But I Didn't Shoot The Deputy was the third episode of Season 1 of the FOX TV series Married... with Children, as well as the 3rd overall episode. Written by Ron Burla, the episode was directed by Linda Day and first aired on FOX on April 19, 1987.


The neighborhood has a local robber on the loose. Steve and Marcy get a guard dog named Bella after their house is robbed, Al buys a gun to protect his home. A noise in the night puts both defenses to the test.

Full episode summaryEdit

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  • But I Didn't Shoot The Deputy is the second line of Bob Marley's classic reggae song "I Shot the Sheriff".


  • Bella is never actually seen on screen.
  • This is the first time the audience gets a glimpse at the Rhoades' backyard.
  • Steve mentions the incident of Al shooting Bella again in "Where's the Boss?".

Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Steve and Marcy's dog wasn't named after the actor Bela Lugosi as Al suggests, but after the New York feminist politician Bella Abzug who was very active in the seventies and known for her pugnacious attitude and large hats. She was a Democrat (though, Marcy mentions in later episodes that she herself is a Republican).


  • The people at the funeral hum "Amazing Grace".


  • Bundy Living Room/Kitchen
  • Al & Peggy's Bedroom
  • Rhoades' Backyard

External LinksEdit

  Season 1 Episodes  
PilotThinnergyBut I Didn't Shoot the DeputyWhose Room Is It Anyway
Have You Driven a Ford Lately?Sixteen Years and What Do You GetMarried... without Children
The Poker GamePeggy Sue Got WorkAl Loses His CherryNightmare on Al's Street
Where's the Boss?Johnny Be Gone