All in the Family: Season 4, Episode 11

Black Is the Color of My True Love's Wig (24 Nov. 1973)

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Gloria buys a black wig and when she models it for Mike, he gets really turned on. But what happens when she takes off the wig leads to a huge fight about their sex life.




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While Archie is away at his reunion with his old Army buddies, Frank and Irene invite Edith, Gloria and Mike to a movie. Gloria comes home with a surprise for Mike, a short black bobbed wig, which turns Mike on so much that he decides that they need to stay home. Getting ready to make love, Mike is aghast that Gloria has taken it off and she accuses him of loving the wig more than he loves her. They stop speaking to each other until the next day when he explains that the wig would be nothing without her in it. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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The title is based on the traditional song "Black Is the Color (of My True Love's Hair)" from the Appalachian Mountains region of United States. See more »


References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Mike wigs out
29 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode has Gloria coming home from work wearing a black wig, although I'm not sure what her intention was, but it did the trick for Mike, as he can't keep his eyes and hands off her. The wig looks like Sally Field's Gidget, but you'd think Mike saw a goddess; he has one thing on his mind, and you can guess what that is, even though Gloria feels like the other woman in her own marriage, and refuses to keep the wig on. Vincent Gardenia(Frank Lorenzo)makes a funny cameo, as he invites Edith, Gloria, and Mike to the movies, as Archie's away at a convention in the first half of the episode, but Mike wants to stay home and be alone with Gidget, er, I mean Gloria. The couple end up having a fight and Mike heads to the park for a long walk, and soon after, Archie comes home and hears the news about the Mike and the wig, as he calls Mike "a hair lover" and a "weirdwolf", and tells Gloria to keep her door locked. After thinking it over, Mike feels that he wasn't wrong to be attracted to Gloria in the wig, but assures her that it's only because it's her under the wig, and loves her no matter what she wears. This moment is why this show is excellent, especially the earlier seasons, when the writing was superior. This isn't the funniest episode, but it's solid with a very interesting subject matter.

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