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From lay-off fears and unemployment to race relations and politics, the Bunkers lived on TV what real-life families were, and still are, going through week after week. Below are the episodes, a description and a link to YouTube where you can enjoy one of the most influential sitcoms of all time on your entertainment center , IPod or smartphone. However, the proceedings break down into an argument between Archie and the "Meathead.
So, Archie takes pen in hand and decides to praise Nixon Just then, Lionel drops by with the family's dry cleaning.
Seems his father recently opened a dry cleaning store with the settlement they received from their car accident. This gives Archie an idea He hires a Jewish attorney to represent him, but it soon becomes clear that Archie has no claim. Archie says that the guy must be a homosexual. But for as weird as the man is, he's not gay.
However, Archie's in for quite a surprise when one of his drinking buddies, an ex-football player, reveals he's gay. The two get into another argument, prompting Archie to storm out. Eventually, Archie has a change of heart and buys his grandchild a big stuffed panda Eventually, their carrying on causes them to wear out their welcome even with Mike and Gloria.
Archie leads an effort to buy back the house, but unwittingly tells Lionel his plans. Lionel, explaining that his family is moving in next door, lists them as "my mother, my father, my aunt and me. He would later play couple-swapper Curtis Rempley along with Rue McClanahan , in a episode, and would have a recurring role as neighbor Frank Lorenzo during the season.
But at what price has Archie's friend achieved his success? Future Kojak star, George Savalas, guest stars in this episode. Archie objects, and eventually, everyone settles on having supper at the Bunkers. But then, George Jefferson refuses to show up, sending his brother Henry in his place. It all leads to another high-pitched argument involving Archie. Just as he's eating the Bunkers out of house and home, Oscar who is never seen on camera unexpectedly passes away.
Archie and Mike are left to ponder their options on what to do with Oscar's body - have a funeral or simply have it disposed of in a potter's field.
It's all because he got mixed in with a mob planning an anti-war protest Mike and Lionel had planned to attend, and an ugly confrontation with police was imminent. Allan Melvin appears, playing police sergeant Paul Pulaski; he would later have a recurring role as Archie's best friend Barney Hefner, from onward. The Bunkers and the bad guys end up arguing over how the family's cash reserves should be spent: In the end, Archie forgets to register to vote.
Due to an accident in a grocery store parking lot, a can from Edith's shopping basket slightly damages someone's car.
In her description of the incident at dinner, she is in her finest dingbat form, so much so that Archie insists that she stop using the phrase "cling peaches in heavy syrup", so she substitutes "mmm-mmm". Archie is aghast that Edith left a note on the car, since he didn't want to end up paying for the damage.
Barnard Hughes, who would reprise his role as Father Majeski in episodes 44 and Lionel uses the term "Oreo Cookie" to describe the real estate agent to Archie, who as usual does not grasp the meaning. The term would be heard on several shows and movies in the 60's and 70's.
So much so, that Mike can't perform in bed. Gloria is left to deal with her husband's temporary impotency. Now, if only Archie could find a working television set to see himself being interviewed. A caretaker who backs Mike's liberal viewpoints to a "T. Introduces the character of Maude Findlay, as enacted by Bea Arthur. Archie makes a quick stop at the insurance agent's office first While Mike and Gloria sit with Edith and drink prompting Edith to retell some odd stories , Archie must swallow his pride as he and the rest of the elevator patrons help to deliver the baby.
Archie tries to be understanding, but just wants his wife to have her change of life in 30 seconds, no less! In this episode Grundy and Archie argue about service medals - Grundy received the Purple Heart medal - after cutting himself on a PX beer can while Archie claims to have a "real" war medal - the Good Conduct Medal!
This episode also has a classic line in which Archie defends Mike by telling his friend that Mike may be "stupid" i. She tells Edith that Mike is the father and wants him to claim the boy. Wanting to avoid a confrontation, Edith does her best to conceal the boy from Archie, but he sure enough finds out. It isn't long before tempers flare once again. Playing the role of the boy's mother In this episode, Rodd would return later in the season as Maude Findlay's daughter, Carol, in the final episode of the season, "Maude.
