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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Bizarre, unfunny and painful to watch
29 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching this episode on DVD. It was the first time I had seen it. I'm too young to have seen the early seasons in first-run, but I was raised on syndicated reruns of AITF, and as I watch the DVDs, at least one moment from each episode is familiar to me. With this one, however, there were no such moments. It felt like I was watching a lost episode. That leads me to believe it's not replayed in syndication, and I can see why.

One of the strengths of AITF is that it never relied on gimmicks to be funny. Strong writing, strong acting (on O'Connor's and Stapleton's parts), and honesty about political, social and moral issues — those are things that made AITF so great. Even when Sammy Davis Jr. appeared, it didn't feel like a gimmick because the writing was so sharp and the moments between Archie and Sammie were so well done.

And then there's this episode, "Everybody Tells the Truth." They use this unnecessary gimmick of replaying the same scenes from different characters' perspectives. It's full of bizarre overacting, eerie close-ups of actor's mouths, and the kind of forced "socially relevant" moments you'd expect from a bad AITF imitator. It's clear the producers and writers were trying something "different" with this episode, but the result is painful. I felt embarrassed for everyone involved with the show.

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