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

Archie is told by his doctor to go on a diet, or else he'll suffer serious health problems. He rejects the efforts of Edith, Mike and Gloria to stick with the diet, but Justin Quigley may provide the inspiration Archie needs.

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Archie begins behaving like an angry child when Edith puts him on the diet at the orders of his doctors to lose 25 pounds. Fed up with Edith's attempts to lower sodium and cholesterol, he storms out of the house and begins taking his meals at Kelcy's. But even Kelcy gets irritated with his constant temper tantrums. Finally, he gets some useful advice from Justin Quigley while the old man is out jogging. He shows Archie pictures of his family, all of whom died young because they didn't take care of themselves and warns Archie that he'd better do the same if he wants to dance at Joey's wedding someday. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchair-cinema@hotmail.com>

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Burt Mustin's final appearance as Justin Quigley and on the series. See more »

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According to Justin Quigley, he claimed he was 92 years old, but the episode "Edith Finds An Old Man" from season four, three years earlier, he said he was 82. See more »

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Justin Quigley: [Quigley comes in to Kelsey's Bar after his three-mile jog, and finds Archie breaking his diet with some not-so-healthy food] That greasy kid stuff's gonna kill you, Arch. Oh, you ought to go on a diet and lose some weight.
Archie Bunker: Oh, come on, Quigley, will ya, don't give me that. I get enough of that from Edith.
Justin Quigley: Yeah, and she's right, too. Look at me. Ninety-two, and I still enjoy swimming, golfing, biking, all sports.
Archie Bunker: [unimpressed] Whoop-ee.
Justin Quigley: That too.
Archie Bunker: Quigley, now come on, you know, I mean, after all,...
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Farewell to 3 minor characters
3 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After doing some quick research, I see that this was the final appearance of Bert Mustin(Mr. Quigley), who would pass away less than a year later, and was 92 years old in this episode! Considering that, I felt that he did a credible job in his short scene with Archie, as they shared an interesting scene together. This is also the final episode for Billy Halop(Munson), and Bob Hastings(Kelsey); this is Halop's final acting credit, as he would pass away only 9 months later. The fact that 3 characters would make their final appearance in the same show is an odd coincidence. The gist revolves around a "plump" Archie needing to lose some weight, as his family, including Mike, are trying to shed some pounds with him to help motivate him. There's some funny moments around the dinner table, and an even funnier moment when Archie decides to skip his diet, and then vows to eat all the junk food in town. I would hesitate to call this a memorable episode, or even among my favorites, but it's nice seeing some minor characters get one final bow. Lastly, there's a very nice moment between Archie and Edith which ends the episode on a good note.


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