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Route 666 (Part 1) is the 23rd episode of Season 5 of Married... with Children, also the 103rd overall episode of the series. Directed by Gerry Cohen, and written by Katherine Green, the episode originally aired on FOX, premiering on April 28, 1991.


Part one of two. While on a road trip to Los Angeles, the Bundys' car breaks down in a backwards, New Mexico town, where an old prospector (John Byner) gives Al a map to a gold mine. Al phones Jefferson to help finance the gold strike on his new property.

Plot summary[]

While on their way to Los Angeles for a "Shoe Convention," the Bundys' car breaks down in the small town of Lucifer, New Mexico where they meet an old prospector (who "looks like John Byner") who gives them a map to an old gold mine in the area in exchange for their car. They phone Marcy and Jefferson who come to the rescue, having been duped into thinking that the kids are dying. But it turns out that Al and Peggy want their money for the mine deal. Then the six of them go off in search for the gold...

Scene excerpts[]

Scene quotes
  • Codger #1: Chill in the air, heh Zeke?
  • Codger #2: I though you were Zeke.
  • Codger #1: Maybe I am.

  • Peggy Bundy: Look, there's a cool 25 cents for you if you'll haul our car to a station.
  • Codger #1: Normally, we'd do it for $400.
  • Codger #2: But we'll do it for $200, if you'll let us take our picture with you, leopard woman.
  • Peggy Bundy: Oh, Al. These rubes think I'm sexy.
  • Al Bundy: I would too if I drank whisky for breakfast.

  • Kelly: Daddy. It is so hot, you can lay an egg on the sidewalk.

  • Young Zeke: Dodge is a damn fine car. Ran over my wife with a Dodge.

Guest stars/Recurring cast[]

Cast Regulars

Guest starring[]

  • John Byner as The Prospector
  • Carmen Filpi as Codger #1
  • Owen Bush as Codger #2
  • Michael G. Moye as Young Zeke
  • Buddy Matlock as Banjo Player



  • The title of this episode is a play on the historical U.S. Route 66 which runs from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California and the number 666, often referred to as the "Number of the Beast".
    • Although there is an actual Route 666, it only runs through Utah, Colorado and New Mexico and as of 2003, has been renamed to U.S. Route 491.


  • When Bud lifts up his shirt and hands over the Playboys to Peg, the issues he hands her appear to be from February 1989, January 1991 and February 1991.
  • One of the Playboy issues (the one with the red cover) is the February 1991 issue, which features Pamela Anderson on the cover. She would appear in the next episode during Al's dream fantasy.
  • Young Zeke, one of the codgers that the Bundys meet, is played by Michael G. Moye, the co-creator and Executive Producer of Married with Children.
  • Peggy reveals that she eats at Denny's by herself and had a Denny's Grand Slam breakfast, which upset the kids.
  • Al mentions one of the highlights of the shoe convention is the shoe groupies. Al would later have his opportunity with a shoe groupie named Ricki in "So This is How Sinatra Felt".
  • While waiting for the D'Arcys to wire them money, Kelly refers to Marcy by her first name. This is a rather odd occurrence, as Bud and Kelly usually address her as "Mrs. Rhoades" or "Mrs. D'Arcy".

Cultural References[]

  • Jefferson makes a reference to actor Ricky Schroder, who at the time was known for his role on the 1980s sitcom Silver Spoons, which was developed by MWC creators, Ron Leavitt and Michael G. Moye.
  • After Al tells the family that they can't go with him to L.A., Bud ask "Can we drop in on Hef?", in reference to Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, and the Playboy Mansion.
  • Kelly tells Al that she wants to see Garfield's house, in reference to the fictional cartoon cat.
  • Peggy asks if they can stop by Fredericks's of Hollywood to buy a bra.
    • Frederick's was a chain of lingerie shops and would likely have been locations within malls near the Bundys, though it is possible she is referring to the flagship store, which was based in Hollywood.
  • Al refers to the codgers as "ZZ Tops" in reference to the Texas based rock trio, known for their long beards.
  • The prospector keeps using the "A horse is a horse, of course, of course" while talking to Al. This is in reference to the opening theme song to the 1960s television show "Mister Ed".
  • Marcy says that the neighborhood was singing "Ding dong the shoe man is dead", in reference to the film The Wizard of Oz and the song "Ding Dong The Witch is Dead" .


  • The Bundy family sings "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" during their car trip.
  • "Camptown Races" is played on the banjo as Kelly dances in front of the codgers.



  • Bundy Living Room / Kitchen
  • New Mexico Desert
  • General Store


  • When Al tells Bud about the shoe convention, Bud points out that Al was banned from the shoe convention for life after starting a "...failed, beer induced Shoe d'etat back in '87", yet in season 3's The Dateless Amigo he did go to a shoe convention to show off his "Bundy Shoe Lights", which would have been around 1989, 2 years after his supposed ban for life.
  • At the end of the show, the voice over asks if Al will finally " able to afford his own bathroom, with toilet paper as soft as a mother's kiss?", yet he built and has had his own bathroom back in season 3's A Dump of My Own
    • While Al did build his own bathroom, it is unlikely he is able to afford "toilet paper as soft as a mother's kiss" because he is poor.
  • The studio lights can be seen reflected on Young Zeke's glasses.

External Links[]

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