All in the Family

Season 8 Episode 5

Edith's 50th Birthday (2)

Aired Unknown Oct 16, 1977 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Edith's 50th Birthday (2)
The family tries to convince Edith to cooperate in the investigation of her assailant and delicately help her through the lasting effects of her traumatic experience. However, it soon become obvious that it's going to take tough love to make a break through.

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  • Despite the fact that Edith, in an excllent moment of ingenuity, managed to fight off her attacker and escape, she refused to identify the man to police and becomes a prisoner in her own home. The family tries desperately to help Edith conquer her fear.moreless

    The conclusion of "Edith's 50th Birthday" is not as strong as part one, but it is still a great episode. In the first chapter Jean Stapleton gave another excellent performance. In this part, Sally Struthers does just that in probably one of her best performances of the series. Seeing Gloria have the guts to do what was necessary to get Edith to stand up and help police identify her attacker will be an inspiration to viewers for sure. The late Carroll O'Connor and Rob Reiner take a back seat to the ladies in this episode, but it still works well.moreless
  • "Oh my God" Is all I have to say...

    I just saw that episode not too long ago. It was funny, but touching. I was in tears when I saw this episode. Edith getting attacked is something big. I know Gloria was attacked earlier in the series and the police claim that it was her fault, but Edith's attack was something else. Here is the happy dingbat fixing a birthday cake for her milestone birthday and then this creep comes into her house and tries to rape her. This episode makes you think twice about opening the door for a strange man. Of course, in this day in age, our parents taught us to be afriad. Speaking as a woman, I can feel Edith's pain and I can understand why she is afraid. That episode was a wake-up call for all of us.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick – Archie says that Gloria was nearly attacked by the construction workers three years ago. While certainly it's normal to fudge on the number of years that something like that happened, that incident actually happened four years earlier (in the 1973 episode, "Gloria the Victim").

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (6)

    • This classic episode, even though it was an hour-long episode was taped as two segments. The second part was taped on September 16, 1977.

    • David Dukes(Lambert)does not appear in the second part of this episode.

    • The third season episode, "Gloria the Victim" is referenced (in the scene where Edith tells her family about her harrowing experience). Archie had decided to call the police immediately, but Mike and Gloria remind him what happened when Gloria was nearly attacked several years earlier (a police investigator had advised her that her attacker's defense attorneys would portray Gloria as having "asked for it").

    • Screen Captures of this episode are taken at The Singing Dingbats;

    • This episode won the 1978 Emmy for Best Direction in a Comedy Series.

    • This episode marks the only time where Edith slaps Gloria. Gloria had angrily confronted her mother about her refusal to report the rape (Edith was too scared to even identify the rapist in a police lineup), and the slap comes after Gloria calls her mother "selfish." Only then does Edith decide to confront her fears and attacker by going to the police station (with Archie in tow). The closer provides a bit of comic relief to this highly-dramatic episode, when Gloria begins her trademark high-pitched wail.