All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Reunion on Hauser Street 

Edith and Archie try and get their friends Barney and Blanche back together.

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Archie Bunker
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Edith Bunker
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Stephanie Mills (credit only)
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Blanche Hefner
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Barney Hefner
Gloria LeRoy ...
Mildred 'Boom Boom' Turner
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Barney comes into the bar still broken up over Blanche leaving him for an exterminator. Archie and Harry try and cheer him up by reminiscing, but it only reminds him of the times he had with his wife. Archie gets the idea to take his mind off Blanche by setting him up on a date with Boom Boom. Meanwhile, Blanche comes to the Bunker's house to talk to Edith because the exterminator dumped her in Atlantic City and she misses Barney again. Edith suggests that she go down to Archie's Place and try to make up with Barney. When she arrives, Boom Boom makes a hasty retreat. Despite the fact that Barney let her fish die, he and Blanche admit that they are both lonely and they make up. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchair-cinema@hotmail.com>

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8 October 1978 (USA)  »

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Bill Quinn's first appearance, uncredited, as Mr. Van Ranseleer, the blind bar patron. However, he has no lines in the episode. See more »

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What's buggin' Barney?
4 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

As of this point in the series, the show probably should've been put out to pasture, because after Mike and Gloria left for good, there was no turning back, and the writing suffered because of it. With that being said, this certainly isn't a bad episode, and the story was fairly original; Barney(Allan Melvin)is bummed that his wife Blanche(Estelle Parsons)left him for an exterminator, which leads to a few "bug" references, some intentional and some not. Since Barney's depression is bringing everyone down, Archie fixes up his friend with his waitress "Boom Boom", played by Gloria Leroy, and she reluctantly agrees. Nothing of much consequence happens, and even though the couple eventually get back together, there were a few laughs, although not that much. I think most great episodes ended in 1976, as the show lost steam, and several episodes were seriously lacking. I would insist that you skip any episode with Stephanie(not in this episode), and when Archie owns the bar. You might get lucky with a good story here or there, but it's sad to see what this great show has become after many superb seasons.


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