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"Archie and the KKK (Part 2)"
Season 8, episode # 11
# 168 overall in series (205 episodes)
AITF 8x11 - Archie and the KKK Pt. 2
after unwittingly joining the "Kweens Kouncil of Krusaders", the local KKK chapter, Archie attempts to take preemptive action to prevent them from burning crosses in the community after Mike forbids him from seeing Joey.
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date December 4, 1977
Production code 809 (8x11)
Written by: Bob Weiskopf & Bob Schiller
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Dennis Patrick
Roger Bowen
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Archie and the KKK (Part 2) was the 11th episode of Season 8 of All in the Family, the 168th overall episode in the series; also, the conclusion of a two-episode story. Written by Bob Weiskopf and Bob Schiller, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on December 4, 1977.


"Archie and the KKK (Part 2)"
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Synopsis[]

Archie comes to grips with the fact he has just unwittingly joined the KKK and agreed to help them burn five crosses, including one on the Stivics' front lawn. He is compelled to take preemptive action when Mike and Gloria prohibit him from seeing Joey after learning what he's done.

Storyline[]

A confused Archie tries to figure out how to stop Gordie and Mitch from their plans to burn a cross on son-in-law Mike's lawn. He decides to ask Mike – who had gotten a harassing phone call because of his letter to the editor – to write a new letter recanting his position.

When Mike refuses and Archie presses on, he lets slip about the Ku Klux Klan's plans. An outraged Mike, realizing that Archie may have unwittingly joined the KKK, tells Archie he does not want him seeing Joey ever again.

Archie, risking his personal safety, pays a visit to Gordie and tries to persuade him from changing their mind about burning a cross on the Stivics' lawn (because Joey would see it and get the wrong idea over what the cross symbolizes).

When Gordie refuses and then threatens to burn a cross on the Bunkers' lawn, Archie warns them not to burn any crosses or else he will rally a group of African Americans together against them, saying that because he had received a blood transfusion from an African-American woman, they were now his "black blood brothers!" With that, he leaves.

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 take place after the infamous New York City Blackout, which took place in July 1977. Archie refers to the theft of 50 Pontiacs during the last blackout, which happened during the July 1977 blackout.
  • Edith says that "there's only 63 days more shopping day till Christmas," meaning the episode takes place on October 22nd. If the episode took place in 1977, this is a mistake as October 22nd was a Saturday that year and in Part 1 we were told the meeting with the KKK was on a Tuesday.

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Quotes

  • Archie: [to Gordie and Mitch] I'm against all the right things!

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References
  • King Kong (1933 movie) - Mentioned in character dialogue

Cast (in Credits Order)[]

Main Cast[]

Guest Stars/Recurring Cast[]

  • Dennis Patrick as Gordie Lloyd
  • Roger Bowen as Mitch Turner

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