All in the Family

Season 8 Episode 4

Edith's 50th Birthday (1)

Aired Unknown Oct 16, 1977 on CBS
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Edith's 50th Birthday (1)

Archie leaves Edith by herself when he goes to Mike and Gloria's house to help them prepare for her surprise 50th birthday party. She is visited by a man posing as a police detective, but quickly finds herself in a life threatening situation.

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  • While Mike, Gloria and Archie are at the Stivic's home preparing a surprise 50th birthday party for Edith, a rapist, posing as a police detective, makes his way into the Bunker home and sets his sights on Edith.moreless

    I have been a fan of All in the Family ever since I first saw the show as a kid. However I just recently saw this episode in its entirety for the first time. It's very difficult for me to watch because it's so unsettling (though I admit that is the whole point). The late David Dukes gives a frighteningly realistic performance as the rapist. So realistic that he scared me! Needless to say Jean Stapleton gives yet another excellent performance. The one liability is the character of Cybil Gooley. A totally unnecessary part of an otherwise truly excellent episode.moreless
  • perfect

    on edith's birthday, she is visited by a man who wants to rape her. she tries to escape but the man threatens to hurt her, maybe even kill her. will she figure out a way out of this mess?

    great episode, sad in some areas, but edith's way of escaping was a great scene (Throwing the cake in the guy's face). definitely a great episode of the show, i think, it had some humor and was a very scary type of plot but the execution was great, and so because of all this the episode gets an A+ from memoreless
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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Who are the "guests"? The only one we recognize is Sybil Gooley. Where are the Jeffersons or Lorenzos or Cousin Maude or Cousin Amelia or any of Edith's other friends or relatives who surely would have attended her 50th birthday party. (Of course it would have been too expensive to get everyone, but a few more familiar faces would have been appreciated).

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  • NOTES (8)

    • This classic episode, even though it was an hour-long episode was taped as two segments. The first part was taped on August 26, 1977.

    • Edith Bunker was 50 in this episode, but Jean Stapleton was actually 54.

    • According to David Dukes, the actor who played Edith's rapist, the original taping of the scene in which Edith shoves the cake in his face had to be redone because both times that they filmed it in front of a live audience(there was both a 5:30 and an 8:30 taping), the studio audience was so loud and stamping on the bleachers and cheering for so long that it overrode all the subsequent dialogue, and had to be reshot.

    • This two-part episode was heavily criticized by some, including both The New York Daily News, which accused Lear and CBS of stooping to a new low to get ratings, and The New York Post, which derided Lear as "a good showman."

    • David Dukes, the actor who portrayed the rapist, actually received numerous death threats after this episode aired. Apparently, there were people who could not distinguish David Dukes the actor from his role as a rapist.

    • The loud cheering we hear during the scene where Edith hits Lambert in the face with the burnt cake, kicks him out the back door and storms out of the house through the front door, is a standing ovation given by the live studio audience.

    • This episode won the 1978 Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.

    • Screen Captures of this episode are available at the Singing Dingbats;


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