All in the Family: Season 7, Episode 15

The Draft Dodger (25 Dec. 1976)

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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... See full summary »

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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 <armchair-cinema@hotmail.com>

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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 »

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Michael 'Meathead' Stivic: Look, Arch, what David did took a lot of guts!
Archie Bunker: What do you mean, a lot of guts?
David Brewster: 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?
Archie Bunker: 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 ...
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Compelling
8 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

Archie invites his war hero friend, Pinky, played by Eugene Roche, to Christmas dinner.

By chance, Mike's friend, David, who is a draft-dodger and was in Canada, also shows up for dinner.

Typical Bunkerisms ensue, with Archie protesting over David's presence.

In the end, Pinky welcomes David to the table, wanting to show openness.

Mike, Gloria, David, Edith and Pinky all sit and eat, leaving Archie standing off and alone.

That this aired Christmas of '76 is also remarkable, but in the end, it was all Bunker and it was all O'Conner.

I don't know if Archie was supposed to be wronged at the end of the episode, but today it watches as a man standing by his convictions, regardless of what the majority says.

Archie goes hungry while everyone else eats.

Truly the saddest thing was no one welcomed Archie to the table as well. Pinky could bring David to dine even tho they disagreed politically, the same couldn't be done for Archie. Not by Mike, not by Edith. This is the show's shame.

But O'Conner brought it all above that. Truly, you would have to see the episode to hear Bunker's opinion, enraged and unyielding.

Brilliant.


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