Archie Bunker's Place (1979–1983)
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Death of a Lodger 

Barney takes in a cranky and overbearing border to help pay some bills.


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Episode cast overview:
Archie Bunker
Stephanie Mills
Barney Hefner
Denise Miller ...
Billie Bunker
Harry Snowden
Barbara Meek ...
Ellen Canby (credit only)
Mr. Van Ranseeler (credit only)
Veronica Rooney (credit only)
Al Snyder
Mr. Johnson


Barney takes in a cranky and overbearing border to help pay some bills.

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9 May 1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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"We're gonna be together a long time."
19 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

When Barney bemoans the cost of keeping the house since Blanche left, Archie & Harry suggest Barney take in lodger to make ends meet.

Archie's choice of housemate?: Al Snyder ("semi-retired from the shoe business but very well heeled"), a first-order curmudgeon, played by Don Rickles.

It had to happen: Rickles's insult humor meets Archie's cockeyed political correctness. When Barney finds that Al's taken his steak from the fridge, Al assures him it's no loss: "It tasted like carpet!" But even Al's fatalism is no match for Archie's unpolished sincerity:

Al: You're always on the scene whenever ... there's a world disaster ...and you follow me to the ends of the earth!

Archie: I just met you!

This is an unheralded gem: when Barney implies that he wants the exacerbating Snyder out of his house ("I'm sorry."), Al fires back, "Why be sorry, Barney? I'm not going anywhere! ... I have a rental agreement!" But Rickles's Al is great just arguing with a TV games show:

Emcee (to blonde contestant): Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Rickles: What's to tell: she's an imbecile!

Contestant: I have six beautiful children and one on the way!

Rickles: She's also a nymphomaniac!

Emcee: Do you have any hobbies?

Rickles: We know her hobby; let's start the game!

It's priceless!

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