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| Season Four, episode # 5|
|Series:||All In The Family|
|Air date||October 13, 1973|
|Written by|| Teleplay by: Michael Ross and Bernie West |
Story by: Steve Zacharias and Michael Leeson
|Directed by:||John Rich and Bob LaHendro|
|IMDB||Archie the Gambler|
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Archie the Gambler was 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.