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"What'll We Do With Stephanie?"
Season 9, episode # 4
# 185 overall in series (205 episodes)
AITF ep. 9x4 - What will we do With Stephanie
After her father fails to return for Stephanie, the Bunkers decide to raise her themselves.
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date October 15, 1978
Production code 906 (9x4)
Written by: Larry Rhine & Mel Tolkin
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Abbey Lincoln
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What'll We Do With Stephanie? was the fourth episode of Season 9 of All in the Family, the 185th overall episode in the series. Written by Larry Rhine and Mel Tolkin, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on October 15, 1978.

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After her father fails to return for Stephanie, the Bunkers decide to raise her themselves.


Stephanie is eagerly awaiting the return of her father Floyd, who has promised to come an pick her up. Instead, he writes a letter to her telling her that he has found a new job but that he will not be able to come and get her. Archie reports Floyd to the FBI, which refers the case over to Child Services. Ms. Laura Grant, who's a child Services representative comes around and deems Archie's unusual behavior to be unfit in the presence of a child. Archie then has to explain the situation to Stephanie that he and Edith are simply not fit to raise a child, but Stephanie warms his heart and he leaves the decision up to Edith.

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Scene Excerpts[]

  • Ms. Laura Grant: (Stephanie's worker) My main concern is to find a proper place for the child.
  • Archie: Oh, hey, I wanna do that too. But, I wanna be sure she goes... Um, with her own kind. Well, what I mean to say, as you know yourself, that certain mixtures, see, they don't... Uh, mix.
  • Ms. Grant: What kind of mixtures did you have in mind?
  • Archie: Well you know, the wrong mixtures. Present company suspected.

  • Archie: Some red nail polish, Edith? Why didn't you just buy her some rouge, high heels and a lamp post.

  • Archie: Do you know the kind of money it takes to raise a child? You know, yanking out the tonsils and the adenoods. Straightening the teeth, straightening the eyes.
  • Edith: Her eyes?
  • Archie: All girls go cock-eyed during puberescency.

  • Edith: He's really a wonderful man, my husband, and underneath he's very sweet.
  • Archie: Damn that Barney Hefner, I'm gonna murder him. Look what happened to me just now: I nearly busted an ankle jumping over two pyramids that Barney's dog left on our sidewalk.

Cast (in Credits Order)[]

Main Cast[]

Guest Stars/Recurring Cast[]

  • Abbey Lincoln as Ms. Laura Grant, Stephanie's case worker

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