During questioning, he makes up a story about gangsters doing the deed, resulting in a visit to Archie's house by a pair of men Archie believes to be from the Mafia. However when the cape is damaged by the cleaners, Archie does an about-face and schemes to keep the insurance check.
It all starts when Sammy Davis Jr. Archie tries to be on his best behavior but winds up being himself. In the moment that made the episode, Sammy decides to pose for a picture with Archie, but kisses him on the cheek just as Munson trips the camera's shutter. O'Connor and Davis were longtime friends and when Davis expressed an interest in appearing on the show, O'Connor and Lear came up with the idea of having Davis as himself but doing most of his parts in ad lib form to make it more natural.
The kiss at the end was O'Connor's idea. The unrestrained laughter was the longest in TV history; it was cut short in the final print to allow Archie to say the last line on screen. Edith reluctantly agrees to arbitrate the grievance lest it wind up in small claims court. This was the pilot episode for the spinoff series, " Maude. It all starts when Archie gives an on-air citizen's rebuttal to a television editorial advocating restrictions on handguns.
After enduring Mike's lecture in support of gun control, Archie goes to Kelcy's Bar It isn't long before an IRS agent shows up to audit him.
So, Archie decides to come up with a way to wriggle his way out of paying the additional taxes. Make that, the second, much younger wife of Archie's old wartime friend. Edith begins to worry when Archie seems a little too cordial with the woman. Gloria brings the riddle home, where she stumps Archie -- and, surprisingly, would-be women's lib supporter Mike.
When Tammy comes over to work on a project with Gloria, everyone gets involved in a debate over the roles of women in modern society. In the end, it's Edith who solves the riddle. His year-old niece, whom he hasn't seen in years, visits and strikes up a friendship with Lionel. The two go out on a night on the town, and Archie makes it quite clear he is against the idea of a black man dating a white woman. Lionel, who usually plays along with Archie to expose his bigoted attitudes, isn't in the mood for games this time.
She invites them over to meet Archie, not knowing they're into swinging, wife-swapping style! Archie's attempts to straighten out the problem backfire, as usual. Father Majeski, from episode 20, appears. Mike and Gloria's Wedding Part 1 The Stivics celebrate their second anniversary by recalling how they almost were never married.
With their wedding fast approaching, Archie wants the wedding his way, and Mike's Uncle Casmir wants his wedding his way. The two don't budge, and it becomes clear Mike and Gloria's engagement is in trouble.
Part 1 of a two-part episode. The only episode co-written by Rob Reiner. Mike and Gloria's Wedding Part 2 Mike storms out of the house, determined never to return. Archie and Uncle Casmir grudgingly decide to resolve their grievances, and Mike agrees to return. Then comes the big question: Who will marry Mike and Gloria: Each side's preferences are well known, and it causes everyone to flare up once again.
But the wedding eventually does take place. Part 2 of a two-part episode. Archie - with the burning desire to buy a new color entertainment center - wants to quickly give up on the search, so he can report it stolen and collect on the insurance.
But before Archie can finalize the claim, an insurance agent needs to ask a few questions. That's the battle between Archie and Gloria as they decide who will perform an emergency appendectomy on Mike. Thinking they're in the money, Archie tells Edith to collect. But Archie is once again foiled by his wife's honesty - the ticket, along with the prize, is really Louise Jefferson's.
Archie, determined to collect the prize he thinks is rightfully the Bunkers', nearly brings an end to the friendship between Edith and Louise. He's in for quite a shock when he gets to meet him in person - he's black. Will that change their new relationship? He finds a magazine and a poem, triggering a fight over the right of privacy. Mike storms out of the house to cool off, and an equally hot Gloria and Edith decide to join him. And Archie isn't apologizing! Archie goes along to make sure there's no hanky-panky between the old sweethearts.
Things are further complicated when Archie breaks the watch, sending him to a jeweler who needs to fix the watch. Archie thinks juveniles were simply playing a prank, but they quickly finds out their home was mistaken for a Jewish radical who lives nearby./p>
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They want to keep other ethnic groups out of the neighborhood. They disagree - and predictably, quarrel - about how to proceed. Edith makes friends with the old guy, named Justin Quigley, who turns out to have run away from the Sunshine Home.
