Archie the Donor
Season 6, episode # 3
# 111 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date September 22, 1975
Production code
Written by Hal Kanter
Directed by: Bill Davenport & Larry Rhine
Guest starring
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Archie the Donor was the third episode of the sixth season and the 111th overall episode of All in the Family. It first aired on CBS-TV on September 22, 1975. Written by Bill Davenport and Larry Rhine, it was directed by Paul Bogart.


Archie wants to impress his boss (from whom he is expecting a promotion) by agreeing to be an organ donor, only to regret his decision.

Episode summary

Archie is up for a promotion to the dispatcher at the loading dock against Black Elmo, and decides to darken his hair to look different. He'll do anything to get the position and in doing so he signs an organ donor card without even reading it. Fearful that he won't get into Heaven if he donates his organs (because he fears that the recipients will use them for sinful purposes) he goes back to the office and asks the boss to tear up the donor card, claiming that he isn't a well man. His boss, Mr. Sanders, agrees and decides that the dispatcher job needs a healthy man who is going to be around for a long time, so he gives the job to Black Elmo instead.


[Describing a nightmare he had regarding organ donation]

  • Archie: My hands was pickin' pockets... my feet was runnin' away from bank robberies... and my eyes was lookin' at hard pore cornography.

Note: Sally Struthers does not appear in this episode. Sorrell Booke appears as Mr. Sanders, Archie's boss, J.A. Preston appears Elmo 'Black Elmo' Bridgewater, and Donald Randolph appears as Mr. Scott (as Don Randolph).