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"Barney the Gold Digger"
Season 9, episode # 18
# 199 overall in series (205 episodes)
AITF 9x18 - Barney the Gold Digger
Archie tries to play matchmaker for a separated Barney, setting him up with Martha Birkhorn (Peggy Rea), a very portly, but also very wealthy woman in "Barney the Gold Digger" in Season 9 (ep.#18).
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date February 5, 1979
Production code 919 (9x18)
Teleplay by: Bob Schiller, Bob Weiskopf, Phil Sharp & Milt Josefsberg
Story by: Winston Moss
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Peggy Rea
Allan Melvin
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Barney the Gold Digger was the 18th episodes of Season 9 of All in the Family, the 199th overall episode in the series. Prepared for TV as a teleplay written by Bob Schiller, Bob Weiskopf, Phil Sharp and Milt Josefsberg from an original story penned by Winston Moss , the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on February 5, 1979.

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Barney becomes despondent when Blanche finally leaves him for good. Archie decides to play matchmaker, but the woman is fat and ugly ... and very, very rich!


Archie finds himself in the middle of a bad situation when a suicidal Barney Hefner calls him to announce that Blanche has run off again, this time with the furnace repairman. Archie concludes that Barney needs a new woman in his life, and sets him up with Martha Birkhorn (Peggy Rea) Edith's rich widowed, albeit obese, friend. Martha eventually meets Barney (Allan Melvin) for a blind date at the Bunker's residence. Martha is very heavy, and Barney's first impression of her was quite funny, but, being desperte for companionship since Blanches left, allows Archie to set him up with Martha. After a few tense moments, they actually start to like each other, probably more in a platonic way, but they go out and have fun together, and generally split evenly the costs of their outings.

Did You Know?[]


  • The set of Barney's house is the same interior formerly used as The Stivic House.
  • Peggy Rea had appeared in three previous episodes as Cousin Bertha (one uncredited and not specifically named).
  • The title refers to usually a woman who is marrying a man for his money, though it can also be applied to a gold prospector who digs in the earth for gold.
  • Danielle Brisebois doesn't appear in this episode.

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