Archie becomes even more upset when Quigley is unable to contact his estranged daughter. Burt Mustin and Ruth McDevitt would appear in a few additional episodes as Justin and Jo, during the following season. After Archie gets Frank to take the sculpture back, Gloria gives her father the silent treatment, leading to icy tension around the house.
Everyone soon learns he's been placing bets on horses. Archie had apparently never really gotten over the betting urge, which was temporarily resolved when Edith threatened to leave him 20 years earlier. Archie tries to be nice and bury the hatchet with his adversary, but is his usual self.
But just when Archie think's he's finally rid of a black man who is just as strong-headed about disparaging the other's race as he is, in walks George Jefferson, the man who had long refused to step foot in Archie's house First appearance of Sherman Hemsley as George Jefferson. This is the only episode in which George and Henry appear together.
Edith gets a small fortune in quarters from a prune company after she sends in a box top to get a cent rebate and the company's computer makes an error. This thrills Archie, but he is not as thrilled with computers when he is mistakenly declared dead by another computer.
During the game, Mike doesn't like what he learns about himself or how others really feel about him. When things aren't going his way, he childishly quits the game and rants about how Archie undeservedly has plenty of opportunities despite his bigotry.
He cries on Edith's shoulder but surprisingly, Edith is unsympathetic. Instead, she offers Mike insight regarding Archie's insulting attutude toward him. Edith assures Archie she has no such plans. Meanwhile, a hike in meat prices prompts Gloria to shop for horse meat. Father Majeski, from episodes 20 and 44, appears.
However, the door only locks on one side, and it's not the side Archie finds himself on. Trapped for the entire weekend, Archie entertains himself with a bottle of vodka and a tape recorder, in which he incoherently makes out his will.
He likes it so much that he gets sexually aroused. But what happens when she takes off the wig, now that Mike has seen her wearing it? With Gloria saying that she refuses to be the other woman in her own marriage, will this lead to Mike having to sleep on the couch? Archie eventually gives in and tells his wife he truly loves her and holds her dear. Archie goes to the precinct and is about to finger the suspect, when a corrupt politician attempts to bribe Archie from pressing charges.
Irene in a game of pool at Kelcy's Bar. The match is set up when Archie claims without proof that men are superior in all ways in all sports to women.
Hurt by his claims, Irene immediately reveals her success in pool tournaments and demands a match to prove her point. Archie later tries to back out, claiming Frank "cursed" him by giving him a bad back through a curse known as the malocchio or "evil eye" in time for the pool game.
She has a lump in her breast, and worries she may need a mastectomy. The two catch up on old times, but the current news for Joe is not all that good. He's unemployed and by now desperate for any kind of work. He meets with Archie's boss, Mr. Prendergast, telling him he's willing to take any job offer available. Archie, fearing for his own job, tries to sandbag his friend, but all turns out well. Joe Tucker was played by actor Vic Tayback who, two years later, would gain fame for his portrayal of Mel on the long-running sitcom Alice.
While delivering groceries one day to the Bunkers, Archie keeps George at the house, asking him stupid questions and getting him to do things for his amusement. When George loses his job, George's father shows up at the Bunkers, demanding an explanation. Eventually, George shows he still has some savvy not to mention abilities by proving he can successfully seek and obtain work when he gets a new job. Her father, Tom called Louis in this episode , is white while her mother, Helen, is black.
This bothers Archie and really, really, really bothers George. Zara Cully appears as George's mother, a role she would resume when the Jeffersons spun off into their own series the following year. Jenny's interracial parents, Tom and Helen Willis appear, but are played by different actors than would play the roles in The Jeffersons spinoff. Although it began over 30 years ago, the TV show All in the Family dealt with many issues still being covered in the news and entertainment today.
The title of the episode says it all, and sets the tone for the next decade. Archie learns Mike has written President Nixon a letter critical of his policies. Oh, My Aching Back. Archie is involved in a minor car accident but escapes injury. Archie balks at the idea of giving blood, particularly since a radical liberal might be the recipient. Judging Books by Covers. Archie gets into an argument with Mike over one of his friends, whose clothing and demeanor are rather foppish. Gloria Has a Belly Full.
