The First and Last Supper
Season 1, episode # 13
# 13 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date April 6, 1971
Production code 113
Written by Jerry Mayer
Directed by: John Rich
Guest starring
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The First and Last Supper is the thirteenth episode and season finale of the first season of the CBS-TV series All in the Family, and also the 13th overall episode of the series. Written by Jerry Mayer, and directed by John Rich, the episode originally aired on April 6, 1971. Isabel Sanford appears as Louise Jefferson, while Mel Stewart appears as her brother-in-law Henry.


Edith invites Henry and Louise Jefferson over for dinner, ruining Archie's plans to go to a Mets game. Before dinner, Archie and Henry start a debate over racial matters.

Plot summary

The tempestuous introductory "shakedown season" of All in the Family ended on a high (and highly rated) note with the episode titled "The First and Last Supper." Though Archie (Carroll O'Connor) is resigned to the fact that the Jeffersons are living across the street, he is still opposed to having other black families move into the neighborhood. Archie's intolerance -- and all the inconsistencies and contradictions included therein -- come to surface when Edith invites the Jeffersons to dinner.


  • Sherman Hemsley, who would later assume the role of George Jefferson, Henry's brother and Louise's husband and Archie's chief nemesis in, and patriarch of the Jefferson family, still was under contract to continue acting in the hit Broadway play Purlie, had not yet joined the cast).

Recurring cast/characters

Guest starrring