Married... with Children (season 2)

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Married... with Children (1987–1997) was an American sitcom, airing on the FOX network, about a dysfunctional family living in Chicago.

Poppy's by the Tree: Part 1 [2.1]Edit

Lady: Anything else I can do for you?
Peg: Al, maybe she can bend down again and pick up your tongue.
Al: Peg, just stand there and age. I'm busy.

Peggy: Al, Honey, you promised this year we could take a real vacation. Y'know, someplace where we don't look out our windows and see chain gangs working.
Al: C'mon, Peg. We still sing those songs we learned down there. But this year I found something really special. Look at this brochure, Peg. This place has everything Hawaii has. It's got sunshine, a palm tree, uh, quicksand... But the best part is it's in the United States.
Kelly: So are the sewers of Manhattan, Dad. Or am I spoiling next year's vacation?

Steve: So, where you headed?
Peggy: Well, what's the one place you would go if you could go anywhere?
Marcy: Greece.
Peggy: That's right, we're going to Dumpwater, Florida.

Poppy's by the Tree: Part 2 [2.2]Edit

Al: You can't let it alone, can you, Peg? This is nice. "Why can't we go to Hawaii? Why did we have to come here? Why do we have to take this car?" You know, standing here with my loving family, I have a question: why am I running from the axe?

Al: Okay. Family meeting.
<Al and the family go into a corner>
Al: Alright, now, let's discuss what we know already. We're trapped by a killer. The phones are dead. And the sheriff couldn't catch an M & M in his mouth.

If I Were a Rich Man [2.3]Edit

Steve: They think back: "Let's see... who was the last person in the bank on Saturday? Who had the opportunity? Why, it was Rhoades. No wonder he called in sick today. Well, let's turn down his car loan and give him twenty years to life". Of course I'll turn you in, and as soon as we're both behind bars, I'm going to kill you. And if I can't do it myself, I'll make sure my boyfriend's bigger than yours.

[The radio plays during a view of the empty Bundy household.]
Announcer: And on a local note, tragedy was narrowly averted moments ago, when a sobbing woman and her two hysterical children were talked down from a ledge on the Sears Tower. It's believed to be the first family suicide attempt in Chicago history. The woman was quoted as sobbing, "Shoes! He sells shoes!"
[Al enters the house.]
Al: I'm home!

Al: Peg! Kids! Time to torture me, I'm home!

Al: I can't believe it. Everybody in the world is making money.
Peggy: Oh, honey that's not true. You're not.

Buck Can Do It [2.4]Edit


Mr. Pittman (after Al agrees to have Buck neutered): Keep your dog away from mine. And while we're on the topic: keep your daughter away from my son.
Al: She was probably just lending him a dress.
(Peg covers her mouth to keep from cracking up as Mr. Pittman leaves)

Al: Still mad at me 'cause I got you neutered?
Buck: What, do ya want me to dance for joy? Bring you a pipe and slippers? Roll over so you can rub my belly and see my shame?
Al: You know, I thought you were supposed to be more affectionate.
Buck: Yeah, right. Why don't you poke my eyes out? Maybe that'd do it?

Al: Wait a second, Peg. Why should I have to fix it? It wasn't me who said "Let's get a picture of your mother leaning up against the fence." It wasn't meant to support a 200-pound woman with a keg under each arm.
Peg: It made a nice picture, Al. Now look, the kids are getting old enough to realize that it is not really your part-time job to sit on the couch and test the weight of beer cans. And now you won't even fix the fence. Now what kind of example is that for them?
Al: Well, if we are an example to the kids, Bud will grow up and get a job that will slowly kill him. And Kelly, well, she'll grow up to believe that a two-income family is a house with two husbands.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Part 1 [2.5]Edit

Al has invited Steve to watch an attractive repair girl fix his refrigerator
Steve {stern voice}: Let me get this straight, you dragged me all the way over here for this?!
Al: Yeah.
Steve {pleasant voice}: Thanks, Al!
Steve opens can of beer with Al

Al: [staring at the butt of the repair-girl] Yeah, looks like two little kittens playing gently under some denim.
Steve: I think it looks more like an apple, Al.

