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"Edith Versus the Energy Crisis"
Season 1, episode # 5
# 5 overall in series (97 episodes)
"Archie Bunker's Place" episode
Series: Archie Bunker's Place
Network/Country: CBS-TV / U.S.
Air date October 14, 1979
Production code 1x5
Written by: Patt Shea & Harriet Weiss
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Edward Marshall
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Edith Versus the Energy Crisis is the fifth episode of Season 1 of the Archie Bunker's Place TV series and also the 5th overall episode in the series. Directed by Paul Bogart, the episode, which was written by series creators Patt Shea and Harriet Weiss, originally aired on CBS-TV on October 14, 1979.

"Edith Versus the Energy Crisis"
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Archie can only complain when the height of the 1979 energy crisis prompts Murray to take severe conservation measures. Surely, Archie would find some peace and warmth at home, right? Not with Edith minding the thermostat!


The energy crisis has become a big problem. The bar is freezing cold and Edith has been preserving as much energy as possible at home as well. Soon, Archie is suffering as well, when the frigid conditions give him a case of strep throat.

Did You Know?[]


  • Per the title, an energy crisis is whenever there is an economical bottleneck that prevents distribution of energy products, chiefly oil, to the general population. In 1979, it was the Iranian revolution and subsequent holding of the U.S. hostages from our embassy in Tehran that sparked that energy crisis.
  • Dr. Shapiro is one of several characters that had first appeared in All in the Family to make an appearance in Archie Bunker's Place, he was originally played by George Wyner in the previous series, whereas here he was played by Edward Marshall.

Cast (in Credits Order)[]

Main Cast[]

Guest Stars/Recurring Cast[]

  • Edward Marshall as Dr. Sidney Shapiro

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