All in the Family

Season 8 Episode 8

Archie's Bitter Pill (1)

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Aired Unknown Nov 06, 1977 on CBS
8.1
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Archie's Bitter Pill (1)
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Archie becomes stressed out and depressed because his new bar is having trouble attracting customers, his friends have deserted him, and he is being hounded by a bill collector. Hank Pivnik convinces him to take amphetamine pills to help pick up his spirits, which only creates a succession of increasingly worse problems.moreless

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  • Part one of a two part episode sees Archie deeply depressed because Archie's Place is not doing any business and bill collectors are calling. Archie soon turns to pills to combat the depression.moreless

    8.0
    I found it rather difficult to put into words just how this episode is one of the best not just of the season, but of the entire series. One thing that is quite easy to say is the late Carrol O'Connor gives his best performance of the series here. The final scene at the bar when Archie comes crashing back to reality will stay with you long after you have seen this episode. Jean Stapelton is just as tremendous in this episode with yet another excellent performance. The episode also has the right amount of laughs as well. Classic episode.moreless
  • This is the best episode of All in the Family!

    10
    Alot of people aren't familiar with this episode, however it remains my favorite. The first 15 minutes are hilarious, while the second half is so moving, so incredibly sad. It cements Carrol O'Conner as the greatest actor that has ever graced the small screen. I wait with baited breath for this season to be released on dvd, so all of my friends can see what I've been raving about. Archie's charactor reached heights of complexity never imagined in a movie, much less a sitcom. My favorite performance by an actor.moreless
Rob Reiner

Rob Reiner

Michael Stivic (1971-1978)

Sally Struthers

Sally Struthers

Gloria Stivic (1971-1978)

Carroll O'Connor

Carroll O'Connor

Archie Bunker

Jean Stapleton

Jean Stapleton

Edith Bunker

A Martinez

A Martinez

Manuel

Guest Star

Arny Freeman

Arny Freeman

Watkins

Guest Star

Allan Melvin

Allan Melvin

Barney Hefner

Recurring Role

Danny Dayton

Danny Dayton

Hank Pivnik

Recurring Role

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    • (When Edith insists that Archie eats breakfast, he takes his pancakes and puts them in his copat pocket. He also takes his sausages and puts them in his shirt pocket and runs off. After he leaves, the family begins to wonder...)
      Mike: That man is on something.
      Gloria: Bananas!
      Edith: He's on bananas?

    • (after giving Archie his pills---or as he calls its, "P-I-L-Z")
      Manuel: You know, Mr. Bunker, you're a real lucky man. You don't have to wait outside a schoolyard to pick up your junk.

    • Archie: I meant you no harm, Edith.
      Edith: (hugs Archie) It's a'right, Awchie.
      Archie: (cries) I meant you no harm. I meant you no harm...

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