Archie hits the roof when he learns unemployed Mike got Gloria pregnant. Mike's Hippie Friends Come to Visit. Despite Archie's objections, Mike invites his friends - an unmarried hippie couple - to spend the night in the Bunkers' living room.
Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood. Archie learns that Mike's friend, Lionel Jefferson, is moving into the house next door with his family. Edith Has Jury Duty. Edith is the lone holdout on a jury charged with determining the fate of a murder trial defendant, much to Archie's chagrin since he refuses to take care of himself during Edith's absence.
Archie is Worried About His Job. It's a sleepless night for the Bunkers, since Archie is worried about possible layoffs at the loading dock. Gloria Discovers Women's Lib. Archie gathers his old Army buddies to help their former comrade celebrate his success in the used car trade. The First and Last Supper. Edith accepts an invitation for the Bunkers to have supper at the Jeffersons.
The Saga of Cousin Oscar. Archie's freeloading cousin, Oscar, comes to stay with the Bunkers. Gloria Poses in the Nude. Mike is less than thrilled when he learns his artist friend guest star, David Soul wants to paint Gloria au natural. Archie and the Lock-up. Archie finds himself in jail along with the people he despises the most - the Pinkos, the commies and the hippies.
Edith Writes a Song. The Bunkers and Stivics arrive home and are greeted by burglars who are trying to elude the authorities. The Bunkers and Stivics recall the tempestuous first meeting between Archie and Mike.
Archie and Mike quarrel over who's the best candidate in a local election. The famous "Cling Peaches in Heavy Syrup" episode. A corrupt real estate agent guest star, Thalmus Rasulala , who is black, tempts Archie to sell his home at an inflated price. Mike's anxiety over his upcoming exams puts pressure on the Stivic's sex life.
The Insurance is Cancelled. Archie is enduring quite a bit of stress these days - he is told to reduce his workforce during cutbacks at the loading dock, at the same time he is told his homeowner's insurance policy has been cancelled. The Man in the Street.
What's worse for flu-ridden Archie than having to endure an equally flu-ridden Mike? Christmas Day at the Bunkers. Archie's depressed at Christmas, particularly since he has to find a way to tell his family he didn't get the bonus he expected because his team bungled a work order.
It's Edith's birthday, and the whole family plans to take her out to dinner. Edith tells Archie to "stifle, stifle, stifle! Archie and the FBI. Mike's ex-girlfriend shows up, a 4-year-old boy in tow. Archie Sees a Mugging. Archie witnesses a mugging and doesn't want to appear as a witness. Archie and Edith, Alone. Mike and Gloria take a vacation, leaving viewers to get a closer look at the often uneasy marital relationship between Archie and Edith.
Edith Gets a Mink. Edith gets a mink cape from her wealthy cousin, and Archie objects, demanding she return it. The episode that quickly became a legend. At a coin-operated laundry, Archie breaks one of the machines, and the manager wants to collect damages. Archie and the Editorial. Why is gun control so important? Archie doesn't believe it's important to report his income from driving Munson's taxicab, and then doesn't. The wife of Archie's old war buddy, Duke Loomis, arrives for a visit.
Gloria and the Riddle. Gloria's college friend Tammy tells a classic riddle; the solution involves a female doctor. Archie in one of his most racist moments. The Bunkers and the Swingers. In one of the series' classic episodes, Edith is on the search for new friends, and seems to have met the perfect pair through a magazine advertisement.
Edith Flips Her Wig. Edith is arrested for shoplifting when she absent-mindedly takes a wig from a department store. Mike Comes into Money. Mike and Gloria's Wedding Part 1. The Stivics celebrate their second anniversary by recalling how they almost were never married. Mike and Gloria's Wedding Part 2. Mike storms out of the house, determined never to return.
Archie's scheming mind is once again at work, this time when Edith can't seem to find her heirloom necklace. Just how good is a female doctor, anyway. Edith finds a winning lottery ticket in her purse.
