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"Archie's Brief Encounter (Parts 1 & 2)"
Season 7, episode # 1, episode #2
# 133 & 134 overall in series (205 episodes)
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date Septmber 22, 1976
Production code 702 (7x01), 705 (7x02)
Written by: Mel Tolkin & Larry Rhine
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Janis Paige
Teddy Wilson
André Pavon
Scott Brady
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Archie's Brief Encounter (Parts 1 & 2) are the season opening episodes of the sixth season of All in the Family, the 133rd and 134th episodes overall episode in the series; they are also the first and second parts of a three-part episode story arc. Co-written by Mel Tolkin and Larry Rhine, the episodes, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV as a one-hour special on September 22, 1976.

"Archie's Brief Encounter (Parts 1 & 2)"
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Archie finds himself in a compromising situation with an attractive waitress after Edith ignores his amorous advances and dashes off to the Sunshine Home. Parts one and two of a three part story arc.


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.

  • Note: Actress Janis Paige played the role of Denise. 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 two-part episode. Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers both do not appear in the first part of the two-part episode.

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.


  • She Done Him Wrong (1933 film starring Mae West & Cary Grant) - Mentioned in dialogue
  • Bright Eyes (1934 film) - Mentioned in dialogue
  • The Happy Hooker (1975 film) - Referenced in dialogue

Scene Excerpts[]


  • Edith: - (to Archie) I don't want to be a Bunker.
  • Archie: - If my dead father was alive to hear that, it would kill him!

[Archie is apologising for seeing another woman]

  • Archie: - You got to believe me Edith, nothing was ever constipated.

Cast (in Credits Order)[]

Main Cast[]

Guest Stars/Recurring Cast[]

  • Teddy Wilson as Whitey Monroe (credited as Theodore Wilson)
  • André Pavon as Carlos (credited as Andre Pavon)
  • Scott Brady as Joe Foley
  • Janis Paige as Denise

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