Married... With Children

Season 1 Episode 3

But I Didn't Shoot the Deputy

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 19, 1987 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A neighborhood crime wave strikes both the Bundys and Rhoades, but they take different approaches to prevent it from happening again. This turns out to be a problem when Al accidentally shoots the Rhoades' guard dog.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Steve and Marcy buy a guard dog.

    After the neighborhood gets robbed Marcy decides to get a dog than Al decides to buy a gun for protection but before Al,Steve,and Marcy know it Al's gun kill's Steven and Marcy's dog. Instead of 1,000 dollars Steve wants to bury the dog but Al already paid the garbage man to take the dog to the dump so Peg gets a couple of rocks and Al's bowling ball and puts in the box. This is a real hilarious show, its what makes Married With Children a great show.moreless
  • The Rhoades by a guardian dog and Al Bundy must put an end to that with his new gun.

    In this episode we can see at the beginning a Pegy Bundy that is turning into the coach potato that doesn't cook and loves TV all the time. The whole neighborhood appears for the first time, only this time they don't hate the Bundy's like they will dot like in the episode when they will end up living in the supermarket because the neighbors chase them with torches.

    The gun theme in this episode really reminds of a Simpsons episode where Homer buys a gun and plays around the house with it.

    The ends shows how crude Peg is with Al stuff and how bad luck Al is. He has no idea what is yet to come.moreless
  • this episode is hilarious. after a series of roberies in the neighborhood al decides to buy and gun and steve and marcy buy a dog. one night al hears noise and thinks its a robber and accidently shoots the rhoades dog. funny quote from the episode al: whmoreless

    this episode is hilarious. after a series of roberies in the neighborhood al decides to buy and gun and steve and marcy buy a dog. one night al hears noise and thinks its a robber and accidently shoots the rhoades dog. funny quote from the episode al: what do you want for the dog

    marcy: an apoligy and $1000 dollars

    al: 1000 dollars for a dog that just sits there and lets me shoot himmoreless
  • This is a fantastic episode. Tons of laughs, and it sets up the diverging relationships between the two neighbouring housholds

    The neighbours are united in their fear of a burglar who is going about the neighbourhood.

    Problem is, the Rhodes and the Bundys have very divergent ways to deal with the problem.

    Al thinks a gun is the answer, while Steve and Marcy think a savage dog is the solution.

    Problems arise when the dog won't stop barking, destroying any peace in the neighbourhood, but Al solves that problem, and cements a bad relationship with the neighbours when he plants a bullet through the dogs head after mistaking it for a burglar looming up on him.

    The only thing looming though was at the other end of the dog, which was 'taking a dump' in Peggys Begonias at the time.

    This episode is loaded with great laughs, all at the expense of the main characters. There are many classic MWC eps, and this is one of the first of them.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • During the funeral Steve says: "Although he lived one year in dogs years, he lived seven in people's years..." This was mixed up and should have been said: "Although he lived one year in people's years he lived seven in dog's years..."

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Muldoon: (about the neighborhood robberies) Not going to happen to my house. I'm ready for 'em. I've got 50,000 volts going through my window bars, I've got a bucket of battery acid hanging over the back door, and I got .30-06 rigged to the front doorknob.
      Steve: Then how do you get into your house?
      Muldoon: Wouldn't you like to know?

    • Steve: Hi, Peg. Borrow a cup of kibble? We ran out and the dog's still hungry.
      Al: What's the matter, the neighbor's cat didn't fill him up?

    • (After the Neighborhood Watch arrives)
      Norris: Al, you got any more beer?
      Al: No. And in all the excitement, I forgot to ask-- why are you meeting in my house?Norris: 'Cause our wives didn't want you in ours.

    • (After Al shot Steve and Marcy's dog)
      Peg: How could you shoot a dog?
      Al: He didn't look like a dog, Peg. All I'd seen were these two yellow eyes staring at me from the bushes. And I told him to freeze, and then I thought it made a move at me, and I panicked.
      Kelly: You couldn't tell the difference between a dog and a human being?
      Al: He was wearing a hat!

    • Kelly: Guns, guns, guns. Can't anyone talk about me for a change?
      Al: Okay, Kelly. Where were you last night?
      Kelly: So, dad, what kind of gun did you buy?

    • (Al is shaking the bowling ball to get the bullets out of the fingerholes)
      Al: Oh this is real easy Peg. This is much better than keeping them handy. I mean, even an axe-wielding maniac deserves a little break.

    • Marcy: Look, we know Bella can be loud, and annoying, and the whole neighbourhood hates his guts, but at least he's a good protector.
      Bud: Mom, that's just what you say about Dad!

    • Marcy: (after Al shot the Rhoades' dog) Where is he?
      Al: Well, he's out in my yard! You can't miss him... I didn't.

    • Peggy: Al, what are you doing?
      Al: Getting my gun. Peg are you gonna tell me where you hid the bullets now or are you gonna wait until the kids see our pictures in the paper?
      Peggy: Al, I had to hide the bullets so Bud wouldn't find them.
      Al: Where are they?
      Peggy: They are in the finger holes of your new bowling ball.

    • Steve: (to Al) You shot my dog in the middle of a bowel movement?

  • NOTES (1)