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Archie and the Computer 

"Archie and the Computer" is an episode of All in the Family starring Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, and Rob Reiner. An early satire on computers: A mix up on a rebate results in Edith inheriting a fortune in quarters from a prune company; Archie is (mistakenly) declared dead.

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... Archie Bunker
... Edith Bunker
... Michael 'Meathead' Stivic
... Gloria Bunker-Stivic
Jack Grimes ... Mr. Whitehead
James O'Rear ... Mr. Dundee (as James O'Reare)
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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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27 October 1973 (USA)  »

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Jack Grimes reprises his role of Mr. Whitehead the funeral director from "The Saga of Cousin Oscar." See more »

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Archie Bunker: Hello. This is Archie Bunker talking to you from the grave. Wish you was here!
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Featured in Twice in a Lifetime (1985) See more »

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Computers and prunes
27 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

This clever episode solidly combines two different story lines, one which has Edith receiving quarters in the mail from a prune company, and the other has Archie being declared dead by the Veterans Administration. Both were computer errors, and while Archie was defending the computer for the free quarters, he is as equally disturbed by his "death" mistake by another computer. Mike also gives Archie some jabs, as he tells him that he must be really dead. Mike thinks it's wrong to keep the money, as Edith eventually returns all the quarters, much to Archie's chagrin. There's a weird scene when the Bunker's meet with a Mr. Dundee(James O'Rear), who's very pretentious acting, and not very friendly, to clear Archie's status. I felt the scene seemed out of place, even though it tried to be funny. I still enjoyed the episode for the most part, as it seemed very original with good writing.


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