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This guide lists all of the season 7 episodes of All In The Family aired during the 1976-77 television season. Liz Torres joined the series in a supporting part as Theresa Betancourt, the Bunkers' temporary Puerto Rican tenant, as Edith (Jean Stapleton) began doing volunteer work part-time at the Sunshine Home for the Aged, much to the chagrin of Archie.

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 7 (1976/77)Edit

No. in series Image No. in season Title Directed by Written by Original air date
133/134 Image Needed 1 / 2 "Archie's Brief Encounter (Parts 1 & 2)" Paul Bogart Mel Tolkin and Larry Rhine September 22, 1976
Edith is preoccupied with her work at the Sunshine Home, and so Archie — feeling neglected — succumbs to the advances of an attractive waitress named Denise. Edith eventually becomes suspicious when, as Archie tries to sneak out one night, she finds Denise's phone number. Archie lets slip the truth and an outraged Edith leaves him.

Notes: Actress Janis Paige played the role of Denise. Originally shown as a one-hour episode, and is part of a two-week story arc depicting Archie's near-affair with another woman. In syndication, it is aired as a two-part episode. Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers both do not appear in the first part of the two-part episode.

135 Image Needed 3 "Archie's Brief Encounter (Part 3)" Paul Bogart Mel Tolkin and Larry Rhine September 29, 1976
In this conclusion of a three episode story, It's been several days since Edith has moved out of the house, and refuses to speak to Archie — even though he's told Denise that perhaps it was best if they no longer were to see each other. It's up to Mike and Gloria to try to get the two back together.

Note: In its original airing on CBS, this was the second part of a two-week story arc depicting Archie's near-affair with another woman. In syndication, it is aired as a three-part episode.

136 Image Needed 4 "The Unemployment Story (Part 1)" Paul Bogart Ben Starr & Chuck Stewart October 6, 1976
Note: Part 1 of a two-part episode, concerning Archie being laid off from his longtime job. Episode features F. Murray Abraham in a guest role as a clerk at the unemployment office.
137 Image Needed 5 "The Unemployment Story (Part 2)" Paul Bogart Chuck Stewart & Ben Starr October 13, 1976
Note: Part 2 of a two-part episode, concerning Archie being laid off from his longtime job. Rob Reiner does not appear in this episode.
138/139 Image Needed 6 / 7 "Archie's Operation (Parts 1 & 2)" Paul Bogart Part 1: Teleplay by: Milt Josefsberg & Mort Lachman
Story by: Calvin Kelly & Jim Tisdale
Part 2: Larry Rhine & Mel Tolkin
October 27, 1976
Archie goes into the hospital and has a verbal run-in with a Puerto Rican nurse and gets a blood transfusion from a black doctor.

Note: Originally shown as a one-hour episode, depicting Archie's surgery. In syndication, it is aired as a two-part episode. This is Liz Torres's first appearance as Theresa Betancourt, who will appear in five additional episodes during the 1976/77 season. Sally Struthers does not appear in part 2. In the second part of this episode, Mike mentioned Gloria, a couple times.

140 Image Needed 8 "Beverly Rides Again" Paul Bogart Phil Doran & Douglas Arango November 6, 1976
In an attempt to get back at his buddy Pinky Peterson for all his practical jokes, Archie sets his friend up on a blind date with transvestite Beverly LaSalle.

Note: Pinky Peterson, played by Eugene Roche, plays the same role in episode 146. Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers do not appear in this episode.

141 Image Needed 9 "Teresa Moves In" Paul Bogart Michael Loman November 13, 1976
Archie and Edith place an ad in the paper to rent Mike and Gloria's old bedroom to a boarder. Their ad is answered by Teresa Betencourt, a young, Latina student-nurse, who Archie had previously encountered in a previous episode (when he was admitted to the hospital for surgery), and who hadn't made the greatest first impression on him.

Note: Rob Reiner does not appear in this episode.

142 Image Needed 10 "Mike and Gloria's Will" Paul Bogart Bill Richmond and Gene Perrett November 20, 1976
After a near-death experience, Mike and Gloria decide they should name someone to take care of Joey in the event of their deaths. Rather than Archie and Edith, they name their friends Al and Trudy, something that Mike is even more resolved to do when he learns Archie had bought Joey a toy machine gun at the store. Archie, as one might expect, is angered ... but Edith is even more so when Mike calls Archie a "bad grandfather;" even Gloria is upset that Mike is too tough on his father-in-law. Gloria then tells Mike about Al making a pass at her and Mike realizes they aren't going to make good guardians either. They decide to leave the matter unresolved.
143 Image Needed 11 "Mr. Edith Bunker" Paul Bogart Mel Tolkin and Larry Rhine November 27, 1976
Edith attends a birthday party for an elderly patron of the Sunshine Home. While there, a young visiting nephew has a heart attack. Edith saves his life by administering CPR, and is named "Person of the Week" on the CBS Evening News. Archie is surprised and jealous when he's not in the spotlight, but still manages to compliment his wife when the interview comes on TV.

Note: Rob Reiner does not appear in this episode.

144 Image Needed 12 "Archie's Secret Passion" Paul Bogart Michael Loman December 4, 1976
Archie is looking forward to a visit from an old high school buddy, until he learns that he will be arriving with his wife, a woman Archie once had a quick fling with, panicked that the woman will speak of the encounter in front of Edith. However, it turns out Archie was one of many, and the woman doesn't even remember the encounter.

Note: Sally Struthers does not appear in this episode.

