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"A Girl Like Edith"
Season 9, episode # 15
# 196 overall in series (205 episodes)
AITF 9x15 - A Girl Like Edith
Edith talks to Judith Klemmerstadt, the fiancee of Alvin, the butcher who had a crush on her, who's practically the spitting image of her in "A Girl Like Edith" in Season 9 (ep.#15).
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date January 14, 1979
Production code 916 (9x15)
Written by: Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Theodore Bikel
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A Girl Like Edith is the 15th episodes of Season 9 of All in the Family, and the 196th episode of the series. Written by Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf and directed by Paul Bogart, the episode originally aired on CBS-TV  on January 14, 1979.

"A Girl Like Edith"
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The butcher who once had a crush on Edith comes over to introduce his new German bride, Judith Klammerstadt ... who looks a little too much like Edith.


Edith has a run-in with her former butcher, Mr. Klemmer (Theodore Bikel), at the Laundromat. He proudly announces that he's engaged to a German woman (also played by Jean Stapleton) named Judith Klammerstadt who, as Archie and Edith later discover, is practically the spitting image of Edith.

Edith assumes that this means that Mr. Klemmer is over his crush on her, so she invites the couple to dinner, which leads to a quite awkward situation: Judith closely resembles Edith but her seemingly morose, unpleasant, taciturn, crabby demeanor is quite the opposite of Edith's kind, talkative, happy, friendly personality. Edith and Archie question why Mr. Klemmer is attracted to Judith.

Alvin and Judith have a disagreement in the kitchen; she calls him a "dummkopf", angrily demands "Call me a taxi!", Wanting to call off their wedding. Embarrassed at her outburst that can be heard in the living room, Alvin tries to get Archie to talk to her. Archie flatly refuses and tries to quote the saying "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned"; though he admits that he's never understood what that means, as long as he could remember, he's tried to stick by it.

Edith then offers to try to talk sense to Judith--and incredibly, she is able to do this. She tells Judith that she's a lucky woman to have such a nice, kind man who tries to like everybody he meets and that if she breaks off their engagement, she'd be the "dummkopf." Judith finally sees the error of her judgement and leaves the kitchen, she and Alvin both apologize for their behavior, kiss and makeup and announce that the engagement is back on!

Did You Know?[]


  • Jean Stapleton played not only Edith Bunker but the dour, grumpy girlfriend of a local butcher who was in love with Edith and found a girlfriend who looked exactly like her but was completely the opposite of her personality-wise.
  • Alhough Jean Stapleton played Judith, she was billed as "Giovanna Pucci" in the closing credits. The first name "Giovanna" is an Italian translation of and a play on Stapleton's first name "Jean", while thesurname "Pucci" is a play on words with Stapleton's married surname, "Putch".


  • The Blue Angel (1953 film) - Mentioned by Archie
  • Stalag 17 (1930 film) - Mentioned by Archie
Soundtrack Credits
  • I Love You (Je t'aime) (1923 song, uncredited) - Music by Harry Archer, Lyrics Harlan Thompson, Portion sung by Jean Stapleton and Theodore Bikel

Cast (in Credits Order)[]

Main Cast[]

Guest Stars/Recurring Cast[]

  • Theodore Bikel as Albrescht "Alvin" Klemmer

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