The Longest Kiss
Season 5, episode # 10
# 95 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date November 16, 1974
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Written by Teleplay by:
Lou Derman & Bill Davenport
Story by:
Dawn M. Stephens and Lou Derman & Bill Davenport
Directed by: H. Wesley Kenney
Guest starring
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The Longest Kiss was the 10th episode of the fifth season and the 95th overall episode of All in the Family. The Season 5 episode first aired on CBS-TV on November 16, 1974. Written by Lou Derman and Bill Davenport from a story written by them along with Dawn M. Stephens, it was directed by H. Wesley Kenney.


The family is relieved to learn that Archie is safe and sound - he had been sidetracked at a podiatrist's convention. But Archie's reaction is priceless when he arrives home to find plenty of wackiness going on - hula hoops, ballroom dancing, and Mike trying to make good on Gloria's dare that they hold a kiss for hours and hours.

Episode summary

This is the third and final episode of a three-part story arc finds Edith preparing for a Tupperware party while Archie is away attending a lodge convention in Buffalo. Part 3 of a three-part story arc about the time Archie went missing. Edith receives word that Archie has been located (it seems he got on the wrong bus and ended up at a podiatrists' convention, and ended up having such a good time that he never made it to his own convention).

Edith, Gloria and Mike decide to have a party to celebrate his return; when Archie returns, he finds Edith spinning a hula hoop, Mike and Gloria struggling to maintain an hour-long kiss, George and Louise Jefferson jitterbugging, and Irene Lorenzo standing on her head. After a feud with producer Norman Lear about his contract negotiations, Carroll O'Connor finally returns in this episode.

Note: Isabel Sanford (as Louise Jefferson), Betty Garrett (as Irene Lorenzo), and Sherman Hemsley (as George Jefferson) all guest star in this episode.