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"The Unemployment Story (Part 1)"
Season 7, episode # 4
# 136 overall in series (205 episodes)
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date October 6, 1976
Production code 703 (7x04)
Written by: Ben Starr & Chuck Vincent
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: F. Murray Abraham
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The Unemployment Story (Part 1) is the fourth episode of Season 6 of All in the Family, the 136th episode in the series; it was also the first part of a two-part episode story arc. Co-written by Ben Starr and Chuck Vincent, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on October 6, 1976.

"The Unemployment Story (Part 1)"
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Edith and Gloria are all excited for Michael because he sold an article and it's going to be published in a magazine. Meanwhile, Archie's self-esteem takes a beating when he loses his job on the loading dock. Archie soon finds himself fighting what seems to be an uphill battle with unemployment. He goes down and applies for unemployment but is certainly not impressed with all the legal red tape.

Note: Part 1 of a two-part episode, concerning Archie being laid off from his longtime job. Episode features F. Murray Abraham in a guest role as a clerk at the unemployment office.


The family is getting ready to celebrate Mike's good fortune, he's been published. It happens just at the wrong moment, because Archie has just been laid off due to the recall of a government contract. At the unemployment office, he finds nothing but bureaucracy and frustration, especially with the information he won't get much of a check due to his job moonlighting in Munson's cab. At home, Edith makes it worse trying to make him feel better by trying to sing him to sleep.

Did You Know?[]


  • I Love You Truly (uncredited) -  Written by Carrie Jacobs Bond - Edith sings the song affectionately to Archie

Scene excerpts[]

  • Archie: I see the unemployment on the streets, and I know who they are. You got your winos who can't get up off the ground. You got your hop-heads who can't get back down on the ground. You got your hookers put outta work by the regular girls givin' it away for nothin'. You got your ex-politicians who was finked on by the hookers. And then you got your usual general run of daydreamers, dummies, and slobs.

  • Edith: I love you, Archie.
  • Archie: I love you too get the door.

  • Clerk in Unemployment Office: [asks about Archie's job driving a cab] And how much did you make.
  • Archie: Oh, not much. Munson, the owner, he takes a third, then there's another third that's split between the government and the muggers, and then I get my fifth.

  • Archie: Did you hear what he was just saying to me, here? He's gonna spend public money, our tax dollars, to notify the guy that fired me that I'm out of work.

  • Archie: The rules are written by bureaucraps.

Cast (in Credits Order)[]

Main Cast[]

Guest Stars/Recurring Cast[]

  • F. Murray Abraham as Unemployment Office clerk
  • Jinaki as Mrs. Thomas

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