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Naughty But Niece was the 187th overall series episode of Married... with Children also the 4th episode of Season 9 of the series. Directed by Gerry Cohen and written by Larry Jacobson, the episode originally aired on FOX-TV on September 25, 1994.


Bud needs some quiet time to study for a scholarship exam, so he goes to Al's shoe store and then back home. Marcy and Jefferson announce the arrival of Marcy's niece, Amber (Juliet Tablak). Instead of studying, a passionate encounter between him and Marcy's visiting, sexually aggressive, 19-year-old niece, Amber ensuses. Is this a dream or real?


Bud has a chance earn a scholarship to Oxford University in England, if he can pass an the scholarship exam. His intense studying for the exam makes him periodically nod off and fantasize about making out with beautiful women. To try to counter this, and other distractions, he goes to Al's shoe store and then back home, unable to find some peace and quiet time alone. Bud pays off everyone to leave to study but instead, ends up sleeping with Amber, Marcy's visiting niece!

Recurring Cast/Regulars[]

Guest starring[]

  • Juliet Tablak as Amber
  • Heather Dubrow as Cherise (as Heather Paige Kent)
  • Kirsten Holmquist as Breezy
  • Joseph D. Reitman as Genghis (as Joseph Reitman)


Bud: Dad, can you stop seniling around and turn this game off long enough for me to study?

Al: Son, this game is important. The Bears are playing the Rams and if you lose to the Rams you get thrown out of the league.


Bud: Now here's what we're gonna do.  This is all the money I have.  So Dad, here.  [Bud gives Al money from his wallet] Take some money and go to the Nudie Bar.

Al: Game's not over!

TV: And the Rams take the field.

Al: Okay, it's over. [stands] Thanks, Son.



  • The title of this episode is a reference to the idiom "Naughty but nice", meaning a person is acting in a reprehensible manner, yet is still desirable, as well as the arrival of Marcy's niece, Amber.


  • This episode marks the first appearance of Griff, Al's co-worker at the shoe store. He has the distinction of being the only co-worker to last over two seasons.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Amber, Marcy's niece who is visiting from Los Angeles. She would appear in a total of four episodes
    • Marcy reveals that Bud had previously met Amber six years ago when she was thirteen.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Genghis, Kelly's slacker boyfriend. He would appear in three episodes.
  • The band that Kelly likes is Otitis Media, which is the medical term for a middle ear infection.
  • Al reveals that he saw Marcy naked once and was clinically dead for an hour and a half.

Cultural References[]

  • Bud mentions that he has a chance to study at Oxford, before asking if Al actually knows what Oxford is. He tell Bud that he would know, as he's been selling them for years.:
    • The Oxford that Bud is talking about is Oxford University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world.
    • The Oxford that Al is thinking about is are Oxford shoes a type of shoe more commonly associated with men's fashion, although there are women's oxfords as well. It is characterized by shoelace eyelets tabs that are attached under the vamp, a low heel and exposed ankle.
  • Al is watching a football match between the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Rams and tells Bud that if the Bears lose, they'd be kicked out of the NFL.
    • At the time, the Los Angeles Rams were noted for finishing last in the NFC West for three consecutive seasons in the early 1990s and had a dwindling fanbase. The team also blamed setbacks on their stadium location, which was located in neighboring Orange County, as that area was also going through economic hardships.
    • Ironically, the day of the episode's broadcast, the Rams shut out the Chiefs, 16-0, in Kansas City.[1]
    • The team eventually moved from Los Angeles to St. Louis, Missouri for the 1995 NFL season, before coming back to Los Angeles for the 2016 NFL season.
  • When Griff rants about his divorce to Bud, he says that he is only mad "because even Michael Jackson is married and I'm not!".
    • At the time this episode was filmed, the pop singer had recently married singer Lisa Marie Presley in May 1994. There had been speculation that the marriage was a publicity stunt, as Jackson was in the middle of fighting sexual abuse allegations made against him as well Presley's attempt to jump start her career as a singer. The couple later divorced in 1996.
    • Their marriage was previously mentioned in "Kelly Breaks Out" when Al tells Marcy that beer is the only reason he, Jefferson and Lisa Marie Presley got married.



  • Bundy Living Room / Kitchen
  • Shoe Store Entrance / Seating Area
  • Bud's Bedroom
  • Fantasy Ballroom
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