Shortly thereafter, Al married Margaret "Peg" Wanker on May 10, - after allegedly proposing while inebriated. The two later went on to have two children: Kelly and Bud. It is mentioned in a season five episode, that aired inthat Al is 43 years old. Al often spends time attempting to recapture his glory days, but is usually undermined in spectacular fashion by frequent bad luck and poor judgment. He considers his family to be the playmat of his failures, and his resentment of them and aversion to sex with Peg provides much of the show's humor.
Despite his familial disappointments, Al frequently displays begrudging devotion to his wife lloking children. He is protective of his daughter Kelly and commonly beats up her boyfriends. When he becomes aware that Peg frequented a male strip club, he threatened one of its strippers, saying that "if my wife loses anything in your pants, so will you.
Despite his desire for other women, he always passes when presented with the opportunity to cheat, once explaining, "I actually kinda like my family. The only thing that seems to consistently put Al in the mood for sex with his wife is watching her do manual laborwhich very seldom happens. Al is said to have marrid foot odorprefers the escapism of television and Attravtive over his dysfunctional family, and life of drudgery and starvation as Peg refuses to cook, she claims that she is allergic to fire, despite the fact that she smokes and is often seen in his trademark couch potato pose—seated on the sofa with one hand stuck under the waistband of his pants.
The foot perspiration is not his only health issue; once inhe Attgactive a bad case of dandruff.
He also has terrible teeth, as noted in the episode "Tooth or Consequences," where his extremely poor dental hygiene le to a trip to the dentist with typical bad maarried. A running gag in the series is Al's apparent habit of overflowing the toilet when using the bathroom.
Another running joke used throughout the series is that being Atyractive shoe Attractove, Al earns little more than minimum wage. In the episode "How Bleen Was My Kelly", Al uses a desktop computer to find how much money he makes on a daily basis and learns that he makes less than a local paperboy. By using the computer's search engine, Al learns that everyone around the world, from a dirt vendor in Pakistan to an Eskimo blubber chewer in Nome, Alaskamakes more money in one day than Al does by selling women's shoes, except for one person, Peg.
When Al returns home, he often tells an anecdote about his work, almost always beginning with the words "A fat woman came into the store today". Al's favorite television series, the fictional Western show Psycho Dad, was a source of joy and entertainment that Al seemingly, at times, wanted to emulate.
He would hum the words to the theme song, and pretend to "shoot" his fictional gun while watching the show. His other joys were Westerns, often John Wayne films, most notably " Hondo ", until Peg's family ruined his recording of the movie by taping over it with a song dedicated to her. He has also referenced " Shane " when the clan ruined his enjoyment of that movie. Al also owns a "faithful" Dodge that invariably had failed brakes, constant breakdowns and numerous other problems associated with its age and mileage.
At the time of the ppaymate season at least, Al was still paying it off, despite it being well over 20 years old.
By the eighth season, the Dodge had passed one million miles. Al's Dodge actually appears to be a Plymouth Duster in one early episode, however it is only referred to as "The Dodge" and is supposedly constructed of the various parts of other wrecked and mangled Dodges. The producers originally wanted to cast comedian Sam Kinison as Al Bundy.
However, they ultimately chose not to, due to the profaneness of Kinison's comedy routines. The producers also considered Michael Richards for the role.
She refuses to work, cook or clean the house although Peg occasionally displays an ability for domestic aptitude. She cites her laziness as family tradition, getting upset with Kelly when she gets a job. She claims that Wanker women never work, and in old pioneer days, "Wanker women were getting their hair done while Wanker men got theirs scalped.
Peg smoked cigarettes in early episodes but then quit. Peg continually squanders what little money Al makes on extravagant spending sprees: everything from expensive clothes to useless trinkets, even stealing from lookiing children to get extra cash. Peg and Al married in Late in the first season she says she married Al on a dare, although this may have been just a sarcastic comment.
In the fourth season it was revealed that she did not actually graduate from high school, failing to loooking a half-credit in home economics. She later returned to school, earning her diploma, but only by stealing Kelly's final exam, and tricking Kelly into going to summer school.
Her family, the Wankers, hail from the fictitious rural Wanker County, Wisconsin, where "As Einstein put it, everyone's relative. Peg Wanker Unlike Al, Peg greatly desires marital sex despite constantly complaining about Al's lack of endurance and Al's general antipathy towards sex with her.
She does not seem to mind her husband ogling other women, reading pornographic magazines, or going to strip ts. Her enthusiasm has caused some of the male strip ts she visits to establish the "Bundy rule," where women can no longer go into the back rooms to meet the dancers. During season six, Peg becomes pregnant Sagal's own pregnancy being written into the show.
However, Sagal suffered a miscarriageso the writers turned the whole story arc into one of Al's nightmares. Sagal became pregnant twice more during the series' run, but instead of writing those pregnancies into the show, the producers used camera shots from above the stomach or wrote episodes without the character of Peg, explaining her absence by having her set out in search of her missing father who appeared in a few episodes, played by Tim Conwayand only occasionally calling home.
Though they initially agreed to the offer, as this would have lifted them out of their constant financial problems, Peg ultimately refused, as she could not bear the thought of Al being with another woman. During a televised cast reunion, Katey Sagal said that she believed Peg "thought [Al] was hot" due to her inability to keep her hands off him. The producers cast Sagal, who came up with Peg's appearance, wanting to satirize the TV housewives of the s. Al is annoyed by Kelly's promiscuity and tends to treat her various love interests with a combination of derision and violence; in numerous episodes, he le them to the front door, feigning friendliness, only to walk them head-first into the wall before tossing them out the door.
