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This guide lists all of the episodes aired in Season eight of All In The Family. This season marked the final for both Rob Reiner (Michael Stivic) and Sally Struthers (Gloria Bunker Stivic) who both opted not to renew their contracts at season's end, opting to leave the series and move on to other projects.

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 8 (1977/78)Edit

No. in series Image No. in season Title Directed by Written by Original air date
158 / 159 Image Needed 1 / 2 "Archie Gets the Business (Parts 1 & 2)" Paul Bogart Larry Rhine and Mel Tolkin October 2, 1977
Archie learns that Kelcy's Bar is for sale and, wanting to gain a piece of the American dream and tiring of just scraping by, plans to mortgage his house to fund the tavern's purchase. An uncharacteristically stubborn Edith objects and refuses to co-sign for the mortgage, prompting Archie to forge her name on the application. Edith finds out and is outraged, and refuses to accept Archie's rationalization that he was merely committing "tracery". Mike has a heart to heart with Edith and, while not condoning what Archie did, admits that he understands why he felt he had to do it, and persuades her to let Archie mortgage the house to follow his dream.

Note: Originally aired as a one-hour episode, and establishes Archie's ownership of the neighborhood tavern, Archie's Place. In syndication, it is aired as a two-part episode. Sally Struthers does not appear in part 1.

160 Image Needed 3 "Cousin Liz" Paul Bogart Teleplay by: Bob Weiskopf & Bob Schiller
Story by: Barry Harman & Harve Brosten
October 9, 1977
Archie and Edith attend her Cousin Liz's funeral. Afterward, they visit with Liz's friend, Veronica, who as it turns out is more than just a friend – she and Liz were lesbian partners. Edith is shocked but quickly understanding, and tells her to keep a valuable tea set that was bequeathed to her. However, Archie finds out and is outraged. When he learns he can't have the tea set, he plans to sue Veronica. But Edith warns Archie to back off, knowing that Veronica's teaching career could be destroyed if Archie files the lawsuit and thus, comes forward with his knowledge about her sexual orientation.

Note: Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers do not appear in this episode. Bob Schiller, Bob Weiskopf, Harve Brosten and Barry Harman won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.[1]

161/162 Image Needed 4/5 "Edith's 50th Birthday" Paul Bogart Bob Weiskopf & Bob Schiller October 16, 1977
It's Edith's fiftieth birthday, and the family plans a surprise party for her, though she is, in fact aware of the party (and is actually baking the cake). She waits alone in the house, and a young man (played by David Dukes) appears claiming to be a detective searching for a rapist. He soon reveals that he himself is the rapist, and tries to sexually assault Edith. When Archie appears to claim a punch bowl, the man hides in the closet and threatens to kill him if Edith says anything. Once they are alone, the man is about to begin his crime-but a burning smell comes from the kitchen. Edith's cake is in the oven, and the man allows her to pull it out. She suddenly strikes him in the face with the burning cake and runs from the house (this prompted the loudest round of cheers and applause ever recorded on the show). She confesses to her family what has happened, and enters into a state of constant fear and depression. Gloria urges her to identify the man (who would go on to attack another woman), or the police will drop charges against him. Edith refuses, and Gloria declares her "selfish" and no longer considers Edith her mother. Edith slaps her, which helps her to realize she must identify the man. She leaves for the police station with Archie hoping that her actions may keep the rapist away for good.

Note: Gloria references the events of third season episode "Gloria the Victim", in which she was also nearly raped; originally aired as a one-hour episode, depicting a rapist's attempted sexual assault of Edith. in syndication, it is aired as a two-part episode.

163 Image Needed 6 "Unequal Partners" Paul Bogart Chuck Stewart & Ben Starr October 23, 1977
Archie wants to go on a weekend fishing trip with Barney, and gets upset when Edith offers the house as the site for a wedding between two residents at the Sunshine Home on the day of the trip.

Note: Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers both do not appear in this episode. Ian Wolfe plays Herbert Hooper.

164 Image Needed 7 "Archie's Grand Opening" Paul Bogart Mel Tolkin and Larry Rhine October 30, 1977
All about opening day at Archie's Place: Harry quits, prompting Mike, Gloria and Edith to fill in as temporary help. But Mike isn't very talented at mixing drinks, Edith's singing drives everyone nuts, and several customers sexually harass Gloria. The clincher: Archie's boss come in looking for Archie who has been using a lot of sick time without an excuse, when confronted, Archie announces he's resigning from his job.
165 Image Needed 8 "Archie's Bitter Pill (Part 1)" Paul Bogart Mel Tolkin, Larry Rhine & William C. Rader, M.D. November 6, 1977
Business at Archie's Place isn't going very well, and Archie soon becomes exhausted from working too hard. His friend gives him some "prescription" pills for a boost, but he soon becomes hooked and begins acting erratically (for example painting the porch at 3 a.m.). When Edith, Mike and Gloria visit him at the bar to share their concerns over Archie's well-being, he begins babbling incoherently about opening taverns all over the place. However, the pills soon wear off and Archie begins to fear the worse: His dream of owning just one business may never come true.

