It's Christmas again and the Bunker's are preparing for their holiday meal with Archie's buddy Pinky. Mike's old friend David Brewster drops by unexpectedly and Mike is concerned because he is a draft dodger who has been living in Canada and is wanted by the FBI. Pinky comes by and Archie warns the family not to let him move the conversation toward his son Steven since Pinky is still in shock over his tragic death in Vietnam. During dinner Archie won't stop quizzing him about why he lives in Canada. David is so put out that he admits that he is a draft dodger, which insights a furious rage from Archie. He assumes that since Pinky, the "gold star father", has lost his son in Vietnam that he will join him in his outrage, but to Archie's shock, Pinky sides with David and wishes him a Merry Christmas. Dealing with the shock of this turn of events, Archie tells the family that he needs time to work this out. He goes to the door and tells a group of carolers that he doesn't want to have to ... Written by
Jerry Roberts <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Did You Know?
In this episode, broadcast at Christmas time in 1976, where a young Vietnam draft evader visits the Bunker household from Canada, Carroll O'Connor
delivers an angry line during the taping as: "I don't wanna talk about that Goddamned war no more!" However, the network ordered that O'Connor dub over the audio before broadcast, so that the line is changed to "I don't wanna talk about that rotten damn war no more!" while the original line is clearly visible on the actor's lips. Curiously, CBS did not object three years earlier when, in the not-so-controversial "We're Having a Heat Wave" (#4.3), as Mike is screaming "Watergate! Watergate! Watergate!" at Archie during an argument, O'Connor delivered Archie's reply as: "Knock that off, God dammit!" The line not only aired that evening and was never deleted in syndication, but it provoked an exchange with Edith where she objects to his swearing, to which Archie explains that the term "God dammit" is biblical and, therefore, okay. See more
Michael 'Meathead' Stivic
Look, Arch, what David did took a lot of guts!
What do you mean, a lot of guts?
My own father couldn't understand, why should he?
Michael 'Meathead' Stivic
When the hell are you going to admit that the war was wrong?
I ain't talkin' about that war!Goddammit I don't want to talk about that Goddamn war no more! I'm talkin' about somethin' else! And what he done was wrong! Sayin' he won't go! Whaddya think, the old people of this country can say whether or not they wanna go to war? You couldn't get a decent war off the ...
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Sung by carolers See more