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Mike and Gloria's Will 

When Mike and Gloria are preparing their will, they have problems with having Archie and Edith as guardians for little Joey.



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Edith Bunker


On Joey's first birthday, Mike comes home with his clothes torn up and tells Gloria that, while waiting for the subway, he slipped off the platform and fell on the tracks just as the car was coming. The good news is that he was rescued by two men, the bad news is that they picked his pocket. He explains that the experience has made him aware that they both could be taken away from this world at any second and that Joey would have no one to take care of him. They discuss possible candidates to take care of him and immediately exclude Archie and Edith because Mike doesn't want Joey to grow up learning all of his grandfather's unhealthy stereotypes. When Archie and Edith come over for the party, the subject comes up and, during the argument, so does the information that Mike doesn't want Joey to be raised by Archie. Deeply hurt, they leave, vowing never to return again. At a loss for what to do, Gloria comes up with an insane proposal: They will agree not to die. Archie and Edith ... Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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20 November 1976 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Mike has every right to have the conversation with Gloria of who will raise Joey if anything ever happened to them, because Mike's parents were killed in a car accident when he was a kid. See more »


Archie Bunker: Wait 'til you hear this, Edith. They decided not to will Joey to anyone, and you know why? 'Cause they decided they ain't never gonna die.
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Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung by Sally Struthers
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One of the funnier Season 7 episodes
24 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

Mike and Gloria discuss who they want to be guardians of Joey if anything happens to the both of them.

Mike doesn't want bigoted Archie to be Joey's guardian, Gloria is conflicted, Edith is hurt and Archie is angry. This episode has more laughs then most of the mediocre 7th season. It's Joey's birthday and Archie buys him a toy machine gun and Mike and Gloria get him a doll, setting up some of the funniest moments.

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