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"Archie the Liberal"
Season 7, episode # 24
# 156 overall in series (205 episodes)
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date March 5, 1977
Production code 724 (7x24)
Written by: Ben Starr & Chuck Stewart
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Jason Wingreen
Allan Melvin
Danny Dayton
James McEachin
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Archie the Liberal is the 24th episode of Season 7 of All in the Family, the 156th overall episode in the series. Written by Ben Starr and Chuck Stewart, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on March 5, 1977.


"Archie the Liberal"
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Synopsis

To change the public perception of their lodge Archie proposes that they let in a black Jewish fellow from his work.

Storyline

When Archie's lodge, The Kings of Queens, is accused in the local press of excluding minorities, he and the lodge brothers have to scramble to try to come up with a plan to change the public perception of the lodge. Mike, who makes a short appearance, warns Archie that the club may not get a tax break if they don't change their ways, and even though Archie dismisses Mike's words, he eventually agrees that things must change; Archie then hits on the idea of allowing a token black and a token Jew into the lodge to take the heat off.

Later, three other lodge brothers (buddies Harry, Barney, and Hank) all drop Archie's home to discuss the matter in an official meeting concerning as to who would or could be the perfect new "token" minority lodge member(s), be they Black, or Jew.

Fortunately, a guy from Archie's job, Solomon Jackson, is both African-American and a Jewry convert. Archie calls Solomon up on the phone and invites Jackson to his house to talk it over with him, and then lets him know that he wants him in the club, but that he "doesn't actually have to show up", as he and the guys fail miserably in hiding the truth from Solomon that they only wanted him as a token absentte member.

Solomon, who clearly is on to Archie and the other lodge brothers, and he sarcastically lets him know that he is proud to be part of the club and that he will be proud to invite more black members and more Jewish members to join, which scares the members, and finally Archie adds that "no one will beat them at basketball".

Trivia

This was the first episode to feature the new wall paper in the Bunker house.

Connections

References
  • Roots (1977) (ABC-TV Mini-Series) - Roots is mentioned in dialogue between characters

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