"Edith Has Jury Duty"
Season 1, episode # 9
# 9 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date March 9, 1971
Production code 109
Teleplay by: Susan Harris and Don Nicholl & Bryan Joseph
Story by: Susan Harris
Directed by: John Rich
Guest starring: Doris Singleton
Hollis Irving
Billy Sands
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Edith Has Jury Duty is the ninth episode of the first season of CBS-TV's All in the Family series, and also the 9th overall episode of the series. Directed by John Rich and written as a teleplay by Susan Harris, Don Nicholl, and Bryan Joseph from an original story written by Harris, the episode originally aired on March 9, 1971.

Just because All In The Family specialized in cutting-edge humor didn't mean that the producers were above using tried-and-true sitcom plot lines now and then.

"Edith Has Jury Duty"
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Edith is the lone holdout in a high-profile murder case, in which the prosecution's case seems clear-cut. Archie whines because Edith has been sequestered for the duration and refuses to help himself around the house.

Plot Summary

Edith Bunker serves on a jury -- and, of course, is the sole holdout when everyone else enters a "guilty" verdict. As a bonus, Archie airs his somewhat skewered opinions on capital punishment. In her absence, Archie, upset at Edith because he wants home she she can serve him, puts Mike and Gloria through total misery!

Finally, after two days of deliberation, Edith's hunch, about the suspect of the trial turns out to be right and the man is found innocent, much to the chagrin of an unimpressed Archie!


Though basically a showcase for Jean Stapleton, this episode also draws excellent performances from the rest of the regular cast, as well as guest stars Hollis Irving (as Clara Weidemeyer) and Doris Singleton (as Mrs. Stonehurst). Also, the plot that Edith was the lone juror who voted not guilty on an accused young murderer from the slums only to find out that she was correct all along may be a reference to the courtroom drama and teleplay of the same name 12 Angry Men.



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