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"Little Miss Bunker"
Season 9, episode # 1
# 182 overall in series (205 episodes)
AITF ep. 9x1 - Little Miss Bunker
When Edith's deadbeat cousin Floyd drops by, he leaves his nine-year-old daughter Stephanie behind, as Archie and Edith, who begins to bond with her, must raise her in "Little Miss Bunker", the Season 9 opening episode.
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date September 24, 1978
Production code 904 (9x1)
Written by: Mel Tolkin & Larry Rhine
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Jason Wingreen
Marty Brill
Bern Bennett
Santos Morales
Bhetty Waldron
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Little Miss Bunker is the season opening episode of Season 9 of All in the Family, and the 182nd overall episode of the series. Written by Mel Tolkin and Larry Rhine, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on September 24, 1978.


"Little Miss Bunker"
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Synopsis[]

Archie is looking forward to a little peace and quiet, as well as spending time alone with Edith, when her Step-cousin - chronically unemployed Floyd Mills - drops by for dinner ... and a request: raise his daughter, Stephanie, while he tries to get back on his feet.

Storyline[]

Archie and Edith are just settling into their blissful life after Mike and Gloria have moved to California when, out of the blue, Edith's step-cousin Floyd drops in for a visit, along with his nine year-old daughter Stephanie. Edith is glad to see them but Archie knows that it is only a matter of time before Floyd will ask for money or some other outrageous favor.

Archie's right, the "favor" that Floyd wants turns out to be that he wants Archie and Edith to look after Stephanie for what he claims would be two weeks (three weeks tops) while he "takes care of some business." Archie refuses, against Edith's objections and Floyd and Stephanie appear to drive away, but they are surprised to find that he has left little Stephanie behind.

When Edith calls Archie, who's busy at the bar while watching a baseball game there with Harry and the patrons, she's crying as she tells him that Stephanie, who overheard Archie tell Edith that he didn't want her staying with them the evening before, has ran away; Archie doesn't have to search far to find Stephanie, who's at the bus station.

When Archie asks her as to why she would run away and cause her "poor Aunt Edith to worry" about her and as to where she was trying to go, Stephanie reveals that she  couldn't go anywhere because she only has $1.85, and that "after a while" (maybe several hours) someone at the bus station would notice her sitting in the bus station and would call and then drop her off at the local Children's Shelter, and then after a few months, her dad Floyd would drop by the shelter and check her out of it, as it was her dad Floyd's way of assuring she had a place to stay while he looks for steady work, as her father was not allowed to check her in and leave her at the shelter himself.

When Archie says that he's taking her back home, Stephanie, thinking that Archie was still mad at her for running away, asks him is he, as he says no, as he then takes her back home to live with him and Edith.

  • Note: First appearance of Danielle Brisebois as Stephanie Mills, Archie & Edith's "niece" (actually the daughter of Edith's step-cousin). Also first episode pretaped and shown to live studio audience for reactions and not taped in front of live studio audience.

Did You Know?[]

Goofs[]

Trivia
  • The title comes from the movie Little Miss Marker (1934), a similar story about a little girl who is left on someone else's doorstep by her deadbeat father.
  • The first appearance of Danielle Brisebois as Stephanie.
  • Beginning with this episode, the series goes from being taped before a live audience, to being taped on a closed set, with the finished and taped episode played back before a studio audience for "One Day at a Time" and their responses used as the laugh track. This would continue as the series became "Archie Bunker's Place" in the fall of 1979, aside from two episodes of that show.

Connections[]

References
  • Little Miss Marker (1934 movie) - title reference

Scene Excerpts[]

Quotes

  • Stephanie: I'd like to go to the John.
  • Edith: We're going to the John.
  • Archie: I heard.

[to Floyd]

  • Archie: "John"? Couldn't you have taught her to say "toilet" like educated people?
  • Floyd Mills (Stephanie's dad): I try the best I can.
  • Archie: Well you failed!

  • Floyd: Gee Arch, I hate to ask for help.
  • Archie: Good, 'cause I hate to give it. Especially if it's money.
  • Floyd: Oh no, this ain't about money.
  • Archie: Then you got a chance.
  • Floyd: I need you to watch Stephanie for a few weeks.
  • Archie: You had a better chance at money.

  • Archie: [Floyd has asked the Bunkers to look after Stephanie] Tell him he's barking up the wrong tree.
  • Edith: You're barking up the wrong tree.
  • Archie: You heard the boss.
  • Edith: (to Floyd) We'd love to take in Stephie.

  • Hooker: (to Archie in the bus station) Hey there, chief, you want some fun?
  • Archie: I don't like fun, I'm a maniac.

Cast (in Credits Order)[]

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