Archie and the Bowling Team. Archie in the Hospital. Archie is hospitalized for chronic back pain, and makes great friends with his roommate. Oh Say Can You See. Archie Goes Too Far. Archie snoops through Mike and Gloria's room, and finds plenty of things to start the latest argument. Edith attends her class reunion, where she meets up with her old boyfriend. Tensions run high in the Bunker's neighborhood when Archie finds a swastika painted on his front door.
Everybody Tells the Truth. The refrigerator is broken, and the family is forced to eat dinner at a restaurant. Archie Learns His Lesson. Attending night classes to earn his high school diploma and maybe get a dispatcher's job at work, Archie swears Edith to secrecy lest Mike and Gloria discover he never finished school.
While walking past a construction site, Gloria is besieged by sexual harassment. Gloria objects to her father's treatment of Edith, sparking a battle that could upset the future harmony of the entire Bunker household. Archie and next-door neighbor Henry Jefferson finally agree on something: During a heat wave in New York city, the Bunkers' new neighbors, Frank and Irene Lorenzo give Archie a new source of irritation, thanks to Irene's constant visits and Frank's incessant singing.
Archie finds a pajama-clad year-old man in his living room, and demands an explanation. Irene gives Gloria a replica of Rodin's "The Kiss. When Archie starts showing up at home with expensive gifts, it causes the family to wonder where he got the extra cash, particularly given his modest pay at the dock. Edith plans a farewell reception for Henry Jefferson, who is moving away. The follies of computers: Edith, the Stivics, Lionel Jefferson and the Lorenzos play an adult board game called Group Therapy, where they must share their real feelings and opinions about each other.
When Irene invites Edith to her Catholic church one Sunday as a guest , Archie becomes worried that Irene will influence his wife into converting to Catholicism, especially when she brings evidence some brochures from the church and a Catholic medallion into the house. While the others are away for the weekend, Archie goes down to the cellar to relight the pilot light to his furnace. Gloria buys a black wig and demonstrates it to Mike. Archie is robbed at gunpoint while driving Munson's cab.
Just in time for Christmas, Edith reveals to Gloria a devastating secret: The roles in the Stivics' romantic relationship take center stage, when Mike begins to resent Gloria being the "aggressor" in their sex life as of late. It's a surprise party for Archie on his 50th birthday, but his birth certificate may be the real shocker. Archie and his old friend, Joe Tucker, reunite after 18 years. Gloria's new friend is George, a mildly retarded stockboy at Ferguson's Market.
The Bunkers are invited to Lionel's engagement to Jenny Willis, who comes from a mixed marriage: Archie eats some mushrooms for lunch.
Later, he learns those mushrooms may be part of a product recall because they were in a batch laced with bacteria. Despite Mike's urging, Archie decides he doesn't want to bother with taking the rest of the cans of mushrooms back to the store Gloria is depressed as of late, and her mood swings begins to take its toll on the family. Four years of hard work and studying have paid off for Mike, who graduates with a teaching degree.
Archie celebrates, but not only for Mike's milestone. Rather, it means Archie can soon see the light at the end of the tunnel Part 1 of a four-part story arc concerning the impact of a strike at Archie's workplace on the Bunker family. Part 2 of a four-part story arc concerning the impact of a strike at Archie's workplace on the Bunker family.
Part 3 of a four-part story arc concerning the impact of a strike at Archie's workplace on the Bunker family. Part 4 of a four-part story arc concerning the impact of a strike at Archie's workplace on the Bunker family. This is the first time the term "Zebra" would be used to describe Jenny Willis and her family. The term would be used all through "The Jeffersons". Archie, annoyed at the amount of time Edith is spending with Irene Lorenzo, attempts to help her get a job as a bookkeeper at the loading dock, but the position Irene ends up landing is that of forklift operator, working alongside Archie.
In the midst of another of Archie and Mike's arguments, this one about overpopulation, Gloria discovers that Mike does not want to have children. Part 1 of a three-part story arc about the time Archie went missing. Archie is headed to an Army convention, but Edith receives word that he never made it to the hotel.
This three-part story was written to explain Archie's absence when Carroll O'Connor went on strike at the beginning of the season. Part 2 of a three-part story arc about the time Archie went missing.
