All in the Family: Season 4, Episode 8

The Games Bunkers Play (3 Nov. 1973)

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Mike brings home a game called Group Therapy which asks players to open up about certain private feelings. He invites Lionel and the Lorenzos over the play, but the game turns out to be ... See full summary »

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Mike brings home a game called Group Therapy which asks players to open up about certain private feelings. He invites Lionel and the Lorenzos over the play, but the game turns out to be less fun then he had planned when he begins acting childish about everyone's reaction to him. He accuses everyone of criticizing him just as harshly as Archie. Edith straightens him out by explaining that Archie doesn't hate him but criticizes him because he sees in Mike all the things that he can never be. Archie comes home completely oblivious to what is going on. Mike says he understands and hugs him. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchair-cinema@hotmail.com>

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Terrific Episode
31 May 2015 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This is a fun episode that really turns the tables on Mike. Archie is absent for much of the show which allows the focus to be centered on Mike and his arrogance toward Archie and even his soft bigotry toward Lionel. On the one hand, the show is pretty brutal on Mike, but his increasingly unhinged defensiveness is hilarious. There are so many small moments to love in this episode such as Archie doing a jig out the door, the neighbor admiring his own nose, Lionel's gratitude to Edith, Edith's wisdom about Archie, and the capper: Mike's reaction when Archie returns home. I'm constantly amazed how affecting, relevant, and downright funny this show can be 40 years after it first aired.


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