All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Archie the Gambler 

Archie showers the family with expensive gifts, then is pressed to explain. Archie finally admits he's been betting on the horses, something he vowed he'd given up 20 years earlier.


Bob LaHendro, John Rich


Norman Lear (developed by), Michael Ross (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Carroll O'Connor ... Archie Bunker
Jean Stapleton ... Edith Bunker
Rob Reiner ... Michael 'Meathead' Stivic
Sally Struthers ... Gloria Bunker-Stivic
Allan Melvin ... Barney Hefner
Robert Hastings ... Tommy Kelsey (as Bob Hastings)


Archie comes home with gifts for Edith and Gloria, making Mike wonder where he got the extra money. Edith becomes furious when she pieces together that Archie has started gambling on horses again even though he promised 20 years ago that he would never gamble again. During a particularly angry argument, Edith slaps Archie causing him to leave. Down at Kelsey's bar, Barney Hefner convinces Archie that the only way to deal with her is either through the silent treatment or by getting tough. He takes up the latter and storms home only to find that it doesn't work. Edith reads and apology letter that Archie thinks is an apology to him, but actually it is a letter that he wrote to her 20 years ago promising never to gamble again. Reluctantly, he updates the letter by resigning it. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

13 October 1973 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sally Struthers is a very good singer. See more »


[after returning from the bathroom]
Archie Bunker: Lemme tell ya, Edith, you can't really *buy* beer... you can only rent it.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Blue Moon
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Played on piano and sung by Jean Stapleton
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Glow Worm in the fifth!
29 May 2015 | by stones78See all my reviews

Let me first disagree with the small summary on the main page for this episode, as it reads that Archie buys his family "expensive" gifts, when in fact, they were actually cheap gifts. As you probably know by now, he buys these for the family because he just won a bet on a horse. Archie admits they only cost $3.00, and I don't think that amount was worth all that much in late 1973 either. Even though Archie once lost a car in a game of poker 20 years ago, and he once promised Edith he would never gamble again, I think she was out of line to smack him, and it got slightly annoying every time she called gambling a "sickness". There's nothing with a small wager every now and then, right Edith? Calm down. There's an enjoyable scene in the bar with Barney(Allan Melvin)and Kelsey(Bob Hastings), where Archie complains that Edith found out about another bet, and Barney mocks him for keeping secrets from her. When Archie finally goes home, he and Edith have a nice talk about gambling, and they apologize to each other. Not that great of an ending, but still a good episode anyway.

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