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"The Stivics Go West"
Season 8, episode # 24
# 181 overall in series (205 episodes)
AITF ep. 8x24 - The Stivics Go West
After all the years of clashing, Archie and Mike are finally able to make peace with one another as they share a touching moment before Mike and Gloria and Joey get ready to depart for California in "The Stivics Go West", the Season 9 finale (#24).
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date March 19, 1978
Production code 824 (8x24)
Written by: Mel Tolkin & Bob Schiller
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Clyde Kusatsu
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The Stivics Go West was the 24th and final episode of Season 8 of All in the Family, the 1801st overall episode in the series. Written by Bob Weiskopf and Bob Schiller, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on March 19, 1978.


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Synopsis

Saying goodbye to Mike and Gloria proves traumatic for the Bunkers. Before they leave for their new life in California, Mike and Gloria share some long-hidden feelings, confused tears, and much, much more with Archie and Edith.

Storyline

In an effort to erase the memory of previous night's fighting and create a lasting positive memory before the Stivics depart for California, Gloria and Edith convince their husbands to renew their respective wedding vows in the presence of a minister.

In the process, Archie and Mike are finally able to make peace with one another, admitting that although their views are vastly different, there have been plenty of good times and that they have come to love and respect one another. A tearful goodbye follows, and Archie and Edith suddenly are left alone, sadly sitting in their chairs, a piece of them having left them forever.

  • Note: Part 3 and the conclusion of a three-part story arc concerning the Stivics' plans to move to California. This episode also marks the final episode with Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers in their roles as regular cast members.

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  • Norman Lear planned to end the show with this episode. There was even a goodbye party after the taping and a People Magazine cover commemorating the supposed finale. However, Carroll O'Connor and CBS wanted the show to continue, so Lear and Tandem Productions relented, and Jean Stapleton was convinced to return, while Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers were not.
  • After eight years on All in the Family, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers leave the show and their characters, the Stivics, head to California for Mike Stivic's new job.
  • Much of the emotions expressed by cast members for their performances was genuine. Rob Reiner also noted that much of Mike and Archie's farewell dialogue, particularly Mike telling Archie how he was like a father to him, reflected his own feelings about departing the series and his relationship with Carroll O'Connor.

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  • Oh, Promise Me (uncredited)

Written by Reginald De Koven Portion sung by Jean Stapleton

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