| Season 6, episode # 12|
|"All in the Family" episode|
|Series:||All in the Family|
|Air date||December 1, 1975|
|Written by:||Larry Rhine and Mel Tolkin|
|Directed by:||Paul Bogart|
|Guest starring:|| Paulene Myers|
|IMDb:||Archie's Civil Rights|
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Archie is charged with illegal use of tear gas while fending off a mugger in his cab.
Archie comes home with a wounded wrist and the news that he was mugged. He tells Edith and Gloria that, while driving his cab, a young man pulled a switch blade on him and demanded money. Archie fought him off with a small teargas sprayer that he got from a magazine. A police officer comes around and begins asking questions, and shocks Archie when he informs him that it is illegal for him to possess a teargas sprayer and gives him a summons to appear in court. Later, in court Archie tries to explain his case to the judge (who is black) and is informed that using the sprayer could cost him up to seven years in prison. He is also surprised to learn that the mugger was caught but set free because the cop didn't read him his rights in English. Also, the cop is at fault because he searched the Bunker house for the sprayer without a warrant. The case is dismissed.
Rob Reiner does not appear in this episode.
- Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker
- Jean Stapleton as Edith Bunker
- Rob Reiner as Michael 'Meathead' Stivic (credited only)
- Sally Struthers as Gloria Bunker Stivic