But I Didn't Shoot The Deputy is the third episode of Season 1 of the FOX sitcom Married... with Children, as well as the 3rd overall episode in the series. Written by Ron Burla, the episode was directed by Linda Day and premiered on FOX on April 19, 1987.


The neighborhood has a local robber on the loose. Steve and Marcy get a guard dog named Bella after their house is robbed, Al buys a gun to protect his home. A noise in the night puts both defenses to the test.


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  • Peggy: Bud, guns are not toys. They are lethal weapons and should only be handled by responsible adults.
  • Bud: Well, when Dad was practicing his quick draws at the TV during Donahue...

  • Marcy: Look, we know Bella can be loud, and annoying, and the whole neighborhood hates his guts, but at least he's a good protector.
  • Bud: Gee, Mom, that's just what you say about Dad.

  • Marcy: Steve, is he really dead?
  • Steve: Yes, dear.
  • Marcy: How do you know?
  • Steve: Well, number one - he didn't respond to any of my commands... and number two - his brains are in the begonias.

  • Al: I gotta hand it to you. What a great job. That crate even feels heavy enough to have a dog in it. What'd you put in there anyway?
  • Peggy: Some rocks... and your bowling ball.
  • [Al starts crying]



  • But I Didn't Shoot The Deputy is the second line of Bob Marley's classic reggae song "I Shot the Sheriff".


  • Bella is never actually seen on screen.
  • This is the first time the audience gets a glimpse at the Rhoades' backyard.
  • This is the first time Marcy digresses when thinking about hurting someone.
  • Steve mentions the incident of Al shooting Bella again in "Where's the Boss?".

Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Steve and Marcy's dog wasn't named after the actor Bela Lugosi as Al suggests, but after the New York feminist politician Bella Abzug who was very active in the seventies and known for her pugnacious attitude and large hats. She was a Democrat (though, Marcy mentions in later episodes that she herself is a Republican).


  • The people at the funeral hum "Amazing Grace".



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


External LinksEdit

  Season 1 Episodes Season 2 ►
PilotThinnergyBut I Didn't Shoot the DeputyWhose Room Is It Anyway
Have You Driven a Ford Lately?Sixteen Years and What Do You Get?Married... without Children
The Poker GamePeggy Sue Got WorkAl Loses His CherryNightmare on Al's Street
Where's the Boss?Johnny Be Gone
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