| Season 5, episode # 17|
|"All in the Family" episode|
|Series:||All in the Family|
|Air date||January 18, 1975|
|Production code||517 (5x17)|
|Written by:||Lloyd Turner and Gordon Mitchell|
|Directed by:||H. Wesley Kenney|
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Mike and Gloria have begun to practice "fair fighting", in which they agree to argue constructively and resolve their differences. They try to enlighten Edith to the concept, but when she attempts to engage Archie in a "fair fight", the results are disastrous.
Mike and Gloria, who both have been going to a class that teaches them how to fight constructively; their new-found knowledge opens their eyes as to what a doormat Edith is to Archie. The two are dumbfounded by Edith's continual submissiveness to Arch. Gloria finally decides it's time to give her mother a long-overdue lesson in how to become more assertive in her marriage.
They convince her that she has to stand up to Archie and bring their arguments to an equal balance. Edith, who's reluctant at first, shocks everyone when Archie comes home by how stubborn Edith can be when she puts her foot down. She and Archie get into a serious argument, the lynch-pin of which is the upcoming visit by her cousin, whom Archie can't stand. Archie says no, but Edith sticks to her guns and refuses to back down. She ends up sleeping on the couch as a result and a confused and shell-shocked Archie tries to make amends. When the subject of Edith's cousin comes up again Archie begins the argument over again and still Edith won't back down!
- The episode title is coined from the saying "All's fair in Love and War".
Cast (in credits order)
- Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker
- Jean Stapleton as Edith Bunker
- Rob Reiner as Michael "Meathead" Stivic
- Sally Struthers as Gloria Bunker Stivic
Guest stars/Recurring cast
None appear in this episode.