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Kelly Knows Something was the 183rd overall series episode of Married... with Children also 26th and final episode of Season 8 of the series. Directed by Amanda Bearse and written by Al Aidekman, the episode originally aired on FON-TV on May 22, 1994.


Al auditions to be on a sports trivia show to win $10,000, when his TV breaks down. But when the producer rejects him for having no personality, Al trains the dim-witted Kelly to be a contestant. Former NFL All-Pro tight end Todd Christensen guest stars as Travis James, the sports game show host.


When the Bundy TV set blows its condenser, Al decides to try out for a place on a new sports trivia game show, hoping to win a new TV set as the first prize. But when he is denied by the show's producer, because of his perceived "lack of personality", an upset and determined-to-win the show's prize obsessed Al then has another plan; he then tries to transfer his knowledge of sports to the usually dim-witted Kelly, as he gets her to appear on the show to win the show's main prize for him! But for each fact that she takes in, another seems to fall out!

Recurring Cast/Regulars[]

Guest starring[]

  • Todd Christensen as Travis James
  • Neal Lerner as Traney
  • Alex Nevil as Mike
  • Mary-Pat Green as Max
  • Mike Cannizzo as Tony (as Michael Cannizzo)



  • The title of this episode is a reference to Kelly's learning ability


  • Todd Christensen, who plays the game show host Travis James, was best known at this time for playing as a Tight End for the Los Angeles Raiders from 1979 to 1988 and then serving as a sports commentator.
    • According to his son, Todd Christensen still receives $1.60 worth of residuals every time this episode is rerun.[1]
  • Mary-Pat Green who plays Max in this episode, previously appeared in the episode, "Scared Single" as the customer who says "I need shoes!".
  • In this episode, Bud reveals to Al that Kelly's brain has limited capacity and has to be cleared before it can absorb and remember anything new. On the flip side, it also means that she looses any older memory that she already possessed. This was previously brought up in the season 3 episode, "Here's Lookin' at You, Kid".
  • The notes that Al wrote on the chalkboard read:
    • Superbowls -Answer XXVII = 28
      • 1. 1992 All Star NFL QB - Answer, Steve Young
      • 2. 1978 Most Stolen Bases - Answer - Moreno
      • 3. Led Bulls in Scoring 6 years in 70' - Answer - Bob 'Butterbean' Love
      • 4. Oilers Beat the L.A. Chargers in 1st AFL Championship in 1961
      • 5. Super Bowl 27 MVP Answer: Troy Aikman
      • 6. OJ Stands for Orenthal James
  • The text and images that goes through Kelly's head are:
  • At the very end of the ending credits, it says "Garfield © 1978 United Features Syndicate, Inc.", likely due to the use of Garfield's face during the scene of Kelly learning new things.

Cultural References[]

  • On the front of the tabloid that Peggy reads at the beginning states "Joke Found in Howie Mandel's Act!". This is in reference to the comedian who at the time was known for his comedy routines as well as being on the FOX animated sitcom, Bobby's World. He was previously mentioned in "Valentine's Day Massacre" as the opening act for Crystal Brooks.
  • Al is told that he won't be coming back to appear on the game show, Touchdown Trivia. When he asks why, the host tells him it was because he scored low in terms of personality with the audience, saying "It was somewhere between Joe Piscopo and the fat kid who played on 'Head of the Class'.".
    • Joe Piscopo is an American actor and comedian, who at this time was best known for being a cast member on Saturday Night Live during the early to mid 1980s.
    • Head of the Class was an ABC sitcom that focused of group of gifted students and their teacher. It ran from 1986 to 1991.
      • The "fat kid" in question is the character, Dennis Blunden.
  • Al's first question while auditioning to be a contestant on Touchdown Trivia was regarding the meaning of former football player O.J. Simpson's initials. Three weeks after this episode originally aired, the former NFL running back made headline news for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman. The murders took place at her residence in the city of Brentwood, on a street named South Bundy Drive.
  • During the question about what do Karl Marx, Bob Dylan and Sonny Liston have in common, one of the contestants answers Mamie Van Doren, an actress and sex symbol during the 1950s


  • The Psycho Dad Theme is heard at the beginning of the episode and again at the end.
  • An instrumental version of "Mr. Touchdown U.S.A." plays during Al's audition and again during Kelly's appearance on Touchdown Trivia
  • An parody version of "Rock and Roll Part 2" by Gary Glitter is heard during the montage of Kelly learning sports trivia



  • Bundy Living Room / Kitchen
  • Touchdown Trivia Studio Set


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