| Season 4, episode # 8|
|"All In The Family" episode|
|Series:||All In The Family|
|Air date||November 3, 1973|
|Written by|| Teleplay by: Michael Ross and Bernie West |
Story by: Susan Perkis Haven, Dan Klein and Michael Ross and Bernie West
|Directed by:||John Rich and Bob LaHendro|
|IMDb:||The Games Bunkers Play|
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The Games Bunkers Play is the eighth episode of the fourth season and the 69th overall episode of All In The Family. The Season 4 episode first aired on CBS-TV on November 3, 1973. The story was co-written by Susan Perkis Haven, Dan Klein and Michael Ross and Bernie West from a teleplay written by Ross and West. The episode was co-directed by John Rich and Bob LaHendro.
Edith, the Stivics, Lionel Jefferson and the Lorenzos play an adult board game called Group Therapy, where they must share their real feelings and opinions about each other. During the game, Mike doesn't like what he learns about himself or how others really feel about him. When things aren't going his way, he childishly quits the game and rants about how Archie undeservedly has plenty of opportunities despite his bigotry. He cries on Edith's shoulder but surprisingly, Edith is unsympathetic. Instead, she offers Mike insight regarding Archie's insulting attitude toward him.
While Archie is out of the house, the rest of the family joins Lionel and the Lorenzos in playing Mike's new "group therapy" board game, in which the players reveal their honest opinions about the other players. Alas, Mike doesn't like what he hears when time comes for the others to vent their feelings about him. It is up to Edith, displaying wisdom above and beyond her standard "Dingbat" status, to get Mike back on the right track. Though Carroll O'Connor is largely absent from the proceedings, his appearance at the tail end of the episode provides the evening's biggest laugh.