All in the Family: Season 8, Episode 4

Edith's 50th Birthday: Part 1 (16 Oct. 1977)

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Archie, Mike and Gloria plan a surprise party for Edith to celebrate her 50th birthday. But an unwelcome visitor to the Bunker's home - while Edith is home alone - has a much different surprise in mind for the Bunker matriarch.

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Archie, Mike and Gloria plan a surprise party for Edith to celebrate her 50th birthday. But an unwelcome visitor to the Bunker's home - while Edith is home alone - has a much different surprise in mind for the Bunker matriarch.

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When Edith comes bursting into the Stivic's kitchen and directly into Archie's arms, another actress in the room quickly zips up the back of Edith's dress. It's done as the camera cuts up close, and can be easily missed. Because no one at that point knew what had happened to Edith, it's possible the woman was playing in character, thinking she was simply helping another woman to be properly dressed. See more »

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After Edith clocks the would be rapist with her burnt cake and cakepan, she literally runs out of the house in a panic, and goes next door to Mike and Gloria's, leaving the front door open and the lights on. Later, Mike and Archie decide to check the house to see if the rapist is still there, and when they do, the front door is closed, and the lights are off. Edith didn't do these things, and the rapist would certainly have not made the extra effort to do this either in the injured state he was in. So, who shut the front door and turned off the lights? See more »

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Mike Stivic: Arch, did you get Ma a gift?
Archie Bunker: Certainly I got her a gift. She's my wife, ain't she?
[to Gloria]
Archie Bunker: ... What did I get her, little girl?
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Happy Birthday to You
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Good, but one thing disturbs me
17 December 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I'm old enough to have seen this in its first network run (not quite old enough to understand all the implications, though). I saw it again the other night for the first time in many years, and although I agree that the impact is still there and it's an excellent episode, I was very troubled by the audience's laughter during the attack. I know it was filmed in front of a studio audience to get their actual reactions, and that's fine for your basic 70's sit-com, but laughter during a rape attempt is, at the very least, inappropriate. In hindsight, I wish they had chosen to present the attempted rape scenes with no audience reaction, if that was the best the audience could do. I'm not a PC flag-waver and I enjoy programs that are products of their time in spite of some content that might be labeled offensive by today's standards, but rape presented as comedy just doesn't make any sense to me.


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