"The Elevator Story"
Season 2, episode # 14
# 27 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date January 1, 1972
Production code 215 (2x14)
Written by: Alan J. Levitt
Directed by: John Rich
Guest starring: Roscoe Lee Browne
Eileen Brennan
Hector Elizondo
Edith Diaz
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The Elevator Story is the 14th episode aired during the second season and the 27th overall episode of 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.
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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.

Plot summary

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 as excitable janitor and father-to-be Señor Mendoza.

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