Married... with Children (season 5)

This is a list of episodes for the fifth season (1990–91) of the television series Married... with Children.

Married... with Children (season 5)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes25
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseSeptember 23, 1990 (1990-09-23) 
May 19, 1991 (1991-05-19)
Season chronology

In the middle of the fifth season, Marcy awakes next to Jefferson D'Arcy and discovers that she is now married to him. This is the first appearance of Al's favorite show (Psycho Dad), and the first mention of his four touchdowns in a single game.[1]

Episodes

Katey Sagal was absent for one episode.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
811"We'll Follow the Sun"Gerry CohenRon Leavitt & Michael G. MoyeSeptember 23, 1990 (1990-09-23)50122.80[2]
Looking to spend more time with his family, Al takes the Bundys on a Labor Day drive, which comes to a premature end when they get stuck in a massive traffic jam.
822"Al... with Kelly"Gerry CohenStory by: Gabrielle Topping
Teleplay by: Stacie Lipp[3]
September 30, 1990 (1990-09-30)50222.80[2]

Al and Kelly fake getting sick in order to get out of having to visit Peg's mother. With Peg gone, Al begins to fantasize about two blonde women who fight over him (one of which is played by Pamela Anderson) — but things get sticky when Kelly really does come down with a cold and needs her father to care for her.

Note: Amanda Bearse does not appear in this episode.
833"Sue Casa, His Casa"Gerry CohenKevin CurranOctober 7, 1990 (1990-10-07)50319.80[4]
After Al refuses to get insurance for his car, Bud and Kelly get in an accident with a man in a Mercedes. The Mercedes owner sues them for a million dollars and they counter sue him for a jillion dollars using fake injuries and Marcy's testimony.
844"The Unnatural"Gerry CohenKatherine GreenOctober 14, 1990 (1990-10-14)50421.90[4]
Al is replaced by a more professional softball player during the championship games. When the new player is injured, Al takes over.
855"The Dance Show"Gerry CohenArthur SilverOctober 21, 1990 (1990-10-21)5.0523.50[4]
Peg meets a handsome man at a dance club, while Al meets the handsome man's husband (played by Simpsons voice actor Dan Castellaneta). Unknowing that the handsome man is homosexual, Peg flirts with him. His husband cooks a nice meal for Al.
866"Kelly Bounces Back"Gerry CohenAl AidekmanOctober 28, 1990 (1990-10-28)5.0620.90[4]
Kelly auditions as spokesmodel for the new Allanté with the "Bundy Bounce," but her idea is stolen by one of her rivals (Tia Carrere). Meanwhile, Peg refuses to do housework until Al realizes that he needs her.
877"Married... with Aliens"Gerry CohenEllen L. FogleNovember 4, 1990 (1990-11-04)5.0720.90[4]
After a severe head injury, Al begins to see aliens who steal his socks, which they need to fuel their ships to stop a cosmic disaster, but everyone else thinks Al is going insane.
888"Wabbit Season"Gerry CohenRon Leavitt & Michael G. MoyeNovember 11, 1990 (1990-11-11)5.0818.90[5]
After suffering a nervous breakdown at work during a midnight sale, Al gets into gardening to relieve his stress, but soon finds himself at war with a rabbit stealing his carrots, causing chaos for the Bundys and Marcy in the process.
899"Do Ya Think I'm Sexy"Gerry CohenKevin CurranNovember 18, 1990 (1990-11-18)50920.40[5]
Al becomes obsessed with his appearance after the neighborhood women begin admiring his handyman skills.
9010"One Down, Two to Go"Gerry CohenRalph R. FarquharNovember 25, 1990 (1990-11-25)51024.20[5]
Kelly moves out after Al kicks out one of her boyfriends. While Al revels in one of his kids leaving, Peg worries that she wasn't a good mother and begins coddling Bud.
9111"And Baby Makes Money"Gerry CohenArt EverettDecember 16, 1990 (1990-12-16)51117.60[6]
Following the death and funeral of Al's uncle, Stymie Bundy (the only male Bundy relative who was single and wealthy), Al and Peg begin having sex so they can be the first to inherit Stymie's $500,000 inheritence by bearing a Bundy child born in wedlock.
9212"Married... with Who"Gerry CohenEllen L. FogleJanuary 6, 1991 (1991-01-06)51220.80[6]
After a wild night at a banker convention, Marcy wakes up and discovers that she's married to a strange man named Jefferson D'Arcy (Ted McGinley) with a dark past -- and things get worse when Marcy and Jefferson put their trust in Al and Peg for a proper wedding.
9313"The Godfather"Gerry CohenRalph R. FarquharFebruary 3, 1991 (1991-02-03)5.1320.10[7]
Al discovers that Kelly is dating an older man, but when the older man turns out to be connected to the local government, Al takes advantage of the situation by being the neighborhood Godfather.
9414"Look Who's Barking"Gerry CohenKatherine GreenFebruary 10, 1991 (1991-02-10)5.1418.60[8]

Buck the dog (voiced by Cheech Marin in this episode) runs away and takes home a white female dog who plots to replace him as the family pet. Meanwhile, Al searches for his favorite cheesecake chef. B.B. King makes a cameo appearance as a street musician.

