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"The Return of Sammy"
Season 1, episode # 19
# 19 overall in series (97 episodes)
"Archie Bunker's Place" episode
Series: Archie Bunker's Place
Network/Country: CBS-TV / U.S.
Air date February 3, 1980
Production code 1x19
Written by: Bill Larkin & Richard Baer
Directed by: Dick Martin
Guest starring: Sammy Davis, Jr.
Heidi Hagman
Esther Sutherland
Doria Cook-Nelson
Betty A. Bridges
Tanya Boyd
Liam Gannon
Dean Scofield
Mel Bryant
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The Return of Sammy was the 19th episode of Season 1 of the Archie Bunker's Place TV series and also the 19th overall episode in the series. Directed by Dick Martin, the episode, which was written by Bill Larkin and Richard Baer, originally aired on CBS-TV on February 3, 1980.

"The Return of Sammy"
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Sammy Davis Jr. accepts Archie's invitation to visit the restaurant after Archie sees him on a local talk show.


Archie's "old friend" Sammy Davis Jr. is in town appearing on a talk show. Archie calls him up and invites him to the bar.

Did You Know?[]


  • Per the title, Archie is again visited by actor and singer Sammy Davis Jr.
  • This episode is considered a sequel, of sorts to Sammy's guest appearance in the Season 2 All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit" (#21).
  • When Sammy chokes on some food, Archie uses the Heimlich maneuver to save Sammy's life. At the end of the episode, in an ironic twist, Archie kisses Sammy, just the opposite of what happened in the parent show's episode Sammy's Visit, when Sammy, as a joke, sarcastically kisses Archie on the cheek while Bert Munson takes a snapshot of the two.

Cast (in Credits Order)[]

Main Cast[]

Guest Stars/Recurring Cast[]

  • Sammy Davis, Jr. as Himself (Special guest star)
  • Esther Sutherland as Nurse Wilson
  • Doria Cook-Nelson as Olivia Belladonna (credited as Doria Cook)
  • Liam Gannon as Phil Farrell
  • Tanya Boyd as Sammy's Secretary
  • Dean Scofield as Fred (credited as Dino Scofield)
  • Heidi Hagman as Linda
  • Betty A. Bridges as Woman (credited as Betty Bridges)
  • Mel Bryant as Man

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