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"Cousin Liz"
Season 8, episode # 3
# 160 overall in series (205 episodes)
AITF ep. 8x3 - Cousin Liz
Veronica (K. Callan), breaks the news to Edith about her cousin Liz, who was Veronica's longtime friend and roommate, about their relationship, that they also were lesbian lovers as they prepare for Liz's wake.
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date October 9, 1977
Production code 801 (8x3)
Teleplay by: Bob Weiskopf & Bob Schiller
Story by: Barry Harman & Harve Brosten
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: K. Callan
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Cousin Liz is the third episode of Season 8 of All in the Family, and the 160th overall episode of the series. Prepared for TV as a teleplay written by Bob Weiskopf and Bob Schiller from an original story penned by Barry Harman and Harve Brosten, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on October 9, 1977.

"Cousin Liz"
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After Edith's cousin Liz dies her female roommate admits to Edith that they were lovers.


Archie and Edith attend her Cousin Liz's funeral. Afterward, they visit with Liz's friend, Veronica Cartright (K. Callan) It's there that Edith tells Archie that she might be getting an heirloom silver tea service. Archie – who is rude to others throughout the episode – loudly slips out that he wants that tea service, period (since it's value is several thousand dollars).

Veronica then asks to speak to Edith privately. There, she reveals to Edith that she was more than just a close friend to her cousin Liz – she and Liz were lesbian partners. Edith is shocked but quickly understanding, and tells her to keep a valuable tea set that was bequeathed to her.

However, Archie finds out, and is outraged. When he learns he can't have the tea set, he plans to sue Veronica. But Edith warns Archie to back off, knowing that Veronica's teaching career could be destroyed if Archie files the lawsuit and thus, comes forward with his knowledge about her sexual orientation.

Did Yiu Know?[]


  • Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers do not appear in this episode.
  • Bob Schiller, Bob Weiskopf, Harve Brosten and Barry Harman won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.
  • Liz's widowed partner Veronica is a teacher, who could be fired if their relationship were publicly known. This episode was re-aired the day before California voted on the Briggs Initiative, which would have required openly gay or lesbian teachers to be fired. The measure was defeated, and many believe it was because of this episode being shown.

Scene excerpts[]


[at the wake Edith's cousin Liz; after finding out that Veronica, Liz's roommate and Liz were lovers]

  • Archie: Turn around and march yourself in there and you pick up your silver; let's go home to New York!
  • Edith: Oh, no, I ain't gonna do that, Archie!
  • Archie: You mean you're gonna disobey your husband?
  • Edith: [thinks about it] Yeah! Case closed!

Cast (in Credits Order)[]

Main Cast[]

Guest Stars/Recurring Cast[]

  • K. Callan as Veronica Cartright

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