Note: Part 1 of a two-part episode, co-written by William C. Rader (a psychiatrist who married Sally Struthers in December 1977).[2][3]

166 Image Needed 9 "Archie's Bitter Pill (Part 2)"

"Archie's Road Back"

Paul Bogart Larry Rhine and Mel Tolkin November 13, 1977
Archie becomes very depressed over the apparent fate of his business, and inability to make all of the business decisions. Concerned about her husband, Edith gets Harry to make a deal – he'll be Archie's business partner. Archie resists at first, but then agrees to the offer. It isn't long before Archie is his old self.

Note: Part 2 of a two-part episode.

167 Image Needed 10 "Archie and the KKK (Part 1)" Paul Bogart Bob Weiskopf, Bob Schiller, Mort Lachman & Milt Josefsberg November 27, 1977
During a citywide blackout, Archie complains about how blacks and other minorities take advantage by looting businesses. This inspires Mike to write a letter to the editor, suggesting that greedy governments engage in the same practice but call it free enterprise. At the bar, Archie gripes to his co-workers, unknowing that two men are listening in. The men – Gordie (an old buddy of Archie's) and Mitch – approach the bar and invite Archie to come to a meeting of the Kweens Kouncil of Krusaders. All Archie wants is for Mike to see things his way, but Gordie, Mitch and other Kweens members – whose organization is actually the local Ku Klux Klan chapter – have a different plan to "teach" Mike a lesson ... burning a cross on his lawn.

Note: Part 1 of a two-part episode.

168 Image Needed 11 "Archie and the KKK (Part 2)" Paul Bogart Bob Weiskopf & Bob Schiller December 4, 1977
A confused Archie tries to figure out how to stop Gordie and Mitch from their plans to burn a cross on Mike's lawn. He decides to ask Mike – who had gotten a harassing phone call because of his letter to the editor – to write a new letter recanting his position. When Mike refuses and Archie presses on, he lets slip about the Ku Klux Klan's plans. An outraged Mike, realizing that Archie may have unwittingly joined the KKK, tells Archie he does not want him seeing Joey ever again. Archie, risking his personal safety, pays a visit to Gordie and tries to persuade him from changing their mind about burning a cross on the Stivics' lawn (because Joey would see it and get the wrong idea over what the cross symbolizes). When Gordie refuses and then threatens to burn a cross on the Bunkers' lawn, Archie warns them not to burn any crosses, or else he will rally a group of African Americans together against them, saying that because he had received a blood transfusion from an African-American woman, they were now his "black blood brothers." With that, he leaves.

Note: Part 2 and conclusion of a two-part episode.

169 Image Needed 12 "Mike and Gloria Meet" Paul Bogart Bob Weiskopf & Bob Schiller December 11, 1977
The Bunkers and Stivics remember the first time the "Little Goil" and the "Meathead" met.
170/171 Image Needed 13 / 14 "Edith's Crisis of Faith (Parts 1 & 2)" Paul Bogart Part 1: Teleplay by:Bob Weiskopf & Bob Schiller, Story by:Erik Tarloff
Part 2 Teleplay by:Erik Tarlofr, Mel Tolkin & Larry Rhine,
Story by: Erik Tarloff
December 25, 1977
Mike and female impersonator Beverly LaSalle get robbed at knifepoint on Christmas Eve. Mike is slightly injured but will be OK, but Beverly is beaten to death. Edith becomes distraught over the death of her friend and wonders how God could allow such a violent act to happen. This prompts Mike, of all people, to suggest that maybe God didn't want this brutal crime to happen – that it was just a bunch of thugs who were out to rob people and kill if need be. Edith soon agrees Mike's observation and it isn't long before she is herself.

Note: Originally aired as a one-hour episode. In syndication, it is shown as a two-part episode.

