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"Mike the Pacifist"
Season 7, episode # 21
# 153 overall in series (205 episodes)
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date February 12, 1977
Production code 721 (7x21)
Written by: Phil Doran & Douglas Arango
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Nita Talbot
Wynn Irwin
William Lanteau
Richard Lawson
William Pierson
Al Mancini
Jerrold Ziman
Vanda Barra
Eddie Goldberg
Eddie Goldberg
Sudie Bond
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Mike the Pacifist is the 21st episode of Season 7 of All in the Family, and the 153rd overall episode of the series. Written by Phil Doran and Douglas Arango, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on February 12, 1977.

"Mike the Pacifist"
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Archie tags along when Mike and Gloria go house hunting in the Bronx. On their way back, the subway breaks down, and Mike punches a man who was assaulting his wife, causing him to question his belief in nonviolence.


Mike, Gloria and Archie take the subway back from the Bronx where they were going to see a house. Archie warns them about the scum and "preverts" that ride through the subway even though Mike thinks dead wrong about the common man and about violence. That theory is tested when they are witness to a feuding married couple who are not only at odds with one another but are determined to drag Mike and Gloria and Archie into the middle of it. The argument gets so heated that the man attempts to strangle his wife, leading Gloria to intervene, and get shoved to the side, provoking Mike to punch the man. For a brief moment, Mike thinks he may have killed the man, but he eventually comes around and despite the fact that the man is okay, Mike feels horrible for giving in to his base instincts.


Jean Stapleton doesn't appear in this episode.


  • The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV talk show) - Mentioned in dialogue

Scene excerpts[]


[Archie, Mike and Gloria all are on a subway train]

  • Mike: You've moved us through three cars already.
  • Archie: There was a gang war in the first car.
  • Mike: What gang? It was three kids fighting over a strap to hold onto.
  • Archie: I'll bet if you went back now the little one would be hanging from that strap.

[repeated line]

  • Archie: All you done was belt him.

Cast (in Credits Order)[]

Main Cast[]

Guest Stars/Recurring Cast[]

  • Nita Talbot as Marcia
  • Wynn Irwin as Howard, Marcia's husband
  • William Lanteau as Doctor on Subway
  • Richard Lawson as Angry Black Man
  • William Pierson as Wino on Subway
  • Al Mancini as Pickpocket
  • Jerrold Ziman as Lawyer on Subway
  • Gerry Black as Subway Conductor
  • Vanda Barra as Clarice, the Doctor's wife
  • Eddie Goldberg as Old Man on Subway
  • Sudie Bond as Old Woman on Subway

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