All in the Family: Season 4, Episode 6

Henry's Farewell (20 Oct. 1973)

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Louise is planning a farewell party for Henry who is moving away to start his own business. The problem is that she can't get George to attend because he won't set foot in a white man's ... See full summary »

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Louise is planning a farewell party for Henry who is moving away to start his own business. The problem is that she can't get George to attend because he won't set foot in a white man's house. So, through a mangle of miscommunication, she manages to get Edith to agree to host the party at her house. Of course, during the party Archie has to give his full opinion of the proceedings and of Henry's new venture. George reluctantly arrives to give his brother a farewell toast. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchair-cinema@hotmail.com>

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Enter George Jefferson
8 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm surprised as I write this, but it also appears this was Sherman Hemsley's first acting gig, to go along with the introduction of Archie Bunker's nemesis George Jefferson. Although still a good episode, I wouldn't call this one of the better entries for this great show, and the funniest moments occur when George steps into the Bunker household for the first time, but otherwise, this was more of the usual black and white stereotypes that Archie spews, as well as Henry Jefferson, played by Mel Stewart. The show revolves around Henry leaving town to go work elsewhere, and much to Archie's chagrin, the farewell party ends up at the Bunkers' house. Mike does the usual liberal rants against Archie's biases, while Gloria complains to Henry that women were actually more kept down by the man than blacks were, and poor Edith just nods and agrees with everybody as usual. A big reason I enjoy this show so much is many scenes are of a serious nature, and the actors shine when given the opportunity. Towards the end of this episode, George and Henry(brothers)salute each other with a toast in a serious moment, with George wishing his brother good luck and telling him how happy he is to have him as a brother, and this is where Hemsley shines; soon after, George complains to Archie that the party was held in a honky house, and George leaves in a funny exit. Most of the episodes are solid, even this had solid aspects, but other than the final scenes, there's isn't the usual memorable moment that caught my attention.


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