Edith worries she may be a kleptomaniac when she absent-mindedly shoplifts from a department store and is subsequently arrested.



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While out shopping, Edith gives a woman directions, but then realizes that she has given her the wrong information. She chases the woman into the street and is caught by security who nab her for supposedly stealing a wig. She is put on a blacklist and is made to understand that her credit will be no good at any store where she tries to shop. Edith begins to worry that she is becoming a kleptomaniac - or 'klepper' as she calls it - and is urged by Mike and Gloria to see a psychiatrist. Instead, she goes to see Father Majeski, the priest whose car she had once dented. He helps her work out the problem by getting her to talk about it. In the middle of their conversation, Edith come to the conclusion that she is not a 'klepper' but merely absent-minded. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchair-cinema@hotmail.com>

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21 October 1972 (USA)  »

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Edith Bunker: You better take your rubbers too.
Archie Bunker: I don't want no rubbers, every time I put 'em off, my shoes come off with 'em.
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References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

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It Takes a Dingbat
8 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This solid episode has Edith accidentally taking a wig of all things, from a local department store, and she fears she has kleptomania because an aunt of hers had it years ago. It's pretty funny when Archie finds this out, although he intends to get an apology from the store, although he's sending Edith there to get it. The grumbly James Gregory makes an appearance as the store manager, and Barnard Hughes portrays Father Majeski as only he could; he and Edith share a slightly touching scene at the church, as she wonders why she may have kleptomania, and since she refuses to see a psychiatrist, as Mike and Gloria want her to, she decides to see Majeski for advice. He eventually convinces her that the "theft" was a total accident because she was chasing down an elderly woman to tell her something about a bus, and when she finally remembers that a store assistant was a witness to this, she gives the Father a big hug in typical Edith fashion; the scene made me feel happy for her. Archie is more of a secondary character here, but I had no problem with it as the episode is still funny.

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