All in the Family: Season 1, Episode 12

Success Story (30 Mar. 1971)

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Archie's old buddy, Eddie Frazier, has amassed a fortune in the used car trade. However, Eddie's quest for money comes at a huge price: his estranged family wants nothing to do with him.



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Episode cast overview:
Eddie Frazier
Billy Pendergast
Herbie Faye ...
Delivery Man
George Savalas ...
Joe Frouge
Frank E. Ford ...
Fred Frouge (as Frank Ford)


Archie gets an elaborate gift from Eddie Frazier an old Army buddy who has made himself a millionaire. When Archie finds out that he is in New York, he invite him and the rest of his old platoon over to the house for a reunion. Mike resents the man's wealth, questioning what he has done for his fellow man, that he is selfish and thoughtless. During the party, Mike overhears Eddie's telephone conversation with his son and learns that he is estranged from his family. Realizing that Eddie is a man with only material wealth but no family, he refuses to tell Archie. Written by Jerry Roberts

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Money can't buy happiness
18 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Forgive the tired expression above, but it fits nicely in regards to this fine episode, which boasts familiar face William Windom as Eddie Frazier, a wealthy used car magnate who visits Archie and pals after many years. Windom gives a fine performance, as both a happy and sad man, as he's happy to see his friends, but sad that his son refuses to see him after many years; look for other slightly familiar faces in Len Lesser(Billy), who played Uncle Leo from Seinfeld, and George Savalas(Kojak), who plays Joe. Before Eddie comes to the house, Archie tells Mike how rich and funny he is, and every time Eddie cracks a joke, Mike gives a fake, hearty laugh, and he does it quite a few times that it started to annoy me, mainly because it was so forced and not funny. As the group is in awe of how much Eddie is worth, and how much he paid for certain things, Eddie's having a serious and sad conversation on the phone with his son, begging to see him, but is refused each time; Eddie admits he's made mistakes in the past, but his son still refuses to see him, as Eddie gets emotional on the phone, and Mike gets to witness this, to which Eddie tells Mike, "he wants me to stay the hell away from him", and you can see how good an actor Windom is, and you can also see how this show is much better than others. The conclusion has the group laughing with Eddie, although Mike is in no laughing mood, as Eddie forces the laughter.

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