Still no signs of Archie. Edith, Mike and Gloria are becoming frantic, questioning Archie's friends and co-workers. Carroll O'Connor does not appear in this episode. Part 3 of a three-part story arc about the time Archie went missing.
Edith receives word that Archie has been located it seems he got on the wrong bus and ended up at a podiatrists' convention, and ended up having such a good time that he never made it to his own convention. Edith, Gloria and Mike decide to have a party to celebrate his return; when Archie returns, he finds Edith spinning a hula hoop, Mike and Gloria struggling to maintain an hour-long kiss, George and Louise Jefferson jitterbugging, and Irene Lorenzo standing on her head.
After a feud with producer Norman Lear about his contract negotiations, Carroll O'Connor finally returns to this episode. When Archie is nearly killed in an accident at the loading dock, he regards it is a miracle, and decides to repay God by doing "the Lord's work" George Jefferson wants to run for a local council seat, but none of his neighbors will sign the petition to get him onto the ballot unless Archie first signs, necessitating an unlikely agreement between the two.
A scam artist makes a deal to encase The Bunkers' house in aluminum siding, but when Archie has second thoughts, it takes the efforts of his neighbors, George and Louise Jefferson and Irene Lorenzo to get out of the contract. Gloria feels left out when Stuart, one of Mike's friends from college visits. Mike wants to do something "intellectual", but Stuart feels uncomfortable that they've excluded Gloria.
Henry Fonda hosts this special one-hour retrospective of All in the Family and its impact on American television. Included are clips from the show's most memorable episodes to that point. Archie is dismayed to learn that the plumber who is doing work in his home has employed a furloughed prisoner from Sing-Sing.
Pilot episode for The Jeffersons. George and Louise move from their house in Queens to a luxury high rise in Manhattan. Edith is the only AITF cast member to appear in this episode. First episode ever in which we don't see Rob Reiner nor Sally Struthers. Mike and Gloria have begun to practice "fair fighting", in which they agree to argue constructively and resolve their differences.
They try to enlighten Edith to the concept, but when she attempts to engage Archie in a "fair fight", the results are disastrous. Edith is looking forward to a visit from her cousin Amelia and Amelia's husband Russel whose marriage she thinks is perfect, but it's only after learning how unhappy Russel and Amelia are together that Archie and Edith realize how lucky they are to have one another.
Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers do not appear in this episode. Archie attempts to defend his practice of pilfering tools and supplies from his employer, but as usual, his arguments backfire. Edith is taking a life expectancy quiz, which Archie regards as dumb, until he takes it himself and it tells him he will only live to be Convinced she miscalculated, Archie has Mike figure it out for him, and it turns out that he is only expected to live to be 57!
He consequently has a nightmare about attending his own funeral. Edith attends a friend's wedding in Scranton, Pennsylvania, despite Archie's complaints about the city being a dismantled wreck. When at the wedding, she catches the eye of her male admirer when she was a child and they both seem willing to restart the love affair.
Archie makes a bet that he can go without a cigar longer than Mike can go without eating, making for a very stressful weekend for the Bunkers and the Stivics. Mike Makes His Move. Mike has graduated and he and Gloria are desperately searching for an apartment to get away from Archie, who is as anxious for them to move out as they are to do so.
They have little luck until they are offered a house with "five rooms, carpets and drapes and a-hundred-and-eighty a month": The Jeffersons' former house next-door to Archie and Edith. The night before they are to move out into their own home, Gloria arrives home with the news that she is pregnant. Mike becomes upset at the thought of raising a child they hadn't planned on having.
Mike and Gloria are set to move into their own home, next-door to Archie and Edith, but Mike has forgotten to have the utilities in their new home turned on, leading to another altercation between the young couple and Archie. Archie wants to impress his boss from whom he is expecting a promotion by agreeing to be an organ donor, only to regret his decision.
Sally Struthers does not appear in this episode. Archie arrives home from his part-time cab driving job, proudly announcing that he provided CPR to a female passenger who lost consciousness in his cab. However, he later becomes less willing to speak of his good deed when he and Edith realize that the "woman" was actually a male-to-female transvestite.
