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Damn Bundys is the 21st episode of season 11 of Married... with Children, also the 256th overall series episode. Directed by Richard Correll and written by Ben Montanio & Vince Cheung, it premiered on FOX-TV on April 28, 1997.

Synopsis[]

Al makes a pact with Lucifer (Robert Englund) to play with the Chicago Bears to take them to Super Bowl in exchange for his soul. When Al insists on not quitting after his aim is achieved, Lucifer sends him to Hell, where he meets his entire family, who are now dead. As his life is exactly the same as on Earth, he challenges Lucifer to a football match for returning to life.

Plot Summary[]

Al sells his soul to Lucifer so he can play for the Bears. Al's playing takes the team to the Super Bowl, but unfortunately, the deal was only to lead them to the championship, but not be able to play. Al insists on playing, but without the Devil's help, he's reduced to his original athleticism at the start of the episode. He gets tackled so hard on the first play that he dies. After being taken to Hell, Al's finds his planned torment to be enjoyable: being forced to eat nothing but Weenie Tots (his favorite food), having to spend eternity in the bathroom, and never seeing his family again. The Devil changes his plan and forces Al to have spend an eternity with his family and the D'Arcys. 300 years later, Bud has grown crab claws (which keep puncturing his blow-up doll), Kelly is a gargoyle (which scares off her dates), Peggy has hooves (unable to use the TV remote) and the Darcys have to endure Al's insults. Al challenges Lucifer to a football game to be sent back to Earth. Lucifer assembles a much stronger football team consisting of Eric the Red, Atilla the Hun, Genghis Khan, Brutus and a man called The Lion, who consistently stop the Bundys and D'Arcys from making touchdowns. Just as Al goes to catch the game-winning ball when Jefferson throws a Hail Mary, Lucifer freezes time and gives Al two options: Catch the ball and send everyone back to Earth as part of the deal or drop the ball and be sent back to Earth along with three Hell babes holding moneybags. Al chooses to catch the ball and wakes up in his house, revealing that he was knocked out after catching chips from Jefferson and falling onto the dinner table. As Al remarks it was a dream, he pulls out a box of candy Lucifer gave him while in Hell and remarks "There's no Hell like home."

Recurring Cast/Regulars[]

Guest starring[]

Notes[]

Title[]

  • The title of this episode is a reference to the 1955 musical comedy, Damn Yankees

Trivia[]

  • Robert Englund, who plays Lucifer, is best known as the original Freddy Krueger from the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, and this is one of his relatively rare purely comedic performances.
  • This is the only episode to feature CGI effects, which were initially added as a tie in to FOX's special airing of the 1994 comedy film The Mask, in which MWC and several other FOX shows added CGI into their episodes.
  • Due to the number of special effects shots employed, this episode was not recorded before a live audience.
  • The Bundys and the D'Arcys have spent 300 years in hell which makes around 109570 days. When Marcy comes to the Bundy home, Al says the D'Arcys have visited 7,916,042 times. This means that the D'Arcys have been visiting the Bundys at least 72 times a day.
  • Martial arts legend "Judo" Gene LeBell appears in this episode as Brutus.
  • NFL Commentator James Brown makes his second and final appearance on MWC in this episode. He was previously seen in "A Bundy Thanksgiving" as a relative of Aunt Maddie.

Cultural References[]

