Build a Better Mousetrap is the fifteenth episode of Season 2 of the FOX sitcom Married... with Children, as well as the 28th overall episode in the series. Written by Michael G. Moye, Ron Leavitt and J. Stanford Parker, the episode was directed by Linda Day and premiered on FOX on January 24, 1988.


A mouse is running loose in the Bundy house, prompting Peg to face her childhood fear of mice and Al to wreck the house in his attempt to catch the pest.


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  • The episode title is influenced by the inventor's saying "Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door".


  • Bud reads a book called "Know Your Mouse" by Mike Semon. Michael Semon was the prop master of Sony Studios, where Married... with Children was filmed.
  • Steve mentions how he finds it irritating when he is out driving with Marcy and she wants to ask for directions. In "The Camping Show" Marcy tells Peggy how she hates it when he refuses to ask for directions.

Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Peggy mentions Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, a duo of cartoon characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series. In each episode, the Coyote repeatedly attempts to catch and subsequently eat the Road Runner, a fast-running ground bird, but is never successful. Peggy also mentions a running gag which involves the Coyote falling from a high cliff and the Road Runner's signature sound "Beep, Beep".



  • Bundy Living Room/Kitchen
  • Al & Peggy's Bedroom


  • Al sees the mouse in the hole in the wall. When he smacks at it with a hammer, he "hits" himself but it is obvious that he deliberately misses his hand. Also the sound when he hits is that of him hitting the wall and not flesh.
  • Al smacks his left thumb with a hammer trying to hit the mouse but in the next scene Peg is bandaging his right thumb.

External LinksEdit

◄ Season 1 Season 2 Episodes Season 3 ►
Poppy's by the Tree (Part 1)Poppy's by the Tree (Part 2)If I Were a Rich Man
Buck Can Do ItGirls Just Wanna Have Fun (Part 1)Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Part 2)
For Whom the Bell TollsBorn to WalkAlley of the DollsThe Razor's Edge
How Do You Spell Revenge?Earth AngelYou Better Watch OutGuys and Dolls
Build a Better MousetrapMaster the PossibilitiesPeggy Loves Al, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
The Great EscapeImpo-DentJust Married... with ChildrenFather LodeAll in the Family
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