| Season 2, episode # 9|
|"All in the Family" episode|
|Series:||All in the Family|
|Air date||November 20, 1971|
|Written by|| Teleplay by: |
Alan J. Levitt and Philip Mishkin
Alan J. Levitt
|Directed by:||John Rich|
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Mike's Problem is the ninth episode aired during the second season and the 22nd overall episode of 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.
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.