All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Edith's Problem 

Edith's irritability as of late may be a sign of her going through menopause. Archie is frustrated when he finds out she can't possibly have her "change of life" in 30 seconds.


John Rich


Norman Lear (developed by), Burt Styler (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Carroll O'Connor ... Archie Bunker
Jean Stapleton ... Edith Bunker
Rob Reiner ... Michael 'Meathead' Stivic
Sally Struthers ... Gloria Bunker-Stivic
Jeannie Linero Jeannie Linero ... The Waitress (as Jeanie Linero)


Archie is excited about a trip that he is planning with Edith to go to Disney World, but something goes wrong when Edith begins to have mood swings and hot and cold flashes. One moment she is sweet and lovable, the next she is angry and defensive - even telling Archie to stifle. Gloria explains that she is just going through the early stages of menopause but Edith translates it as her first step toward the old folk's home. Archie, meanwhile, is forced to do things against his own nature when he has to nurture and be understanding toward Edith even though it is driving him insane. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

8 January 1972 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tandem Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although unseen in this episode, this was when Archie picked up his blue Disneyworld shirt with "Donald Duck's original signature" seen in future episodes. See more »


Edith Bunker: I hate bears.
Archie Bunker: Well they ain't real bears, they...
Edith Bunker: I hate all bears.
Archie Bunker: Edith, I'm trying to show you...
Edith Bunker: STIFLE.
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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »


I'm in the Mood for Love
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Portion sung by Jean Stapleton
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Edith goes through menopause
2 November 2017 | by Jimmy_the_Gent4See all my reviews

The family is concerned about Edith's wild mood swings, but discover she is going through the change of life.

This is probably the best example of taking a real and previously taboo subject and making it a great comedy show. There are many funny moments such as the scene where Archie is trying to calm Edith down and she shouts "STIFLE!". The look on Archie's face is priceless. This is one of Jean Stapleton's best episodes, there is a great line where she says "When I was a young girl I didn't know what every young girl should know, now I'm gonna be a old lady and I don't know what every old lady should know!" This ranks as one of the best in the series, deftly balancing the serious and the laughter.

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