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"Archie's Secret Passion"
Season 7, episode # 12
# 144 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date December 4, 1976
Production code 701 (7x12)
Written by: Michael Loman
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Estelle Parsons
Mike Kellin
Priscilla Morrill
Phil Leeds
Danny Dayton
Florence Halop
James Greene
Maxine Elliott Hicks
Bella Chronis
Bob Duggan
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Archie's Secret Passion is the 12th episode of Season 7 of All in the Family, the 144th episode in the series. Written by Michael Loman, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on December 4, 1976.

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Archie is looking forward to a visit from an old high school buddy, until he learns that he will be arriving with his wife, a woman Archie once had a quick fling with, panicked that the woman will speak of the encounter in front of Edith. However, it turns out Archie was one of many, and the woman doesn't even remember the encounter.


Archie is happy with the news that an old high school buddy Bummy is coming by for dinner but is less thrilled that he is bringing his wife Dolores, whom Archie had a brief encounter with while he and Edith were dating. Fearful that Edith will find out, he is a nervous wreck all through dinner.

Alone in the kitchen, Edith reveals that she knows about the whole thing but Dolores had forgotten all about it. Before they leave, Dolores and Archie have a moment and she pretends that she remembers everything. Edith tells Archie that she knew about the whole thing and that there are no hard feelings. Yet, she leaves a minor suspicion in his mind that Edith wasn't as innocent as he might have thought.

Note: Sally Struthers does not appear in this episode.

Did You Know?[]


This was Estelle Parsons' first appearance on "All in the Family." She would appear two years later as Barney's wife Blanche Hefner.

Scene Excerpts[]


  • Archie: Not if he's walking around New York he ain't.
  • Bummie Fencel: Archie, I was 11 years old. I don't do that no more.
  • Archie: Aw come on. Tell the truth, when was the last time you et a bug?
  • Bummie Fensel: December 7, 1941.
  • Archie: What kind was it?
  • Bummie Fensel: A Japanese beetle.


Soundtrack Credits
  • Indian Love Call - (uncredited)

Music by Rudolf Friml Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Portion sung by Jean Stapleton

Cast (in Credits Order)[]

Main Cast[]

Guest Stars/Recurring Cast[]

  • Mike Kellin as Bummie Fencel
  • Estelle Parsons as Dolores Fencel, Bummie's wife

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