"Everybody Tells the Truth"
Season 3, episode # 21
# 58 overall in series (205 episodes)
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Everybody has a different account on when the refrigerator repairman and his black assistant drop by to fix the Bunker's refrigerator in the episode "Everybody Tells the Truth" in Season 3 (ep. #21).
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date March 3, 1973
Production code 321 (3x21)
Written by: Don Nicholl
Directed by: John Rich and Bob LaHendro
Guest starring: Ron Glass
Ken Lynch
Maurice Marsac
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Everybody Tells the Truth is the 21st episode of the third season and the 58th overall episode of All in the Family. The Season 3 episode (#21) first aired on CBS-TV on March 3, 1973. The story was co-directed by John Rich and Bob LaHendro. The story was written by Don Nicholl. Ken Lynch guest stars as Bob.

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The refrigerator is broken, and the family is forced to eat dinner at a restaurant. Over dinner, Archie and Mike give conflicting accounts of what happened on the day a repairman and his black apprentice Jack (Ron Glass) came to fix the refrigerator. Among other conflicting exaggerations, Mike says Archie harassed Jack, a shuffling "Uncle Tom", with a stream of racist remarks, while Archie describes Jack as a Black Power militant wielding a switchblade, which Mike insists did not exist. In the end, Edith gives a more realistic account: Jack used a small pen-knife to eat an apple, and took offense at Archie inconsiderately calling him "boy". She produces the knife (which Jack had left behind), and Gloria declares both Archie and Mike told extremely exaggerated tales, but neither Archie nor Mike will admit to being wrong.


While eating out at a French restaurant, Archie and Mike offer two different versions of the same story. It all began when the refrigerator broke, forcing Edith to call in a couple of repairmen, Bob and his Black assistant Jack, to fix the it. According to Archie, he acted pleasantly, facing opposition anytime he acted the slightest bit assertive, and the repair crew consisted of an intimidating Mafia don and a knife-wielding black gang-banger. Mike insists that Archie screamed and yelled at everyone at the slightest provocation, and that the two workers were a stereotypical musical-comedy Italian and an Amos 'N' Andy-style shuffler. It is up to Edith to tell the real story, without editorial interpolations.



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