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The Man in the Street 

Archie is eager to watch his "man-in-the-street" interview on "The CBS Evening News" with Walter Cronkite, but can't find a working television set.

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Gloria Bunker-Stivic
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Lionel Jefferson
Jack Griffin ...
Bill Hopper
Neil J. Schwartz ...
Levy
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Tommy Kelsey (as Bob Hastings)
John K.M. Collins ...
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Man in the Bar #1 (as Bill Halop)
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Archie comes home in a good mood because, while at work, he was interviewed by CBS for his opinion on the Nixon administration. After dinner he gathers the family around the television only to find that the set is busted. While Mike and Edith try to find a repairman who is working late, Gloria tries to find at least one neighbor that Archie hasn't offended who will let him borrow their set. A repairman comes by and gives Archie a diagnosis but can't fix it because he is Jewish and can't work after sundown on Friday. Finally, Archie takes the family down to Kelsey's Bar and just as the broadcast begins it is preempted by a speech from Nixon himself. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchair-cinema@hotmail.com>

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4 December 1971 (USA)  »

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The episode takes place on a Friday afternoon, and when they get to Kelsey's Bar, an NBA game is on the television. The only time an NBA game would be played on a weekday afternoon would be on a holiday. See more »

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[when a presidential speech interrupts his TV show]
Archie Bunker: Aww, geez... if Nixon keeps goin' on like that, he won't have Archie Bunker to kick around anymore.
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All the President's "Man"
2 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

This early episode revolves around Archie being interviewed at work, which has something to do with the economy, I think. I believe he mentions "pinko Cronkite", a term he uses several times during the series' run. As Archie comes home from work in a good mood, that soon changes when he realizes his television is broken, and he's having trouble finding someone to fix it. During this time, there's a funny exchange with a repairman named Levy(Neil J. Schwartz), who you may recognize from "Happy Days" although he is unable to fix the set because of a Jewish holiday revolving around sunset. A scene or 2 before or after this, Archie hurls around some ethnic jokes that wouldn't be allowed on the tube nowadays, but they are very funny. Since I'm an old CBS logo buff(hard to explain), there's a very cool "special report" logo on the set at Kelsey's bar; Archie had nowhere else to watch the news, so he bribed the guys with a round of beer to let him see the news, as they were watching a basketball game. Look for familiar faces in Bob Hastings and Billy Sands, both from "McHale's Navy". I won't spoil the ending, but let's just say that Nixon didn't do Archie any favors, even considering that Archie voted for him!


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