A corrupt real estate agent encourages Archie to sell his home for more than it's market value.



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Chester Byrd (as Jack Crowder)
Peggy Rea ...
Cousin Bertha


Archie is excited when a real estate agent wants to buy his house for a huge profit. He figures it is a good deal because he and the family move out to California to stay with a rich relative while looking for a place to live. When the agent comes by the house, he offers Archie $35,000 and Mike alerts him that the man is a Blockbuster, a scam artist who exploits the owners' fears of lower prices if racial minorities live in the area. Archie doesn't believe him and is ready to sign away the house. Edith becomes very vocal and refuses to give in to a situation that she thinks will see her family selling all of their precious memories. Archie won't listen until Bertha drops in to tell him that the supposedly rich relative in California is flat broke and that the family would be living in his garage. Archie changes his mind and rushed out the door to warn the neighbors. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchair-cinema@hotmail.com>

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13 November 1971 (USA)  »

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Edith was looking at the wall next to the closet by the front door where they 'measured Gloria when she was at eleven and at two years old.' Even though its been its been mentioned various times that the Bunkers were living on Union street when Gloria was around the age of eleven before moving to the house. See more »


Archie Bunker: You're colored.
Chester Byrd: Yes I am.
Archie Bunker: You didn't sound colored on the phone.
Chester Byrd: That's 'cause I used the white telephone.
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California dreamin'
5 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode, Archie is fantasizing about leaving New York for California, even though Gloria doesn't take him seriously mainly because he says this every winter, as he looks at the brochures about leaving for warmer climates. Lo and behold, Archie finds someone in his brochure box who's interested in buying any home, so on a whim, he gives the guy a call and agrees to meet him at the Bunkers' house. You can imagine Archie's surprise when he sees the man is black, even though he's offering $35,000 for the house. He says something to the man, named Justin Byrd, like "you didn't sound black" to which Byrd replies, "that's because I used a white telephone." Thalmus Rasulala plays the other man, and he does have a recognizable face, but I'm not too familiar with his work. This episode also features Archie using his pig Latin skills while on the phone with a friend while the man is still in the room with him, plus Byrd also knows pig Latin of his own. Long story short, Archie wants to take the man's deal because he's been offered a place to stay out West with an old relative of his. Soon after Archie decides to move, he gets a visit from cousin Bertha, played by Peggy Rea, and she's very excited over the news. It turns out that her son(the relative)is actually in financial trouble and is preparing his garage for the Bunkers to live in, although Bertha didn't think this news would totally change Archie's mind and eventually refuse the deal the man offered. This is a real funny early episode when the show was gaining steam, as there are more great moments which I didn't mention.

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