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This guide lists all of the episodes aired in season five of All In The Family which aired during the 1974-75 television season. George and Louise Jefferson, the Bunker's next-door neighbors, were able to move from their home in Queens to an expensive hi-rise apartment building on the East Side of Manhattan in "The Jeffersons Move Up", to the joy of Archie, whom the Jeffersons, especially George, were reluctant to invite to a celebration party which Mother Jefferson (played by Zara Cully, who would become a regular cast member on The Jeffersons spin-off series pilot in January '75) also attended.

Archie manages to offend Mother Jefferson, after telling George, who was arguing with her, "Look what you've done, made your poor mammy upset, there!", whereas she retorts back, "I am not a poor old mammy!", in probably the most poignant moment of the episodes of the season. Veteran Academy Award-winning actor Henry Fonda hosts the episode "The Best of All In The Family", an anthology of all of the best scenes from episodes from the first 4 1/2 seasons of the show.

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 5 (1974/75)Edit

No. in series Image No. in season Title Directed by Written by Original air date
86 Image Needed 1 "The Bunkers and Inflation (Part 1)" H. Wesley Kenney Don Nicholl, Michael Ross & Bernie West September 14, 1974
Part 1 of a four-part story arc concerning the impact of a strike at Archie's workplace on the Bunker family.
87 Image Needed 2 "The Bunkers and Inflation (Part 2)"
(alternate title: "Archie Underfoot")
H. Wesley Kenney Don Nicholl and Michael Ross & Bernie West September 21, 1974
Part 2 of a four-part story arc concerning the impact of a strike at Archie's workplace on the Bunker family.
88 Image Needed 3 "The Bunkers and Inflation (Part 3)"
(alternate title: "Edith the Job Hunter")
H. Wesley Kenney Don Nicholl, Michael Ross & Bernie West September 28, 1974
Part 3 of a four-part story arc concerning the impact of a strike at Archie's workplace on the Bunker family.
89 Image Needed 4 "The Bunkers and Inflation (Part 4)"
(alternate title: "Archie's Raise")
H. Wesley Kenney Don Nicholl,Michael Ross & Bernie West October 5, 1974
Part 4 and conclusion of a four-part story arc concerning the impact of a strike at Archie's workplace on the Bunker family.
90 Image Needed 5 "Lionel the Live-In" H. Wesley Kenney Teleplay by: Woody Kling
Story by: Jeffery Mackowsky
October 12, 1974
Lionel and George Jefferson fight over the suitability of Lionel's girlfriend/fiancee, prompting Lionel to spend the night at the Bunkers'.

Note: This is the first time the term "zebra" would be used to describe Jenny Willis and her family. The term would be used all through "The Jeffersons".

91 Image Needed 6 "Archie's Helping Hand" H. Wesley Kenney Norman & Harriet Belkin October 19, 1974
Archie, annoyed at the amount of time Edith is spending with Irene Lorenzo, attempts to help her get a job as a bookkeeper at the loading dock, but the position Irene ends up landing is that of forklift operator, working alongside Archie.
92 Image Needed 7 "Gloria's Shock" H. Wesley Kenney Dixie Brown Grossman October 26, 1974
In the midst of another of Archie and Mike's arguments, this one about overpopulation, Gloria discovers that Mike does not want to have children.
93 Image Needed 8 "Where's Archie?" H. Wesley Kenney Barry Harman & Harve Brosten November 2, 1974
Note: Part 1 of a three-part story arc about the time Archie went missing. Archie is headed to an Army convention, but Edith receives word that he never made it to the hotel. Archie mysteriously disappears while traveling to the union convention in Buffalo, leaving Edith fraught with worry. (This three-part story was written to explain Archie's absence when Carroll O'Connor went on strike at the beginning of the 1974/75 season.)
94 Image Needed 9 "Archie is Missing" H. Wesley Kenney Lloyd Turner & Gordon Mitchell November 9, 1974
Notes: Part 2 of a three-part story arc about the time Archie went missing. Still no signs of Archie. Edith, Mike and Gloria are becoming frantic, questioning Archie's friends and co-workers. Episode notable for featuring the first appearances of Archie's co-workers, Stretch Cunningham (played by James Cromwell) and Mildred "Boom Boom" Turner (Gloria LeRoy). Carroll O'Connor does not appear in this episode due to his feud with Norman Lear.
95 Image Needed 10 "The Longest Kiss" H. Wesley Kenney Teleplay by: Lou Derman & Bill Davenport
Story by: Dawn M. Stephens, Lou Derman & Bill Davenport
November 16, 1974
Note: Part 3 of a three-part story arc about the time Archie went missing. Edith receives word that Archie has been located (it seems he got on the wrong bus and ended up at a podiatrists' convention, and ended up having such a good time that he never made it to his own convention). Edith, Gloria and Mike decide to have a party to celebrate his return; when Archie returns, he finds Edith spinning a hula hoop, Mike and Gloria struggling to maintain an hour-long kiss, George and Louise Jefferson jitterbugging, and Irene Lorenzo standing on her head. After a feud with producer Norman Lear about his contract negotiations, Carroll O'Connor finally returns in this episode.
96 Image Needed 11 "Archie and the Miracle" H. Wesley Kenney Lloyd Turner & Gordon Mitchell November 23, 1974
When Archie is nearly killed in an accident at the loading dock, he regards it is a miracle, and decides to repay God by doing "the Lord's work"...until the Lord's work conflicts with his Sunday football game.
97 Image Needed 12 "George and Archie Make a Deal" H. Wesley Kenney David P. Harmon November 30, 1974
George Jefferson wants to run for a local council seat, but none of his neighbors will sign the petition to get him onto the ballot unless Archie first signs, necessitating an unlikely agreement between the two.
98 Image Needed 13 "Archie's Contract" H. Wesley Kenney Ron Friedman December 7, 1974
A scam artist makes a deal to encase The Bunkers' house in aluminum siding, but when Archie has second thoughts, it takes the efforts of his neighbors, George and Louise Jefferson and Irene Lorenzo to get out of the contract.
99 Image Needed 14 "Mike's Friend" H. Wesley Kenney Roger Shulman & John Baskin December 14, 1974
Gloria feels left out when Stuart, one of Mike's friends from college visits. Mike wants to do something "intellectual", but Stuart feels uncomfortable that they've excluded Gloria.

