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This page lists all of the season two episodes of All In The Family aired during the 1971-72 television season. Beatrice Arthur, who appeared as Edith's outspoken, liberal cousin Maude early during the second season, made another appearance at season's end which would serve as the pilot introduction to the Findlay family, eventually spinning off into Norman Lear's first spinoff series of All In The Family, simply titled Maude.

Veteran entertainer/actor/singer Sammy Davis, Jr. would also make a guest appearance, which garnered lots of media attention internationally and high Nielsen ratings for his sarcastic "kiss" of Archie in the episode "Sammy's Visit".

Season episodes overviewEdit

Seasons Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 13 January 12, 1971 (1971-01-12) April 6, 1971 (1971-04-06)
2 24 September 18, 1971 (1971-09-18) March 12, 1972 (1972-03-12)
3 24 September 16, 1972 (1972-09-16) March 24, 1973 (1973-03-24)
4 24 September 15, 1973 (1973-09-15) March 16, 1974 (1974-03-16)
5 24 September 14, 1974 (1974-09-14) March 8, 1975 (1975-03-08)
6 24 September 8, 1975 (1975-09-08) March 8, 1976 (1976-03-08)
7 23 September 22, 1976 (1976-09-22) March 12, 1977 (1977-03-12)
8 21 October 2, 1977 (1977-10-02) March 19, 1978 (1978-03-19)
9 24 September 24, 1978 (1978-09-24) April 8, 1979 (1979-04-08)

Season 2 (1971/72)Edit

No. in series Image No. in season Title Directed by Written by Original air date
14 AITF Episode 2x1 - Saga of Cousin Oscar 1 "The Saga of Cousin Oscar" John Rich

Teleplay by: Burt Styler and Norman Lear

Story by: Burt Styler

September 18, 1971
Archie's freeloading cousin Oscar comes to stay with the Bunkers. Just as he is eating the Bunkers out of house and home, Oscar (who is never seen on camera) unexpectedly passes away. Archie and Mike are left to ponder their options on what to do with Oscar's body: have a funeral or simply dispose of it in a potter's field.
15 Image Needed 2 "Gloria Poses in the Nude" John Rich Michael Ross and Bernie West and Norman Lear September 25, 1971
Archie is less than thrilled when he learns Mike's artist friend (guest star David Soul) wants to paint Gloria au naturel.
16 Image Needed 3 "Archie and the Lock-up" John Rich

Teleplay by: Paul Wayne and Michael Ross & Bernie West 

Story by: Paul Wayne

October 2, 1971
After inadvertently getting involved with a mob planning an anti-war protest Mike and Lionel had planned to attend, Archie finds himself in jail along with the people he despises most—"Pinkos", "commies" and "hippies".

Note:Allan Melvin appears playing police sergeant Paul Pulaski; he would eventually have a recurring role as Archie's best friend Barney Hefner.

17 Image Needed 4 "Edith Writes a Song" John Rich Lee Kalcheim October 9, 1971
The Bunkers and Stivics arrive home and are greeted by burglars who are trying to elude the authorities. The Bunkers and the bad guys end up arguing over how the family's cash reserves should be spent: give it to the crooks, use it to buy an effective alarm system, or to sell Edith's new song.

Note: Cleavon Little (Blazing Saddles) and Demond Wilson ("Lamont" of Sanford and Son), guest-star in this episode.

18 Image Needed 5 "Flashback: Mike Meets Archie" John Rich Philip Mishkin and Rob Reiner October 16, 1971
The Bunkers and Stivics recall the tempestuous first meeting between Archie and Mike.
19 Image Needed 6 "The Election Story" John Rich Michael Ross & Bernie West October 30, 1971
Archie and Mike quarrel over who is the best candidate in a local election.
20 Image Needed 7 "Edith's Accident" John Rich Teleplay by: Michael Ross & Bernie WestStory by: Tom & Helen August November 6, 1971
Due to an accident in a grocery store parking lot, a can of cling peaches in heavy syrup from Edith's shopping basket slightly damages someone's car.

Note:Barnard Hughes appears as Father Majeski; he would reprise his role in the episodes "Edith Flips Her Wig" and "Edith's Conversion").

21 Image Needed 8 "The Blockbuster" John Rich

Teleplay by: Michael Ross & Bernie West and Austin & Irma Kalish

Story by: Austin & Irma Kalish

November 13, 1971
A corrupt African-American real estate agent (Thalmus Rasulala) tempts Archie to sell his home at an inflated price.

Note: Lionel refers to the real estate agent as an "Oreo cookie."

22 Image Needed 9 "Mike's Problem" John Rich (uncredited)

Teleplay by: Alan J. Levitt and Philip Mishkin

Story by: Alan J. Levitt

November 20, 1971
Mike's anxiety over his upcoming exams puts pressure on the Stivics' sex life, so much that Mike becomes impotent. Gloria is left to deal with her husband's (temporary) impotency.
23 Image Needed 10 "The Insurance Is Cancelled" John Rich

Lee Kalcheim w/ Michael Ross & Bernie West

November 27, 1971
Archie is enduring quite a bit of stress these days—he is told to reduce his workforce during cutbacks at the loading dock, at the same time he is told his homeowner's insurance policy has been cancelled.
24 Image Needed 11 "The Man in the Street" John Rich

Teleplay by: Don Nicholl and Paul Harrison & Lennie Weinrib

Story by: Paul Harrison & Lennie Weinrib

December 4, 1971
Archie is polled for a "man-on-the-street" question, and it is airing on "The CBS Evening News" with Walter Cronkite. Unfortunately, Archie does not have a working television set to see himself being interviewed.

