All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Mike's Problem 

"Mike's Problem" is an episode of All in the Family starring Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, and Rob Reiner. Mike's anxiety over his upcoming college exams causes him to temporarily become sexually impotent.



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Episode cast overview:
... Archie Bunker
... Edith Bunker
... Michael 'Meathead' Stivic
... Gloria Bunker-Stivic
... Henry Jefferson (as Melvin Stewart)
... Tommy Kelsey


Mike is facing final exams with anxiety so severe that it has rendered him impotent. Gloria is at a loss to help him so she turns to her mother for help. Mike is so stressed that he turns to Archie for help, hoping to acquire an older man's experience. Archie, at a loss, turns to Henry Jefferson for advice based on the theory that black people have a special secret to sexual potency. Finally, Edith comes up with the idea of simply leaving Mike and Gloria alone in the house for the evening, much to the chagrin of Archie who spends the evening in a bar watching a monster movie. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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Comedy | Drama




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20 November 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode was originally written for season one, but was considered too controversial. See more »

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Mike's double exam
10 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

This semi-funny, but solid episode has Mike nervous about taking college exams, and this anxiety leads to a failing grade in the bedroom. Gloria's very understanding, and a funny moment is when she tries to talk to her mother about a sexual problem, for which Edith struggles to handle such a delicate topic. It's also funny when Edith tries telling Archie about it, and his advice to Mike doesn't exactly inspire confidence. There's even one more funny scene, and it revolves around Archie and Henry Jefferson(Mel Stewart)at the bar, when Archie asks his "friend" how black folks have a certain "moxie" in the sex department, and Henry's answer is probably the best moment of this episode. I just remembered another funny moment right after a nervous Mike comes home after finishing his exams, and gets to meet Gloria, and has yet take another exam with her, if you get my meaning. She has one thing on her mind, but he's trying to stall her, so he wants to watch "Attack of the Sand Crab", which he sees inside the TV listings guide. After this moment, the show ends on a rather cute note.

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