172 Image Needed 15 "The Commercial" Paul Bogart Teleplay by: Ben Starr and Ron Bloomberg
Story by: Ron Bloomberg
January 8, 1978
Edith is hired to do a commercial for a laundry detergent ... only it is a brand that she thinks is inferior to the detergent she currently uses. Archie, his mind focused on money, tells his wife to put her ethics aside and do the commercial, but Edith, unable to tell a lie, eventually backs out.

Note: Sally Struthers does not appear in this episode.

173 Image Needed 16 "Super Bowl Sunday" Paul Bogart Bob Weiskopf & Bob Schiller January 15, 1978
Archie anticipates big business on the day of Super Bowl XII. But an afternoon of celebrating touchdowns and camaraderie with friends soon take a back seat to the wishes of two customers, who are daring robbers who steal everyone's belongings.

Note: Aired after the broadcast of Super Bowl XII as lead-out programming.

174 Image Needed 17 "Aunt Iola's Visit" Paul Bogart Teleplay by: Albert E. Lewin
Story by: Michael Loman
January 22, 1978
Another in a long line of Edith's wacky relatives – this time, her elderly Aunt Iola – pays the Bunkers a visit ... and stays and stays and stays, much to Archie's chagrin.

Note:Nedra Volz played Edith's Aunt Iola. Nedra would later play the Findlay's new maid when they relocated to Washington Dc in the final episodes of Maude.

175 Image Needed 18 "Love Comes to the Butcher" Paul Bogart Phil Sharp February 5, 1978
Edith gives the neighborhood butcher, a bachelor who is desperately seeking a girlfriend, some encouragement. The butcher takes the compliment seriously and develops a huge love crush for Edith.
176 Image Needed 19 "Two's a Crowd" Paul Bogart Phil Sharp February 12, 1978
Archie and Mike are locked in the storeroom at Archie's Place. When they are unable to break out or summon help, they are forced to spend the night together. Armed with just a bottle bourbon whiskey, Archie – after learning that he is the only one to call his son-in-law "Meathead" – reveals that, as a child of the Great Depression, he was ridiculed by his classmates for having to wear a shoe and boot to school (hence, his nickname, "Shoobootie"), then lets on he had suffered physical abuse by his unemployed father. Mike is only able to sit there, stunned, as he gains a new understanding of his father-in-law. In the end, an intoxicated Archie falls asleep on the floor, and Mike tenderly covers him with a tarp.

Note: Sally Struthers and Jean Stapleton do not appear in this episode.

177 Image Needed 20 "Stale Mates" Paul Bogart Bob Weiskopf & Bob Schiller February 19, 1978
After celebrating the seventh anniversary of their friends, an unmarried couple, Mike and Gloria start to question the romance in their marriage. To try to rekindle their love for each other, they head out to the Poconos. Things are well at first, but then they start to get uncomfortable. Gloria then openly comes out saying that they should consider divorce. But in the end, they realize all the wonderful things in their marriage.
178 Image Needed 21 "Archie's Brother"
(alternatle title: "The Brother")
Paul Bogart Larry Rhine and Mel Tolkin February 26, 1978
Archie's estranged brother, Alfred, pays a visit to 704 Hauser Street to rekindle their relationship. The thing is, Alfred is due for a major operation and wants to make peace with Archie, but Archie has a lot of things to settle first.
179 Image Needed 22 "Mike's New Job" Paul Bogart Mel Tolkin and Larry Rhine March 5, 1978

Mike gets the deal of a lifetime: After years of part-time work – and before that, often being unemployed – he is offered a teaching job at a major university ... in California.

Note: Part 1 of a three-part story arc concerning the Stivics' plans to move to California.

180 Image Needed 23 "The Dinner Guest" Paul Bogart Larry Rhine and Mel Tolkin March 12, 1978
Edith prepares a special dinner to honor Mike for his new job. However, Mike unknowingly makes other plans beforehand with the dean of the university he is going to work for. When they break the news, Edith (and Archie) becomes very upset. Mike is forced to hastily change his plans and he and Gloria sit down for Edith's meal, but it soon erupts into another argument between Mike and Archie.

Note: Part 2 of a three-part story arc concerning the Stivics' plans to move to California.

181 Image Needed 24 "The Stivics Go West" Paul Bogart Bob Weiskopf & Bob Schiller March 19, 1978
Archie and Mike finally make peace with one another, admitting that although their views are vastly different, there have been plenty of good times and that they have come to love and respect one another. The tearful goodbye follows, and Archie and Edith are left alone, sadly sitting in their chairs, a piece of them having left them forever.

Notes: Part 3 and conclusion of a three-part story arc concerning the Stivics' plans to move to California. Final episode with Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers in their roles as regular cast members.

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