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"Archie's Brief Encounter (Part 3)"
Season 7, episode # 3
# 135 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date September 29, 1976
Production code 706 (7x03)
Written by: Mel Tolkin & Larry Rhine
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Janis Paige
Jason Wingreen
Harry Davis
Scott Brady
Maxine Elliot Hicks
Bella Chronis
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Archie's Brief Encounter (Part 3) is the third episode of Season 6 of All in the Family, the 135th episode in the series; it was also the final part of a season opening three-part episode story arc. Co-written by Mel Tolkin and Larry Rhine, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on September 27, 1976.

"Archie's Brief Encounter (Part 3)"
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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.


Archie finds himself in a compromising situation with Denise (Janis Paige) an attractive waitress after Edith ignores his amorous advances and dashes off to the Sunshine Home. Denise's flirtations with Archie lead him to trouble on the home front, as Archie decides to temporarily leave home and check into a motel until things blow over. Now estranged from each other, Archie and Edith are determined to prove to each other that they are perfectly content going their separate ways, in the conclusion of a three-part presentation. The going gets tough for a while when the Bunkers continue to resist Mike and Gloria's efforts to reconcile them, which, in the end prove to be successful.

Did You Know?[]

  • The concept of Archie cheating was originally conceived in the fourth season with Archie having an affair with Irene Lorenzo.
  • The title is from the movie Brief Encounter (1945).
  • This was originally an hour-long episode, but broken up into two parts for syndication. As a result, the Stivics don't appear in part one.


  • Brief Encounter (1945 film) - Title referenced in episode arc title
  • Laverne & Shirley (TV series) - title mentioned in dialogue


  • Gwine to Rune All Night (uncredited) aka "De Camptown Races" -  Written by Stephen Foster - Edith sings the song to the patients at the Sunshine Nursing Home

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