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"The Appendectomy"
Season 9, episode # 16
# 197 overall in series (205 episodes)
AITF 9x16 - the Appendectomy
Stephanie's in good spirits after Dr. Sidney Shapiro successfully takes out her appendix.
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date January 21, 1979
Production code 913 (9x16)
Written by: Phil Sharp & Milt Josefsberg
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: George Wyner
Tracy Bogart
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The Appendectomy was the 16th episodes of Season 9 of All in the Family, the 197th overall episode in the series. Written by Phil Sharp and Milt Josefsberg , the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on January 21, 1979.

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On her tenth birthday Stephanie is rushed to the hospital with appendicitis.


When Stephanie develops appendicitis, old, but reliable Dr. Shapiro is unavailable to perform the surgery. However, his son - who turns out to be one of Gloria's former playmates, is available and willing to do the surgery, even if an outraged Archie objects.

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  • Stephanie: Thanks, Uncle Archie.
  • Archie: Me? But it's from your father.
  • Stephanie: My father doesn't spell "Daddy" D-A-D-Y.

  • Edith: You know what we're gonna do tomorrow?
  • Archie: Don't tell me.
  • Edith: We're gonna throw Stephanie a birthday party.
  • Archie: She tells me anyway.

  • Edith: [about Dr. Sydney Shapiro] He was so smart. He had always wanted to make a bat.
  • Archie: A ball bat?
  • Edith: No, a real bat. He wanted to cross a mouse with a bird.
  • Archie: THAT'S the genius you got working on our kid in there?

  • Archie: Hey Sydney, you're a real chimp off the old block.

  • Archie: What kind of a doctor chokes up to the house in a Plymouth? Let me call Dr. Kurtsman who glides around in a Lincoln.

  • Dr. Sidney Shapiro: That girl needs her appendix taken out. If you want a second opinion, take her to the hospital and have it done there.
  • Archie: But I want a second opinion to see if she should go to the hospital.

  • Edith: We'd barely have enough strength to drag ourselves over the hill to the bone orchard.

Edith: I ain't going to no bone orchard.

  • Archie: If I go, you go.

  • Archie: I nearly killed the child.
  • Edith: You couldn't help it if her appendix burst.
  • Archie: Who said young Dr. Shapiro shouldn't do it? Who said old Dr. Shapiro should? Who thought we should get Dr. Kurtsman - who never called me back from the Copa Cabana. Who done all them stupid things?
  • Edith: You did.


  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV series) - Mentioned by Archie
Soundtrack Credits
  • Happy Birthday to You (traditional song, uncredited) - Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill. Sung by cast

Cast (in Credits Order)[]

Main Cast[]

Guest Stars/Recurring Cast[]

  • George Wyner as Dr. Sidney Shapiro
  • Tracy Bogart as Nurse

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