"Archie Goes Too Far"
Season 3, episode # 17
# 54 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date January 27, 1973
Production code 318 (3x17)
Written by: Austin & Irma Kalish
Directed by: John Rich and Bob LaHendro
Guest starring: Mike Evans
Pamela Murphy
Mary Kay Place
Patty Weaver
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Archie Goes Too Far is the 17th episode of the third season and the 54th overall episode All in the Family. The Season 3 episode first aired on CBS-TV on January 27, 1973. The Story was co-directed by John Rich and Bob LaHendro. The story was written by the husband/wife writing team of Austin & Irma Kalish.

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Archie snoops through Mike and Gloria's room, and finds plenty of things to start the latest argument. He finds a poem, triggering a fight over the right of privacy. Mike storms out of the house to cool off, and an equally hot Gloria and Edith decide to join him. And Archie is not even apologizing!


Archie has often overstepped his bounds in expressing his dismay over Gloria's marital relationship with a "liberal meathead" like Mike. But never before has he expressed his mistrust of Mike in so extreme a manner as in this episode. Considering himself within his rights to search Mike and Gloria's room, Archie succeeds only in nearly tearing his family asunder -- and this time, even Edith lowers the boom on her husband.


  • A then little-known Mary Kay Place has a small role as one of Gloria's friends; Norman Lear would cast her in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman a few years later.
  • The song the girls sing for Archie, "If Communism Comes Knocking At Your Door (Don't Answer It)", was composed by Mary Kay Place.

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