Note: Katey Sagal does not appear in this episode.
9515"A Man's Castle"Gerry CohenStacie LippFebruary 17, 1991 (1991-02-17)5.1510.20[9]
Peg spends the food money on tuition to an interior decorating class, where one of her projects is to beautify Al's personal bathroom in the garage.
9616"All Night Security Dude"Gerry CohenGlenn Eichler & Peter GaffneyFebruary 24, 1991 (1991-02-24)5.1620.70[10]
Al gets a night job as a school security guard, but gets fired when the beloved football trophy gets stolen while Al was in the bathroom. It's up to Al to get the trophy back from former high school football rival "Sparetire" Dixon (guest star Bubba Smith)
9717"Oldies But Young 'Uns"Gerry CohenBill PradyMarch 17, 1991 (1991-03-17)5.1716.70[11]
Al becomes obsessed with trying to remember the name of a song he hears on the radio. Meanwhile, Kelly dates Vinnie (guest star Matt LeBlanc), who turns out to be the not-so-bright son of Al's old high school friend, Charlie (guest star Joseph Bologna).
9818"Weenie Tot Lovers & Other Strangers"Gerry CohenKevin CurranMarch 24, 1991 (1991-03-24)5.1818.70[12]
Kelly competes for the chance to be a spokesmodel for Al's favorite food company, Weenie Tots.
9919"Kids! Wadaya Gonna Do?"Linda DayEllen L. FogleApril 7, 1991 (1991-04-07)5.1919.00[13]
While Marcy, Jefferson, Al, and Peg have a movie night at the D'Arcy house, Kelly is tricked by Bud to babysit a group of rowdy kids while Bud goes to a concert.
10020"Top of the Heap"Gerry CohenRon Leavitt & Arthur SilverApril 7, 1991 (1991-04-07)52018.00[13]

In this special 100th episode (which only features Al Bundy in a small cameo), Al's divorced and unemployed friend Charlie Verducci (Joseph Bologna) and his dim-witted teenage son Vinnie (Matt LeBlanc), try to fit in with snobs at a high-class party where Charlie hopes that Vinnie will meet and marry a debutaune.

This is the pilot episode for the spin-off series Top of the Heap.
10121"You Better Shop Around: Part 1"Linda DayJ.D. Brancato & Michael FerrisApril 14, 1991 (1991-04-14)52121.30[14]

Part one of two. During a heatwave, Al buys a cheap, WWII-era air conditioner that ultimately blows the neighborhood's power. With the neighbors angry, the Bundys move to the local Foodies grocery store, where they become winners of a $1000 shopping spree, after cutting ahead of Marcy at the checkout.

Notes: Model Bobbie Brown guest stars as a stereotypical dumb blonde supermarket patron who attracts Al, named "Nibbles" according to the credits. Ted McGinley does not appear in this episode. The title is a reference to the song "Shop Around", first popularized by the Miracles in 1960.
10222"You Better Shop Around: Part 2"Linda DayStacie LippApril 21, 1991 (1991-04-21)5.2223.10[15]
Conclusion. Al and Peg compete against Marcy and Jefferson in a supermarket shopping spree, where both couples attempt to sabotage the other, with comical results. Meanwhile, Bud and Kelly harass the host of the spree - Jerry Mathers of Leave It to Beaver fame.
10323"Route 666: Part 1"Gerry CohenKatherine GreenApril 28, 1991 (1991-04-28)5.2316.50[16]
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.
10424"Route 666: Part 2"Gerry CohenRalph R. FarquharMay 5, 1991 (1991-05-05)5.2420.70[17]
Conclusion. After roping in Marcy and Jefferson, the Bundys go on an expedition to dig for gold, but their greed and insanity slowly begin to tear them apart... and then they find out that the gold mine is actually a local tourist attraction loaded with fool's gold. Not willing to accept defeat, the Bundys and the D'Arcys then proceed to rob the tourists of their watches and jewellery.
10525"Buck the Stud"Gerry CohenChip Johannessen & John RinkerMay 19, 1991 (1991-05-19)52516.60[18]
Al trains Buck the dog to mate with a neighbor's female dog for $10,000. Meanwhile, Bud begins to dress up in foppish clothes to attract women.

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