Judging Books by Covers
Season One, episode # 5
# 5 overall in series (209 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date February 9, 1971
Production code 105
Written by Burt Styler and Norman Lear
Directed by: John Rich
Guest starring
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Judging Books by Covers is the 5th episode aired during the first season of All in the Family, and the fifth overall episode of the series. Written by Norman Lear and Burt Styler, and directed by John Rich, it was originally scheduled to air on February 2, 1971, but first aired on CBS-TV on February 9, 1971.

This early episode scores not only by radically reversing the usual stereotypical expectations, but also with the casting of two future ABC Daytime soap opera stars: General Hospital heartthrob Geary as the fluttery Roger, and veteran movie tough guy Philip Carey, who later stars as Asa Buchanan on One Life To Live, as the ostensibly "safe" Steve.

Plot summary

Archie thinks he knows a homosexual when he sees one, and when Mike invites his flamboyant photographer friend Roger (Anthony Geary) to the Bunker household, Archie automatically assumes that Mike's friend Roger is a "flamer." Retreating to the safety of Kelcy's Bar, Arch chooses to spend some time with his "he-man" pals, notably his old arm-wrestling crony Steve.

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