Archie finds himself in a compromising situation with an attractive waitress after Edith ignores his amorous advances and dashes off to the Sunshine Home. Janis Paige guest stars as Denise, the attractive waitress whose flirtations with Archie lead him to trouble on the home front.
Episode #137 - And estranged Archie and Edith are determined to prove to each other that they are perfectly content going their separate ways, in the conclusion of a three-part presentation. The going gets tough for a while when the Bunkers continue to resist Mike and Gloria's efforts to reconcile them.
The family is getting ready to celebrate Mike's good fortune, he's been published. It happens just at the wrong moment, because Archie has just been laid off due to the recall of a government contract. At the unemployment office, he finds nothing but bureaucracy and frustration, especially with the information he won't get much of a check due to his job moonlighting in Munson's cab. At home, Edith makes it worse trying to make him feel better by trying to sing him to sleep.
Archie continues to have problems with finances and with finding another job. At the grocery store, he stresses himself about Edith's spending habits and tries to save money even if it means denting cans to save two cents. Gloria informs him that he has an interview for a job as a custodian, and at the interview he finds out that he is only being offered the job because of his lack of education. He gets the job over a man who is highly educated but has been out of work for three years. The man is so distraught that he climbs out onto the ledge of the building and ...
It's Christmas again and the Bunker's are preparing for their holiday meal with Archie's buddy Pinky. Mike's old friend David Brewster drops by unexpectedly and Mike is concerned because he is a draft dodger who has been living in Canada and is wanted by the FBI. Pinky comes by and Archie warns the family not to let him move the conversation toward his son Steven since Pinky is still in shock over his tragic death in Vietnam. During dinner Archie won't stop quizzing him about why he lives in Canada. David is so put out that he admits that he is a draft dodger, which ...
Episode #150 - The Bunker's unexpected return from a weekend trip puts Edith in a precarious situation when she discovers that Teresa has her boyfriend in her bedroom. Edith and the embarrassed Teresa agree that the only course of action is to try to sneak out the visitor before Archie finds out.
Archie is shocked when his coworker Stretch has died after cavorting with a young woman. Asked to give the eulogy, he enlists Mike's help, requesting Bible references. But the biggest shock comes at the funeral.
Mike and Gloria have an argument after a Scrabble game about Mike always being right and that she never did get to go to college as Mike had promised. Mike also ends up with Archie as a roommate for one night.