Buck Saves the Day is the third episode of season 4 of Married...With Children, also the 60th overall series episode. The episode originally aired on FOX on September 24, 1989. Directed by Gerry Cohen, the episode was written by Marcy Vosburgh and Sandy Sprung.


To earn money for a concert, Bud rents out Al as a professional woodsman (Al "Danno" Bundy) who takes the neighborhood kids (and Steve and Bud) on a camping trip. They all have a miserable time there and put all their hopes on Buck to save them. Meanwhile, Kelly earns money for the same concert by fleecing Peggy's friends at poker. Michael Faustino guests.


Kelly and Bud need to raise money for concert tickets for themselves, so Bud sells Al as a camping guide, and Kelly cheats at a poker game with Peggy's friends. With Steve and Bud along for the ride, Al has to take a bunch of kids camping and they end up stranded in the woods and only Buck can save them.

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  • The title of this episode is a reference to the saying that someone "saves the day", as Buck is expected to save the men after getting lost in the forest.


  • Michael Faustino, the brother of David Faustino appears in this episode as Joey, one of the neighborhood kids that goes on the camping trip
  • When Al talks about not wanting to go camping with the neighborhood kids, he tell Peg that he would "...rather watch Roseanne Barr do a striptease...", referring to the comedienne/actress best known for her ABC sitcom, Roseanne. She was originally offered the role of Peggy Bundy but turned it down.
  • Al's nickname "Dan'l" is a reference on the politician and wilderness guide Daniel Boone.
  • During the ending the credits, a still frame of Al and the campers sitting in the dark at the campsite is shown instead of Al and Peg sitting on the couch.
  • While this episode shows Peg playing poker with her friends, Al can be seen playing poker with his friends in "The Poker Game".
  • One of the neighborhood kids points out that Steve gives out potatoes instead of candy on Halloween.
  • Peggy implies that she was a groupie in her younger years.
  • Marcy reveals that her hate for her mother came from her telling Marcy that she would not grow breasts, never find a man or how her pelvis was not meant for childbirth and then lose her during card games during her childhood.
  • Kelly implies that she played strip poker before.


  • The song Steve sings while Al tries to start a fire is "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend".
  • The song Steve sings after Al tells his scary story is the traditional English folk song "Greensleeves".
  • The song that plays as Buck runs through the forest is the Lassie opening theme song.



  • Bundy Living Room / Kitchen
  • Forest


  • When Al leaves with Steve, Bud and the neighborhood kids, he is wearing a short sleeve blue shirt and brown slacks. Yet, when they all arrive at the campsite, Al is now wearing a long sleeve plaid shirt with the sleeves rolled up and blue jeans. Everyone else is still in the same clothing.
  • Towards nightfall, Al and Steve have jackets and Bud has a red hoodie, even though they rushed out of the house and didn't pack anything for the trip.
  • Buck somehow is at the campsite and sitting next to Al, just as he decides to use Buck to get help. Yet, Buck wasn't home at the beginning of the episode and he didn't leave the house with Al and the others.
  • The boys give Steve poison oak which causes him to hallucinate after licking it. Poison oak does not grow in Illinois nor in the Midwest and southern states. Also the leaf that Steve holds doesn't resemble what poison oak would actually look like.

External LinksEdit

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Hot off the GrillDead Men Don't Do AerobicsBuck Saves the DayTooth or Consequences
He Ain't Much, But He's MineFair ExchangeDesperately Seeking Miss October976-SHOE
Oh, What a FeelingAt the ZooIt's a Bundyful Life (Part 1)It's a Bundyful Life (Part 2)
Who'll Stop the Rain?A Taxing ProblemRock and Roll GirlYou Gotta Know When to Hold 'Em (Part 1)
You Gotta Know When to Fold 'Em (Part 2)What Goes Around Came AroundPeggy Turns 300
Peggy Made a Little LambRain GirlThe Agony of De-FeetYard Sale
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