| Season One, episode # 9|
|Series:||All In The Family|
|Air date||March 9, 1971|
|Written by||Teleplay by:|
|Directed by:||John Rich|
|IMDB||Edith Has Jury Duty|
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Edith Has Jury Duty was the ninth episode of the first season of CBS-TV's All In The Family series, 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.
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.
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. In this one, 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).