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"Edith's Crisis of Faith (Part 2)"
Season 8, episode # 14
# 171 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Note: Part 2 and conclusion of two-part story
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date December 25, 1977
Production code 814 (8x14)
Teleplay by: Erik Tarloff, Mel Tolkin & Larry Rhine
Story by: Erik Tarloff
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: None
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Edith's Crisis of Faith (Part 2) is the 14th episode of Season 8 of All in the Family, and the 171st overall episode of the series. Prepared for TV as a teleplay written by Erik Tarloff, Mel Tolkin and Larry Rhine from a story penned by 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 2)"
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Edith's faith is severely shaken when her friend Beverly, the female impersonator, is murdered at Christmastime. Part 2 and conclusion of a two-part story.

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


Mike recovers from the injuries he sustained in the mugging where he and and Beverly LaSalle were attacked while on the way to shop for Christmas tree ornaments. The Christmas Day gift exchange is still strained due to Edith's depression because of the death of Beverly at the hands of the muggers, so the family rallies around her.

Edith has been questioning why God would allow such a terrible thing to happen as Beverly's death. Mike, an atheist of all people, suggests that maybe God didn't want this brutal crime to happen, that it was just a bunch of thugs who were out to rob people and kill if need be. He suggests that maybe the ordeal wasn't something meant to be understood right away, and Edith shouldn't consume herself with trying to do so. Moreover, despite not practicing religion himself, he's always admired how Edith uses her faith to hold the family together through thick and thin, and the family needs that faith. Edith soon agrees with Mike's observation, and it says a prayer that although she still doesn't understand everything, she's grateful for what she has, returning to her old self in the process.

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Soundtrack Credits
  • Deck The Halls (uncredited) - Welsh carol, Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant, Portion sung by Sally Struthers
  • Jingle Bells (uncredited) (1857) - Written by James Pierpont, Portion sung by Carroll O'Connor

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  • Archie: Oh, a scarf. It's got that beautiful beege color.
  • Edith: Beige.
  • Archie: Some of that too!

  • Archie: I says, "Edith, Darling, what is, is" and then I said, "Edith, Darling, what was, was". And finally, I say, "Edith, Darling, what's going to be, is going to be". But your mother in-law don't know nothin' about philosophy.

[Mikes stares blankly at him]

  • Archie: Don't seem like you know a hell of a lot about it yourself.

  • Archie: [about Beverly LaSalle] I wish I could've told her what a nice fellow she was.

  • Archie: Maybe she's lucky he lived as long as she did.

  • Archie: Edith, I am trying to speak unto the Lord

[points skyward with a stick of celery; looks skyward]

  • Archie: Forgive me, Lord, for pointing at you with a vegetable.

  • Edith: I gotta get the cranberry sauce.
  • Archie: Edith, the Lord and me don't give a damn about cranberry sauce.

[after playing a game of "Karate Men"]

  • Mike: You're a sore loser.
  • Archie: I am not. You reached over with your hand and knocked my "Jap" (referring to Japanese people) over!

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  • No guests appear in this episode.

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