Lionel Steps Out
Season 3, episode # 5
# 42 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date October 14, 1972
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Written by Teleplay by: Michael Ross & Bernie West
Story by: Terry Ryan and Michael Ross & Bernie West
Directed by: John Rich
Guest starring
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Lionel Steps Out is the fifth episode of the third season and the 42nd overall episode All in the Family. The Season 3 episode first aired on CBS-TV on October 14, 1972. Directed by John Rich, the teleplay was written by Terry Ryan with Michael Ross and Bernie West, who also scripted the original story.


Archie's 21-year-old niece, whom he has not seen in years, visits and strikes up a friendship with Lionel Jefferson. The two go out on a night on the town, and Archie makes it quite clear he is against the idea of a black man dating a white woman. Lionel, who usually plays along with Archie to expose his bigoted attitudes, is not in the mood for games this time.


It is no surprise that Archie is livid over the fact that his lily-white niece Linda (Diane Hull) has gone out dancing with Lionel Jefferson. What is surprising is that Archie's opinions are in alignment with those of Lionel's uncle Henry, who is likewise dead set against "mixed dating."