All in the Family: Season 5, Episode 16

Prisoner in the House (4 Jan. 1975)

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Archie can't help but feel uncomfortable - and uneasy - when a plumber's apprentice is a convict on a work furlough from prison.


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Mr. Strinski the Plumber
Nick Howard


Archie and Edith are having a problem with their plumbing so they call of friend of theirs who brings and assistant. While Archie is at work, the assistant tells Edith that he is a convict on a work furlough. Edith is okay with it, but she is afraid of what Archie may think. Eventually, he finds out and spreads the news all over Kelcy's bar. The plumber decides not to finish the job and that he can't use the assistant anymore. Edith encourages him not to give up. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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Edgar Guest and Sing Sing
11 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This wasn't the most memorable episode in the stable of this great show, but it was much different than many others that I can recall. A prison called Sing Sing is promoting a work furlough program that has inmates working on the outside; in this instance, a convict named Nick Howard, who's played brilliantly by Cliff Osmond. He and Edith both share an affection for poet Edgar Guest, and although she's slightly surprised that he's a convict, he's welcome in her house, but not so much in Archie's house. Even though Archie has the usual funny lines here and there, the scenes with Nick and Edith are much better, and I felt awkward the way Archie tried to pleasantly get the convict "fired" from the furlough gig; this is one of the few times where Archie annoyed me a bit and ruined a good thing, although he did convince Nick's plumber-employer to fire him, as it turns out that his friend Barney Hefner also complained because Archie exaggerated the truth. This has more of a serious tone, and the friendship that Edith and Nick share for a few scenes is the best part of this episode.

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