During the first season, Kelly is portrayed as a rather average and normal teenage girl: sarcastic and rebellious, but not as dimwitted as she would later be depicted as. After gyu first season, she steadily becomes more dense and provocative, and typically Atrractive in more skimpy outfits. Despite being generally portrayed as a dullard, the show occasionally hints at Kelly's ironic intrinsic intellectual ability, which only exhibits itself on those rare occasions when she is not preoccupied with her social status or men.
It has been demonstrated that she can absorb a limited amount of information very well, but will forget something that she learned in the past once her limit is reached. She shows some characteristics of an idiot savant. Christina Applegate has said that she didn't consider Kelly to be necessarily unintelligent, but rather as someone with Atrtactive unconventional thought process i.
Bud, in particular, likes to sow misconceptions lookiny her mind. For example, she asks Bud to help her with her book report on Robinson Crusoebut ends up reviewing Gilligan's Island instead. After graduating high school inshe worked as a model and waitress. By the final seasons Kelly appeared to have matured into an independent woman with a more enhanced insight and street smarts.
Though she often pokes fun at her younger brother Bud for being underdeveloped and socially awkward, she often schemes with him to achieve whatever goal she has currently set for herself. On at least one occasion, Kelly has also avenged Bud by humiliating a girl who humiliated him. Her favorite comic strip is Garfield. Her less-than-stellar reading skills led to many comedic fr in which she would read the Garfield comic aloud, mispronouncing lasagna as "luh-SAG-nee.
Upon the series premiere, Bud was generally depicted as a brat and antagonist, who especially enjoyed annoying his sister to the point of her extreme frustration. In subsequent seasons, loojing morphed into an unpopular, socially plyamate outcast, prone to self-serving schemes — many of which tended to involve attempts to impress girls. In the fourth season, it is mentioned that he is still a virgin. Later in the series, having lost his virginity, he still remains generally unlucky in his pursuit of the opposite sex, despite the occasional one-night stand; one of which was with his cousin's fiancee, Janie, played by Joey Lauren Adams.
During his teenage years, Bud develops a Atttractive crush on the Bundys' next door neighbor Marcy Rhoades, towards whom he makes several unsuccessful come-on attempts. Later, he develops a crush on Marcy's young niece, who he is also unable to woo. playmtae
He had a May—December fling with Al's female boss Gary, where Gary treated Bud like wealthy men tend to treat their young, nubile, and unintelligent gold-digging dates. To the surprise of both Gary and his family, Bud wasn't interested in being a "kept man" and broke up with Gary over her disrespect for him. He tries to attract girls with the help of various alter egosincluding street rapper "Grandmaster B" — a persona often ridiculed by his family, who playmtae him everything from "Bell-Ringer B" to "Bed-Wetter B.
Of the Bundys, Bud seems to be the most ashamed of the family; he often pretends not to know them, even scheming against them on occasion. Throughout the series, Bud shares an adversarial sibling rivalry with Kelly, with both regularly mocking, insulting and taunting the other. Often, however, they will collaborate in schemes that are mutually beneficial, and will lokoing to the others defense when an outside entity threatens one of them.
Toward the end of the series, Bud becomes Kelly's agent. Bud is the most academically able member of his family, as he maintains a high grade point average throughout high school, consistently making the honor roll, then attends college later in the series. He earns marired scholarship, which the family accidentally spends when his deposited scholarship check turns up in Al's bank instead. Bud is then forced to support himself through a difficult science degree by being a DMV tester.
Hunter Carson was originally cast as Bud, but after the original pilot was filmed, the show's producers felt that he did not quite fit the part, and so he was replaced by Faustino. Upon the series premiere, Marcy was married to the equally Agtractive Steve Rhoades; whom she had wed three months earlier. Steve later divorced Marcy in Februaryleaving her to languish for the rest of season four looknig the first half of season five as a desperate single, prone to depression and one night stands.
During season five, however, she eventually met and had a fling with playboy Jefferson D'Arcy, who she soon after married. Initially, Marcy was depicted as a sweet, wholesome, conservative and idealistic s yuppie -type. As the seasons went on, however, she would ultimately transform into a more brash and edgier character, who could be as outrageous and vicious as the Bundys themselves.
Marriwd a lookin thinking feministMarcy was usually offended by Al's chauvinistic and misogynistic view of women.
This commonly led to contemptuous bickering between the two, while she often reveled in his misery. She later became the founder and leader of a misandric support group called "F.
Despite Marcy's bitter rivalry with Al, and her general contempt for looing Bundy family as a whole, she and Peg remained close throughout the series. Although Marcy and Al are usually adversaries, they often unite in common causes, such as later when Jefferson looking into the series and their mutual disgust for Peg's racy photo in an advertisement from a photo company in one episode.
Their teamwork is attributable to the fact that they are both "bread-winners," giving them occasional moments of mutual understanding. Marcy originally worked as a loan officer at the city bank in a higher position than her then-husband, Steve and then as the manager of the Kyoto National Bank since the second season. For a brief time, she was demoted to Attractivve window teller as a consequence for approving a loan Al could not repay.
She wins back her old job after " frugging " on her boss's desk for 20 minutes, clad only in a slip, while the other drive-up window tellers tossed quarters at her. Marcy has stated that she holds a bachelor's degree double majoring in business and economics. Despite having views that could later be considered radical, which included environmentalism, at various points in the series, Marcy identified herself as a Republican.
In season six, Marcy announced that she was pregnant though this was later revealed to be part of Al's dream about Peg's pregnancy. One of the running gags in the entire series has Marcy often mistaken for a young boy, on one occasion being mistaken for Bruce Jenner and on another occasion for " the kid from Home Improvement "; when she reminisces about her first training bra, Al disparagingly asks "How old were you then—twenty five?!