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Archie Finds a Friend 

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Archie has ulterior motives when he befriends a Jewish watchmaker, who has a sure-fire invention that the world has been waiting for.

Director:

Paul Bogart

Writers:

Norman Lear (developed by), Mel Tolkin | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Carroll O'Connor ... Archie Bunker
Jean Stapleton ... Edith Bunker
Rob Reiner ... Michael 'Meathead' Stivic (credit only)
Sally Struthers ... Gloria Bunker-Stivic (credit only)
Jack Gilford ... Bernard Bernstein
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Storyline

Archie befriends an elderly Jewish watchmaker named Bernie Bernstein who has come up with an invention that he thinks could make the both of them millionaires, a remote control for the doorbell. All he needs from Archie is $1000 to get started, which Archie just happens to have. Edith objects, and the more Archie tries to shut her up, the louder her objections become, especially when the remote either doesn't work or rings every doorbell in the neighborhood. Eventually it comes to light that Mr. Bernstein is a very sick man, and eventually dies right there on their couch. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchairoscars@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1976 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tandem Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In this episode Jack Gilford's character explains a shlemiel and a schlemazel. Coincidentally, just one day after this episode aired, the series premiere of 'Laverne & Shirley' debuted using those words in its opening song. See more »

Goofs

Bernstein's remote control door bell ringer invention could never possibly work, unless he was able to install some kind of receiver inside every single doorbell on the planet. See more »

Quotes

Archie Bunker: [Bernard Bernstein visits to discuss Archie's investment in his invention, though Edith has serious reservations] That's Bernstein. I'll get the door. Will you take the sour look off your face? You remind me of your mother.
Archie Bunker: [he opens the door] Hi-ya there, partner, come on in, come on in, Bernstein, come on in the house here, and welcome to our home. And as youse people say, Sh-boom.
Bernard Bernstein: [Bernstein decides not to make a point of Archie's ignorance] And Sh-boom to you, Bunker. And to you, Mrs Bunker, ...
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Soundtracks

If I Were a Rich Man
(1964) (uncredited)
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Portion sung by Jack Gilford
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Archie makes a deal with an old Jewish man
7 March 2018 | by Jimmy_the_Gent4See all my reviews

Archie wants to make an investment with Jewish watchmaker Bernstein on a new invention.

Bernstein( played by character actor Jack Gilford) comes up with a remote control door bell ringer. There are not many laughs in this one though Gilford is amusing singing "If I Were A Rich Man". The episode suddenly turns serious with Bernstein dying in the Bunker home. It seemed pretty pointless and Archie and Edith's incredibly somber reaction is strange since they hardly knew the man. It may just be another case of trying to soften Archie's character, which is not good for this comedy show.


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