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"Return of the Waitress"
Season 9, episode # 9
# 190 overall in series (205 episodes)
AITF ep 9x9 - The Return of the Waitress
Old "almost" flame Denise (Janis Paige) returns to work at what's now Archie's Place -- without Archie knowing that Harry -- who doesn't know about their past romantic encounter -- actually hired her in "Return of the Waitress" in Season 9 (episode #9).
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date November 26, 1978
Production code 909 (9x9)
Written by: Milt Josefsberg & Phil Sharp
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Jason Wingreen
Janis Paige
Danny Dayton
Bill Quinn
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Return of the Waitress is the ninth episode of Season 9 of All in the Family, and the 190th overall episode in the series. Written by Milt Josefsberg and Phil Sharp, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on November 26, 1978.

"Return of the Waitress"
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Edith finally confronts the waitress who tempted Archie's fidelity after Harry unwittingly hires her to work at Archie's Place.


Archie is caught between sympathy and self-preservation when the "almost other woman" from his past really needs his help. Her name is Denise (Janis Paige) and she's the attractive waitress who was the other half of an evening that Archie - and Edith - will always remember.

Remember Denise? You know, the waitress with whom Archie nearly had an affair two years earlier? Harry - without consulting Archie, or realizing that they knew each other, or about their past romantic encounter,, eh moment, eh, make that kiss - - hires Denise as a waitress at Archie's Place.

Archie is caught between a rock and a hard place, and when he finds out about Harry's new hire, he then worries what Edith will say if and when, eventually, as it's bound to happen, the two women finally meet. Sure enough, Edith runs into Denise at the bar ... and, after a long conversation, Edith, she being the forgiving, compassionate and understanding type that she is, decides to forgive Denise for tempting Archie into infidelity.

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Soundtrack Credits
  • Chloe (1927 song) (uncredited)

Music by Neil Moret, Lyrics byGus Kahn Portion sung by Jean Stapleton

  • Zip-a-dee Doo-Dah - (uncredited)

Written by Allie Wrubel & Ray Gilbert Portion sung by Jean Stapleton

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