All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Archie's Bitter Pill 

Slow business at the saloon depresses Archie, so well-meaning Hank Pivnik gives him some pills to help him cheer up. But Archie takes too many and the family fears for his health.

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Danny Dayton ...
Hank Pivnik
Arny Freeman ...
Watkins
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Archie is in a grouchy mood because all of his business has moved down the street to McPheeney's place. One of his friends drops by and introduces him to a solution for his funk - in the form of a pill. Archie takes the pill and suddenly has a burst of energy that makes him ready to paint the front porch at 3 in the morning. Mike is the first to catch on that Archie is hooked on something so the family goes to visit him at the bar and he begins acting erratically and talking nonsense. Suddenly he begins to come down from the high and slips into a serious depression, realizing how far he has fallen and breaks down in tears. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchair-cinema@hotmail.com>

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6 November 1977 (USA)  »

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Barney Hefner: I'm just on my way to the can.
Archie Bunker: Hold it there, Barney! You come into my joint to use the can?
Barney Hefner: I couldn't make it home from McFeeny's. I'm up to here in beer.
Archie Bunker: Hold it, hold it there, Barney. So you take it on at McFeeny's and you let it out at Archie's. You're getting more like your dog Rusty every day.
Barney Hefner: That is gross, Arch!
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MacNamara's Band
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Music by Shamus O'Connor
Lyrics by John J. Stamford
Portion sung by Carroll O'Connor
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