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A Bundy Thanksgiving was the 6th episode of Married... with Children, also the 241st overall series episode. Directed by Amanda Bearse, the episode, which was co-written by Vince Cheung and Bon Mantnio, premiered on FOX-TV on November 24, 1997.


It's Thanksgiving. In Al's childhood, it was a tradition to eat aunt Maddie's potato pie on Thanksgiving, so Al takes a trip with Griff to see aunt Maddie in order to buy some pie. Unfortunately it turns out that she's just died. Jefferson can't find a turkey for Marcy because they've sold out. Then a stray turkey just happens to follow Kelly home. Will Kelly let the others eat it?

Plot Summary[]

When Jefferson cannot find a turkey for Marcy to cook, Bud, Jefferson, and Peg go after Kelly's pet turkey so they can kill it and cook it for Thanksgiving. Trying to save Hank, the turkey, by throwing it out of the window so that it flies away, it dies and becomes their dinner. Meanwhile, Al and Griff go to a black neighborhood to find Al's favorite pie maker and end up in her funeral. He steals the pie from the funeral. NFL on Fox personalities James Brown, Terry Bradshaw, Jimmy Johnson, and Howie Long guest star.


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  • The title of the episode is a reference to the Bundys celebrating the holiday known as Thanksgiving.


  • This is the only episode in which we see Kelly's bedroom.
    • It appears to be located at the end of a hall by a window and directly across from the linen closet
  • This is the only Thanksgiving episode in the series.
    • The only other episode that references Thanksgiving at the Bundy residence is season 4's "Fair Exchange", in which the opening scene takes place the day after Thanksgiving. It also reveals that the Bundy's eat pizza toppings for Thanksgiving and save the crust for the next day.
  • The epilogue features the cast of FOX's NFL Sunday pre-game show, as they comment on James Brown's appearance in this episode.
  • Beau Billingslea, who previously appeared on MWC in season 8's "Banking on Marcy" as the moderator, plays Reverend Hightower in this episode.
  • It is revealed that Bud has failed a tuberculosis test in elementary school.
  • Al mentions that his Thanksgiving in his childhood involved his parents having Wild Turkey, driving drunk to Aunt Maddie's and after they returned home and passed out, Al consuming a whole sweet potato pie by himself.
  • The young boy who owned Hank / Timmy mentioned that he was told where the bird was by Mr. McGinty. The McGintys have been mentioned in several past episodes, with Mrs. McGinty making her one and only appearance in season 3's "Here's Lookin' at You, Kid".

Cultural References[]

  • Al mentions the bourbon brand, Wild Turkey, as he described his childhood memories of Thanksgiving.
  • Bud is revealed to be watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at the beginning of the episode and admiring the floats of fictional characters Miss Piggy and Betty Boop.
  • After Peggy comes down the stairs, she asks if there is a Rush Limbaugh float in the parade, before Bud points out that it actually is him.
    • Rush Limbaugh was a radio personality and author who was considered one of the premier conservative voices in the United States during the 1990s. At the time, he was known to be rather heavyset as well as a constant cigar smoker. He was previously made fun of by Buck in "I Want My Psycho Dad (Part 1)" and Mark and Oliver in "Radio Free Trumaine".
  • As Al cries over Aunt Maddie and describes how he will miss the flavors and texture of her pie, two of the mourners overhear him and believe he and Aunt Maddie had an affair. One of them says ", I think Aunt Maddie had "jungle fever" with this man!".
    • This is in reference to the 1991 film Jungle Fever, which is about a success black architect who begins an extramarital interracial relationship with his white secretary.
  • After the boy sees his turkey, he mentions that he and Hank / Timothy won a 4-H ribbon together.
    • 4-H is a youth organization that teaches children to better society through the use of agriculture and technology.


  • "Down by the Riverside" is heard when Griff starts dancing in church
  • "He's Got the Whole World in his Hands" is heard after Al warns Griff about making it a double funeral if he continues to sing.



  • Bundy Living Room / Kitchen
  • Bundy Hallway
  • Kelly's Bedroom
  • Aunt Maddie's Pies exterior / Chicago Sidewalk
  • Church Seating Area


  • In this episode everyone makes fun of Kelly for thinking Hank the turkey could fly and they all tell her that turkeys cannot fly. In reality, wild turkeys can and do fly, albeit in limited capacity.
    • Though, in all fairness, domesticated turkeys (the ones that are used for Thanksgiving or raised as pets, such as Hank / Timothy) typically cannot fly due to the breeding that causes them to have larger breasts and more weight than a wild turkey.
  • When Al and Griff are getting directions from the old man in front of Aunt Maddie's, a boom mic's reflection can be seen on the window.
◄ Season 10 Season 11 Episodes  
TwistedChildren of the CornsKelly's Gotta HabitRequiem for a Chevyweight (Part 1)
Requiem for a Chevyweight (Part 2)A Bundy ThanksgivingThe Juggs Have Left the Building
God Help Ye Merry BundymenCrimes Against ObesityThe Stepford PegBud on the Side
Grime and PunishmentT*R*A*S*HBreaking Up Is Easy to Do (Part 1)
Breaking Up Is Easy to Do (Part 2)Breaking Up Is Easy to Do (Part 3)Live Nude Peg
A Babe in ToylandBirthday Boy ToyLez Be FriendsDamn BundysThe Desperate Half-Hour (Part 1)
How to Marry a Moron (Part 2)Chicago Shoe Exchange