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| Season Two, episode # 14|
|Series:||All In The Family|
|Air date||January 1, 1972|
|Written by||Alan J. Levitt|
|Directed by:||John Rich|
|IMDB||The Elevator Story|
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The Elevator Story was the 14th episode aired during the second season and the 27th overall episode All In The Family. The Season 2 episode first aired on CBS-TV on New Year's Day, January 1, 1972. Directed by John Rich, the story was written by Alan J. Levitt.
It is Edith's birthday, and the whole family plans to take her out to dinner. Archie makes a quick stop at the insurance agent's office first—but the elevator he is in suddenly stops, trapping him with a black businessman, a ditsy secretary, a Puerto Rican man, and his very pregnant wife.
It could only happen to Archie Bunker: He's trapped in a stalled elevator with a prickly black attorney named Hugh Victor Thompson III (Roscoe Lee Browne), a ditzy, neurotic, chain-smoking secretary named Angelique McCarthy (Eileen Brennan), and a pregnant, monolingual Puerto Rican woman (Edith Diaz). Things take an even dicier turn when Mrs. Mendoza goes into labor! The touching final scene was the result of on-set improvisation; star Carroll O'Connor felt that the scene as written was in poor taste, and threatened to walk off the show unless something new was added. A young Hector Elizondo rounds out the cast (and further crowds the elevator) as excitable janitor and father-to-be Señor Mendoza.