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A Three Job, No Income Family was the 14th episode of Season 3 of Married... with Children, also the 49th overall series episode. Directed by Gerry Cohen and written by Richard Gurman, it originally aired on FOX on March 19, 1989.


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.

Episode summary[]

When money becomes tighter than usual at the Bundy house, Peg signs Al up for a job as a cosmetics 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. Al finally convinces Peggy to contribute to the household income but feels emasculated when Peggy starts bringing home huge "commish" checks from the job, earning more money than Al, himself. Even Al's new part-time job as a crew member at Burger Trek can't put him back in the lead as family breadwinner. Things go from bad to worse when Al finds the book containing the names of Peggy's customers, and reveals that Peg herself is the one actually buying the products.

Recurring cast/Guest stars[]



  • This episode originally aired togther with the previous episode, "Can't Dance, Don't Ask Me", after the show took a two week break.
  • Second time when Peg got a job.
  • When Al is about to eat the toothpaste sandwich, someone in the audience can be clearly heard saying "Don't do it, Al! Don't do it!"
  • Pauly Shore, the actor who plays the Captain in the episode, would be later be mocked on MWC in "Ride Scare", "Guess Who's Coming to Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner" and "The Joke's on Al" as his acting career grew in the 1990s.
  • Christian Jacobs, who plays Butch, one of the employees working at Burger Trek, would later become known for the being the vocalist of the rock band, The Aquabats.
  • After reflecting back to when he was a kid and his mother try to encourage him, he says "Yeah, right mom, try saying that when you're sober!". In "My Mom, the Mom" and "Eatin' Out", Peggy also mentions that Al's mother was an alcoholic.

Cultural References[]

  • Bud mentions find a fuzzy M&M's candy piece and using different parts of it to make a meal.
  • The Burger Trek fast food restaurant,as well as the phrase used by the captain ("Beam me up a burger, Bundy, warp speed") and its slogan ("To go where no burger has gone before") are references to the 1960s science fiction television series, Star Trek: The Original Series.
  • Patty Bright Cosmetics is a reference to Mary Kay Cosmetics, a multi level marking cosmetics company, that recruits interested people in selling cosmetics to people via parties and direct sales, while building a network.



  • Bundy Living Room/Kitchen
  • Burger Trek Kitchen/Dining Area


  • The chute where the burgers are launched from is a distance away from the cashier area and would require The Captain to leave his station or someone else to bring it to him almost instantly. Yet, he receives Al's first messed up burger almost instantly and was clearly in the frame still talking to the same customer the entire time Al is seen making the burger.
  • It is obvious that the fryer and stove are non function props, even though it supposed a kitchen running at full capcity.
  • After Al receives his first screwed up burger, he puts it down by one of the warming pots and the proceeds to talk with Butch and Shep. When The Captain comes in with the second screw up and hands it to Al, the first one somehow moves up by the vegetable station after taking about how he is not a bad guy.

External Links[]

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