| Season 5, episode # 8|
|"All in the Family" episode|
|Series:||All in the Family|
|Air date||November 2, 1974|
|Production code||501 (5x08)|
|Written by:||Barry Harman & Harve Brosten|
|Directed by:||H. Wesley Kenney|
|Guest starring:|| Betty Garrett|
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Archie mysteriously disappears while traveling to a union convention in Buffalo, leaving Edith fraught with worry. Edith receives the news that Archie never made it to the hotel in Buffalo, from several of his old lodge buddies, which caused her to worry.
This first episode of a three-part story arc finds Edith preparing for a Tupperware party while Archie is away attending a lodge convention in Buffalo. The tranquil mood in the Bunker household is shattered when Archie fails to call Edith as he promised, leading Edith, Mike, and Gloria to worry that Archie has met with an accident.
"Where's Archie?" was taped at the beginning of All in the Family's fourth season to compensate for Carroll O'Connor's walkout due to a salary dispute. Reportedly, producer Norman Lear intended to kill off Archie if negotiations with O'Connor fell through. As it turned out, the "death of Archie" episode was rewritten as an installment of the Lear-produced Good Times when star John Amos left that series.
Cast (in credits order)
- Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker
- Jean Stapleton as Edith Bunker
- Rob Reiner as Michael "Meathead" Stivic
- Sally Struthers as Gloria Bunker-Stivic
- Hector Elias as Alfredo Estrada
- Roxanna Bonilla-Giannini as Maria Estrada (as Roxanna Bonilla)
- Charlotte Rae as Lillian Henderson