Peg: So Al, you were staring at that girl too?
Al: Yeah...
Peg: I bet she had great legs.
Al: Yeah...
Peg: And good breasts.
Al: Yeah...
Peg: Do you wanna come upstairs?
Al: Yeah... Wait a minute--with you?
Peg: Oh, yeah!
Al: ...Okay.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Part 2 [2.6]Edit

Steve: I feel unworthy of someone like Marcy.
Al: Yeah, she is a special person. By the way, here is her wedding ring that she lost down some guy's jock in a strip club last night. Anyway, how do you like those Bears this year?
Steve: Wait a sec, Al. What's this about Marcy's wedding ring?
Al: Oh yeah, yeah, ah...it was returned to me by the stripper whose underpants it was wedged in.
Steve: WHAT?!
Al: A stripper who called himself "Zorro" came to deliver the ring to me, said he got a message it belonged to Marcy.
Steve: I cannot believe this.
Al: Do not get upset at all this. Look at it as a "Get Out of Jail Free" card.
Steve: What do you mean?
Al: Use it next time Marcy is really angry at you. For example, she could be having one of her women's meetings and you could come in and say something like "12 women in the house and the dishes are dirty?" Then they all start getting mad at you. Then you just smile, pat your pocket, and make the sign of the Z.

For Whom the Bell Tolls [2.7]Edit

Al: So no one made the call to Vancouver?
<Everyone shakes their heads>
Al: Alright then, it's a mistake. I'm not paying for mistakes. I've been doing that since the day I got married.

Al: I'll bet this whole thing comes to [looks at bill] 253!!! Family meeting!
<Buck comes down the stairs>
Al: The whole family!
Kelly: I'm on the phone.
Al: [picks up phone] I said family meeting.

Al: [examining the bill] Let’s see what else we have here. Sports hotline, sports hotline, sports hotline, those are ok. Wait a second, wait. Vancouver $80. Kelly?
Kelly: Oh, sure, all eyes turn to me. Well, let me ask you this. If I did know somebody in Vancouver, don’t you think I’d be living with them and not here?
Al: True enough. Bud?
Bud: America First, Dad.
Al: [starts to get up] How 'bout it, Peg? Your mother gotten so fat she's spread across the border?
Peggy: Al, I did not call Vancouver. And Mom is down to nearly 200.

Born to Walk [2.8]Edit

Al: Hey, Steve? [chuckles] You know that two feet, three inches? Well, it was just big enough that a cop spotted me and gave me another ticket for a broken tail-light.
Steve: Well, I warned you, Al.
Al: [chuckling] Yeah, oh yeah. You know, me and you just have to go hunting one day. Yeah, I'll get you a pair of antlers to wear.

Al: Well, a special thanks to everyone who didn't get up this morning to drive me to work.
Bud: Hey, that's my bike. I reported it stolen.
Al: Well, I'll get arrested for that tomorrow. Today I just got a ticket for a broken tail-light.

(Steve comes in and finds Al listening to the horse race on the radio)

Steve: Hey, Al. Why aren't you at the race track?
Al: The same reason I'm not out dating sleazy blondes. I'm married with children.

(Bud quizzes Kelly on her driver's license test)

Bud: Okay, Kel, here's another one. Okay, you're walking down the street. An old man with a dollar pulls up beside you. You a) Ignore him and keep walking, b) Call the police, or (suggestively): c) Do what you usually do?

Alley of the Dolls [2.9]Edit

The Razor's Edge [2.10]Edit

Marcy: Oh Peggy! What am I gonna do? I don't know how much longer I can hold out. But I will not give up my principles for an hour and a half of pleasure.
Peg: Look, you don't have to give up any...An hour and a half? If you add up all the sex Al and I have ever had, it STILL doesn't come to an hour and a half. At least not of pleasure.

Marcy: I'm so excited! Steve has been gone for 5 days. That's the longest we've been apart since we've been married. Well, you know how it is, Peg. What would you do if Al was gone for 5 days?
Peg: Cash in his insurance policy, give the kids to my mother, and travel.

Peggy: Al, did you have to come home?
Al: Well, the summer place is all closed up, the yacht's in dry-dock, so I thought: what the hell, let's spend the night at the ghetto home!

Peggy: Marcy, I only want your happiness, preferably at your own house. Because you see, now I have healthy kids, a happy husband, and it has just got to stop.

How Do You Spell Revenge? [2.11]Edit

(after Al's softball team loses a game to the Kiss-Me Cosmetics Company)

Al: Peg, we lost to six women...and three men with visible panty lines.

(after Al's softball team loses a game to a Christian store)

Peg (as she comes in the house): I know, I know. I stink. (slams the door behind her): But it was close.
Al (coldly): We lost. To nuns.
Peg: I have never been so humiliated. In front of everyone, you told Sister Mary Alice: "Bless this, honey!"
Al: Hey, I might not know all the religious gestures, but I recognize the one she gave to me.

