"Lionel's Engagement"
Season 4, episode # 20
# 81 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All In The Family" episode
Series: All In The Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date February 9, 1974
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Written by Bud Wiser & Don Nicholl
Directed by: John Rich
Guest starring
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Lionel's Engagement was the 20th episode of the fourth season and the 81st overall episode of All In The Family. The Season 4 episode first aired on CBS-TV on February 9, 1974. Co-written by Bud Wiser and Don Nicholl, the episode was directed by John Rich.


The Bunkers are invited to Lionel's engagement to Jenny Willis, who comes from a mixed marriage: Her father, Tom (called Louis in this episode), is white while her mother, Helen, is black. This bothers Archie and really, really, really bothers George.

Notes: Zara Cully makes her first ever TV appearance as Mother Olivia Jefferson, George's mother, a role she would resume when The Jeffersons spun off into their own series the following year. Jenny Willis (played in this episode by Lynne Moody) and her interracial parents, Tom (in this episode, his first name is Louis) (Charles Aidman) and Helen Willis (Kim Hamilton) appear, but are played by different actors; the roles would later be recast in the episode "The Jeffersons Move Up", which would also be used as the pilot episode for The Jeffersons spinoff series.

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