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