What Goes Around Came Around is the 18th episode of the fourth season of Married... with Children, also the 75th overall episodes of the series. Directed by Gerry Cohen, the episode was written by Ellen L. Fogle. The episode originally aired on FOX on February 25, 1990.


Bud tries to make amends with a girl (played by Saved by the Bell's Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) who humiliated him in sixth grade. Meanwhile, Al prepares a speech for the homecoming dance, warning teens of the dangers of marriage.

Episode summaryEdit

Al prepares a speech for his high school reunion dance, warning teens of the dangers of marriage. He gets all excited when he's asked to speak at the high school reunion dance at Polk High. At the dance, while Al rambles on and on about the unhappily married man, Peggy finds herself being wooed by a teacher, Kelly trying to please two dates, and Bud plotting revenge against his date, Heather McCoy, who humiliated him years earlier by running his underwear up a flagpole. Bud tries to make amends with Heather (played by Saved by the Bell's Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) who humiliated him in sixth grade.


  • Segements of Al's speech at the dance:
    • "Thank you. [holds up an egg] This is your brain."
    • "Sure, before you marry them, all women say they like football. But as soon as you say "I do", they put on about 40 pounds. And the only "hike" you see is them hiking up their pants before they weld their butts to the sofa for the rest of their worthless lives! I work for a living!"
    • "[As Peggy asks men for a light] Next, so I drop her home, swerve to the right, swerve to the right and still, she came down the aisle and married me. Sports, the ultimate training for life. Nothing prepares you...I was something...No choice! Ran right through him!...Then came my second failure. "
    • "And you want to talk about flying wenches? Let's talk about my mother-in-law. People often overuse the phrase "as big as the Earth". But kids, try to picture everyone you know under one muumuu.
    • "...Well, [takes the microphone from the stand and walks across the stage] I can't say that football is a metaphor for every aspect of life, there are similarities...[Al clubs Blum over the head with the microphone and Blum collapses] my wedding night, [returns to center stage] for example..."
    • "Shoes. No kind of life for a man..."
    • " Now, the moment you've all been waiting for; the recount of my last game at Polk High: It was a frosty evening in November... [Peggy then comes on stage and pushes him away from the podium]"

Recurring cast/Guest starsEdit


Guest starringEdit



  • The title of this episode is a reference to the saying "What goes around comes around"


  • Bud said that 75 kids tease him every day about Heather humiliating him in sixth grade; this might be a reference to this being the 75th episode.
  • Kelly makes a reference to Joey, Bud's friend from season one.
  • Al's high school football team was called "Panthers". He was MVP of that team in the year of his four touchdowns triumph.
  • The locker next to Bud's has graffiti on it that reads "SLUG HEAD"
  • Peggy reveals that Al used to rub her tush every night before bed, but he points out he only did that to remove the scent of working with feet.
  • Marcy implies that she tried to kill herself by laying down in the Bundy's driveway when the Bundys were come back home and that no one has been talking to her since Steve left.
  • Marcy is still referring to herself as "Marcy Rhoades" instead of reverting back to her maiden name.

Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Polk High's invitation was turned down by Gale Sayers, Jim McMahon, Walter Payton, Mike Singletary, and Abe Vigoda before they turned to "Alf" Bundy.
    • Gale Sayers, Jim McMahon, Walter Payton and Mike Singletary were professional NFL players who played for the Chicago Bears at various times between the 1970s and early 1990s.
    • Abe Vigoda was an actor best known at the time for his roles in The Godfather, Barney Miller and Fish (all three would later be referenced during season 5 and 6 of MWC
  • Al is mistakenly called ALF Bundy, a possible reference to the 1980's sitcom ALF, which ended just a few weeks after this episode premiered.
  • One of the commercials Peg watches mentions Gary Coleman, who would later guest star as himself on MWC.
    • The commercial also mentions Ned Betty, an actor best know for the film Deliverance, which Ed O'Neill is often believed to have appeared in.
  • Al's visual demonstration of a skillet and an egg to show what happens to a brain on marriage, is a reference to a popular anti drug PSA during the late 1980s.
  • Peggy tells Marcy that she bought Chicken McNuggests from McDonalds and didn't want them to get cold, which is why she didn't hit Marcy in her driveway.



  • Bundy Living Room / Kitchen
  • Polk High School Hallway / Lockers
  • Polk High School Gymnasium

External LinksEdit

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