All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Flashback: Mike Meets Archie 

On their first anniversary, Mike and Gloria reminisce (in flashback) the first time Gloria brought the Meathead home to meet the man that would become his father-in-law.


John Rich


Norman Lear (developed by), Phil Mishkin (as Philip Mishkin) | 2 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


It is Mike and Gloria's first anniversary and, over dinner, the family reminisces about the first time that Mike came over for dinner. At that first meeting, Mike and Archie immediately established their hatred for one another starting with an argument over Vietnam, leading Mike to storm out of the house vowing never to return. After a heated argument between Archie and Gloria, Mike returns and the two attempt to have a civil conversation about baseball that escalates into another shouting match that reveals that Mike and Gloria not only plan to get married but that they plan to spend four years living under Archie's roof. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

16 October 1971 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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Tandem Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of several flashback shows recounting key events in the Stivic's life together including their first date, introducing Mike to Archie and their wedding day. See more »


The characters celebrate Mike and Gloria's first anniversary with Chinese food. Chinese food dishes with the same name are vastly different on the East and West coasts. Mike announces the dishes he got and what is served are the West coast versions (where the show was filmed) as opposed to the New York versions (where the show is set). See more »


Archie: Let me tell you something, Mister Stivic. You are a Meathead.
Mike Stivic: What did you call me?
Archie: A Meathead. Dead from the neck up. Meat - Head.
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God Bless America
Music & Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Portion sung by Carroll O'Connor
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First time meeting between bigot Archie and hippie Mike
29 October 2017 | by Jimmy_the_Gent4See all my reviews

A flashback when Gloria first introduces Mike to her parents.

A great episode with many hilarious moments. This is the one where Archie sings "God Bless America" while calling Mike a dumb Polack. The arguments between the two start right away, Mike blurts out that he cannot live with this man after he and Gloria get married. Edith thinks it's great but Archie yells out "So what am I supposed to do, join the navy?!"

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