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"Archie Alone: Part 1"
Season 2, episode # 1
# 25 overall in series (97 episodes)
"Archie Bunker's Place" episode
Series: Archie Bunker's Place
Network/Country: CBS-TV / U.S.
Air date November 2, 1980
Production code 2x1
Written by: Stephen A. Miller & Mark Fink
Directed by: Carroll O'Connor & Gary Shimokawa
Guest starring: Heidi Hagman
Janet MacLachlan
Renne Jarrett
John Welsh
Sandy Lipton
Wil Albert
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Archie Alone: Part 1 was the first episode of Season 2 of the Archie Bunker's Place TV series and also the 25th overall episode in the series, also, the first part of a season opening two-part story arc. Directed by Carroll O'Connor and Gary Shimokawa, the episode, which was written by Stephen A. Miller and Mark Fink, originally aired on CBS-TV on November 2, 1980.

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Archie refuses to deal with Edith's death.


Part 1 of two-part story. Archie struggles to cope with the death of his beloved wife, Edith. A month earlier, Edith had suffered a fatal stroke in her sleep. A stunned Archie rebuffs efforts from his friends to help him grieve.

Did You Know?[]


  • This episode, along with Part 2, was originally an hour-long episode broken into two for syndication.
  • Jean Stapleton grew tired of playing Edith Bunker, that she called producer Norman Lear and asked him to write Edith out of the show. She said to him "Let her die, she's only fiction". Lear replied "Not to me..." but it was done, and became one of the most well known moments of 1970s Television, as Archie mourns the loss of his beloved wife.
  • Many fan theories suggest the medical reason behind Edith's fatal stroke, was in fact the phlebitis she is diagnosed with in the AITF finale "Too Good Edith".

Scene excerpts[]


[the first time back in his bedroom since Edith's death - Archie finds Edith's slipper]

  • Archie: It wasn't supposed to be like this you know. I was supposed to be the first one to go. I know I always used to kid ya. About you going first. You know I never meant none of that. And that morning when you was laying there I was shakin' ya and yelling at ya to go down and fix my breakfast. I didn't know. You had no right to leave me like that!

[he picks up the slipper]

  • Archie: Without giving me just one more chance to say I love you...

  • Archie: [Stephanie has been skipping school] What did they learn you?
  • Stephanie: History. How Marco Polo opened trade with China.
  • Archie: Richard E. Nixon done that, you're lyin'.

Cast (in Credits Order)[]

Main Cast[]

Guest Stars/Recurring Cast[]

  • Heidi Hagman as Linda
  • Janet MacLachlan as Polly Swanson
  • Renne Jarrett as Kathy Wakefield
  • John Welsh as Jim Spencer
  • Sandy Lipton as Arlene Schiff
  • Wil Albert as Bob

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