| Season 2, episode # 1|
Archie trying to negotiate "cheap" burial arrangements with Whitehead of Whitehead Bros. Mortuary for his deadbeat cousin, who dies while staying in the Bunker house in "The Saga of Cousin Oscar" in Season 2 of AITF.
|Series:||All In The Family|
|Air date||September 18, 1971|
|Written by|| Teleplay by: Burt Styler and Norman Lear |
Story by: Burt Styler
|Directed by:||John Rich|
|Guest starring|| Will B. Able |
William "Billy" Benedict
|IMDB||The Saga of Cousin Oscar|
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The Saga of Cousin Oscar was the season opening episode of Season 2 of the CBS-TV series All In The Family, also the 14th overall series episode. Scripted as a teleplay by Burt Styler and Norman Lear from an original story written by Styler the episode originally aired on September 18, 1971.
Archie's freeloading cousin, Oscar, dies in the guest room. Archie and Mike host an impromptu wake in their home, as they ponder whether to hold a funeral service or simply dispose of Oscar's body.
Season 2 of All In The Family commenced with yet another taboo-banning episode, "The Saga of Cousin Oscar", which dared to turn a subject as serious as death into a joke. No one in the Bunker family can put up with the freeloading cousin Oscar, least of all Archie. Just as he is eating the Bunkers out of house and home, Oscar (who is never seen on camera) unexpectedly passes away. Archie and Mike are left to ponder their options on what to do with Oscar's body: have a funeral or simply dispose of it in a potter's field.
Thus, after Oscar has the audacity to drop dead in Archie and Edith's upstairs bedroom, poor Arch is stuck with the option of having to hold a wake -- and pay for the funeral expenses, at the insistent behest of relatives -- as well as to try to give the encumbering, scrounging Oscar a eulogy.