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"Archie's Chair"
Season 7, episode # 17
# 149 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date January 15, 1977
Production code 716 (7x17)
Written by: Phil Doran & Douglas Arango
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Michael Pataki
Allan Rich
Colin Hamilton
Douglas Robinson
Tyler McVey
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Archie's Chair is the 17th episode of Season 7 of All in the Family, the 149th episode in the series. Written by Phil Doran and Douglas Arango, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on January 15, 1977.


"Archie's Chair"
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Synopsis

A leg breaks off of Archie's beloved chair when Mike sits in it, and is taken away to be repaired. However, when the furniture repair shop confuses their deliveries, the chair ends up in a conceptual art exhibit in a New York gallery. The artist, Lichtenrausch, attempts to buy the chair from Archie, but in the end Archie cannot bring himself to sell.

Storyline

After trying to explain to Edith as to why he just shaved off his mustache, Mike accidentally breaks Archie's chair and he sends it to Kressler's for repair. Archie becomes hysterical when he discovers what happened, but faces an unexpected dilemma when finds out the chair has accidentally become part of a modern art exhibit.

Michael Pataki (he played the part of NYPD Sergeant Roselli in "The Taxi Caper" episode in Season 4) appears as Lichtenrauch, a devious modern artist trying to get Archie to sell him the chair, as Archie, after briefly contemplating the rather generous cash offer, staunchly decides that there's no way that he'd part with his beloved chair, which he'd spilled many a beer on it while watching TV sports events, as Lichtenrauch decides to let Archie take it back home with him.

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Mike's prophetic words that Archie's chair "might even end up in a museum" came true in real life since both of the Bunker's chairs were eventually acquired by no less than the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
  • This episode establishes that Archie's wing-back "hair-loom" chair has been in use for the past 28 years (since approximately 1948/49), although it is curiously MIA in the following season's flashback episode "Mike and Gloria Meet".
  • This episode aired around the same time as the real life donation of Archie and Edith's chairs to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., for an exhibit on the history of U.S. television; the name of the artist, Licthenrausch, was a composite of the names of two twentieth century modern American painters: Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg.

Goofs

Continuity
  • Mike surprises Gloria and Edith by shaving his mustache in this episode. But his mustache was conspicuously absent in the episode prior to this one (The Boarder Patrol) and no one mentions it.

Scene excerpts

Quotes

  • Edith: [after finding out his chair broke, Archie throws a tantrum and lays across the dining room table] Archie you better be careful, I mean you wasn't this upset when you lost your father.
  • Archie: I didn't sit on my father for 28 years!

  • Archie: [at an art exhibit] Looks like half man, half toilet!

Connections

References
  • Texaco Star Theatre (TV series) - One of the shows Archie fondly remembers watching in his chair.
  • Lassie (TV series) - One of the shows Archie remembers watching with Gloria in his chair.
  • Sesame Street (TV Series) - Mike breaks Archie's chair while sitting down to watch this program.

Cast (in Credits Order)

Main Cast

Guest Stars/Recurring Cast

  • Michael Pataki as Lichtenrauch
  • Allan Rich as Art Gallery Manager
  • Douglas Robinson as Mr. McDonald (as Doug Robinson)
  • Colin Hamilton as 1st Man
  • Tyler McVey as 2nd Man

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