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It's a Bundyful Life (Part 1) is the eleventh episode of of Season 4 of the FOX TV series Married... with Children, as well as the 68th overall episode. Written by Ron Leavitt and Michael G. Moye, the episode was directed by Gerry Cohen. It first aired along with its second part as a one-hour episode on FOX on December 17, 1989.


Al has finally saved up some cash to buy his family Christmas presents this year. Unfortunately, a mob of late customers in the shoe store prevents him from getting to the bank in time and retrieving the money he needs.


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Regular Cast[]

Guest Stars[]

  • Don Sparks as Santa Claus
  • Ann Nelson as Elderly Woman
  • Trevor Eyster as Franklin (as Tim Eyster)
  • Kate Romero as Midge
  • Kristeen Buxton as Denise
  • Thomas Ian Nicholas as Bobby
  • Eve Smith as Mom



  • It's a Bundyful Life is a play on the title of the 1946 classic Christmas movie It's a Wonderful Life, which this episode parodies.


  • Fox re-aired this episode two-parter on December 15, 2003, the same year that the Married... with Children Reunion special was aired, making it a rare occurrence in which a classic TV show re-airs on its parent network after being canceled.
  • On the Married... with Children Podcast this is the first two-parter to get two separate podcast episodes.
  • When Al puts his feet up, he has a noticeable hole in his shoe.
  • The exterior of the Bundy residence at the beginning and end of the episode is computer generated instead of the still frame of the real house used in other episodes.
  • Peggy reveals that Al spent the previous Christmas playing pool with his friends and didn't give the family any presents.
  • Marcy mentions that Steve is visiting his mom for Christmas and that she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Bud offers Kelly "Toaster Shakings" where he shakes the toaster upside down for leftover crumbs.
  • The interior of Kyoto National Bank is recycled from The Leading Bank of Chicago as seen in "976-SHOE"

Cultural References[]

  • The whole two-parter is a parody on the 1946 classic Christmas movie It's a Wonderful Life.
  • Al tells the family that he had a Christmas Club and then Peggy points out the issue with it.
    • A "Christmas Club" is a real type of short-term savings account, in which someone puts aside money each week for Christmas spending and receive a check shortly before Christmas in order to purchase the gifts.
    • As Peggy noted, the main reason it fell out of favor with customers was that interest rate was very low compared to a typical savings account and it had numerous restrictions that made it difficult to maintain year after year.
  • After the family insult Al by singing a mocking version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas", he sarcastically remarks "I guess that's what they mean when they say 'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire', eh guys?". This is a reference to the classic Christmas song "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" by Nat "King" Cole.
    • The song was later used in another MWC Christmas episode, "The Worst Noel"
  • Al tells the kids at "Uncle Al's Christmas Tot Lounge" a variation of the Christmas poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas", more commonly known as "Twas The Night Before Christmas".
    • He then offers to tell them the story "The Red Headed Grinch That Stole Uncle Al's Life", in reference to the Dr. Seuss story "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas".


  • The song that plays in the beginning of the episode and during the end credits is "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas".
  • Bud, Kelly and Peg sing a variation of the Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" to mock Al.
  • The Christmas carolers can be heard singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas".
  • The music playing in Marcy's bank is an instrumental version of "Deck The Halls".
  • Al hums the Christmas song "Winter Wonderland" while counting his money after tying up the kids in "Uncle Al's Christmas Tot Lounge".



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


  • When Steve and Marcy come to the Bundys, to wish them a merry Christmas, Bud is "stealing" Marcy's wedding ring from her right hand; later when Marcy asks who has it, she looks at her left hand, where the ring supposedly was.
  • One of the partying bank employees is handing the already dead drunk Marcy another drink - but the glass has clearly not very much in it.
  • Al says he was gonna pick up the money at he bank the next morning. But when he tries to go there to pick it up (before being held up by the old ladies) it's afternoon.

External Links[]

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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