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All in the Family: Edith Has Jury Duty

Edith is called in to sit on a jury for the most important case in the country and is sequestered away from her family, which doesn't please Archie at all. And when Edith's lone dissenting vote causes the deliberation to run even longer, there's no telling when she'll be going home.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x9
Production Number: 109
Airdate: Tuesday March 09th, 1971

Guest Stars
Hollis IrvingHollis Irving
As Clara Weidermeyer
Doris SingletonDoris Singleton
As Lydia Stonehurst


Archie is upset after Edith is called to sit in on jury duty. She though, is enthrawed by the excitment of the duties and feels an importance she doesn't get too often. During dinner, she refuses to talk about the case having been told not to by the judge. Mike figures out it must be the Red Delaney case. Archie though isn't impressed, but instead is upset not having Edith to wait on him hand and foot. The jury get sequestered by the judge after Edith's vote of "not guilty". While watching the news on TV, Archie hears of the case and figures it is probably Edith who is holding things up. Edith though, is having a ball with people waiting on her and a chance to stay in a swank hotel. Edith arrives home just as news is telling about the jury aquitting Red Delaney, and how it was Edith that swayed the vote, including an interview by a reporter on the news...

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Episode Notes
This is the first episode that Archie shows an attachment to his chair.

Episode Quotes
(To Edith)
Archie: You got that same look on your face like you did when you gave 50 cents to the black panthers because you thought they were going to preserve our wild life.

Archie: They want people like your mother down there because they know they have no preconceived ideas.

Archie: I didn't insult him. I told him what I thought of pinko bleeding heart liberals defending criminals.

Archie: What is so hot about this trial? They got hotter trials on the Late Show.

Archie: This guy goes in to his apartment and sees her with another spick. So what does he do? He whips out his switch blade and she goes up to that big taco stand in the sky.

Archie: A lone jury, huh? They should have said a lone dingbat.

(To Lydia)
Edith: You, yourself, said that all Puerto Ricans look alike.

Edith: If they was all born liers then how can you believe the neighbors?

Cultural References
Edith: The judge look so eloquent in that black robe. He looked just like Spencer Tracy.

Spencer Tracy is listed as one of America's top 100 actors.

Michael: That Manson trial took almost a year.

This is referring to the infamous Helter Skelter Charles Manson trial.

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