| Season One, episode # 5|
|Series:||All In The Family|
|Air date||February 9, 1971|
|Written by||Burt Styler and Norman Lear|
|Directed by:||John Rich|
|IMDB||"Judging Books By Covers"|
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"Judging Books By Covers" was the 5th episode aired during the first season of All In The Family, also the 5th overall episode of the series. Directed by John Rich, it first aired on CBS-TV on February 9, 1971.
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. 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. Written by Norman Lear and Burt Styler, "Judging Books by Covers" was originally scheduled to air on February 2, 1971, but was moved down to February 9.