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"California, Here We Are: Parts 1 & 2"
Season 9, episode # 12, 13
# 193, 194 overall in series (205 episodes)
AITF ep 9x12-13 - California Here We Are
The Bunkers are thrilled to visit Mike, Gloria, and Joey in Califorina for Christmas, but their joy is soon to be upset when they learn that the Stivics are separated in the "California, Here We Come" episodes in Season 9 (#12 & #13).
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date December 17, 1978
Production code 914 (9x12)
915 (9x13)
Written by: Part 1: Milt Josefsberg & Phil Sharp
Part 2: Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Rob Reiner
Sally Struthers
Cory R. Miller
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California, Here We Are: Parts 1 & 2 were the 12th and 13th episodes of Season 9 of All in the Family, the 193rd and 194th overall episodes in the series, also a two-parter. Written by Milt Josefsberg and Phil Sharp (Part 1) and Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf (Part 2), the episodes, which were directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV as a one-hour episode on December 17, 1978.

"California, Here We Are: Parts 1 & 2"
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When the Bunkers visit the Stivics in California, Mike and Gloria are hiding the fact that they have separated.


The Stivics' first Christmas in California may be their last together, the Bunkers learn. Unable to keep up appearances any longer, Gloria lets on that she and Mike are having serious marital problems and have separated. Gloria finally tells Edith in the middle of the night that she and Mike have separated because she feels neglected and has been seeing another man.

Mike's job as a college professor requires him to spend a lot of time away from home and a lonely Gloria responds by having an affair with a neighbor, Bud Krieger who was also a professor at Mike's college. When Mike and Gloria reveal to Archie that they're separated, he's furious, assuming that Mike was to blame but he really hits the roof when he finds out the truth.

As a stunned Mike watches, Archie - forgetting he once too nearly went astray - screams at Gloria about her unfaithfulness to her husband. Edith tries to get Archie to stop his verbal assault but he tells her it's "God's business." Edith's retort: "Then you let God tend to it!" Then, in her own unique way, she asks her daughter and son-in-law whether there is anything left to rebuild their crumbling marriage.

While Archie expresses his outrage and tells Mike he is too good for Gloria, Edith is determined to do all she can to help the Stivics salvage their marriage. Mike and Gloria uneasily say they will try to rekindle their flickering marriage and then put off the discussion long enough to invite Stephanie and Joey in to unwrap Christmas presents.

Did You Know?[]


  • Final appearance of both Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers on the show, although they will appear on a first season episode of Archie Bunker's Place.
  • The episode's title is based on Al Jolson's hit song 'California, Here I Come'.
  • Originally an hour-long episode, it was broken into two parts for syndication.

Scene excerpts[]


  • Mike: Nice to see you, Arch.
  • Archie: Yeah well, nice to see you too, Michael.
  • Mike: You called me Michael.
  • Archie: What the hell, it's Christmas!

  • Stephanie: Where's Joey and the meathead?
  • Gloria: [to Archie] Did you teach her that?
  • Archie: Where is Joey and the meathead?

[Gloria lightly slaps him]

  • Archie: Don't hit your father in the airport!

  • Gloria: My parents gave us five years of happiness in their house.
  • Mike: Those were the worst five years of my life.
  • Gloria: Those were the first five years we were married.
  • Mike: Bingo.

  • Archie: [after finding out that Gloria had an affair] Meathead, I never thought I'd be saying this, but YOU'RE too good for HER!

  • Mike: [to Gloria] You know, ever since we got separated, you got fat!

  • Edith:' [to Archie, after he finds out that Gloria had an affair] No matter what she done its none of your business.
  • Archie: What're you talking about; its the world's business.
  • Edith: No, it ain't the world's business neither.
  • Archie: [shouting] Well its certainly God's business.
  • Edith:' [Quietly] Then you let God tend to it.


Soundtrack Credits
  • Silent Night (uncredited)

Lyrics (English translation) by John Freeman Young (1863)
Lyrics (original German) by Joseph Mohr (c. 1816)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber (c. 1820)
Portion sung by Jean Stapleton

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