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All in the Family: Archie is Worried About His Job

When Archie learns that his company is about to cut 20% of its personnel, he stays up all night worrying, waiting for a phone call from the night guard at work who is trying to find out who will be cut.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x10
Production Number: 110
Airdate: Tuesday March 16th, 1971



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Guest Stars
Burt Mustin
As Harry Feeney
Recurring
Hollis Irving
As Clara Weidermeyer
Recurring
Sandy Kenyon
As Dave
Recurring
Jack Perkins
As Drunk

Recap

A layoff at work has Archie up all night worrying, and awaiting a phone call from the night watchman as to who is being cut. The whole family end up waiting with him, including Mike, who has ordered a pizza, and a stop over from a neighbor just coming home from a date. On top of his worries, a drunken man keeps calling asking for Mary Lou. A policeman stops by after seeing the lights on, which Archie is actually relieved to see thinking he can catch this drunken caller by giving him their address. After he arrives, they find out the drunken man is the cop's Sergeant. Finally the nigh watchman shows up and tells Archie that his area at the plant was being hit, but they are keeping the foreman, which is Archie's job. He now acts relieved, but pretends that he was worried only for the other guys such as Black Elmo and Little Emanuel...

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Episode Quotes
Edith: Archie, it's 2:15 in the morning,what are you doing up?
Archie: I'm playing musical milk bottles.

Edith: Did you eat something that didn't agree with you?
Archie: Only your cooking Edith.

(On the phone)
Archie: Your brain is soaked in booze and you don't know what you are doing. Go back to the toilet room and get you another number.

Archie: We got Immanuel who is Puerto Rican with a bad leg. I mean come on, who'd want to keep a spick with a bum leg?

Archie: Then you got Elmo who is 56 and black as the ace of spades.



Cultural References
Archie: There is nothing happening to me. You'd think I was Lazarus rising from the grave.

This is a biblical story in the Gospels about Lazarus who was dead for three days then Jesus comes and tells him "come forth" and he rises from the dead.



Warning: All in the Family season 1 episode 10 guide may contain spoilers
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