All in the Family (1971–1979)
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The Insurance Is Canceled 

At the same time Archie is told to lay off part of his crew at work, he gets a notice informing him that his homeowner's insurance has been canceled.



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Wendell (as Philip Proctor)
Little Emanuel


Archie's problems come crashing down on him during one hectic day. First Edith gets a letter stating that their insurance has been canceled. Her nephew informs them that this is due to the crime in the area where they live which puts them in the high risk category due to low-income black families who have moved into the area. Then, Archie is given the unhappy task of having to fire an employee at work, and must decide whether or not to fire a lazy white man or a black man or a Puerto Rican man who are hard workers. He decides to fire the Puerto Rican man who takes his firing with good humor because it means that he is left with the lazy man to do his job. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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Comedy | Drama




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27 November 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Wendell: Let me make this perfectly clear.
Mike Stivic: Gee where have I heard that before?
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Por favor, Archie?
18 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This great episode combines two stories, although slightly different in subject matter, but similar in execution. Carroll O'Connor is terrific as he plays it both hilarious and serious in many fine moments while he has to figure out why his homeowner's insurance is getting cancelled, and how he must break the news to Little Emanuel(Rafael Campos), who Archie has to fire, but really doesn't want to. Archie's steaming because the agent is Edith's nephew Wendell(Phil Proctor), as he tells Archie the reason it's getting cancelled is because his house lies on the border of an "HRN", which he explains is a high risk neighborhood where high risk people live. I can't imagine that line would appear on the tube in today's politically correct society, but it did in this 1971 episode. While this exchange is going on, Emanuel is waiting in the kitchen for Archie to explain to him why he's getting fired; earlier on, Archie explained to Mike that he has to fire a guy for a reason I forget, and that it has to be Emanuel because the blacks and the whites on the docks will be very sore at him if he fires Black Elmo or Stretch Cunningham, and even though Emanuel is a terrific worker, he's the odd man out. Both conversations with Archie/Wendell and Archie/Emanuel both have a serious and touching aspect, as Wendell is clearly sorry to bring bad news, and Archie is also very sorry to let his best worker go. During this time, Gloria simply disappears as she's not mentioned or heard from since the first part of the episode, but who needs her anyway? The early seasons of this great show, including this episode, are a must for fans, as the show started to become great.

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