| Season 2, episode # 5|
|"All in the Family" episode|
|Series:||All in the Family|
|Air date||October 30, 1971|
|Written by||Michael Ross and Bernie West|
|Directed by:||John Rich|
|IMDb:||The Election Story|
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The Election Story is the fifth episode aired during the second season and the 19th overall episode of All in the Family. The episode first aired on CBS-TV on October 30, 1971. The script was co-written by the team of Michael and Bernie West, who would later, along with fellow producer and creative partner Don Nicholl, co-write/produce for its spinoff The Jeffersons, as well as the ABC-TV sitcom Three's Company. "The Election Story" episode was directed by John Rich.
Though "The Election Story" originally aired in October 1971, for plot purposes the action takes place during an election year. Predictably, Mike and Gloria throw their support behind the liberal Democratic U.S. Congress candidate, a woman named Claire Packer (Barbara Cason), while Archie takes the side of the conservative opponent. When the Stivics invite Claire to the Bunker house to meet and debate with Archie, they immediately clash over all of the issues, and about everything else as well as Archie began insulting her, saying, instead of running for public office, she should start "running for a husband, 'cause from where I'm looking, you've got a lot of running to do!" which ends with Archie telling Claire to "scram", and then Claire calling Archie what she said her father called people who had views like his, which is also what he loves to call Mike -- A "meathead"!
When they go to vote on election day, it is revealed by Louise Jefferson (Isabel Sanford), who happened to be working the polls at the nearby Catholic parish, that the staunchly ultra conservative Archie, with all of his bashing of Packer, and his bantering of praises for the GOP agenda, President Nixon, as well as the Republican candidate running against Packer, has not voted since 1960 during the Kennedy-Nixon election; when he tries to get Edith to vote his way, he holds up the voting line, which causes a cop (Frank Whiteman) to make him back away from the polling line and sit down.
- Barbara Cason as Claire Packer
- Robert Gibbons as George Robinson, LGBT Leaflet Man at the door
- Ida Mae McKenzie as Mrs. Edwards
Frank Whiteman ... Policeman