  • Real life NFL team, the Chicago Bears is featured in this episode, along with players:
    • Curtis Conway (Wide Receiver)
    • Erik Kramer (Quarterback)
    • Raymont Harris (Running Back)
  • After Al immediately agrees to sell his soul, Lucifer mentions that "Tom Arnold put up more of a fight!", referring to the comedian/actor who at the time this episode aired, had divorced actress/comedian Roseanne Barr and accusations that he only became famous to due his marriage.
  • While watching Al playing in the NFL, at one point, Kelly calls to Smokey, Yogi and Boo-Boo, referring to the fictional cartoon bears:
  • Al pointing to everyone in the kitchen saying "and you were there!" as well as the ending line of "There's no Hell like home" are references to the 1939 musical film The Wizard of Oz.
  • When Bud is talking on different cell phones and mentions "Show me the money!", it is a reference to the 1996 romantic sports film, Jerry Maguire.
  • As Lucifer takes Al's soul down in the "Hellevator", Al bemoans that he was suppose to go to Disneyland. This is in reference to the phrase "I'm going to Disneyland / Disney World!", a promotional slogan that was used in Disney commercials starting in 1987, typically featuring the Super Bowl MVP saying the phrase after winning the game.
  • The check-in clerk says that Al is at "Club Dead" and how it overlooks the cesspool. This is in reference to Club Med, a French-based travel and tourism operator that owns and operates several beachside resorts across the world.
  • Al is shown playing the guessing game, "Hangman" with French military leader, Napoleon.
  • Peggy says that she should have been in heaven having sex with a young Elvis Presley, a singer and actor.
  • While looking over construction plans, Lucifer tells the construction foreman the errors in the plans for the "O.J. Plaza", which would feature a "F. Lee Bailey Bar" and "Kato Kaelin Lounge", in reference to several people involved in O.J. Simpson Murder Case in 1995.
    • O.J. Simpson - Former NFL Running Back and actor who was accused of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman in June 1994. He was found not guilty in criminal court after a lengthy and controversial televised trial. In 1997, a few weeks before this episode was filmed, Simpson was found guilty in civil court and ordered to pay $33 million dollars to the Brown and Goldman families.
    • F. Lee Bailey - Criminal defense lawyer who was one of several that represented O.J. on the "Dream Team". His cross-examination with LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman regarding his past use of a racial slur is believed to have been a key factor in Simpson being found not guilty. The bar may also be a reference to Bailey bringing a flask to the courtroom, though his fellow Dream Team member, Robert Kardashian, defended him and said it only had coffee. He had also fought a drunk driving charge a decade earlier with help from another Dream Team member, Robert Shapiro.
    • Kato Kaelin - Actor and television personality who was Simpson's houseguest on the night the murders. He become a witness during the murder trial and garnered national attention.
  • Lucifer mentions that professional golfer Tiger Woods also sold his soul. At the time, Tiger Woods was viewed as a phenomenon in the sport due to his young age and helped revive the sport.
  • Lucifer gives Al a box of Real Hots, which is a parody of Red Hots, which is a cinnamon flavored candy.
  • During the football game in Hell, Bud takes a rock and uses a sling to launch it, hitting the much bigger and taller "Lion" in the forehand. This is in reference to the biblical story of "David and Goliath", as well as its more modern usage, describing an underdog defeating a big challenge.

Locations[]

Sets[]

  • Bundy Living Room / Kitchen
  • NFL Stadium Field / Seating Area
  • Hell/Club Dead Check-in / Seating Area

Goofs[]

  • When Al places a broom in Peg's hand before the devil unfreezes her and Jefferson, she can be seen blinking twice despite still being frozen.
    • Also, when Peggy is unfrozen, her hand that is holding the broom is in a completely different position and a few inches above where Al originally placed it.
  • Jefferson's hands are in a different position when he is unfrozen and opens the beer can.
  • Whenever Al's getting attacked and pinned on the floor by the Devil's Football team, you can clearly see a mattress on the floor several times.
  • As Al laments that he could have had his name called in the NFL Draft, both of Jefferson's arms are bent and resting on the top of the couch. The camera then changes angles and Jefferson now has his right arm stretched out across the couch and Al has a different, almost grimacing, look on his face.
  • Jefferson's laughter after Al laments about how he could have been in the NFL draft appears to be dubbed in. If one looks closely, it looks like Jefferson was originally saying "Oh well" before being dubbed as he continues on, pointing out that Al only played high school football.
  • Right before Al goes into his room of eternal damnation he has nothing in his breast pocket, but right when he steps into the house you can see the outline of a box. During the entire time he is in the house it is in his pocket and during some scenes you can zoom in and see the box has a yellow line going around the boxes border. When he finally leaves his house to tell the devil he wants his soul back, the devil asks him if he wants some Red Hots and hands him the box if you pause this you can see the box has the same yellow line going around the box. How did he get the box before the devil handed it to him.
  • Lucifer asks Al if he wants "Red Hots", which is a real brand of candy. But the box in his hand (and later in Al's at the end of the episode) clearly reads "Real Hots".
◄ 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
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