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Can't Dance, Don't Ask Me (aka Kelly's Dance) is the thirteenth episode of Season 3 of the FOX sitcom Married... with Children, as well as the 48th overall episode in the series. Written by Robert Ulin and Gabrielle Topping, the episode was directed by Gerry Cohen and premiered on FOX on March 19, 1989.


After Kelly gets in trouble at school, the only way she can get out of punishment is if she joins the school's tap-dance club.


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  • Al: Peg, remember the Bundy credo: When one Bundy is embarrassed, the rest of us feel better about ourselves.



  • The title of this episode is a reference to the part of lyrics from the jazz standard song "I Won't Dance" by Jerome Kern.


  • After a 2-week break since the last episode, this episode was aired together with A Three Job, No Income Family on the same night.
  • Throughout the episode, Kelly is depicted as having no interest in dance. In reality, Christina Applegate has an extensive background in dance. She was also an original member of the female dance ensemble, The Pussycat Dolls and served as a guest judge for the FOX dance competition show, So You Think You Can Dance.
  • Jesse Borrego, who plays the janitor / Kelly's dance partner, Bruno, also has a background in dance. He was previously one of stars on the 1980s musical television series, Fame which showcased the lives of several students trying to make it at the New York City High School for the Performing Art.
  • Kelly dances to the song "Fever". Katey Sagal later covered the song for the 2017 TV remake of Dirty Dancing, in which she played the role of Vivian.
  • When Al talks to Kelly about being in trouble with the principal for the bus attack, he tells her that Bundys don't do two things: "We don't eat vegetables and we don't tap!". Two episodes earlier, in "Eatin' Out", Peggy confirms that they don't vegetables when their waiter asks them if they would like vegetables with their steak and baked potato.
  • Marcy reveals that Steve's mom sews his name into his underwear at their wedding, while Peggy reveals that Al's mom threw up in the dip at their wedding

Cultural References[]

  • At the beginnning of the episode, Peggy reads an article from the National Inquistor that reads "Cher to Marry 21 Year Old Alien!"
    • Cher is a singer and actress, who became known for dating men much younger than her following her divorces from Sonny Bono and Greg Allman in the 1970s. She would be referenced again in several later episodes of MWC, with Jefferson D'Arcy mentioning that he dated Cher at one point
  • Peggy sarcastically tells Al that she traded in his socks and the family cow for some magic beans. This is a reference to the English fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk, in which a young boy trades the family cow for magical beans that turn into a giant sprout.
  • Al asks Peggy if her and other women are hiding their husbands' socks based on the advice of talk show hosts Oprah Winfrey or Geraldo Rivera.
  • Al mentions that he plans to leave Peggy and the kids and travel to Borneo an island in Southeast Asia that is politally divided up between neighboring conuntries Brunei, Malaysia and indonesia.
  • After boasting that she and Steve tap dance, she also mentions that Sammy Davis Jr. tap danced and says that "and he is one hep black cat!"
    • Sammy Davis Jr. was an American singer, dancer, and actor, known for his involvement with the informal group of entertainers known as the Rat Pack, which also featured Frank Sinatra, who sang the MWC theme song "Love and Marriage". Davis passed away about a year after this episode originally aired.


  • The song that plays on a record when Steve tries to teach Kelly is "Anything Goes" by Cole Porter from the 1934 musical of the same name.
  • The song that plays when Kelly dances with Bruno is a cover version of "Fever" by Annabella.



  • Bundy Living Room/Kitchen
  • High School Auditorium


  • When Kelly and Bruno are dancing, a close up shot of Bud is shown, watching them dance before one of the Ganaywick sisters grabs him from behind and starts to kiss him as he reels back in horror. Yet when the camera pans around the stage as they continue to dance, Bud can be clearly seen standing behind the curtain by himself, watching the performance while scratching the record, which should have affected the song if it actually was playing music at that point.

External Links[]

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