All in the Family

Season 3 Episode 20

Archie is Branded

Aired Unknown Feb 24, 1973 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • The tragic end of this episode is foreshadowed by Gloria and Munson who both say that swastikas are often followed up with bombs.

    • The man delivering the package looks like he's got a U.S. Postal service uniform on and is credited as "Mailman". Why is the Post Office delivering to the Bunkers on a Sunday morning? This is even more mysterious when it turns out to be a legitimate package from Cousin Amelia--a bomb (delivered by a guy dressed as a postman) would've made more sense!

  • Quotes

    • Edith: I wonder why they call it a swastika.
      Archie: You wonder why they call it a sawastika? Look at the damn thing!
      Edith: Yeah?
      Archie: What else would you call it!

    • (after the swastika is first discovered)
      Mike: Call the cops? What's going on?
      Archie: Look at the door.
      Mike (looking at the door) Yeah?
      Archie: You meathead, open the door and look at the outside of it.
      Mike: You didn't tell me to open the door. All you said was look at the door. You didn't say 'Open the door and look at it from the outside'. All you said was 'look at the door'.

    • Mailman: Special delivery for Bunker.
      Edith: Oh thank you!
      Mailman: Say, uh, lady you know you got a swastika on your door?
      Edith: (all smiles) Yeah, thank you. (shuts door)

    • (after returning to the house and pulling the water-soaked package out of the sink and still hearing ticking)
      Archie: Wait a minute…this thing ain't ticking at all.
      (Archie hears the ticking coming off Edith's apron and pulls out her kitchen timer)
      Archie: (with a typical glare) You run us out of our own home…with your rotten lousy kitchen timer.
      (timer rings)
      Edith: My cake is done! (takes cake out of oven) Oh didn't it come out nice?
      Archie: Yeah Edith, just beautiful. But you know we got a special delivery package over there in the sink! I don't know what's in it but it better be rubber goods cause it's under water!

    • (Edith reads note from the water-soaked package)
      Edith: It's from Cousin Amelia. 'Russ has given up smoking so he's sending Archie these cigars'
      Archie: Hold it, hold it! Cigars? Get away from that sink!
      Edith: (continuing reading note) Russell says to be sure to keep them in a humidor because they spoil if they get dry'.
      Archie: These ain't gonna be dry for a hell of a long time! (pulls out destroyed-by-water cigars) Edith, all I can say is…I ain't a happy man.

    • (A large explosion is heard outside. The Bunkers and Stivics look outside to see what happened.)
      Archie: Holy gee. That's Paul. They blew him up in his car.

    • Michael: Any thinking person went past the idea of revenge a long time ago.
      Paul Benjamin: Any thinking person knows that Homo Sapiens is a killer.
      Edith: Homo Sapiens. Is he an Arab?
      Archie: No. Edith, Homo Sapiens. That's a killer fag.

    • Paul: Shalom. Edith: Shalom? What does that mean? Mike: Believe it or not, Ma, it means peace. Gloria: Jewish people also use it to say hello and good-bye. Edith: How do you know which one they mean? Archie: Simple, Edith, If a Jew's comin' at you, it means hello. If he's walkin' away, it means good-bye. Edith: When does it mean peace? Archie: In between hello and good-bye.

    • Mike: This (holding up a clenched fist) only gets you this.
      (holding up his other fist)

    • Edith: (referring to the swastika on the door) Who did that?!
      Archie: I don't know, Edith, the artist didn't sign it.

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