| Season 2, episode # 7|
|"All in the Family" episode|
|Series:||All in the Family|
|Air date||November 13, 1971|
|Written by|| Teleplay by: |
Michael Ross & Bernie West
Austin & Irma Kalish
|Directed by:||John Rich|
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The Blockbuster is the eighth episode aired during the second season and the 21st overall episode of All in the Family. The episode first aired on CBS-TV on November 13, 1971. The script was co-written by the team of Michael and Bernie West, who would later, along with Don Nicholl, would co-write episode and serve as producers for its spinoff The Jeffersons, as well as the ABC-TV sitcom Three's Company. The episode was directed by John Rich, and the story was written by Austin and Irma Kalish, who would go on to write episodes for two popular 1980s NBC-TV series, Diff'rent Strokes, and its long-running spinoff, The Facts of Life.
A corrupt real estate agent encourages Archie to sell his home for more than it's market value.
Thalmus Rasulala (originally credited as Jack Crowder) guest stars as Chester Byrd, a shrewdly-dealing, opportunistic, high-pressure black real estate agent. Offering to give Archie twice what he paid for his house, Byrd adroitly and insidiously utilizes scare tactics to prey on his fears of having more minorities moving in the area, by which some former neighbors who lived in the community that the Bunkers are acquainted with were responding to, warning the Bunkers that their neighborhood is about to be infested by low-income African-Americans!
Though the eager-to-sell Archie takes Byrd at face value, Lionel, who calls the corrupt Byrd an "Oreo Cookie" Black on the outside and White on the inside", and Mike both recognize the tactic that Byrd is using, calling out Byrd in recognizing the "blockbuster" agent for what he is.