Earth Angel [2.12]Edit

Al: Hey Peg! I got you something that's gonna make your life much easier.
Peg: You got a night job?
Al: No, I already got one of those. It's called getting in bed with you.
Peg: Well then, you've been missing work.

Al: Tiffany dear, uh come meet our neighbor. He lost a tree but gained a view.
Al: Tiffany, Steve.
Al: Steve, View.

[After returning from the bowling riot]
Al: Did you hear something on the news?
Peg: Yes, as a matter of fact. They said that the sun was going to supernova and we should have sex before the end comes.
Al: I got no time, Peg. I gotta go looting!

You Better Watch Out [2.13]Edit

Al: [dressed as Santa] Your mom's the one who makes the pies for everyone in the neighborhood, but those nice Bundys? Okay, Santa will leave you a pony under your tree. But if it isn't there in the morning, that means your mommy chased it away and killed it.

Kid: I wanna sit on your lap.
Al: [dressed as Santa] All right, but make it quick. Santa has hemorrhoids.

(Marcy and Steve are traumatized over the Lakeside Mall Santa landing in the Bundys' yard)

Marcy: Santa's gone. I'll never be able to enjoy Christmas again.
Kelly: Well, you're in the right place.
Peg: Oh, buck up. These things happen.
Marcy (shocked over Peg's cavalier attitude): When has this happened?!
Peg (stands up and walks over to Marcy): Come on, Marcy. Cheer up. It could have been worse. He could have landed on the picket fence.

(Al as Santa talking to a kid named Nestor)

Al: No, no, Nestor. Despite what your mom says, Mr. Bundy doesn't sprout a tail at midnight. But here's a special gift for you: Tell your dad to come home around the time when Mr. Mailman has a special delivery for Mommy. That'll be a real Yuletide treat for Dad.
Nestor: What do I get?
Al: A new home, and a fresh new Mommy.

(Al is struggling up from the basement carrying a box labeled "Xmas Stuff")

Al: Thanks for the help, kids! Oh, by the way, listen, if you're thinking about what to get old dad for Christmas, don't worry about it. You've already given it to him - It's called a hernia.

Guys and Dolls [2.14]Edit

(Bud sees Kelly struggling with her homework)

Bud: What's wrong, Kel? Contractions coming five minutes apart?
Kelly: What's wrong, Bud? Puberty only five years away?

Marcy: I hate men. They're stupid, ignorant animals with stupid ignorant hobbies. And they hated me. But I didn't need them. I had Barbie.
Peg (nostalgic): And I had a very special bathtub toy. (beat): Who's Barbie?
Marcy: Who's Barbie? America's favorite teenage fashion model, that's who.
Peg: Oh, you mean a Barbie doll. Yeah, I had one of those. I gave one to my boyfriend Keith as a symbol of our love. He was gay as a debutante, you know.

Peg: To tell you the truth, I never understood the fascination with Barbie. (suggestively): But I sure could strip Ken with my teeth.

(Al and Peg come home from parent-teacher night and are mad)

Peg: Kelly's not the problem, Bud. She has moved up to a good, solid "D." Now, you're the one who's in trouble. We went to your school and saw your social studies report. You know, "Brazil: Land of Rubber and Sunshine"? (holds up a poster-sized photo of Kelly watering the backyard in a bikini with the word "Brazil" posted over it and a paper cutout sun): Would you care to explain this picture of your sister in a bikini?
Bud: Well, it illustrates the easy sex in Brazil. So, how'd I do?
Peg: Much like your father in life, you failed.

Al: Greatest hobby in the world and women just don't get it.
Peg: No, what I just don't get is sex.
Al: That'll be Bud's new hobby.
Peg: Sex?
Al: No! Baseball cards.

Build a Better Mousetrap [2.15]Edit

Peg: Is it dead, Al?
Al: It doodied on the trap, Peg, and in my bowling shoe.
Peg: Something went in your shoe and lived? This is no ordinary mouse. Will you call an exterminator now?
Al: Nah, now it's personal. Not only will I catch this mouse, I'll torture it. I'll smack him around. I'll throw it against the wall. And, if there's any life left in its twitching, little body, I'll strap it to a chair, tape its eyelids open, and make it watch Thirtysomething.

Bud: Did you hear any noises last night, Mom?
Peg: Well, your father had gas.
Bud: No, these were noises I've never heard before.
Kelly: Well, it could have been a girl moaning your name.

