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Bearly Men is the 11th episode of season 10 of Married... with Children, also the 220th overall series episode. Directed by Gerry Cohen and written by Ron Leavitt and Michael G. Moye, it premiered on FOX-TV on December 3, 1995.


Al and Bud go on a bear hunt in the woods to prove they're as manly as Peggy's father, Ephraim, so he can take back Peggy's unseen mother. Al and Bud bring back what they think is a dead bear they found in the woods, but they are in for a big surprise when the bear wakes up from hibernation and wreaks havoc on them and the city.


In this episode, Al tries to get rid of Peggy's mother, back to Wanker County. To do so, Al tries to prove himself to Peg's father and then convince him to come and take her. On Bud's suggestion he and Bud goes bear hunting with Ephraim and get abandoned there. They accidentally knock off a bear and bring it to Chicago assuming that it's dead. The bear runs away and raids Marcy and Jefferson's car. The three decide to hunt the bear down themselves, though they fail to kill it. Al proves he has the advantage in the big city over Ephraim by beating up a few bad-mouthed teenagers who are hanging out with the bear and refuse to let him leave with Al. Ephraim is amazed at Al's performance but refuses to take back Peggy's mother until he can prove that he is a real man just like Al, leaving the latter frustrated over being stuck with Peggy's mother even longer. However, the bear walks into a strip club, scaring away several strippers as Bud and Al watch in delight. 

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  • The title is, of course, a play on "Barely men", as in doubting one's manhood and Al's attempt to capture a bear.


  • When Al tells Bud that they will turn Ephraim into "roadkill" in the morning, someone in the audience can be clearly heard saying "Go Al!"
  • Frank Lloyd who played Al's friend Norris and served as the show's stunt coordinator, plays the vendor who is upside down in the hot dog cart.

Cultural References[]

  • Al tells Peggy about his fantasy at work, and says that he doing Cindy Crawford while Peggy was tied up.
    • Cindy Crawford is a model and actress who was considered one of the top supermodels of the 1980s and 1990s.
  • While trying to go to sleep, Bud tries to soften Al up and praise his effort for keeping the bear away before saying "I just want you to know, I love you, man!". Al then tells him " you're not getting my beer, Bud!".
    • This is a spoof of a series of Bud Light commercial that were made between 1995 and 1996. The original featured a middle aged man softening uphis dad up while fishing, eventually telling him "And I love you, man!", before the dad tells him, "You're not getting my Bud Light, Johnny!". The character, Johnny, appeared in several more similar themed commercials featuring singer Barry White and actor Charlton Heston.[1]
  • When Bud and Al try to sleep, at one point, the sound of a guitar is heard. This is a reference to the song "Dueling Banjos" from the film, Deliverance.
    • The song had been previously referenced by Al and Steve in the season 3 episode, "The Camping Show".
  • After Al and Bud bring the bear to the house, Ephraim says that he was able to tame animals better than Siegfried and Roy a pair of German born magicians and animal trainers who performed in Las Vegas from 1990 until 2003, following one of the men sustaining injuries from one of their tigers.
  • Ephraim tells his wife that he's there to "Free Willy", referring to the 1993 film involving a young boy trying to free an orca from captivity.
  • When the kids and Al bring down Grandma Wanker's luggage, they say that they have "Fudgesicles", "Klondikes" and "Eskimo Pies" , which are frozen treat brands.
  • At one point Kelly mentions that she saw a documentary about how a park ranger left out a picnic basket to capture a bear in Jellystone National Park. She is actually describing the cartoon character Yogi Bear and the various cartoons made about him.
  • During their exploration in Downtown Chicago, Al and the guys find some bottles of Zima, believing they are close to finding the bear. As Ephraim questions how Al could tell, he points out that no human could consume more than one Zima.
    • Zima was a clear carbonated alcoholic beverage that first appeared in 1993, during the "clear craze" (competing with soda brand, Pepsi, who made a clear version of their soda called Crystal Pepsi a year earlier). It was often mocked for its spokesman being an unattractive hipster and for being a drink for those who couldn't even handle beer.
  • The scene where Al, Bud, and Ephraim Wanker think they killed a bear and take him home to Chicago, references a similar incident in the Three Stooges short Idiots Deluxe where Larry and Curly think they killed a bear and even put it in the back of the car only for the bear to wake up, scare them out of the car and drive off.


  • The song that plays as Ephraim, Al and Bud hunt down the bear through the streets of Chicago is "Teddy Bears' Picnic".
  • "Dueling Banjos" is heard when Al and Bud try to sleep.
  • Al and Bud sing "Daniel Boone" as they get back ready to drive into the city with the bear and again when they bring him into the house in a wheelbarrow.



  • Bundy Living Room / Kitchen
  • Mountain
  • Downtown Chicago Streets


  • In the beginning scene with Kelly and Bud setting up dinner for Peggy's mom, it is clearly a stuntman playing Bud, as he appears to be noticeably taller and skinnier than David Faustino.


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The Hood, the Bud and the Kelly (Part 2)Calendar GirlThe Agony and the Extra C
Spring Break (Part 1)Spring Break (Part 2)Turning JapaneseAl Goes to the DogsEnemies
Bud Hits the BooksKiss of the Coffee WomanTorch Song DuetThe Joke's on Al