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"The Games Bunkers Play"
Season 4, episode # 8
# 69 overall in series (205 episodes)
AITF 4x8 - The Games Bunkers Play
When Mike, Gloria, Edith, Lionel and the Lorenzos play a group therapy themed game called "CopOut", Mike gets upset with what he learns about himself that he dislikes, quits, and rants about his relationship with Archie in "The Games Bunkers Play" in Season 4 (ep.#8).
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date November 3, 1973
Production code 408 (4x08)
Teleplay by: Michael Ross and Bernie West
Story by: Susan Perkis Haven, Dan Klein, Michael Ross and Bernie West
Directed by: John Rich and Bob LaHendro
Guest starring: Vincent Gardenia
Betty Garrett
Mike Evans
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The Games Bunkers Play is the eighth episode of the fourth season and the 69th overall episode of All in the Family. It first aired on CBS-TV on November 3, 1973. The story was co-written by Susan Perkis Haven, Dan Klein and Michael Ross and Bernie West from a teleplay written by Ross and West. The episode was co-directed by John Rich and Bob LaHendro.


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Edith, the Stivics, Lionel Jefferson and the Lorenzos play an adult group therapy themed board game called "CopOut", where they must share their real feelings and opinions about each other. During the game, Mike doesn't like what he learns about himself or how others really feel about him. When things aren't going his way, he childishly quits the game and rants about how Archie undeservedly has plenty of opportunities despite his bigotry. He cries on Edith's shoulder but surprisingly, Edith is unsympathetic. Instead, she offers Mike insight regarding Archie's insulting attitude toward him.

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While Archie is out of the house, the rest of the family joins Lionel and the Lorenzos in playing Mike's new "group therapy" board game "CopOut", in which the players reveal their honest opinions about the other players. Alas, Mike doesn't like what he hears when time comes for the others to vent their feelings about him. It is up to Edith, displaying wisdom above and beyond her standard "Dingbat" status, to get Mike back on the right track. Though Carroll O'Connor is largely absent from the proceedings, his appearance at the tail end of the episode provides the evening's biggest laugh.

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