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All in the Family: Success Story

One of Archie's old Army buddies, who is now a wealthy man, arrives from Beverly Hills for a little reunion at Archie's with some of the other guys. But although Eddie looks like a million bucks on the outside, he reveals to Mike that he's a little bankrupt on the inside.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x12
Production Number: 112
Airdate: Tuesday March 30th, 1971

Director: John Rich (1)
Writer: Burt Styler

Guest Stars
Frank FordFrank Ford
As Fred Frouge
Herbie FayeHerbie Faye
As Delivery Man
Len LesserLen Lesser
As Billy Pendergast
William WindomWilliam Windom
As Eddie Frazier


Eddie Fraiser, a self made millionaire is coming to town and wants to stop in and see his old Army buddy Archie. He invites all his old Army mates to have a reunion right there in his home. During the stay, Eddie calls his long lost son, who refuses to speak with him. Eddie tells his son that he even called up some old friends as an excuse to come to New York, which Mike overhears. The party goes on with Mike being the only one who knows of his true pain...

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Episode Notes
This episode is one of the first in history to have a character flush a toilet and it actually be heard on TV.

It is revealed that Archie served in the army.

Episode Quotes
(To Gloria and Michael)
Archie: What are you two doing here? If you two are doing real work I might just have a real heart attack.

Archie: Look on this letter VD. VD Edith. Do you know what VD is.
Edith: VD, no wait don't tell me. I know it has to be someone's initials.
Archie: When you ask a dingbat a question, you get a dingbat answer.

(To Michael)
Archie: You know I think you are dead from the neck up.

Delivery Man: Heaviest package I've carried all day.
Archie: Then I bet you were glad to put it down then.

Michael: Therein in life is the biggest gap between our generations.
Archie: Therein in life is the biggest gap between your ears.

Cultural References
Michael: Man does not live by bread alone.

This is a hypocritical statement by Michael since this is actually a portion of a biblical verse. The most common continuation is in the Book of Luke with the following, "Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that preceeds out of the mouth of God."

Michael: When I get out of college, I hope to fight business coruption along with Ralph Nader.

Ralph Nader is a popular third party candidate.

Eddie: I got it from Bob Hope from the classics at the springs.

Bob Hope is a famous comedic personality.

Archie: He was famous on TV before Johnny Carson.

Johnny Carson is famous for his role on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

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