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"All in the Family" Archie and the Miracle (1974)

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Archie and his maker

Author: stones78 from United States
29 November 2011

This is perhaps one of my favorite episodes of this great show, and has what is also one of my favorite scenes, which I'll get to in a bit. Archie walks in the door after coming home from work, and he's carrying his lunch box, which is basically smashed to bits. Stretch Cunningham and Irene accompany him home, and they all tell how a crane landed where Archie was sitting and eating his lunch, and by a miracle, he was called by God's voice to get up and put salt on his egg before the crane landed, sparing his life. He tells Edith that God has a voice you never forget, "like Bing Crosby". Mike tells Archie that is was just luck that the crane missed him, and don't get all religious about what was pure chance, and maybe God was out to get him, but missed. Archie's feeling very good about life and religion, and then he has Edith "get on the blower" to tell the church that he'll put an extra dollar in the collection plate and help out anyway he can. It turns out that Archie is needed to drive a senior citizen's bus on a Sunday afternoon at 2pm, but that just happens to interfere with watching the Jets, and Mike says Archie will be "swearing at Joe Namath" like he does every Sunday, but a very reluctant Archie agrees to drive the bus, even though he also had a chance to see the game in person, but since he was "driving for the Lord" he couldn't go; Stretch says, "what are you driving, a hearse?", to which Archie replies, "yeah, but they're all sitting up". Gloria really didn't do or say much this episode, and I have to wonder if Sally Struthers was frustrated by the lack of lines for her in this and many other episodes. There are a few more great lines I'm too lazy to add, but this is a terrific episode with many classic moments which is par for the course for this monumental show.

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