You Better Watch Out

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The episode “You Better Watch Out” focussed on The Bundys Christmas Eve being 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.

This episode was unique as it featured a warning on-screen: “The following depicts a Bundy Christmas. It could be upsetting to small children and others. Parental guidance is suggested.”

When the mall Santa lands in the Bundys’ backyard, everybody looks toward the backyard, and when Al looks forward, he is almost about to laugh at this serious moment. Ed O’Neill admitted that it was hard for him to contain his laughter in that scene.

Near the end of the episode, Buck is shown playing with one of Santa’s shoes. When he lays downs and then rolls around, you can see the snow lift and move, indicating he is laying on a thick white carpet.