The Camping Show (aka A Period Piece) is the fourth episode of season 3 of Married... with Children, also the 39th overall episode in the series. Directed by Gerry Cohen, and written by Sandy Sprung & Marcy Vosburgh, the episode premiered on FOX on December 11, 1988.


A guys-only fishing trip with Al, Bud and Steve turns sour when Steve invites Marcy who then invites Peg and Kelly on the trip — and things get worse when all three of the women have their periods simultaneously.

Episode summaryEdit

Al is planning to take Steve, who's paying, and Bud, who he appears to see as bait, on a camping trip, a manly excursion into the wilderness. Unfortunately for him, Steve won't go without Marcy, who in turn has informed the Bundy women. So the guys-only huntin', fishin', shootin' adventure becomes a co-ed experience. When the ladies all have their periods simultaneously, Al, despite the presence of a rampaging bear, is unsure where he's safer.

Recurring cast/Guest starsEdit


  • This episode was originally titled "A Period Piece", as the episode focused on the 3 women who start to menstruate during the camping trip. But the FOX Network censors thought that women would be offended by the title, even though the episode was written by two women and the episode title never appeared on screen and requested that the title be changed.
  • Early in the episode, Al and Steve celebrate their pending fishing trip by air-playing the song 'Dueling Banjos' from the 1972 film Deliverance. There has been some online debate whether or not Ed O'Neill made his acting debut in that film as a deputy. Ed O'Neill himself has said he is not in the movie, and does not know where this piece of information originated. His first movie was "Crusing" in 1980.
  • Steve mentions that wild animals can sense when women are menstruating. This is a myth that emerged when in 1967 two women, one of whom was menstruating, were attacked by grizzly bears in Glacier National Park and in response a brochure called Grizzly, Grizzly, Grizzly, advising women to "stay out of bear country during their menstrual period" was published by the National Park Service and United States Forest Service. However, it has since been stated that "there is no evidence that grizzly bears are overly attracted to menstrual odors [...] and there is no statistical evidence that known bear attacks have been related to menstruation".[1]
  • TV Guide, November 12-18, 1988: Fox Delays Married "Period" Episode, by Jeff Kaye Fox Broadcasting executives have been wondering what to do with a completed but unaired episode of Married . . . with Children that appears to break new ground in sitcom subject matter. The episode, the series' first to be taped this season, has had its air date postponed. It's entitled "A Period Piece" and addresses the topic of menstruation. More specifically, it tells how the Bundy and Rhoades families go on a fishing trip together, only to find that Marcy Rhoades (Amanda Bearse), Peggy Bundy (Katey Sagal), and Peggy's teenage daughter Kelly (Christina Applegate) are all starting their periods simultaneously. "I'm sure [the episode] will be scheduled later in the season," says Fox spokesman Brad Turell. "Running it as the season premiere, we felt, was not necessarily the best thing to do. You have to be responsible to the viewers." Married executive producers Ron Leavitt and Michael Moye don't hesitate to opine about why Fox hasn't run the episode. Says Moye, "If your typewriter makes a clucking sound, that will tell you the story." Adds Leavitt, "They're a shade nervous [at Fox]. It's funny, Geraldo [Rivera] burns babies in prime time and we're just saying women have periods."


  • On the second morning at the cabin, the caption "Day Two...6:52 AM" is shown. No more than three minutes later, Peggy says " is 7:30 in the morning!"


  1. Nature Is a Woman's Place: How the Myth That Bears Are a Danger to Menstruating Women Spread