| Season 6, episode # 14|
|"All in the Family" episode|
|Series:||All in the Family|
|Air date||December 22, 1975|
|Written by||Milt Josefsberg & Ben Starr|
|Directed by:||Paul Bogart|
|Guest starring|| Gene Blakely|
|IMDb:||Birth of the Baby (Part 2)|
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Birth of the Baby (Part 1) was the 15th episode from the sixth season of All in the Family; it was also the 123rd overall series episode. Co-written by Milt Josefsberg and Ben Starr, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, first aired on CBS-TV on December 22, 1975.
|"Birth of the Baby (Part 2)"|
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Archie and Edith receive word that Gloria has gone into labor, giving Archie an excuse to leave the minstrel show. His lodge buddies, however, are upset and will not allow him to use their cold cream, forcing him to rush to the hospital in blackface. Gloria gives birth to a boy, Joey Stivic.
Gloria is an emotional wreck due to the fact that she is nine days overdue. Mike Archie is a nervous wreck because he wants to back out of the annual minstrel show at the lodge, which he has successfully avoided for several years. Lodge brothers Barney Hefner and Ed Bradley blackmail him by asserting that if Archie doesn't go on with the show, he will be kicked out of the lodge and lose all the benefits therein. Archie is forced to show up at the hospital for the birth of his grandchild in black face, When his lodge brothers refused to give him their cold cream because he left, He and Edith are surprised to discover that Mike and Gloria haven't arrived - first they that Gloria was stuck in a phone booth at the restaurant and then they found themselves stuck in traffic.
All is well, they get to the hospital, Gloria has the baby and Archie manages to borrow cold cream from a terrified elderly woman. The lodge brothers show up and tell him that they understand and that it would be heartless to throw him out of the lodge at the birth of his first grandchild, whom Mike and Gloria name Joseph Michael Stivic.
This episode is the second part in a two-episode story.