Married... with Children (1987–1997)
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You Better Watch Out 

The Bundys' Christmas is rudely interrupted when a parachuting mall Santa crash-lands into their backyard, attracting the neighborhood kids.


Linda Day




Episode complete credited cast:
Ed O'Neill ... Al Bundy
Katey Sagal ... Peggy Bundy
David Garrison ... Steve Rhoades
Amanda Bearse ... Marcy Rhoades
Christina Applegate ... Kelly Bundy
David Faustino ... Bud Bundy
Mike Hagerty ... Coroner
David Ruprecht David Ruprecht ... Mr. Mallman
Edan Gross ... Carl
Michael Faustino Michael Faustino ... Nestor
Robert Petkoff ... Delivery Boy


The Bundys Christmas Eve is interrupted by a non-traditional visit from Santa Claus when a drunken bum in a Santa suit misses his scheduled appearance at a new mall when his parachute doesn't open and he plummets into the Bundys back yard. While the coroner and his men try to get the corpse out of the place, Al masquerades at Santa to some neighborhood children outside his front door. Written by Anonymous

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Did You Know?


The boy who plays Carl, who sits on Al's lap, later played Young Al in Season 3's episode, "He Thought He Could." See more »


Right before the scene of Buck holding Santa's shoe in his mouth, you can clearly see him hop on to the back of the couch minus the shoe. See more »


Al: Well, they're gone. All dead guys and non-relatives out.
Bud: So long, Kel.
Kelly: Yeah, like they really intended to have you.
Peggy: Now kids, we wanted both of you. It was your father I didn't plan on.
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Crazy Credits

An opening title card reads: "The following depicts a Bundy Christmas. It could be upsetting to small children and others. Parental guidance is suggested." See more »


Featured in Married... with Children: My Favorite Married... (1995) See more »


Love & Marriage
(Theme Song)
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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Classic Christmas Episode!
25 May 2009 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

This episode was the first of many Christmas episodes that went against the mainstream meanings of Christmas. Al's mall is not doing well because the new Lakeside Mall is stealing all the new customers away. Because of the competition, Al didn't make enough to buy presents. On top of that, the Bundys are trying to celebrate their Christmas Eve traditions which include eating pizza. When the Santa Claus drops out of a helicopter over at Lakeside Mall, he makes an unexpected drop in the Bundy's backyard and almost ruining the family's Christmas. Almost, the Rhoades try to handle the tragic news. The neighborhood kids want to see Santa Claus. So who is going to break the news or play Santa Claus? Oh, Al Bundy.

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20 December 1987 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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