a Chicago theater to go to the opening of a new sports bar, where they end up in a bar fight. Features guest appearances by Joe Namath, Johnny Bench, and Ernie Banks.
16811"Change For a Buck"Amanda BearseKim WeiskopfNovember 28, 1993 (1993-11-28)8.11
Buck runs away from home and ends up at a dog pound, where he'll face getting gassed if the Bundys don't retrieve him. The family doesn't notice him to be gone till the last minute.
16912"A Little Off the Top"Sam W. OrenderMichael G. MoyeDecember 12, 1993 (1993-12-12)8.12
Al suffers a back injury after playing baseball with Aaron and some neighborhood teens and is taken to the hospital, where instead of a circular incision for his back, he gets a circumcision. Confided at home on short-term disability for one month, the family tries their best to keep him away from getting aroused. Meanwhile, Marcy naturally has a great time making fun of Al from this latest bad luck turns of events.
17013"The Worst Noel"Amanda BearseLarry JacobsonDecember 19, 1993 (1993-12-19)8.13
On Christmas Eve, Kelly and Bud struggle to get a jukebox into the house without Al and Peg (who spend the entire episode arguing over what to watch on TV) seeing them.
17114"Sofa So Good"Amanda BearseDoug McIntyreJanuary 16, 1994 (1994-01-16)8.15

While Al and Peg are away at a family reunion in Wanker County, Kelly's boyfriend ruins Peggy's couch, prompting the two to find a new, identical-looking couch before Al and Peg come home. Kelly must make a difficult deal with the couch-maker to replace it.

Note: Amanda Bearse doesn't appear in this episode.
17215"Honey, I Blew Up Myself"Sam W. OrenderWayne KlineJanuary 23, 1994 (1994-01-23)8.14
Peg gets a boudoir photo of herself taken as a birthday present to Al, which gets blown up to billboard size and posted next to the shoe store, where Al becomes jealous of all the men who find Peg attractive. He finally turns to Marcy's women's group FANG (Feminists Against Nethandral Guys) for help. Meanwhile, Bud and Kelly try to find a perfect birthday gift for Al and end up buying stuff he already has and hates.
17316"How Green Was My Apple"Gerry CohenKatherine GreenFebruary 6, 1994 (1994-02-06)8.16
The Bundys and the D'Arcys fight over possession of an apple tree, and then everything around their house. Gary Coleman, Danny Bonaduce, and Dave Madden guest star.
17417"Valentine's Day Massacre"Gerry CohenCindy BegelFebruary 13, 1994 (1994-02-13)8.18
Bud learns about an old Valentine which Kelly has forgotten to tell him about. She is now a famous singer and Bud tries to meet her. Meanwhile, Al shops for Valentine's Day gifts to give to Peggy.
17518"Get Outta Dodge"Sam W. OrenderMark DriscollFebruary 20, 1994 (1994-02-20)8.17
Peg forces Al to sell the Dodge and he places an ad. The Dodge Company offers a new Dodge Viper for his Dodge if he lets people film a video of the Dodge crossing the one million mile mark. Kelly tries to find Waldo, while Bud tries to make out with a girl.
17619"Field of Screams"Gerry CohenAl AidekmanFebruary 27, 1994 (1994-02-27)8.19
Al protests against the destruction of the Polk High football field. Meanwhile, Buck and Bud are featured in a Verminator commercial, where they get blasted with an experimental spray that leads to Bud growing breasts and Buck changing into different animals.
17720"The D'Arcy Files"Gerry CohenIlunga AdellMarch 27, 1994 (1994-03-27)8.20
Al is offered a $50,000 bribe by a shady businessman to reveal the identity and location of Jefferson, who is revealed to be a former CIA spy in a witness relocation program.
17821"Nooner or Nothing"Gerry CohenNancy NeufeldApril 10, 1994 (1994-04-10)8.21
As a part of a radio contest, women are asked to make their husband do embarrassing things. Peg tries to make Al sing Wind Beneath My Wings, name her breasts and then come home so they can have a "nooner". She fails in everything. Meanwhile, Bud and Kelly wait in a long line for concert tickets and keep moving back as people exploit their weaknesses.
17922"Ride Scare"Sam W. OrenderNancy NeufeldApril 24, 1994 (1994-04-24)8.22

Al is forced to carpool by Marcy and her group's green initiative (Cleaner Greener Chicago). His carpool, consisting of him and three plus-sized models, is chosen to promote a campaign to clean up Chicago. Bud makes to the Dean's list due to good grades and no one appreciates him as much as they cheer Kelly when she gets a raise.

Note: In 2005, TV Land included this episode as part of its '100 Most Unexpected Moments in TV History', ranking it number 23.
18023"The Legend of Ironhead Haynes"Gerry CohenKatherine GreenMay 1, 1994 (1994-05-01)8.23
Al is threatened that he would lose his parking space if he insults another woman. After dodging off Marcy's attempts, he finally ends up insulting a fat woman. He loses his precious parking space, which leads to "NO MA'AM" seeking out to find a legendary guru, named Ironhead Haynes (guest star Waylon Jennings), and seek his advice on how to battle modern political correctness. Bud, Kelly & Peggy steel a full fridge from a funeral and hide it from Al in the garage.
18124"Assault and Batteries"Sam W. OrenderDavid CastroMay 8, 1994 (1994-05-08)8.24
In this special 3D episode, Al, who is hoping to get back home in time to watch John Wayne in "Hondo," gets trapped in a store at the mall while trying to exchange batteries when the computers go down and lock everything down, including the doors. Peggy, who is outside, goes on a shopping spree. He then hallucinates that he, his family and the D'Arcys are in the old west. Finally, in a fit of anger and frustration, he grabs a cash register and throws it at the shatterproof window, but it just bounces off and hits him on the head, knocking him out cold. He then awakens at home in time to hear that the next time "Hondo" will be broadcast is February 18th, 2011. Meanwhile, Kelly and Bud celebrate Buck's birthday after finding his birth certificate in the couch, which Buck hates.
18225"Al Goes Deep"Amanda BearseGarry Bowren & Laurie Lee-GossMay 15, 1994 (1994-05-15)8.25
Al convinces Jefferson to pool their money and bet Trumane University's homecoming football game to make-up for Jefferson stealing Marcy's tax refund money that Jefferson spent on his expensive clothes. But the star of the football team, named Chad, starts dating Kelly, and it interrupts his training. Al, fearing that he will be killed by mobster bookmakers who have also bet on Chad's team to win, seeks Kelly's help to keep her distance from Chad, but she ends up injuring him. Finally Al plays the game himself. Meanwhile, Peggy goes horribly wrong when she tries to make her own Bonbon.
18326"Kelly Knows Something"Amanda BearseAl AidekmanMay 22, 1994 (1994-05-22)8.26
Al auditions to be on a sports trivia show to win $10,000 when his TV breaks down. But when the producer rejects him for having no personality, Al trains the dim-witted Kelly to be a contestant. Todd Christensen guest stars.


  1. Andreas, Carl (April 10, 2001). "Changes throughout the Seasons". Bundyology. Retrieved 2007-09-09.
  2. Andreas, Carl (February 26, 2006). "Episode "Take My Wife, Please"". Bundyology. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
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