Bud (to Kelly): Did you hear any noises last night? For a moment, I thought they were coming from your room, but they weren't the usual noises. You know, the whispers...(whispering): "Quiet. You'll wake up my parents." Then the sounds of eight feet heading for the window, followed by the sounds of loose change hitting the pillow.
Kelly: You know, Bud. With your good looks, you could be a model. I can see it now: your face on a poster that reads, "My Daddy Didn't Use A Condom."

(as Al comes downstairs)

Bud: Did you hear any noises last night, Dad?
Al: Ah, it was probably me sobbing.

[Al is going into the basement, dressed as Rambo and armed with a rifle.]
Al: Say "cheese." Hello! [fires twice with his rifle]

(After Peg orders Al to check on the mouse in the basement)

Al: This is just great. "Daddy, I need money." "Daddy, I need food." "Daddy, I need you to check on a mouse with a broken neck." For once, I'd like it to be, "Al, I'm outta here and I'm taking the kids."

Al: Well, that takes care of that. The traps are set, and that mouse has seconds to live. So as usual, it proves that Daddy's life is dirt, and he's defeated the enemy.
Bud: Don't be too sure, Dad. It says right here mice are pretty intelligent.
Al: Yeah, right. Look, Bud. A mouse has a brain about this big.
[Al makes a tiny circle with his forefinger and thumb]
Al: Mine's at least twice that size.
Peggy: Yeah, but if you only use it half as much, it becomes a fair fight again.

Al: Why are you so afraid of a little mouse anyway?
Peggy: Well, it all started when I was five. You see, I found this little stray Chihuahua puppy in the yard. I snuck it past my mother and I kept it in my room. I slept with it, and snuggled it, and kissed it. Then one day it got sick.
Al: And still you go on kissing others.
(Peggy shoots Al a look)
Peggy: Anyway, I took it to my kindergarten teacher, and I said, "What's wrong with my dog?". She said, "That's not a dog, dear. It's a mouse." And then she threw up. And then all the kids threw up. And then they made up this little song about me: "Mouse in your face / Worms in your hair / Where's the little mouse girl? / There, there, there". (She points)
(Al and the kids burst out laughing)
Peggy: (hurt) Well, that's sweet. Thank you very much.
Al: Well kids, I think we learned something today. Don't touch your mother, she has cooties.

Peggy: Kids, I am sorry to make such a big fuss over such a little thing like a mouse. But, you know, there are just some things from childhood you just can't forget.
Kelly: I hope that isn't true, Mom.
Peggy: How about a hug?
Bud: Can't, Mom. You got cooties.

Master the Possibilities [2.16]Edit

(after Al tries to apply for a credit card)

Al: Everyone said no?
Peg: No. Everyone said, "Get lost, deadbeat."
Al: You know, the sad part about this is I lied about my income.
Peg (sympathetically): I do too, honey.

Al: Well, when the bill comes, it'll come to Buck. What are they gonna do, sue a dog? Arrest him? Cuff 'em? Beat the hell out of 'em? And what if they did?

(Bud, who is home being pampered by two popular girls, is being interrogated by Steve over how Al is able to afford all the new stuff they have)

Bud: They gave Buck a credit card. Dad's using it 'cause he didn't ask for it. So he doesn't have to pay. Y'know, like when you get records you didn't want.
Steve: Did he happen to sign Buck's name to the receipts?
Bud: Sure.
Steve: Then it's a-prison he'll be going.

Peggy Loves Al - Yeah, Yeah, Yeah [2.17]Edit

Bud: This is going to be my special day. Any girls call me?
Kelly: Yep, they call you "geek," "dork," "hairy palms."

Steve: So, what are you getting Peggy for Valentine's Day? Fur? Jewels? A car?
Al: If it was only that easy. I'm gonna have sex with her. Yeah, it's kind of a tradition. Every Valentine's Day I climb those stairs, you know, walk the last mile, and slam-dunk her one. It's a spin through hell for me, but she seems to like it.
Steve: I only pray that after 16 years Marcy and I will have that kind of magic between us.
Al: Steve, if it was magic I could do it from down here in front of the TV.

Marcy: Oh, bunk. You live in this hovel, you bore him those two awful children, and he can't even tell you he loves you? I've heard him say "I love the Cubs", "I'd love a beer." "I'd love it if you'd leave, Marcy." Face it Peggy. This man is no stranger to the word "love".

The Great Escape [2.18]Edit

Al (walks past Kelly, who is standing still and holding one of her high heels): Damn mannequins look like hookers...

