| Season 7, episode # 3|
|"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|
Maxine Elliot Hicks
|IMDb:||Archie's Brief Encounter (Part 3)|
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(Season 7 premiere)
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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
Cast (in Credits Order)
- Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker
- Jean Stapleton as Edith Bunker
- Rob Reiner as Michael Stivic
- Sally Struthers as Gloria Bunker Stivic
Guest Stars/Recurring Cast
- Jason Wingreen as Harry Snowden
- Harry Davis as Sol Kleeger
- Scott Brady as Joe Foley
- Maxine Elliot Hicks as Mrs. Bradley (as Maxine Elliott)
- Janis Paige as Denise
- Bella Chronis as Sylvia Freedman