Episode features the first appearance of female impersonator Lori Shannon in the role of Beverly LaSalle. Shannon will make a few more appearance over the next year, until the character is killed off the following season.
Gloria wants Mike to be with her in the delivery room when she gives birth, and he first agrees, but later, after listening to Archie's arguments against doing so, he has second thoughts. Archie receives a chain letter, and when he throws it away, a series of mishaps causes Archie to wonder if breaking the chain really was the cause of his bad luck. When Gloria is fired from the Kressler's Department Store because she is pregnant, she and Mike stage a protest in front of the store.
Archie resents that Edith has been spending too much time as a nursing home volunteer at the Sunshine Home, and he tells her that her work is a waste of time because they do not pay her for it. But his argument comes back to haunt him when Edith announces the Sunshine Home likes her so much, they have decided to pay her. Archie learns that his blood pressure is too high, and is ordered to remain calm and stress-free, but he and Mike get into a debate about what the baby's name should be.
Gloria is eight months' pregnant and is feeling very unattractive, and to make matters worse, she suspects that Mike might be having an affair with one of his students played by Bernadette Peters.
Over Thanksgiving dinner, Archie argues with Mike over whether his and Gloria's baby should be baptised and raised as a Christian; Mike and Gloria feel their child should be allowed to choose his own faith when he is old enough to decide for himself. Episode features Betty Garrett's final appearance as neighbor Irene Lorenzo. Archie is mugged while driving his cab, but it is he who is charged with assault for defending himself with his illegally-obtained tear gas pen.
The judge in his hearing turns out to be an African American woman, and Archie doesn't help his case much when he tries to be "respectful" Rob Reiner does not appear in this episode. Gloria is anxious to have her baby, and is panicked to be nine days overdue, taking out her frustrations on Mike. The Baby - Part 1. Part 1 of a two-part episode, concerning the birth of the Stivics' baby.
Archie is forced by his lodge to appear in blackface in a minstrel show which he refers to as a 'menstural show" , much to his own discomfort. Mike and Gloria, meanwhile, attempt to have a quiet dinner at their favorite Italian restaurant, when Gloria goes into labor. While calling the doctor, she gets stuck inside the phone booth. The Baby - Part 2. Part 2 of a two-part episode, concerning the birth of the Stivics' baby.
Archie and Edith receive word that Gloria has gone into labor, giving Archie an excuse to skip the minstrel show. His lodge buddies, however, are upset and will not allow him to use their cold cream, forcing him to rush to the hospital in blackface. Mike and Gloria are getting ready for the wedding of their best friends Al and Trudy, but their excitement over the occasion is eclipsed by Gloria's frustrations that Mike is not taking her feelings seriously.
Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton do not appear in this episode. This is the first episode ever not to feature Edith. Billy Crystal guest stars in this episode. Mike and Gloria are going out for the evening, and Archie is less than pleased with the babysitter they have chosen a young student of Mike's , and her hippy boyfriend, but when he alienates the pair they leave, leaving him to babysit his grandson.
Jean Stapleton does not appear in this episode. Archie Finds a Friend. Archie ties to convince Edith to agree to invest in a neighbor's automatic doorbell ringer invention, which he is sure will make then a fortune. Mike is forced to reconsider his feelings on Affirmative Action, when he is up for a prestigious job, against an equally qualified African American candidate.
Archie is ordered by his physician to lose weight, but he is not impressed with Edith's attempts at "low fat cooking". Archie baptises his grandson himself, after Mike and Gloria refused to have him baptised.
Mike and Gloria's House Guests. Archie and Edith's furnace breaks down, forcing them to spend the weekend with Mike and Gloria. Edith looks beautiful in her tailored pants suit Gloria has given her, and wants Archie to take her out on the town. When he refuses, she decides to go out on her own, ending up at Kelcy's Bar. When Archie shows up at Kelcy's Bar a short time later, he realizes his wife is the "life of the party", and that he'd better stop taking her for granted.
Episode features guest appearance by Doris Roberts, who would gain fame two decades later as a regular on Everybody Loves Raymond. Edith is preoccupied with her work at the Sunshine Home, and so Archie - feeling neglected - succumbs to the advances of an attractive waitress named Denise. Edith eventually becomes suspicious when, as Archie tries to sneak out one night, she finds Denise's phone number.
