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"Too Good Edith"
Season 9, episode # 24
# 205 overall in series (205 episodes)
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Archie shudders to think what life without Edith would be like after he learns of her suffering from phlebitis while trying to cook a St, Patrick's day dinner for the bar in the series finale AITF episode "Too Good Edith" in Season 9 (#24).
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date April 8, 1979
Production code 924 (9x24)
Teleplay by: Harriet Weiss & Patt Shea
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Jason Wingreen
George Wyner
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Too Good Edith was the 24th and final episode of Season 9 of All in the Family, the 205th overall episode in the series, also the series finale episode; as the would be spun off into Archie Bunker's Place for the 1979-80 television season. Written by Harriet Weiss and Patt Shea, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on April 8, 1979.


"Too Good Edith"
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Synopsis

Edith tries to prepare a St. Patrick's Day dinner in spite of her phlebitis. This is the final AITF episode leading up to the series' spin-off, Archie Bunker's Place.

Storyline

Archie enlists Edith to help cook corned beef and cabbage for a St. Patrick's Day festival at Archie's Place. What Archie does not know is that Edith has come down with an acute case of phlebitis, and that she was told to stay off her feet. Edith does not want to tell Archie, afraid she will let him down. Finally, Edith's phlebitis catches up with her, and she tells Archie she cannot walk, and to call Dr. Shapiro.

Initially, Dr. Sidney Shapiro, Dr. Seymour Shapiro's son, who arrives at the Bunker home (to the chagrin of Archie, who thought that his dad would make the house call, as the two have never gotten along from Sidney's childhood), is angry at Archie for apparently forcing Edith to work, but when he sees Archie did not know about the illness, he has a crisis of conscience, as he then apologizes for yelling at him, as Archie responds, "Just don't play baseball on my stoop anymore!"

Archie also is stunned, and comes upstairs. Archie cannot believe that Edith would hide that from him, and questions her love for him. After Edith reassures him, Archie tells her he wants to be told next time when she is not feeling well, then admits he loves her very much and that without her, he has nothing.

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • While this is the final "All in the Family", the series would be reformatted into "Archie Bunker's Place" for the following season.
  • Last show of the series.
  • The final scene of the series ends on Archie and Edith with a camera technique called an "Iris Out". Iris shots were a ubiquitous camera technique during the silent era of film, in the sound era the technique has often been used as a nostalgic homage to the past. This is fitting for the characters and as an end to the series as it uses the camera to visually communicate the theme of the series: 'those were the days'.
  • Final "All in the Family" program to be taped at Metromedia Square. With the change to "Archie Bunker's Place", the show would return to CBS Television City for that show's first season.
Spoilers

In the 1st episode, Archie calls Edith "a real pip." Edith calls Archie "a real pip" in this final episode.

Scene Excerpts

Quotes

  • Archie: You know Edith, the whole damned rest of the world could go to the dogs, but as long as I got you standing by my side, or sitting by my side, or lying like this, by my side, I'd be alright. Oh Edith, I've been blowing my own horn for a long time, but I'm going to tell you something, I'm nothing without you.

  • Archie: Oh, Edith - you know somethin'? If the whole damn world was to go to the dogs, as long as I had you by my side, y'know... or sittin' by my side... or, layin' here, like this, by my side... everything'll be... just okay. I've been blowin' my own horn, for a lotta years... but lemme tell you somethin'. I ain't NOTHIN'...

[whispers]

  • Archie: without you.

[they kiss, then fumble over both drying their tears on his tie]

  • Edith: [smiling through tears] You know somethin', Archie? You're a pip. A real pip.

  • Dr. Sidney Shapiro: [after discovering that Archie didn't know Edith was sick after accusing him of trying to kill her] Please don't tell my father.
  • Archie: [in shock] I won't, just don't play baseball on my stoop anymore!

  • Edith: I wash your clothes and iron your shirts and make sure they're all folded in the right drawers.
  • Archie: Well I could hire Sybil Goolie to do all of that!
  • Edith: Sybil Goolie would never do any of those things for you.
  • Archie: Why not?
  • Edith: Because she don't like you.

[pause]

  • Edith: I LOVE YOU, Archie. That's why I do all those things for you.

  • Stephanie: A person can't go paralyzed by smelling cabbage.
  • Archie: I don't know, the nose is a pretty strong thing. One time I was changing one of Joey's diapers and I nearly passed out.

  • Dr. Sidney Shapiro: Mr. Bunker, I have known you since I was 6 years old.
  • Archie Bunker: Yeah I didn't like you then either.
  • Dr. Sidney Shapiro: And I don't like you now!

  • Dr. Sidney Shapiro: Based on the smell in here, I can guess what you've been doing.
  • Archie: [looks around funny] Well that might make somebody leave the room or open a window, but that's not gonna paralyze anybody.
  • Dr. Sidney Shapiro: I'm not talking about cabbage!

Archie Bunker: Well it can't be, I ain't ate any of it yet.

Connections

References
  • The Merv Griffin Show (TV talk show) - is mentioned by Archie

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