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"Archie's Brother"
Season 8, episode # 21
# 178 overall in series (205 episodes)
AITF 8x21 - Archie's Brother
Archie's estranged brother Fred (Richard McKenzie) tries to smooth over differences that occurred between them long ago in "Archie's Brother" in Season 8 (ep.#21)
"All in the Family" episode
Note: alternately titled "The Brother"
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date February 26, 1978
Production code 821 (8x21)
Written by: Mel Tolkin & Larry Rhine
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Jason Wingreen
Danny Dayton
Richard McKenzie
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Archie's Brother was the 21st episode of Season 8 of All in the Family, the 178th overall episode in the series. Written by Mel Tolkin and Larry Rhine, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on February 26, 1978.


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Synopsis

Before an operation, Archie's estranged brother Fred tries to smooth over differences that occurred between them long ago.

Storyline

Archie's brother Fred shows up at the Bunker doorstep after being estranged for twenty-nine years. Archie reveals Fred was a liberal union organizer, Mike laughs at this, he can't believe Archie's brother is a "commie pinko". However, the reason for their estrangement was Fred's decision not to attend their father's funeral.

It's also revealed that Fred was apparently the "favorite" of their father, as their dad saw Fred as the one with "brains", and that their dad saved money up and paid for Fred's college tuition, as he saw Fred as the one who had potential of getting a college education and "becoming somebody", and, that Archie was not only seen by their father as "dim witted", also, that he called Archie, ironically, what he loves to call Mike: a "meathead", as he saw Archie to be the "duller" one of the two, the one who would have to get a job straight out of high school and become a working stiff; Archie recalls that their dad once told him "if they put your brain in a bird, it would fly backwards", as Fred convinces Archie, as they then both agreed that their "Dad was nuts!"

Anyway, Archie, still enraged at Fred, stubbornly refused to reconcile with him, but reconsidered his position on the matter when he opened and then read the contents of a letter that Fred gave him and told him not to read until three weeks after he left, as they seem to mend fences when Fred reveals that he's due up for a major operation (which he revealed in the letter), as he wanted to try to make amends with Archie, as he agrees to visit Archie and Edith again after the operation, provided that it's successful and everything goes well.

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Continuity
  • It's stated that Archie hasn't spoken to Fred in 29 years, but in the Season 3 episode "Lionel Steps Out" (#5), Archie talks to Fred on the phone, in the episode, it was intimated that Archie and Fred had a close relationship and that Fred "always wanted to be like him", according to Archie, but in this episode, Fred is not only a liberal thinker who got under Archie's skin, they had seemed to have a "sibling rivalry" that dates back to their childhood.
  • In the Season 6 episode "Archie Finds a Friend" (#18), Archie states that he is an only child, which also contradicted the "Lionel Steps Out" episode in Season 3. However, it is revealed again in this episode that Archie has a brother.

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