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"The Return of Archie's Brother"
Season 9, episode # 19
# 200 overall in series (205 episodes)
AITF 9x19 - The Return of Archie's Brother
The plans of Archie to invest his bar in a national syndicate with Fred are threatened after Archie finds out his middle-aged younger brother has a much younger 18 year-old wife
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date February 11, 1979
Production code 922 (9x19)
Teleplay by: Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf
Story by: Tom Sawyer & Bob Weiskopf
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Jason Wingreen
Elissa Leeds
Richard McKenzie
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The Return of Archie's Brother is the 19th episodes of Season 9 of All in the Family and the 200th overall episode in the series. Prepared for TV as a teleplay written by Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf from an original story penned by Weiskopf and Tom Sawyer , the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on February 11, 1979.

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Archie's brother, Fred, returns ... with a beautiful 18-year-old wife named Katherine. This leads to a heated discussion over April–September romances and a further strain placed on the relationship between Archie and Fred.


Archie's brother Fred, now reconciled with Archie, decides to invest $5000 to merge Archie's bar into a national syndicate but their new financial partnership, and reconciliation, are dissolved when Archie finds out that Fred's new wife is only 18 years old.

Did You Know?[]


  • When referring to Charles Chaplin marrying a young girl, Archie says that "They chased him out of the country for that." Though in reality Chaplin's public image had been tarnished in the United States due to his vocal activism and political stances in the 1940's and early 1950's. His activism led some to question whether he was a communist or a communist sympathizer, which in the "Red Scare" era of McCarthyism was enough to turn political sentiment against him. Though he had lived and worked in the country for decades he was not a citizen, thus when Chaplin sailed to London, England for the premiere of his film Limelight (1952) he was informed that his re-entry permit to the United States had been revoked by the U.S. Attorney General.
  • Adjusted for inflation, the $5,000 Archie wanted to invest in the Chinese restaurants would be roughly $17,838 in 2017 dollars.
  • The Senator to whom Edith refers would likely be Strom Thurmond (R-SC). Thurmond was nearly 25 years older than his first wife and was 44 years older than his second wife.
  • The Supreme Court Justice that Edith refers to is likely William O. Douglas. His second wife was 41 years younger and his third wife was 45 years younger than him.
  • Edith mentions Charles Chaplin marrying a young girl. Chaplin wed four times and the age gap between the couple grew in each successive marriage. Mildred Harris was 12 years younger, Lita Grey was 19 years younger, Paulette Goddard was 21 years younger and Oona Chaplin was 37 years than Chaplin.
  • Edith mentions that "They finally gave him and an Academy Award for that." Charles Chaplin did receive an honorary Oscar at the 44th Academy Awards ceremony (April 10, 1972) for "the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century". Though he had been exiled from the USA (and Hollywood) for 20 years he came to accept the award in person and received a 12 minute standing ovation, the longest in the history of the Oscar's.

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