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"The Commercial"
Season 8, episode # 15
# 172 overall in series (205 episodes)
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date January 8, 1978
Production code 815 (8x15)
Teleplay by: Ben Starr & Ron Bloomberg
Story by: Ron Bloomberg
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Frank Aletter
Alan Hamel
Darryl Hickman
Thomas H. Middleton
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The Commercial was the 15th episode of Season 8 of All in the Family, the 172nd overall episode in the series. Prepared for TV as a teleplay written by ben Starr and Ron Bloomberg from a story penned by Bloomberg, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on January 8, 1978.

"The Commercial"
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Honest Edith just can't lie during a detergent commercial.

  • Note: Sally Struthers does not appear in this episode.


While doing the family's laundry at the laundromat, a man walks up to Edith and starts pouring ketchup all over the clothes. Edith is shocked and infuriated until she realizes that the man is secretly auditioning her for a detergent commercial. She gets the job, which will pay $250 whether she does the commercial or not.

Needless to say, Archie is not happy, especially since the man ruined the shirt he got from Disney World (signed by Mickey Mouse), but is quite happy with the prospect of the money. However, during the commercial shoot, Edith is asked which pile of laundry looks cleaner and keeps choosing the other brand because she is too honest to tell a lie even for money. The director cancels the commercial and Archie is flummoxed because it means that no residuals will be coming.

Did You Know?[]


  • Ironically, Jean Stapleton actually did do some various laundry detergent commercials previously before the All In The Family series.
  • Ironically, guest stars Frank Aletter (Mr. Prescott) and Darryl Hickman (Peter Grey) portrayed boyfriends of Carol Traynor on the spin-off Maude in separate episodes.

Cast (in Credits Order)[]

Main Cast[]

Guest Stars/Recurring Cast[]

  • Frank Aletter as Mr. Prescott
  • Alan Hamel as Ricky Buffalo
  • Darryl Hickman as Peter Grey
  • Thomas H. Middleton as Arnold Shaffer

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