"Archie the Gambler"
Season 4, episode # 5
# 66 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All In The Family" episode
Series: All In The Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date October 13, 1973
Production code
Written by Teleplay by: Michael Ross and Bernie West
Story by: Steve Zacharias and Michael Leeson
Directed by: John Rich and Bob LaHendro
Guest starring
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Archie the Gambler is the fifth episode of the fourth season and the 66th overall episode of All In The Family. The Season 4 episode first aired on CBS-TV on October 13, 1973. The story, whose teleplay was written by Michael Ross and Bernie West, was adapted as a script for AITF by Steve Zacharias and Michael Leeson. The episode was co-directed by John Rich and Bob LaHendro.


When Archie starts showing up at home with expensive gifts, it causes the family to wonder where he got the extra cash, particularly given his modest pay at the dock. Everyone soon learns he's been placing bets on horses. What's worse: Archie had apparently never really gotten over the betting urge, which was (temporarily) resolved when Edith threatened to leave him 20 years earlier.


Why is stingy, curmudgeonly old Archie coming home loaded down with expensive gifts and lavish compliments for Edith and Gloria? The answer: Archie has just struck it rich at the race track! The problem: Archie's gambling threatens to become compulsive -- and worse still, he begins posting heavy losses which he vainly tries to hide from Edith.

Note: Both Bob Hastings, who plays Tommy Kelsey, and Allan Melvin, who plays the part of Barney Hefner, appear in this episode.

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