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"Edith's Crisis of Faith (Part 1)"
Season 8, episode # 13
# 170 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Note: Part 1 of two-part story
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date December 25, 1977
Production code 813 (8x13)
Teleplay by: Bob Weiskopf & Bob Schiller
Story by: Erik Tarloff
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Lori Shannon
Allan Melvin
Ron Vernan
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Edith's Crisis of Faith (Part 1) is the 13th episode of Season 8 of All in the Family, and the 170th overall episode in the series. Prepared for TV as a teleplay written by Bob Weiskopf and Bob Schiller from a story penned by Erik Tarloff, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on Christmas Day, December 25, 1977.

"Edith's Crisis of Faith (Part 1)"
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Edith's faith is severely shaken when their friend Beverly, the female impersonator, is murdered at Christmastime. Part 1 of a two-part story.

  • Note: Originally aired as a one-hour episode. In syndication, it is shown as a two-part episode.


Edith is thrilled when her good friend, female impersonator Beverly LeSalle, pays a visit and announces he will be playing Carnegie Hall after Christmas. Mike offers to walk Beverly to a cab on his way to the store to buy a new star for the Christmas tree, but tragedy results when they are attacked by a couple of muggers on Christmas Eve. Mike survives the attack with only minor injuries, and recalls that Beverly saved him from being bludgeoned with a metal pipe. Beverly however, is bludgeoned and beaten to death, presumably because the muggers recognized who and what he was.

Edith becomes distraught over the death of her friend Beverly and wonders how God could allow such an act of violence to happen to someone simply because he was different. She then questions her faith in God. The family tries to console her, as she's stopped attending church, which she usually does each Sunday.

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Soundtrack Credits
  • Deck The Halls (uncredited) - Welsh carol, Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant, Portion sung by Lori Shannon
  • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (uncredited) - Music by Richard Storrs Willis (1850) and lyrics by Edmund Hamilton Sears, Portion sung by Jean Stapleton

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  • Archie: Every man should be king of his castle. And in this here castle, I am the king.
  • Edith: And I am the queen.
  • Archie: [Concerning Beverly LaSalle] Well this king can only handle one "queen" at a time!

  • Edith: Archie, come on. 'Tis the season to be jolly, so be jolly.

  • Archie: [to Mike] Who are you, Ralph Nuder?

  • Beverly La Salle: I have the best dress-maker in town: Mr. Florence.
  • Edith: Is he a man or a woman?
  • Beverly La Salle: Yes.

  • Edith: Why don't you sit down?
  • Beverly La Salle: In this dress? Are you kidding?

[Imitating Mae West]

  • Edith: One false move and you'll have wall to wall foam rubber.

  • Mike: Why are you always bothered by a simple show of affection?
  • Archie: Because I hate it!

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