| Season 2, episode # 16|
|"All in the Family" episode|
|Series:||All in the Family|
|Air date||January 15, 1972|
|Production code||216 (2x16)|
|Written by:||Michael Ross, Bernie West & Susan Harris|
|Directed by:||John Rich|
|Guest starring:|| Mike Evans|
|IMDb:||Archie and the FBI|
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Archie and the FBI is the 16th episode aired during the second season and the 29th overall episode All in the Family. The Season 2 episode first aired on CBS-TV on January 15, 1972. Directed by John Rich, the story was co-written by Michael Ross, Bernie West and Susan Harris.
|"Archie and the FBI"|
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During a visit between Archie and his longtime friend, American Legion Post 3201 Commander Grundy (Graham Jarvis), an FBI agent investigates both of them, in which their mutual paranoia causes a rift that may permanently damage the friendship.
Archie's blind faith in the infallibility of the United States government receives another blow when he finds himself under the scrutiny of the FBI. At first, the Feds seem more interested in Larry Grundy, one of Archie's closest friends, but then the investigation hits closer to home. Though Archie survives with his confidence in the Red, White, and Blue intact, the ultimate price he pays is a painful one.
- Also appearing in the episode are future Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (another TV series developed by Norman Lear) TV series co-stars Graham Jarvis as Larry, and Jon Korkes as Bradford.
- When the FBI agent shows up at the Bunker's house, Archie lets the agent sit in his chair, something Archie almost never does.
- The initials in the title are an abbreviated for The Federal Bureau of Investigation, a Department of Justice agency that serves as both a federal criminal investigative body and was founded in 1932 though special federal investigations occurred prior to this date. Its motto is "Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity" (F.B.I.) and its most famous director was J. Edgar Hoover who served from 1924 to 1972.
Cast (in credits order)
- Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker
- Jean Stapleton as Edith Bunker
- Rob Reiner as Michael Stivic
- Sally Struthers as Gloria Bunker Stivic