All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Mike Comes Into Money 

Mike donates his $275 inheritance to donate to the George McGovern presidency campaign, against Archie's express wishes that the money be used for room and board.

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Mike's Uncle Alex dies leaving him an inheritance of $500. Archie thinks that the money should go his way, but Mike thinks that it should go to George McGovern's presidential campaign. He does, and then secretly he starts working nights until he can get the money paid back. Gloria works herself into a frazzle trying to keep him fed and keep a lid on his story, until things come to a head and they are forced to admit to Archie what they did. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchair-cinema@hotmail.com>

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4 November 1972 (USA)  »

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Michael 'Meathead' Stivic: Here's a dime Arch
Archie Bunker: That won't help me pay eighty five dollars
Michael 'Meathead' Stivic: No, but it would pay for yours!
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One of the few times Archie is actually right!
29 January 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very unusual episode of "All in the Family" because for once I found myself actually agreeing with Archie! This scared me at first, but since my wife also agreed with me, I assume it's just one of those rare cases where the idiot actually was right....for a change!

The episode begins very typically, Archie and Michael are arguing for the sake of arguing. Soon after this, Michael learns that a relative died and he has a small inheritance coming. He plans on getting his wife a needed winter coat but what he does with the rest of it makes up the rest of the show. Michael wants to give it to the McGovern campaign. Whether this is a good idea or not, Archie is rightfully upset at the Stivics haven't paid rent for living there the last three years. Sure, the agreement is that they'll later repay Archie but Archie feels as if this money is rightfully his now. Micael and Archie then argue and Archie insists that from now on Gloria and Mike should pay for and make their own meals...as he's sick of the Stivics freeloading. How is this impasse going to work itself out...as it can't continue this way forever.

As I said, I actually had sympathy for Archie. While he's a total jerk, using the money to help pay Archie back seemed pretty reasonable. I appreciate this, as if Archie was ALWAYS wrong then the show would have been more a caricature of the man instead of making him realistic and believable. Others may agree with Mike on this one...and this ambiguity makes this one a winner.


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