We're Having a Heat Wave
Season 4, episode # 1
# 62 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date September 15, 1973
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Written by Don Nicholl
Directed by: John Rich and Bob LaHendro
Guest starring
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We're Having a Heat Wave is the premiere episode of the fourth season and the 62nd overall episode of All in the Family. The Season 4 episode first aired on CBS-TV on September 15, 1973. The story was co-directed by John Rich and Bob LaHendro. The story was written by Don Nicholl. This episode features the first appearances of Betty Garrett as Irene Lorenzo and Vincent Gardenia as her husband, Frank Lorenzo.


Archie and next-door neighbor Henry Jefferson finally agree on something: They want to keep other ethnic groups out of the neighborhood. They disagree - and predictably, quarrel - about how to proceed.


Now that the Lorenzos have moved next door to the Bunkers, Archie has managed to come up with a whole new list of pet peeves. It especially vexes Archie that Irene and Frank Lorenzo don't seem to know their proper gender roles: Irene does the household repairs, while Frank does all the cooking -- and even sings in the kitchen. Even worse, at least as far as Archie is concerned, Irene bids fair to become Edith's new best friend.