Note: Carroll O'Connor does not appear in this episode.

100 Image Needed 15 "The Best of "All in the Family"" Special John Rich, Bob LaHendro & H. Wesley Kenney Don Nicholl, Michael Ross, Bernie West & Norman Lear December 21, 1974
Henry Fonda hosts this special one-hour retrospective of "AITF" and its impact on American television. Included are show clips from the show's most memorable episodes to that point.
101 Image Needed 16 "Prisoner in the House" H. Wesley Kenney Teleplay by: Bud Wiser and Lou Derman & Bill Davenport
Story by: Bud Wiser
January 4, 1975
Archie is dismayed to learn that the plumber who is doing work in his home has employed a furloughed prisoner from Sing-Sing.
102 Image Needed 17 "The Jeffersons Move Up" H. Wesley Kenney Don Nicholl and Michael Ross & Bernie West January 11, 1975
George and Louise move from their house in Queens to a luxury high-rise in Manhattan. Note: Jean Stapleton is the only AITF cast member to appear in this episode. First episode in which neither Rob Reiner nor Sally Struthers appears.

Note: First TV storyline appearances of characters Mr. Bentley (Paul Benedict), Ralph Hart the Doorman (Ned Wertimer) .Also first appearances of Franklin Cover, Roxie Roker and Berlinda Tolbert as Tom, Helen and Jenny Willis. (Tom, Helen and Jenny had been portrayed by different actors in the Season 4 AITF episode "Lionel's Engagement".) This episode also served as the pilot episode for "[[The Jeffersons]" spinoff TV series.

103 Image Needed 18 "All's Fair" H. Wesley Kenney Lloyd Turner & Gordon Mitchell January 18, 1975
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.
104 Image Needed 19 "Amelia's Divorce" H. Wesley Kenney Lou Derman & Bill Davenport January 25, 1975
Edith is looking forward to a visit from her cousin Amelia and Amelia's husband Russel whose marriage she thinks is perfect, but it's only after learning how unhappy Russel and Amelia are together that Archie and Edith realize how lucky they are to have one another.

Note: Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers both do not appear in this episode.

105 Image Needed 20 "Everybody Does It" H. Wesley Kenney Lou Derman, Bill Davenport & Susan Ware February 8, 1975
Archie attempts to defend his practice of pilfering tools and supplies from his employer, but as usual, his arguments backfire.
106 Image Needed 21 "Archie and the Quiz" H. Wesley Kenney Michael Morris February 15, 1975
Edith is taking a life expectancy quiz, which Archie regards as dumb, until he takes it himself and it tells him he will only live to be 63. Convinced she miscalculated, Archie has Mike figure it out for him, and it turns out that he is only expected to live to be 57! He consequently has a nightmare about attending his own funeral.
107 Image Needed 22 "Edith's Friend" H. Wesley Kenney Barry Harman & Harve Brosten February 22, 1975
Edith attends a friend's wedding in Scranton, PA, despite Archie's complaints about the city being a dismantled wreck. When at the wedding, she catches the eye of her male admirer when she was a child and they both seem willing to restart the love affair.
108 Image Needed 23 "No Smoking" H. Wesley Kenney Lou Derman & Bill Davenport March 1, 1975
Archie makes a bet that he can go without a cigar longer than Mike can go without eating, making for a very stressful weekend for the Bunkers and the Stivics.
109 Image Needed 24 "Mike Makes His Move" H. Wesley Kenney Teleplay by: Lou Derman & Bill Davenport
Story by: Lou Derman & Bill Davenport and Robert Arnott
March 8, 1975
Mike has graduated and he and Gloria are desperately searching for an apartment to get away from Archie, who is as anxious for them to move out as they are to do so. They have little luck until they are offered a house with "five rooms, carpets and drapes and a-hundred-and-sixty-five a month": The Jeffersons' former house next-door to Archie and Edith.

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