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How Green Was My Apple 

A borderline war between the neighbors over the rights to a fruit tree, with a lesson to be learned somewhere, if only they would stop fighting.


Gerry Cohen


Katherine Green, Michael G. Moye (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Ed O'Neill ... Al Bundy
Katey Sagal ... Peggy Bundy
Amanda Bearse ... Marcy D'Arcy
Christina Applegate ... Kelly Bundy
David Faustino ... Bud Bundy
Ted McGinley ... Jefferson D'Arcy
Gary Coleman ... Property Inspector
Danny Bonaduce ... Surveyor
Dave Madden ... Manager
Joni Allen Joni Allen ... Girl
Buck ... Buck the Dog


The Bundy's and Darcy's engage in a full-fledged, take-no-prisoners, scorched-earth feud over who has rights to the apple in the back yard. It's a bit of a moot point since Jefferson already ate it. But several pseudo-celebrities turn up in a vain effort to settle the dispute. Written by David Foss

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Release Date:

6 February 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Al Bundy tells Gary Coleman that the only black person Al's neighbors respect is Ted Danson. While this is an obvious reference to when Ted wore black-face and used the "N" word repeatedly at the Friar's Club Roast of Whoopi Goldberg whom he had an affair with, Ed O'Neill auditioned for the part of Sam Malone on Cheers (1982) before Ted Danson got the role. See more »


When Al jacks up the Darcy's house, Jefferson make a phone call but Al had previously cut the Darcy's phone line because it was on Al's property. See more »


Al: Pumpkin! Pumpkin, I want you to do me a favor. Go to the hardware store and get Daddy some smudge pots.
Kelly: [perplexed] What are smudge pots?
Al: They keep your apples warm, so they don't get frozen.
Bud: You call them Marines.
Kelly: Oh. All right.
Al: And, Son, I have an even more important job for you. Go get me fifty pounds of manure.
Peggy: Oh, and Bud, I need a jumbo box of tampons.
Al: And don't forget my 'rhoid cream.
Bud: Does anybody need anything embarrassing while I'm at it?
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References The Partridge Family (1970) 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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Will always be a special episode for me
15 August 2012 | by Webslinger48See all my reviews

This episode will always be a special episode for me. Not because it was the best episode -- because it was far from it -- but because I was on hand for the filming of it.

I was a sophomore at UCSD and we made a field trip to Hollywood to watch the filming of my favorite show. This was that episode.

What I remember about it is sitting in bleachers that faced the living room set. Most of the other scenes that occurred in the 2nd half of the episode were either pre-taped and the producers recorded our laughter as we watched on TV monitors above our seats, or the action happened on a set behind us that we had to watch on TV.

It was an average episode but was special for me because I got to watch my favorite program filmed live. It also featured cameos by Danny Bonaduce and Gary Coleman so I feel fortunate that I was able to watch it film live.

As I remember it shot very quickly (under and hour) basically in real time except for one scene in which Ed O'Neil flubbed a line and they had to start over.

That was in contrast to the other show we saw shot that day: Nurses. That one took about 4 hours and all of the scenes with Loni Anderson were pre-taped and shown on a monitor as our reactions were recorded for the laugh track.

The highlight of that was meeting David Rache of "Sledge Hammer!" fame. "Sledge Hammer!" was one of my favorite shows of the Eighties, and he was a very nice guy, and he came over and shook all of our hands in between takes. We asked him what happened to Sledge Hammer! (which was canceled) and he responded "I've moved on to bigger and better things!" Class act.

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