"Mike's Mysterious Son"
Season 2, episode # 17
# 30 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date January 22, 1972
Production code 218 (2x17)
Written by: Warren S. Murray
Directed by: John Rich
Guest starring: Marcia Rodd
Stephen Manley
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Mike's Mysterious Son is the 17th episode aired during the second season and the 30th overall episode of All in the Family. The Season 2 episode first aired on CBS-TV on January 22, 1972. Directed by John Rich, the story was co-written by Michael Ross, Bernie West and Susan Harris.

"Mike's Mysterious Son"
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Mike's ex-girlfriend shows up with a four-year-old boy in tow. She tells Edith that Mike is the father and wants him to claim the boy. Wanting to avoid a confrontation, Edith does her best to conceal the boy from Archie.

Plot summary

An old flame of Mike's, Marilyn Sanders (guest star Marcia Rodd) unexpectedly shows up one night at the Bunker doorstep. Insisting that Mike is father of her son, Danny (Stephen Manley), Marilyn leaves the kid with the Bunkers and disappears as quickly as she came. Now Mike must do a lot of soul-searching (and mental backtracking), while the rest of the family struggles vainly to cope with this latest bombshell.

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