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"Oh Say Can You See"
Season 3, episode # 16
# 53 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date January 20, 1973
Production code 317 (3x16)
Teleplay by: Michael Ross and Bernie West
Story by: Jess Oppenheimer (as Joe Kerr)
Directed by: John Rich & Bob LaHendro
Guest starring: Bob Hastings
Larry Storch
Arlene Golonka
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Oh Say Can You See is the 16th episode of the third season and the 53rd overall episode All in the Family. The Season 3 episode first aired on CBS-TV on January 20, 1973. The Story was co-directed by John Rich and Bob LaHendro. The teleplay was co-written by Micheal Ross and Bernie West, and the original story by Jess Oppenheimer (credited as Joe Kerr).
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Synopsis

An old friend of Archie named Bill (Larry Storch) tries to teach him to live like he was young.

Summary

Middle-aged Archie Archie refuses to admit that he's getting older despite the signs, like the fact that he needs glasses - which he refuses - and the fact that he doesn't remember things the same way he use to. In a slump, Archie, after a failed attempt at trying to exercise to lose weight to look younger, decides to drown his sorrows at Kelsey's Bar, when he runs into an old acquaintance, Bill Mulholern (special guest star Larry Storch) who is the same age but looks 20 years younger.

Archie can only envy the eternally youthful outlook of his old friend and contemporary. He is especially impressed that the toupeed, flashily garbed Bill has managed to attract a sexy young bedmate named Tina (Arlene Golonka), who reveals herself to Archie as a "working girl" whom Bill, who's also a married man, pays for, and cheats on his wife regularly with. By episode's end, Archie is made to realize how lucky he is to be spending his declining years with a loving wife a home like Edith.

Trivia/Notes

  • Arlene Golonka plays Tina, a role originally slated for Ann Elder.
  • Archie's friend Bill makes a reference to Pablo Casals and Pablo Picasso. Both men died later that year.
  • The episode title is from the first line of the national anthem of the USA: "Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?"

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