"Live like you were young" - that's the advice from Archie's old friend.

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Archie refuses to admit that he's getting older despite the signs, like the fact that he needs glasses - which he refuses - and the fact that he doesn't remember things the same way he use to. In a slump, he goes to Kelsey's bar when he meets an old acquaintance named Bill who is the same age but looks 20 years younger. Archie starts exercising but it only makes him feel worse, so he returns to Kelsy's to drown his sorrows where he meets up with Bill again and finds out that the only thing keeping him young is the fact that he cheats on his wife with young girls. When Archie meets Bill's lady friend, he isn't surprised when she lays the bombshell on him that she's an escort. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchair-cinema@hotmail.com>

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20 January 1973 (USA)  »

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Archie's friend Bill makes a reference to Pablo Casals and Pablo Picasso. Both men died later that year. See more »

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"When I Became a Man, I Put Away Childish Things..."
12 January 2007 | by (Omaha, Nebraska) – See all my reviews

Archie is upset about growing older and needing reading glasses. He's so preoccupied Edith notes Archie even "sat through the whole Seven O'Clock News without blowing one raspberry at Walter Cronkite." Seeking solace at Kelcy's Bar, Archie meets an old schoolmate, Bill Mulhoren (but call him Brad; it sounds younger), who looks years younger than Archie and enjoys dates with attractive young ladies. Archie is envious and eager to learn and apply Bill's secrets, but is disabused of his admiration upon discovering Bill is cheating on his wife and that his girlfriends are whores. Bill even needs reading glasses when consulting his little black book. Archie realizes it's better to grow old with one's dignity and integrity intact.

This episode was all-but guaranteed to be great what with F-Troop alumnus Larry Storch guest starring and turning in the expected excellent performance. Even the under-appreciated Bob Hastings as Tommy gets a few good lines and laughs.

Quotable quote: "Greg Bunker" to Tina: "You know the old saying: 'just because there's snow on the roof don't mean there ain't no fire in the furnace.'"


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