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| Season Four, episode # 10|
|Series:||All In The Family|
|Air date||November 17, 1973|
|Written by||Don Nicholl|
|Directed by:||John Rich and Bob LaHendro|
|IMDB||Archie in the Cellar|
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Archie in the Cellar was the 10th episode of the fourth season and the 71st overall episode of All In The Family. The Season 4 episode first aired on CBS-TV on November 17, 1973. The episode was written by Don Nicholl and was co-directed by John Rich and Bob LaHendro.
While the others are away for the weekend, Archie goes down to the cellar to relight the pilot light to his furnace. However, the door only locks on one side, and it's not the side Archie finds himself on. Trapped for the entire weekend, Archie entertains himself with a bottle of vodka and a tape recorder, in which he incoherently makes out his will.
This episode is essentially a solo tour de force for series star Carroll O'Connor. Left home alone while the rest of the family is out of town for the weekend, Archie manages to get himself locked in the cellar. Convinced that he will perish before he is discovered, Archie prepares to meet his Maker by fortifying himself with a bottle of vodka. The scene in which the besotted Mr. Bunker responds to a persistent rap on the cellar door with "I'm comin' Lord, I'm comin'!" -- and his reaction when he sees who's on the other side of the door -- may well be the series' single most hilarious moment.
Note: Juan DeCarlos makes an appearance as the Oil Man, and Betty Garrett appears as Irene Lorenzo. Billy Sands provides the voice for Stretch Cunningham. This episode was the inspiration for the 150th episode of FOX's Family Guy animated TV series - "Brian & Stewie".