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Ride Scare was the 22nd episode of Season 8 of Married... with Children, also the 179th overall episode of the series. Directed by Sam W. Orender, and written by Nancy Neufeld Callaway, the episode originally aired on FOX, premiering on April 24, 1994.


Al is forced to carpool by Marcy and her group's green initiative (Cleaner Greener Chicago). His carpool, consisting of him and three plus-sized models, is chosen to promote a campaign to clean up Chicago. Bud makes to the Dean's list due to good grades and no one appreciates him as much as they cheer Kelly when she gets a raise.

  • Note: In 2005, TV Land included this episode as part of it's '100 Most Unexpected Moments in TV History', ranking it number 73 for the scene involving Seven (the kid the Bundys adopted in a season earlier) on a milk carton, reported missing.


Al opposes a forced car pooling until he learns that three lingerie models are in the group. But Al realizes the models are full-figured. Al and his group are then chosen to promote a campaign by the local health board to appear in commercial advertisements to "clean up an over polluted Chicago". But when Al and the ladies are asked to picket outside a chemical plant where Kelly works as "The Verminator" TV commercial spokesperson, Al must decide whether or not to help close down the plant, which will cause Kelly lose her TV commercial job, or give up his all of a sudden local fame and fortune. Meanwhile, no one seems to care after Bud announces that he has made the Dean's List at college.

Recurring Cast/Regulars[]

Guest starring[]

  • Sandra Taylor as Naomi (as Sandra Korn)
  • Paul Eisenhauer as Alderman Johnson
  • Jane Abbott as Alexis
  • Shannon Dunn as Monique (as Shannon K. Dunn)
  • Debra Christofferson as Paulina



  • The title of this episode is a reference to Ride Share, which is also known as Carpooling, where a group of co-workers ride together in one vehicle to and from work.


  • It is revealed that the engine in Al's Dodge keeps running for awhile after the ignition is turned off.
  • The scene where Marcy gets up from the couch and talks about how in her America, people would ride the bus would be used for Amanda Bearse in the season 9 credits.
  • In this episode, Bud comes home to show that he got straight A's and made the Dean's List, but is overshadowed by Kelly's announcement that she is getting a raise and will be employee of the month. A similar event happened in season 5's "Weenie Tot Lovers and Other Strangers", when Bud announces that he is one of 5 Chicago area students who has a chance to the meet the U.S. President, but is overshadowed by Kelly announcing that she has a chance to be Miss Weenie Tot.
  • Sandra Taylor, who plays Naomi, the car pool representative, was a Penthouse Pet in 1991 and also appeared in Playboy in 1995.
    • She shares this same distinction with fellow MWC guest star Teri Weigel.
  • Al mentions that he doesn't have to be at his job until 10 a.m..
    • Outside of the holiday season, most mall stores don't open until the mall opens for regular shopping hours, which is typically 10 a.m.
  • In this episode, Marcy makes a direct reference to the season 4 episode, "976-SHOE", by telling Al "Do you realize that you have cost me my job at the bank again?! They have demoted me to drive-up teller again!".
    • In "976-Shoe" Steve Rhoades writes a loan to Al for his Dr. Shoe hotline, in order to win a trip to Hawaii for him and Marcy. After the hotline fails, Marcy writes Al a loan to cover up Steve's faulty loan. But Al then uses Marcy's loan to keep the business infomercials going, despite the business failing. She eventually finds out and proceeds to choke him during his last infomercial. By the end of the episode, Steve lost his job at The Leading Bank of Chicago and Marcy was demoted to drive up teller, which she later confirmed in "At the Zoo", not getting her old job back until season 5.
  • After the ladies arrive at the Bundy residence and start eating pie, one of them grabs a milk container and puts it on the counter. Another lady picks it up and in the closeup shot, it shows a picture of Seven under the "Missing" headline.
    • This is a reference to the character from Season 7, who was adopted by Peggy, but suddenly disappeared after a few episodes without explanation.
    • It's ironic that this episode takes place near Earth Day which is April 22, which is also the episode number for this season, number 22nd.

Cultural References[]

  • On the Home Shopping Network, the item being sold is the "Boyfriends of Cher" collector's plates. This is in reference to the pop singer, who has been known for dating various male celebrities over the years.
    • After seeing the plates, Peggy turns in disgust and asks "Who would want to eat off of Greg Allman?!" referring to the member of The Allman Brothers Band. He was married to Cher from 1975 to 1979.
    • In "The D'Arcy Files" Jefferson mentioned that he had dated Cher because it was his turn.
    • In "You Better Shop Around (Part 1)" Al mentions to Marcy that Cher married Steve Rhoads.
      • This action caused Marcy to lose a $1,000 shopping spree to the Bundys.
  • At the end of his football themed commercial, Al turns to the camera with a mournful look and a fake tear attached to his face. This is a reference to the Keep America Beautiful "Crying Indian" public service announcement from 1971, which featured actor Iron Eyes Cody shedding a tear after seeing garbage all around him in nature before a driver throws his garbage out onto the road, landing right at the Indian's feet.
    • The PSA as seen here has been parodied in various shows including South Park and The Simpsons.
  • The girls mention that they will be going to Los Angeles with Al, where they will be on Vicki! and doing guest voices on Captain Planet.
    • Vicki! was a short lived syndicated talk show hosted by actress Vicki Lawrence. It aired between 1992 and 1994.
    • Captain Planet and the Planeteers was an environmentalist themed cartoon series that ran for several seasons on TBS in the early-mid 1990s, dealing with the dangers of pollution and other environmental threats.
  • When the ladies show their excitement to go to Los Angeles, one of them mentions that they'll be able to see "Wendy's! Winchell's! Der wienerschnitzel". All three are fast food restaurant chains.
    • Wendy's - Specializes in square shaped hamburgers.
      • One of Wendy's motto's is "We don't cut corners," referring to the hamburgers.
      • Also, the restaurant chain is responsible for the "Where's the Beef," ads starring Clara Peller.
    • Winchell's Donuts - Specializes in donuts and breakfast sandwiches.
    • Wienerschnitzel - Specializes in chili covered hot dogs and hamburgers.
  • When Al introduces his family to the ladies, he walks over to Bud and says "And this is my son, Shecky." in reference to the Chicago based comedian, Shecky Greene.
  • While walking through the park with Kelly, Al says "So I don't get my fifteen minutes of fame. That just means Pauly Shore gets a half hour". Pauly Shore is an actor and comedian, who at this time was known for appearing in several comedy films (despite low ratings) typically as the laid back slacker who talked like a surfer, as well as being a VJ on MTV.




  • Bundy Living Room / Kitchen
  • Bundy Driveway
  • Chicago Expressway
  • Polk High School Football Field
  • Car Interior
  • Park walkway / drinking fountain


  • When Naomi comes into the Bundy residence, the shadow from the boom mic can be seen moving on the wall near the front door.
  • During the car pool scenes, the blue screen used to digitally add in the traffic around them leaks through the car windows and on parts of the women's hair.
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