145 Image Needed 13 "The Baby Contest" Paul Bogart Teleplay by: Larry Rhine and Mel Tolkin
Story by: Marion Zola & Ed Haas
December 11, 1976
Archie and Barney become increasingly competitive after entering their grandchildren into a local baby beauty pageant. Archie also has a hard time having to deal with an irate Mike, who is against the very idea in the first place. Eventually, Archie and Barney get their comeuppance when, due to suspected ballot box stuffing, their grandchildren are disqualified.
146 Image Needed 14 "Gloria's False Alarm" Paul Bogart Phil Doran & Douglas Arango December 18, 1976
Gloria mistakenly thinks she is pregnant again, which upsets Mike. She argues that if he is so insistent that they shouldn't have any more children, he should get a vasectomy.

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

147 Image Needed 15 "The Draft Dodger" Paul Bogart Jay Moriarty and Mike Milligan December 25, 1976
Archie's friend Pinky Peterson, who had lost his only son in the Vietnam War, is invited to Christmas eve dinner. Mike's college-aged friend David Brewster also happens by, and is also invited to stay for dinner. Only Mike and Gloria know that David is a draft dodger from the war, living in Canada. He is visiting the United States in secret, and is a fugitive from the law. During dinner, the truth about David's status comes out. Archie explodes in a tirade, probably the most agitated scene in the entire series. He asks "gold star father" Pinky to join him in condemning David's actions. Instead, Pinky takes a conciliatory tone, saying that the difference between Steve (his son) and David is that "David's alive to share Christmas dinner with us. If Steve were here, he'd want to sit down with him, and that's what I want to do. Merry Christmas, David." All are reconciled at this point except Archie, who is so confused and distraught at the turn of events that he opens the front door and harasses a passing band of Christmas carolers.
148 Image Needed 16 "The Boarder Patrol" Paul Bogart Mel Tolkin and Larry Rhine January 8, 1977
When Archie and Edith go on a weekend trip to visit relatives for Aunt Iola's 90th birthday, Teresa invites her boyfriend to spend the night. However when Archie and Edith arrive back home earlier than expected, she must find a way to sneak him out of the house without their seeing him.
149 Image Needed 17 "Archie's Chair" Paul Bogart Phil Doran & Douglas Arango January 15, 1977
A leg breaks off of Archie's beloved chair when Mike sits in it, and is taken away to be repaired. However, when the furniture repair shop confuses their deliveries, the chair ends up in a conceptual art exhibit in a New York gallery. The artist, Lichtenrausch, attempts to buy the chair from Archie, but in the end Archie cannot bring himself to sell.

Note: This episode aired around the same time as the real life donation of Archie and Edith's chairs to the Smithsonian, for an exhibit on the history of U.S. television; the name of the artist, Licthenrausch, was a composite of the names of two twentieth century modern American painters: Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg.

150 Image Needed 18 "Mike Goes Skiing" Paul Bogart Ben Starr & Chuck Stewart January 22, 1977
Mike receives an invitation to go skiing, but it is on the same weekend that he has already agreed to take Gloria to a party. He attempts to coerce Gloria into suggesting he go on the trip.
151 Image Needed 19 "Stretch Cunningham, Goodbye" Paul Bogart Phil Doran, Douglas Arango & Milt Josefsberg January 29, 1977
After receiving word that his friend and coworker Stretch Cunningham has died, Archie reluctantly agrees to speak at his funeral. However, upon arriving at the service, he and Edith are surprised to learn that Stretch was Jewish, yet never said anything, despite Archie's many anti-Semitic remarks. Despite some awkward initial moments, Archie is able to deliver a heartfelt eulogy for his friend, capping it off with a respectful "shalom".

Note: This is Jerome "Stretch" Cunningham's final appearance, although he is not seen during the episode. Sally Struthers does not appear in this episode.

152 Image Needed 20 "The Joys of Sex" Paul Bogart Erik Tarloff February 5, 1977
Gloria questions the state of her parents' marriage, after discovering Edith reading a book called "How to Be Your Husband's Mistress".
153 Image Needed 21 "Mike the Pacifist" Paul Bogart Phil Doran & Douglas Arango February 12, 1977
Archie tags along when Mike and Gloria go house hunting in the Bronx. On their way back, the subway breaks down, and Mike punches a man who was assaulting his wife, causing him to question his belief in nonviolence.

Note: Jean Stapleton does not appear in this episode.

154 Image Needed 22 "Fire" Paul Bogart Michael Loman and Larry Rhine and Mel Tolkin February 19, 1977
When the Bunkers' house catches fire, Archie first blames Teresa, but is later shocked to learn that it is he who is to blame, having short-circuited a fuse.

Note: This episode features Liz Torres' final appearance as Teresa Betancourt.

155 Image Needed 21 "Mike and Gloria Split" Paul Bogart Teleplay by: Mel Tolkin and Larry Rhine
Story by: Mort Lachman and Milt Josefsberg
February 26, 1977
During a game of Scrabble, Gloria becomes resentful of Mike's condescending demeanor, complaining that she helped put him through college, and now he looks down on her. Their fight causes him to spend the night next door at the Bunkers' where he has to share a bed with Archie.
156 Image Needed 22 "Archie the Liberal" Paul Bogart Ben Starr & Chuck Stewart March 5, 1977
When Archie's lodge is criticized for not allowing minorities, Archie suggests they recruit a member who is both Jewish and African American.

Note: Sally Struthers does not appear in this episode.

157 Image Needed 23 "Archie's Dog Day Afternoon" Paul Bogart Teleplay by: Chuck Stewart & Ben Starr
Story by: Mort Lachman and Milt Josefsberg
March 12, 1977
Archie cannot seem to get along with his friend Barney Hefner's dog. But when he accidentally hits the animal with his car, he worries that Barney will think he did so intentionally. He and Edith take the dog to the vet, who repairs his injuries and Barney accepts Archie's apology.

Note: Sally Struthers does not appear in this episode.

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