Note: Episode features footage of then-CBS White House CorrespondentDan Rather.

25 Image Needed 12 "Cousin Maude's Visit" John Rich

Teleplay by: Philip Mishkin and Michael Ross & Bernie West

Story by: Philip Mishkin

December 11, 1971
Gloria, Mike and Archie are all flu-ridden and running Edith ragged taking care of them. Adding insult to injury, a caretaker who backs Mike's liberal viewpoints is present: Edith's cousin, Maude.

Note:Beatrice Arthur makes her debut appearance as Maude Findlay.

26 Image Needed 13 "Christmas Day at the Bunkers'" John Rich Don Nicholl December 18, 1971
Archie's depressed at Christmas, particularly since he has to find a way to tell his family he did not get the bonus he expected because his team bungled a work order.
27 Image Needed 14 "The Elevator Story" John Rich Alan J. Levitt January 1, 1972
It is Edith's birthday, and the whole family plans to take her out to dinner. Archie makes a quick stop at the insurance agent's office first—but the elevator he is in suddenly stops, trapping him with a black businessman, a ditsy secretary, a Puerto Rican man, and his very pregnant wife.

Notes:Eileen Brennan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Hector Elizondo and Edith Diaz guest-star.

28 Image Needed 15 "Edith's Problem" John Rich

Teleplay by: Burt Styler
Story by: Burt Styler and Steve Zacharias

January 8, 1972
Edith tells Archie to "stifle, stifle, stifle!" when she goes through the early stages of menopause. Archie tries to be understanding, but just wants his wife to have her change of life so they can get on with their lives as usual.
29 Image Needed 16 "Archie and the FBI" John Rich Michael Ross, Bernie West & Susan Harris January 15, 1972
During a visit between Archie and his longtime friend/American Legion Post 3201 Commander Larry Grundy (Graham Jarvis), an FBI agent investigates both of them, in which their mutual paranoia causes a rift that may permanently damage the friendship.
30 Image Needed 17 "Mike's Mysterious Son" John Rich Warren Murray January 22, 1972
Mike's ex-girlfriend shows up with a four-year-old boy in tow. She tells Edith that Mike is the father and wants him to claim the boy. Wanting to avoid a confrontation, Edith does her best to conceal the boy from Archie.

Note: Marcia Rodd appears as the role of the boy's mother. She would return later in the season as Maude Findlay's daughter.

31 Image Needed 18 "Archie Sees a Mugging" John Rich

Teleplay by: Philip Mishkin and Don Nicholl

Story by: Henry Garson

January 29, 1972
Archie witnesses a mugging and does not want to appear as a witness. During questioning, he makes up a story about gangsters doing the deed, resulting in a visit to Archie's house by a pair of men Archie believes to be from the Mafia.
32 Image Needed 19 "Archie and Edith, Alone" John Rich Teleplay by: Lee Kalcheim and Michael Ross & Bernie WestStory by: Tina & Les Pine February 5, 1972
Mike and Gloria take a vacation, leaving Archie and Edith by themselves and revealing the often uneasy marital relationship between Archie and Edith.
33 Image Needed 20 "Edith Gets a Mink" John Rich

Teleplay by: David Pollock & Elias Davis and Don Nicholl

Story by: David Pollock & Elias Davis

February 12, 1972
Edith gets a mink cape from her wealthy cousin, and Archie objects, demanding she return it. However when the cape is damaged by the cleaners, Archie does an about-face and schemes to keep the insurance check.
34 Image Needed 21 "Sammy's Visit" John Rich []Bill Dana]] February 19, 1972
Sammy Davis Jr. leaves a briefcase in Archie's taxicab, and needs to visit the Bunkers to retrieve it. Archie tries to be on his best behavior but winds up being himself. In the moment that made the episode, Sammy decides to pose for a picture with Archie, but kisses him on the cheek just as Munson trips the camera's shutter.

Note: O'Connor and Davis were longtime friends and when Davis expressed an interest in appearing on the show, O'Connor and Lear came up with the idea of having Davis as himself but doing most of his parts in ad lib form to make it more natural. The kiss at the end was O'Connor's idea. The unrestrained laughter was the longest in television history; it was cut short in the final print to allow Archie to say the last line on screen.

35 Image Needed 22 "Edith the Judge" John Rich Lee Kalcheim February 26, 1972
At a coin-operated laundry, Archie breaks one of the machines, and the manager (Jack Weston) wants to collect damages. Edith reluctantly agrees to arbitrate the grievance lest it wind up in small claims court.
36 Image Needed 23 "Archie Is Jealous" John Rich Rod Parker March 5, 1972
Archie learns a secret from Edith's deep past between her and an old boyfriend.
37 Image Needed 24 "Maude" John Rich Rod Parker March 12, 1972

Edith drags Archie along to Cousin Maude's daughter Carol's wedding in Tuckahoe.

Note: This was the pilot episode for the spinoff series Maude. In addition to []Beatrice Arthur]] as Maude, the episode featured []Bill Macy]] as Maude's husband Walter.

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