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"Sammy's Visit"
Season Two, episode # 21
# 34 overall in series (209 episodes)
Series: All In The Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date February 19, 1972
Production code
Written by Bill Dana
Directed by: John Rich
Guest starring
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Sammy's Visit is the 21st episode aired during the second season and the 34th overall episode All In The Family. The Season 2 episode first aired on CBS-TV on February 19, 1972. Directed by John Rich, the story was written by Bill Dana.

SynopsisEdit

Sammy Davis, Jr. leaves a briefcase in Archie's taxicab, and needs to visit the Bunkers to retrieve it. Archie tries to be on his best behavior but winds up being himself. In the moment that made the episode, Sammy decides to pose for a picture with Archie, but kisses him on the cheek just as Munson trips the camera's shutter.

Plot summary/about "The Kiss"Edit

Written by comedian Bill Dana (aka Jose Jimenez), this classic episode represents the one and only time that AITF relied upon a guest star. It all begins when moonlighting cabbie Archie comes home bearing a briefcase left in his taxi by Sammy Davis Jr. Intending to return the briefcase to the cab company in the morning, Archie is amazed when Sammy himself shows up on the Bunker doorstep.

What follows is a brilliant blend of Davis' patented charisma and Archie's bumbling, unintentional bigotry: "I know you had no choice about bein' colored, but what made you turn Jew?" The episode's final gag, the sarcastic planting of a kiss planted on Archie's cheek while Munson shoots a photo of their meeting -- which, ironically, was Carroll O'Connor's idea -- really dosen't need not be revealed here, since it has been excerpted millions of times in an infinite number of media/news circles worldwide, as well as in dozens of TV-history specials since its initial airing on CBS-TV in 1972.

Director John Rich, who won an Emmy for this episode, has claimed that "Sammy's Visit" came about because Sammy Davis Jr., who was longtime friends with Carroll O'Connor, insisted upon appearing on his favorite sitcom -- and has further claimed that Archie's "second job" as a cabdriver was added to the All in the Family lexicon so that Davis' visit to the Bunkers would be a logical plot development.

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