Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood
Season 1, episode # 8
# 8 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / U.S.
Air date March 2, 1971
Production code 108
Written by Don Nicholl & Bryan Joseph
Directed by: John Rich
Guest starring
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Lionel Moves Into The Neighborhood is the eighth episode of the first season of CBS-TV's All in the Family, and the eighth overall episode of the series, which originally aired on March 2, 1971.


Archie and several neighbors learn that a black family is moving into the neighborhood, unaware that it is the Jeffersons. Lionel finds out about the effort to purchase the Jeffersons' new house and gets Archie to reveal his plans.

Plot summary

Archie (Carroll O'Connor) learns to his horror that a black family is moving across the street. As Edith, Gloria, and Mike listen with varying reactions, Archie spouts out all manner of racist venom and ethnic misapprehensions -- only to be caught short when Lionel Jefferson (Mike Evans) arrives with an added tidbit of information. Vincent Gardenia, who later joined the cast as Frank Lorenzo, here portrays the extremely nervous recently widowed Jim Bowman, who plans to sell his home to the Jeffersons, to Archie's disbelief, as well as his bitter objections to having a black family in the neighborhood. So, in a desperate attempt to keep the Jeffersons from buying the Bowman home, Archie tries to gather a group of white neighbors together to buy the house, but to no avail.

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