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"Archie Is Branded"
Season 3, episode # 20
# 57 overall in series (205 episodes)
AITF ep 3x20 - Archie is Branded
Archie and the family witness a the car of a Jewish radical activist who visited them explode.
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date February 24, 1973
Production code 314 (3x20)
Written by: Vincent Bogert
Directed by: John Rich and Bob LaHendro
Guest starring: Gregory Sierra
Billy Halop
Michael Gregory
John Putch
Patrick Campbell
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Archie Is Branded was the 20th episode of the third season and the 57th overall episode of All in the Family. The Season 3 episode (#20) first aired on CBS-TV on February 24, 1973. The story was co-directed by John Rich and Bob LaHendro. The story was written by Vincent Bogert. Jean Stapleton's son John Putch appears in this episode. "Archie Is Branded" was originally scheduled to air on January 13, 1973 but was moved back to February 24.

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Archie finds a swastika painted on his front door. Archie thinks juveniles were simply playing a prank but when "Hebrew Defense Association" (echoing the Jewish Defense League) member Paul Benjamin (Gregory Sierra) offers the family "protection", they quickly discover that their home was mistaken for that of a Jewish school board member who lives nearby. Archie surprisingly takes an immediate shine to the charismatic activist and his reactionary tactics but Mike is appalled by the violent escalation of their methods. The episode ends abruptly, when Paul is killed by a car bomb in front of the Bunker home.


Prejudiced though he may be, Archie Bunker is certainly no Nazi. Thus, he becomes shocked and outraged when a swastika is painted on the Bunkers' front door. It turns out that Archie's home has been mistaken for the residence of a Jewish School board member named David Bloom. A Jewish extremist named Paul Benjamin (Gregory Sierra) pays a visit to the Bunkers after mistaking it for Bloom's house. Surprisingly, Archie finds that he and Paul have much in common in the form of his radical political views-- but their blossoming friendship is abruptly ended when Paul is blown up in his car.

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