|Season 8, episode # 10|
Archie agrees to attend the meeting of what he's led to believe is a "civic organization", until he soon learns that it's a Klu Klux Klan chapter.
|"All in the Family" episode|
|Series:||All in the Family|
|Network/Country:||CBS-TV / USA|
|Air date||November 27, 1977|
|Production code||806 (8x10)|
|Written by:||Bob Weiskopf, Bob Schiller, Mort Lachman & Milt Josefsberg|
|Directed by:||Paul Bogart|
|Guest starring:||Jason Wingreen|
Victor De Rose
|IMDb:||Archie and the KKK (Part 1)|
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Archie and the KKK (Part 1) is the 10th episode of Season 8 of All in the Family, and the 167th overall episode in the series; also, the first part of a two-episode story. Written by Bob Weiskopf, Bob Schiller, Mort Lachman and Milt Josefsberg, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on November 27, 1977.
|"Archie and the KKK (Part 1)"|
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Mike is inspired to write a letter to the newspaper editor about looting when he learns that Archie gouged several minorities while driving Burt Munson's cab during a city-wide blackout. The letter outrages members of the "civic organization" that Archie is attempting to join in the single minded belief they will help protect his bar from crime.
A power outage and reports of looting in the city prompts Mike to write a letter to the editor of a local community newsletter about how greedy governments do the same in the name of free enterprise.
At the bar, Archie, who complains about how blacks and other minorities take advantage by looting businesses, vents his frustrations about how Mike always argues his point and doesn't see things his way.
Two men who have been listening in to Archie and Mike's conversation - Gordie (Dennis Patrick), an old buddy of Archie's who worked with him at Pendergast Tool & Die, and Mitch (Roger Bowen) – approach Archie and suggest that he come to a meeting of the "Kweens Kouncil of Krusaders" (a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, which Archie doesn't realize until the members don their hoods and robes at the meeting that evening), where they will come up with a more severe way of "teaching" Mike a lesson --burning a cross on his lawn.
Did You Know?
- The fictional local chapter of the KKK referred to in the episode title is called the "Kweens Kouncil of Krusaders".
- The power outage depicted was implied to be the infamous New York City Blackout, which took place in July 1977.
- The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (NBC-TV late night talk show) - Mentioned by Archie
- "Archie and the Editorial" (Season 3 opener) - Gordie mentions having seen Archie's editorial on TV, which was in the episode
- Soundtrack Credits
- Me And My Shadow (uncredited) - Lyrics written by Al Jolson, Dave Dreyer, and Billy Rose, Portion sung by Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton
- You are My Sunshine (uncredited) - Written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell - Portion heard in the bar
Cast (in Credits Order)
- Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker
- Jean Stapleton as Edith Bunker
- Rob Reiner as Michael Stivic
- Sally Struthers as Gloria Bunker Stivic
Guest Stars/Recurring Cast
- Jason Wingreen as Harry Snowden
- Dennis Patrick as Gordie Lloyd
- Roger Bowen as Mitch Turner
- Danny Dayton as Hank Pivnik
- Owen Bush as Charley
- Victor De Rose as KKK Applicant (uncredited)