| Season 2, episode # 14|
|"All In The Family" episode|
|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 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. A young Hector Elizondo rounds out the cast as excitable janitor and father-to-be Señor Mendoza.
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.