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| Season Three, episode # 20|
|Series:||All In The Family|
|Air date||February 24, 1973|
|Written by||Vincent Bogart|
|Directed by:||John Rich and Bob LaHendro|
|IMDB||Archie Is Branded|
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|Hot Watch||Everybody Tells the Truth|
Archie is Branded was the 20th episode of the third season and the 57th overall episode of All In The Family. The Season 3 episode first aired on CBS-TV on February 24, 1973. The story was co-directed by John Rich and Bob LaHendro. The story was written by Vincent Bogart. Jean Stapleton's son John Putz appears in this episode. "Archie Is Branded" was originally scheduled to air on January 13, 1973, but was moved back to February 24.
Archie finds a swastika painted on his front door. Archie thinks juveniles were simply playing a prank, but when "Hebrew Defense Association" (echoing the Jewish Defense League) member Paul Benjamin (Gregory Sierra) offers the family "protection", they quickly find their home was mistaken for that of a Jewish school board member who lives nearby. As violence seems imminent, Archie surprisingly takes an immediate shine to the charismatic activist and his reactionary tactics, but Mike is appalled by the violent escalation of their methods. The episode ends abruptly, when Paul is is killed by a car bomb in front of the Bunker home.
Prejudiced though he may be, Archie Bunker is no Nazi. Thus, he is both outraged when a swastika is painted on the Bunkers' front door. It turns out that Archie's home has been mistaken for the residence of a Jewish School board member named David Bloom. A Jewish extremist named Paul Benjamin (Gregory Sierra) pays a visit to the Bunkers after mistaking it for Bloom's house. Surprisingly, Archie finds that he has much in common with Paul in the form of his radical political views-- but their blossoming friendship is abruptly ended when Paul is blown up in his car.