Honest Edith just can't lie during a detergent commercial.



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Episode cast overview:
Gloria Bunker-Stivic (credit only)
Mr. Prescott
Peter Grey
Alan Hamel ...
Ricky Buffano
Thomas H. Middleton ...
Arnold Shaffer


While doing the family's laundry at the laundromat, a man walks up to Edith and starts pouring ketchup all over the clothes. Edith is shocked and infuriated until she realizes that the man is secretly auditioning her for a detergent commercial. She gets the job, which will pay $250 whether she does the commercial or not. Archie is not happy, especially since the man ruined the shirt he got from Disney World (signed by Mickey Mouse), but is happy with the prospect of the money. However, during the commercial shoot, Edith is asked which pile of laundry looks cleaner and keeps choosing the other brand because she is too honest to tell a lie even for money. The director cancels the commercial and Archie is flummoxed because it means that no residuals will be coming. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchair-cinema@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama




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8 January 1978 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Ironically, Jean Stapleton actually did do some various laundry detergent commercials previously before the All In The Family series. See more »

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Archie and Morris the cat
18 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode mostly revolves around Edith's visit to a laundromat, as she's picked to star in a commercial, although I can't recall the exact reason why, but it has something to do with a famous cleaning brand that I don't think she even uses. For those who remember Morris the cat, Archie mentions him to Edith, who stupidly won't "lie" and choose the cleaning detergent the company wants her to choose in the commercial; this had me yelling at the screen at Edith, because she just cost her and Archie future residuals anytime the commercials comes on again. This is a decent episode with many clunkers to follow, even though Archie isn't the main subject here, but he does offer some funny lines. Darryl Hickman is funny as gay director Peter Grey, who calls Archie "precious" at one point; Archie asks the man if he's gay, to which the director responds, "are you?", to which Archie says emphatically, "no", then the director says "I'm so relieved!". You may recognize Frank Aletter, who portrays Mr. Prescott, the supervisor. Both men are at their wits' end with idiotic Edith, and so was I, to be honest. She goes from a lovable, honest woman to an unrealistic buffoon in a matter of moments. If I was Archie, I might have her walk home alone after that idiocy.

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