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The 202nd and final episode of All in the Family. Viewership for this finale: 40,200,000.
This is the episode when All in the Family ended its run as the #9 show of the 1978-79 season. Over 40,200,000 viewers watched this episode.
Archie has planned for Edith to help cook corned beef and cabbage for a St. Patrick's Day festival at Archie Bunker's Place. Archie does't even know that Edith has a bad case of phlebitis, and she was told to stay off her feet because of it. then against doctor's order, Edith began to cook anyway, but Edith tells Archie she can't walk and he needs to contact Dr. Shapiro. Shapiro is initially angry at Archie for forcing Edith to work, but since archie didn't even know about Edith's illness, he has a crisis of conscience for yelling at him. Archie goes upstairs to visit Edith in bed. Archie tells Edith that he wants to be told next time when she ain't feeling well, then admits he loves her very much and that without her, he has nothing. At the end of this episode, since Archie has refused to host the St. Patrick's Day festival, he instead falls asleep in the hands of his wife Edith.
This is the episode that foreshadowed Edith's death in the episode "Archie Alone".moreless
The ninth season (and the series) ends with Edith in great pain due to phlebitis. However Archie expects Edith to do all of the cooking for the upcoming St. Patrick's Day Party at Archie's Place.
"Too Good Edith" is a fitting end to probably the greatest situation comedy in television history. As usual Jean Stapleton and the late Carrol O'Connor are in top form as they have always been since the beginning. The episode also has just the right mix of comedy and drama to make it work well. The episode's final scene of Archie in bed next to an ailing Edith is a perfect way to close the book on All in the Family. It's nice to see Archie admit for once how important Edith is to him and how much he loves her.moreless
Edith is ordered by her doctor to stay off her feet, but she has to cook for a St. Patrick's Day dinner Archie is throwing at the bar. But she gets very sick, and Archie realizes just how serious her ankle condition is.
Good episode. It was really sweet. The ending, where Archie says "Without you Edith, I'm nothing" is probably one of my favorite moments of the series. There were not a lot of laughs to be found, but who cares when the plot is this enticing and serious. Great final episode of one of the best Sitcoms ever, this episode definitely deserves an A+ as a grade.moreless