All in the Family (1971–1979)
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The Return of Stephanie's Father 

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Archie's fighting instincts are aroused when Stephanie's derelict father returns and uses blackmail to try an get his daughter back. Edith panics at the thought of losing Stephanie, and does her best to help Archie with a plan.

Director:

Paul Bogart

Writers:

Norman Lear (developed by), Larry Rhine | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Carroll O'Connor ... Archie Bunker
Jean Stapleton ... Edith Bunker
Danielle Brisebois ... Stephanie Mills
Ben Slack Ben Slack ... Floyd Mills
Victor Kilian ... Clerk
Rick Plastina Rick Plastina ... Seaman
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... Bum
Hugh McPhillips Hugh McPhillips ... Derelict
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Archie's fighting instincts are aroused when Stephanie's derelict father returns and uses blackmail to try an get his daughter back. Edith panics at the thought of losing Stephanie, and does her best to help Archie with a plan.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1979 (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

At around 10 minutes when Archie asks about Edith's fern she says that it has been in the corner for 9 years, Archie cannot seem to believe that it has been there for 9 years and tells Edith to "Just let it die". At this point in time it had been 11 years since the first pilot was made and 8 years since the first aired episode, as it is unrelated to the plot of the episode it can be inferred that the conversation's inclusion in the penultimate episode is Norman Lear's way of having Archie give a meta-commentary on the show itself. The is perhaps the only time that a character in the show has come close to breaking the fourth-wall. See more »

Quotes

Clerk: All night or just a fraction thereof?
Archie Bunker: We ain't interested in sex pal, we're married.
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The penultimate episode
22 February 2018 | by Jimmy_the_Gent4See all my reviews

Stephanie's father shows up at Bunker's and wants money or will take Stephanie with him.

The show is nearly at an end and this tired and depressing episode shows us how it has declined. There are no laughs in this and it's a chore to watch, especially when you remember the early glory days when this was a hilarious and edgy comedy show, now it seems like a trite soap opera with some poor attempts at humor thrown in.


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