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"Mike's Problem"
Season Two, episode # 9
# 22 overall in series (209 episodes)
Series: All In The Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date November 20, 1971
Production code
Written by Teleplay by:
Alan J. Levitt and Philip Mishkin
Story by:
Alan J. Levitt
Directed by: John Rich
Guest starring
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Mike's Problem was the ninth episode aired during the second season and the 22nd overall episode All In The Family. The Season 2 episode, which, according to the show's producers, garnered more network resistance than any that ware later aired during the third season, first aired on CBS-TV on November 20, 1971. The teleplay was co-written by Alan J. Levitt and Philip Mishkin. Directed by John Rich, the story was written by Levitt.

SynopsisEdit

Mike's anxiety over his upcoming exams puts pressure on the Stivics' sex life, so much that Mike becomes impotent. Gloria is left to deal with her husband's (temporary) impotency.

Plot summaryEdit

Mike's nervousness over his upcoming final exams have rendered him temporarily impotent. Not only does this put the damper on his sex life with Gloria, but it adversely -- and hilariously -- affects the rest of the Bunker family as well. Mike is so stressed that he turns to Archie for help, hoping to acquire an older man's experience. Archie, at a loss, turns to Henry Jefferson (Mel Stewart) for advice based on the sterotypically ridiculous theory that black people have a "special secret" to sexual potency! Finally, Edith comes up with the idea of simply leaving Mike and Gloria alone in the house for the evening, much to the chagrin of Archie who spends the evening in a bar watching a monster movie.

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