Mike's support of hiring quotas faces a stern test when he is passed over for a promotion to a less-qualified black man. Mike confronts the hiring manager, but his big mouth gets him in trouble again.



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Dean Winslow
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Mike is up for a big promotion at work that would send he and Gloria to Minnesota. Archie and Edith aren't too happy. Edith is disappointed but is willing to let them live their own lives, but Archie behaves like a child and makes all kinds of rude comments about their decision. The only stumbling block between Mike and the job is that he the other candidate is a black man, and the university must hire him because they don't want any problems. The other candidate does get the job and Mike is upset. He tells the Dean that he is fine, but upon leaving, he slams the door and breaks the glass. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchair-cinema@hotmail.com>

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Archie Bunker: [Mike is competing with a black man for a job in Minnesota, and Archie lays on some creative reasoning to keep his grandson nearby in New York] Listen to this, I can't believe my ears. A white guy standin' there bloatin' over takin' a job from a colored guy. That ain't the American way, buddy, no sir-ree. Listen here, professor. You're the one that needs an American history lesson. You don't know nothin' about Lady Liberty standin' there in the harbor, with her torch on high, screamin' out to ...
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Mike is put to the test
26 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We all know how much of a liberal Mike is and how he isn't afraid to let his feelings be known to all, especially Archie, but this episode has Mike competing for a university teaching position in Minnesota against a black man, who's a fellow teacher and a friend of Mike's. I found it slightly odd that Gloria had no reservations about moving considering how close she is to her family, at least her mother. Edith makes a funny comment about Minnesota being the place where "Mary Tyler Moore keeps losing her hat", and naturally Archie is against the possible move. I'm not normally a big fan of episodes which don't feature Archie exclusively, but I did enjoy the conversations between Mike and his friend, and with the dean. Mike mentions to his friend that his color won't exactly hurt his chances at landing the plum job, as they both feel reverse discrimination may be taking place. Soon after, the dean gives Mike the bad news about losing out on the promotion and he(dean)even mentions that Mike's color may've worked against him. David Downing and Lee Bergere also star and give solid performances in one of the better episodes not featuring Archie all that much or little of him.

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