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"Archie's Bitter Pill (Part 2)"
Season 8, episode # 9
# 166 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Also titled: "Archie's Road Back"
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date November 13, 1977
Production code 811 (8x9)
Written by: Larry Rhine and Mel Tolkin
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Jason Wingreen
MacIntyre Dixon
A. Martinez
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Archie's Bitter Pill (Part 2) is the ninth episode of Season 8 of All in the Family, and the 166th overall episode in the series; also, the conclusion of a two-episode story. Written by Larry Rhine and Mel Tolkin, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on November 13, 1977.

"Archie's Bitter Pill (Part 2)"
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A depressed Archie confines himself to bed indefinitely, so the family tries to get Harry the bartender to become Archie's partner and invest in Archie's Place.


While in the hospital recovering for his addition to pills, Archie's bar is left in the hands of his young assistant. When he gets home and starts to get back on his feet, he learns that the only action in the bar has been the repo men who have come by to clean the place out.

Archie becomes a recluse, locking himself in his bedroom and proclaiming that he "won't come out until 1997". Edith talks a very reluctant Harry (Archie's former bar tender) to come to the house and talk to him. Archie wants nothing to do with Harry and still maintains that he still intends to stay in bed. That is, until the rest of the family joins him. Angry, he finally gets up and has words with Harry, reluctantly agreeing to be partners 60/40.

Did You Know?[]

  • This episode has been aired alternately under the title "Archie's Bitter Pill: Part Two" & "Archie's Road Back".
  • In the scene where the family is trying to get Archie out of bed, Archie states, "Here I lay in my bed, 'til death us do part!" Although it may seem like one of Archie's malapropisms, it's actually a sly reference to the British sitcom that inspired All in the Family, Till Death Us Do Part (1965).

Scene excerpts[]


  • Edith: You should apologize to Harry.
  • Archie: Apologize for what? For killing me? Did Abe Lincoln apologize to Alexander Graham Booth?
  • Gloria: John Wilkes Booth.
  • Archie: Don't repeat what I say!

  • Archie: Edith, just go set the alarm clock for Nineteen Hundred and Ninety Seven.
  • Mike: You're gonna sleep for 20 years?
  • Archie: If it was good enough for Rip Van Heussen...
  • Mike & Edith: Winkle.
  • Archie: Winkle Van Heussen, then Ipso Fatso, it's good enough for me!

  • Gloria: (to Edith) Look at him, Ma. Curled up like a fetus in the womb.
  • Archie: I don't care what Ma's gonna feed us at noon!

  • Archie: [Reading a comic book] Ha ha ha. Oh that Dennis. He really is a menace. Such a rotten kid I love him.

  • Mr. Hanlon: Pills. We're living in a pill-oriented society. We try to dull our minds to find new thrills, to blot out the world of reality. Shameful.
  • Archie: Yeah, well, I guess it is. What are you in the hospital for?
  • Mr. Hanlon: I'm an alcoholic.

  • Mr. Hanlon: You look too square to be a dope addict.
  • Archie: Dope addict, geez I ain't that. I just took some medicine, that's all. You know, like how a doctor writes out a subscription there.

  • Archie: The Lord can forgive me for being up to my butt in debts, but you Harry are going straight to hell for being up to your butt in boobs.

  • Edith: Archie, there's someone here to see you.
  • Archie: If it ain't Alice Faye, tell him to get the hell out of here!

  • Edith: Thank you for bringing over that portable TV.
  • Mike: Is he watching it?
  • Edith: Oh yeah, all day long. I just wish he'd turn it on!
  • Mike: Don't worry about it, Ma, TV is better that way any way!


Soundtrack Credits
  • I Love You Truly (uncredited) - Lyrics written by Carrie Jacobs Bond, Portion sung by Jean Stapleton

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