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It's a Bundyful Life (Part 2) is the twelfth episode of of Season 4 of the FOX TV series Married... with Children, as well as the 69th overall episode. Written by Ron Leavitt and Michael G. Moye, the episode was directed by Gerry Cohen. It first aired along with its first part as a one-hour episode on FOX on December 17, 1989.


Al's guardian angel shows him what life would be like for Peggy and the kids if he'd never been born, a question Al posed after a drunken Marcy left him with no money for the gifts he promised.


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  • 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.
  • During the guardian angel's rant about his fat wife and kids and how he can sympathize with Al, he jokes about having vanity plates that read "HIT ME" because he hated going home.
    • Sam Kinison, the one-time preacher turned stand-up comedian who plays Al's guardian angel, sadly died in a head on automobile accident in April, 1992, about 2.5 years after giving this performance, at the age of 38.
  • Guest star Sam Kinison was the producer's first choice to play Al Bundy but they decided against it as they figured he was too raunchy.
  • This is Ted McGinley's first appearance on the show. He would later play Marcy's second husband Jefferson D'Arcy.
  • In the season 10 special, My Favorite Married, this episode is discussed:
    • The cast reminisce about Sam being one of their favorite guests. They also discuss how his missed a day of rehearsal and sent the cast nightsticks as a gift as well as belly dancers and a catered lunch the following day.
    • There are some (minor) alternate scenes with the Angel. which show snow in Al's hair and alternate line readings from the scenes shown.
    • The blooper reel includes Katey Sagal messing up her line about having to go to Spud Hut instead of Denny's
  • Kelly tells Al that "Christmas without presents is like Thanksgiving without pizza", in reference to the episode, "Fair Exchange" when the family ate pizza toppings for their Thanksgiving meal and the remaining crust the day after.
  • As Al's angel reveals, in the timeline when Al wasn't born, the family has changed in the following ways:
    • Peggy has becoming a loving housewife and mother who is able to cook. She mentions that she saved herself for marriage.
    • Bud has become a male feminist, discussing how women must be respected and chooses to be friends with them rather than pursue dating. He was also breastfed until the age of 9.
    • Kelly is a college student who is having her works of poetry published in French. She has also remained a virgin, telling Bud "Pleasures of the flesh muddle the thinking".
    • Norman Jablonski has become the head of the household and is openly loving to his family.
  • At the beginning of the episode, Kelly shows off her revealing dress, saying she last wore it at Grandma's funeral, which would imply that Al's mother had passed away some time ago. Bud also mentions that he saw her and Elvis after nearly dying in Season 6's "The Mystery of Skull Island". Yet, in Season 7's "Al on the Rocks", Al's mother is alive, as Al is on the phone with her and threatens to sue her for $5 that she owed him.

Cultural References[]

  • The whole two-parter is a parody on the 1946 classic Christmas movie It's a Wonderful Life.
    • Specifically the guardian angel trying to get his wings by convincing Al to live and Al seeing what his life would like if he wasn't born directly references the film's protagonist, George Bailey and his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody.
  • Peggy mentions that its a Bundy Christmas tradition to go to Denny's for their Christmas platter special.
  • Al's guardian angel accuses God of playing Nintendo instead of sending him to a better person.
  • Al's guardian angel mentions spending Christmas with Moses and watching him parts the water as someone jumps in.
  • After Al suggests that his guardian angel fly and play the harp to prove he is real, he tells Al that he isn't Tommy Tune.
  • Al wishes for the "Hee Haw girls" in reference to the variety show Hee Haw and the voluptuous, scantily clad females (called the Hee Haw Honeys) dressed in stereotypical farmer's daughter outfits.




  • Bundy Living Room/Kitchen
  • Bundy Veranda


  • When Al gets up from lying in the snow, he brushes the snow out of his hair. When he and the angel go into the house, there's snow in his hair again.
  • When the guardian angel snaps his fingers and turns on the Christmas lights, there is a white light bulb that is still not on next to Al's face. It remains off for awhile, until the guardian angel says that anything that he can't get a receipt for comes out of his own pocket. After that, the camera cuts back to Al and the white light bulb is suddenly on.

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