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"Love Comes to the Butcher"
Season 8, episode # 18
# 175 overall in series (205 episodes)
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date February 5, 1978
Production code 818 (8x18)
Written by: Phil Sharp
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Theodore Bikel
Sarina C. Grant
Allan Melvin
Jason Wingreen
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Love Comes to the Butcher is the 18th episode of Season 8 of All in the Family, and the 175th overall episode in the series. Written by Phil Sharp, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on February 5, 1978.

"Love Comes to the Butcher"
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Edith gives the neighborhood butcher, a bachelor who is desperately seeking a girlfriend, some encouragement. The butcher takes the compliment seriously and develops a huge love crush for Edith.


The local butcher, Mr. Klemmer, has developed a serious crush on Edith, who resembles his recently deceased wife, and has been giving her special deals on meat to keep her coming into his shop. While Archie initially thinks he's harmless, he has a change of attitude after learning that Barney has just lost his wife to another man.

At dinner one night, Edith begins to talk about the friendship that she and Mr. Klemmer are developing, as Mike and Gloria begin suspecting that he may have feelings for Edith, but Archie blows it off because he believes that she has already found "perfection" in him.

During a conversation at the laundromat, Edith has a conversation with Mr. Klemmer, stating that he might have "a chance". Having his signals mixed he thinks she's talking about "a chance" with her, but she means in finding someone else new.

Unknowingly adding fuel to the fire of his feelings for her, Edith invites Mr. Klemmer over to the house for coffee and to sit around the piano and sing. She hopes Archie will join them but he goes to work at the bar, leaving her alone with Mr. Klemmer. At the bar, Barney Hefner comes by in tears because Blanche has just left him for their exterminator, which gets Archie's mind ticking. Back at he house, Mr. Klemmer declares for Edith, but she reminds him that she is happily married, just as Archie walks in. Embarrassed over the misunderstanding, Mr. Klemmer leaves and Edith and Archie sit at the piano, Archie none the wiser of Mr. Klemmer's play for his wife.

Did You Know?[]


  • The Lawrence Welk Show - Mentioned in character dialogue


  • Allan Melvin also played a butcher, being "Sam" the Butcher, Alice's beau, on the ABC-TV sitcom series The Brady Bunch.


Soundtrack Credits
  • I Kiss Your Hand, Madame (uncredited)

From "Ich küsse Ihre Hand, Madame" Music by Ralph Erwin German lyrics by Fritz Rotter English lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young Portion in German sung by Theodore Bikel Portion in English sung by Carroll O'Connor

  • Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (uncredited)

Music by Sam H. Stept, Lyrics by Lew Brown and Charles Tobias Portion sung by Jean Stapleton and Theodore Bikel

  • Indian Love Call (uncredited)

Music by Rudolf Friml, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Portion sung by Jean Stapleton and Theodore Bikel

  • Mairzy Doats (uncredited)

Lyrics by Milton Drake, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston Portion sung by Jean Stapleton and Theodore Bikel

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