Archie lets slip the truth and an outraged Edith leaves him. Originally shown as a one-hour episode, and is part of a two-week story arc depicting Archie's near affair with another woman. In syndication, it is aired as a three-part episode. Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers do not appear in the first part of the three-part episode. Archie's Brief Encounter Part 2. It's been several days since Edith has moved out of the house, and refuses to speak to Archie - even though he's told Denise that perhaps it was best if they no longer were to see each other.
It's up to Mike and Gloria to try to get the two back together. In its original airing on CBS, this was the second part of a two-week story arc depicting Archie's near affair with another woman.
Part 1 of a two-part episode, concerning Archie being laid off from his longtime job. Part 2 of a two-part episode, concerning Archie being laid off from his longtime job. Originally shown as a one-hour episode, depicting Archie's surgery. In syndication, it is aired as a two-part episode. In an attempt to get back at his buddy Pinky Peterson for all his practical jokes, Archie sets his friend up on a blind date with transvestite Beverly LaSalle.
Pinky Peterson, played by Eugene Roche, plays the same role in episode Archie and Edith place an ad in the paper to rent Mike and Gloria's old bedroom to a boarder.
Their ad is answered by Teresa Betencourt, a young, Latina student nurse, who Archie had previously encountered in a previous episode when he was admitted to the hospital for surgery , and who hadn't made the greatest first impression on him. Liz Torres's first appearance as Teresa, who will appear in five additional episodes during the season.
Rob Reiner does not appear in this episode. Mike and Gloria's Will. After a near-death experience, Mike and Gloria decide they should name someone to take care of Joey in the event of their deaths. Rather than Archie and Edith, they name their friends Al and Trudy, something that Mike is even more resolved to do when he learns Archie had bought Joey a toy machine gun at the store.
Archie, as one might expect, is angered Gloria then tells Mike about Al making a pass at her and Mike realizes they aren't going to make good guardians either. They decide to leave the matter unresolved.
Edith attends a birthday party for an elderly patron of the Sunshine Home. While there, a young visiting nephew has a heart attack. Archie is surprised and jealous when he's not in the spotlight, but still manages to compliment his wife when the interview comes on TV. Archie is looking forward to a visit from an old high school buddy, until he learns that he will be arriving with his wife, a woman Archie once had a quick fling with, panicked that the woman will speak of the encounter in front of Edith.
However, it turns out Archie was one of many, and the woman doesn't even remember the encounter. Archie and Barney become increasingly competitive after entering their grandchildren into a local baby beauty pageant. Archie also has a hard time having to deal with an irate Mike, who is against the very idea in the first place. Eventually, Archie and Barney get their comeuppance when, due to suspected ballot box stuffing, their grandchildren are disqualified. Gloria mistakenly thinks she is pregnant again, which upsets Mike.
She self-righteously demands that if he is so insistent that they shouln't have any more children, he should get a vasectomy.
Archie's friend Pinky Peterson, who had lost his only son in the Vietnam War, is invited to Christmas eve dinner. Mike's college-aged friend David Brewster also happens by, and is also invited to stay for dinner.
Only Mike and Gloria know that David is a draft dodger from the war, living in Canada. He is visiting the United States in secret, and is a fugitive from the law. During dinner, the truth about David's status comes out. Archie explodes in a tirade, probably the most agitated scene in the entire series. He asks "gold star father" Pinky to join him in condemning David's actions. Instead, Pinky takes a conciliatory tone, saying that the difference between Steve his son and David is that "David's alive to share Christmas dinner with us.
We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. This is a counter-trope to Men Are Better Than Women, not Flame Bait or a comment on Real Life.. In many works of fiction, the female member(s) of a group, be it a married couple, siblings, or True Companions, are often portrayed as inherently better grounded than the male members: more rational, more reasonable, more level-headed and sensible, and often morally superior. I wonder if a differentiation between actor/producers involved in the conception of a series (Dern) and actors who are added as a producer later in a series’ run as a result of contract negotiations.