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| Season Three, episode # 21|
|Series:||All In The Family|
|Air date||March 3, 1973|
|Written by||Don Nicholl|
|Directed by:||John Rich and Bob LaHendro|
|IMDB||Everybody Tells the Truth|
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Everybody Tells the Truth was the 21st episode of the third season and the 58th overall episode of All In The Family. The Season 3 episode first aired on CBS-TV on March 3, 1973. The story was co-directed by John Rich and Bob LaHendro. The story was written by Don Nicholl. Ken Lynch guest stars as Bob.
The refrigerator is broken, and the family is forced to eat dinner at a restaurant. Over dinner, Archie and Mike give conflicting accounts of what happened on the day a repairman and his black apprentice Jack (Ron Glass) came to fix the refrigerator. Among other conflicting exaggerations, Mike says Archie harassed Jack, a shuffling "Uncle Tom", with a stream of racist remarks, while Archie describes Jack as a Black Power militant wielding a switchblade, which Mike insists did not exist. In the end, Edith gives a more realistic account: Jack used a small pen-knife to eat an apple, and took offense at Archie inconsiderately calling him "boy". She produces the knife (which Jack had left behind), but neither Archie nor Mike will admit to being wrong.
While eating out at a French restaurant, Archie and Mike offer two different versions of the same story. It all began when the refrigerator broke, forcing Edith called in a couple of repairmen, Bob and his Black assistant Jack to fix the it. According to Archie, he acted pleasantly, facing opposition anytime he acted the slightest bit assertive, and the repair crew consisted of an intimidating Mafia don and a knife-wielding black gang-banger. Mike insists that Archie screamed and yelled at everyone at the slightest provocation, and that the two workers were a stereotypical musical-comedy Italian and an Amos 'N' Andy-style shuffler. It is up to Edith to tell the real story, without editorial interpolations.