Archie and the Lock-Up
Season 2, episode # 3
# 16 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date October 2, 1971
Production code 205
Written by Teleplay by:
Paul Wayne, Michael Ross & Bernie West
Story by:
Paul Wayne
Directed by: John Rich
Guest starring
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Archie and the Lock-Up is the third episode of the second season of All in the Family, and the 16th overall series episode. The episode, which was written by Paul Wayne, Michael Ross and Bernie West, and scripted from a story by Wayne, was also directed by John Rich. It originally aired on CBS-TV on October 2, 1971.


Mike and Lionel plan on attending a demonstration at the United Nations. After a riot breaks, Gloria asks Archie to bring them home, but he instead gets arrested with the other protesters.

Plot Summary

Archie predicts disaster when Mike and Lionel participate in an anti-Pentagon demonstration at the U.N. building. It turns out that Archie is right -- but disaster befalls him, when, showing up at the demonstration to take Mike, who comes home frazzled but unharmed, and Lionel home, he ends up in the slammer himself, surrounded by commies, hippies, yippies, who he usually calls "commie pinkos", and drop-outs! Allan Melvin, who would later be cast as Barney Hefner on the show, appears as Desk Sergeant Pulaski, and it's too bad that Archie doesn't know the good sergeant's last name before he shoots off his mouth in the final scene as Mike secures his release, because the police captain is Polish like he, but Archie doesn't know that, as in referring to Mike as a "Polack", offends the captain, leaving him to stay in jail a little while longer!

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