All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Stretch Cunningham, Goodbye 

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.

Director:

Paul Bogart

Writers:

Norman Lear (developed by), Phil Doran | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Carroll O'Connor ... Archie Bunker
Jean Stapleton ... Edith Bunker
Rob Reiner ... Michael 'Meathead' Stivic
Sally Struthers ... Gloria Bunker-Stivic (credit only)
Charles Siebert ... Rabbi
Jay Gerber Jay Gerber ... Harry Moss
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Storyline

Archie comes home irritated that Stretch Cunningham took a half day claiming that he was sick even though Archie knows well that he has taken time off to be with a girl. During dinner, Edith answers a phone call from one of Archie's co-workers informing her that Stretch Cunningham died at the doctor's office. While trying to get his head together, Archie gets a visit from Stretch's brother who asks Archie to give his eulogy. He reluctantly agrees and asks Mike to write something for him, but it turns out to a depressing piece of poetry. Archie writes something himself, but a shock is in store when he gets to the funeral and finds out that Stretch (whose real name is Jerome) was actually Jewish. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchair-cinema@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

29 January 1977 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tandem Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The last time that Stretch Cunningham appeared was in the season 5 episode All in the Family: Archie and the Miracle (1974). See more »

Quotes

[Mike is an atheist]
Archie: Did you ever in your life tell somebody to go to Hell?
Mike Stivic: Well...
Archie: Don't give me any long stories, just answer me yes or no.
Mike Stivic: Well, yes.
Archie: So where did you want them to go, Disneyland?
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Stretch the stiff
30 January 2014 | by stones78See all my reviews

When you saw the subject matter for this episode, you probably thought it would be a sappy one at that, but you'd be wrong, as Archie is very funny here, although that's because he's probably in denial about his old buddy's death. I didn't like his first reaction when he got the bad news from Edith, as he seemed cavalier and gave her one of those "I told you so's", because he thought Stretch died while fooling around with a girlfriend. Since Archie worked and joked with the man for years, I expected some sadness from him, and I think the writing came up small during this early scene; soon after this, a relative of Stretch's comes by the Bunker house and asks Archie to give the eulogy, which he's hesitant to do, but decides to do it anyway. While he's speaking at the funeral parlor, he unintentionally mentions Jewish jokes that was said around Stretch; we find out that Stretch was Jewish, although Archie doesn't think a name that ends in "ham" could be Jewish, and he even tells a joke himself while giving the eulogy! The next moment is what sets this show apart from all the others, and it's when Archie gets serious about his buddy, and says something about how Stretch was "one of those up guys", and they say laughter adds years to one's life, and that he hoped that he did the same for Stretch, and puts his hand on the coffin and says, "shalom", as he walks back to Edith, who's crying and blowing her nose.


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