All in the Family: Season 3, Episode 21

Everybody Tells the Truth (3 Mar. 1973)

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All about how the time a repairman and his black apprentice came over to fix the Bunkers' refrigerator. Mike and Archie exchange wildly inaccurate versions about what happened, but Edith knows the real story.




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The family goes out to dinner and gets into an argument after the refrigerator goes out and they call two repairmen who are unable to fix it. They have an argument over how it really happened and we see their different perspectives. Archie remembers the he was pleasant and that the repairmen were crooks. Mike remembers that Archie was a bear and that the men were pleasant. Then Edith weighs in with what really happened and it turns out that Archie was the one who broke it. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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Ron Glass' television debut. See more »


Edith Bunker: This is a nice restaurant, and it's called the Gay Paris.
Gloria Stivic: That's Gay Paree, Ma.
Archie Bunker: Gay, gay, what'd you do? Bring us into a fag hangout?
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References Rashomon (1950) See more »

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Funniest Sitcom Episode Ever
13 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I absolutely agree with the previous poster - this is the funniest sitcom episode of ANY show, ever. The characters in AITF were caricatures to begin with, but the in the warped recollections of Mike and Archie they are taken completely over the top. I can remember having an audiotape (!) of this in the 70's and I listened to it so much, I had the whole thing memorized. Then I was able to record it to VHS in the 80's, where it was subjected to many viewings. Now, thanks to YouTube, it's on my computer right now. It never gets old - I've watched this dozens of times now. The thing that nails it for me is Ron Glass' performance as the mau-mauing brother - extraordinary! Especially the "apple scene". I looked him up on IMDb and this performance is the FIRST one listed for him (1973) - what a debut! Of course, let's not forget his very fine work in Barney Miller. Drop by youtube and type this title into the search box - you won't be disappointed.

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