"The Election Story"
Season 2, episode # 6
# 19 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date October 30, 1971
Production code 206 (2x6)
Written by: Michael Ross & Bernie West
Directed by: John Rich
Guest starring: Mike Evans
Isabel Sanford
Barbara Cason
Robert Gibbons
Ida Mae McKenzie
Frank Whiteman
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The Election Story is the sixth 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 Ross 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.

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Archie and Mike argue over who's the best candidate in a local election.

Plot Summary

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.

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