Old Fat Woman: I need shoes!
Al: Yeah, the blacksmith's around the corner.

Bud: Hey, Dad. Report Card day!
(Kelly looks shocked)
Bud: I got four A's and a B. But enough about me. [he turns to Kelly] Batter up.
Kelly: I err...I lost it.
Bud: Well... [Takes report card out of pocket] This is your lucky day [he holds up the card] 'cause I found it. Must have fallen out of your purse and accidentally gotten taped under your bed.
(Bud hands the card to Al)
Bud: How'd she do?
Al: Uh, erm... F, F, F, D. What happened, Kel, you attend one?

Im-Po-Dent [2.19]Edit

Marcy: Well, Steve forgave me. He's the most wonderful man in the world...
Peg: Al, why can't you be more like Steve?
Marcy: ...and Steve's impotent! (breaks down crying)
Peg: My God. Al, you are like Steve.

Al: Okay, Marcy. The first time you tried, was the light on?
Marcy: Yes?
Al: There ya go: he saw ya.
(Marcy goes straight for Al's throat, strangling him as Peg answers the door)

(after Al gives Marcy sexist advice on how to make Steve good in bed again)

Marcy You know, Al. There may be something on this planet with fewer brain cells than you. But whatever it is -- wherever it is -- I'm sure its name is Bundy! You should be on all fours, carting a wagon full of borax across the desert! You're compost! You're phlegm! You are a true pork product!
Al: Are you gonna take my advice?
Marcy: [defeated] Yes.

Kelly: Mom, Bud found a corn flake between the refrigerator and the sink and he won't share.

Just Married... with Children [2.20]Edit

Al (as he sits in the electric chair): I welcome death!

[Al and Peg are posing as Steve and Marcy Rhoades on a game show named "How Do I Love Thee".]
Bink: Are you ready for the final challenge, Steve?
Al: What's it gonna be this time, Bink? Hand grenade down the pants? Spear in the pelvis? Impale me on a fence? Come on Bink, don't keep me in suspense here. The wife need a new car!
Bink: Ok Steve, you and Marcy are going up against an old married couple who may not love each other as much as you and your bride. As always we picked them from our studio audience for the way they filled out our questionnaire: Why I Hate My Spouse. From right here in The Windy City. He's a shoe salesman. She's a waste of a human life. Married for 16 years meet Al and Peggy Bundy.
[Steve and Marcy comes out posing as Al and Peg.]

[Marcy and Steve are impersonating the Bundys on the TV game show]
Steve: So, you stole our mail and our names, huh?
Peg: How'd you find out?
Steve: Your kids sold you out for a square meal.
[Kelly and Bud are shown in the TV studio audience munching on junk food]

[Al is sitting underneath a bed and is being "crushed" by several very large women on the game show "How Do I Love Thee".]
Bink: How'ya doing down there, Steve?
Al: I can taste my spleen.

Father Lode [2.21]Edit

Steve: So, what are you gonna do with the money, Al?
Al: What I always knew I would.
(Al stands by the staircase and rattles his bills)
(Peggy and the kids come down the stairs sniffing the air and looking around)
Peggy: Al, I heard a strange sound. What is it?
Al: Family, I have an announcement. I have money.
(Al holds out the money)
(Peggy whoops and snatches the money from Al's hand)

All in the Family [2.22]Edit

(Peg sets the table for breakfast as Al comes downstairs and kisses her)

Al: Ah, Peg, you were great last night. You did the one thing that many husbands want their wives to do: you were asleep when I came home and you were out of bed when I woke up. Is there anything I can do for you?
Peg: You can stop eating beans before bed.

(after Elana announces that she wants to get married)

Al: Someone outside the family, right?
Uncle Otto: Actually, in Wanker County, no one's really "outside" the family.
Kelly: Uh, what about that boy Jimmy who works at the feed store?
Uncle Otto: Yeah, I think he's family.
(Kelly's face twists in disgust as she sits back down near the kitchen table)

[Everyone but Al is singing "You Are My Sunshine."]
Peg: Just the boys.
Bud and Uncle Irwin: Please don't take my sunshine away.
Peg: Just the girls.
Kelly and Uncle Otto: You'll never know, dear...

Uncle Otto: You know, Al. You're not good enough for our family.
Al: Yeah, I've never been up on a morals charge.

Bud: Uncle Irwin, are you gonna put your head in the salad bar again?
Uncle Irwin: Erm, if you're good.