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"Everybody Tells the Truth"
Season 3, episode # 21
# 58 overall in series (205 episodes)
AITF 3x20 - Everybody Tells The Truth
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 earlier that day, when a repairman and his black apprentice Jack (Ron Glass) came to repair 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". After Edith produces the knife (which Jack had left behind) , 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, who taunted Archie with his switchblade. Mike insists that Archie screamed and yelled at every slightest provocation and that the two workers were a stereotypical musical-comedy Italian and an Amos 'N' Andy-style shuffler, who had no knife, whom Archie berated with countless racist remarks. It is up to Edith to tell the real story, without editorial interpolations. The assistant was eating an apple and was using a penknife to cut it up. Archie told him off for possessing the knife, which the assistant scoffed at. Archie then called him a "boy", to which the assistant took offense and called Archie out on it. Archie, being somewhat intimidated by this, told the repairman and his assistant to discontinue work on the refrigerator and leave. The repairman claimed the job was almost finished but Archie was adamant, so he billed Archie $18.00 for the house call and the two left. Mike then complained about Archie spending money for nothing, but Archie claimed he now knew what the problem was: a loose wire, and now, he was able to complete the repair himself. Only, in doing so, he ended up breaking the refrigerator even worse than before. After Edith finishes, she produces the knife that Jack had dropped on his way out. As it was a penknife, rather than a switchblade but still was involved in the story, It is proven that both Mike and Archie exaggerated, although neither will admit to it.



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Though he is often portrayed as more enlightened about society than Archie, Michael in fact appears to show an equal level of prejudice as his father in law when it came to judging Jack. Michael in fact falsely depicted him as a feeble minded "Uncle Tom," while Archie falsely depicted him as being a brash Black Power movement member.

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