All in the Family

Season 3 Episode 21

Everybody Tells the Truth

Aired Unknown Mar 03, 1973 on CBS
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Everybody Tells the Truth
Archie, Edith, Mike and Gloria go out to a French restaurant and recall the events of the day. Each one of them has a vastly different version of the day's events. It seems that the Bunker's refrigerator is on the fritz and a pair of repairmen enter the scene. However, in the end, the fridge doesn't get repaired and it's Edith's version of the day that explains why it didn't get fixed.moreless

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  • The day's events of why the family has to eat out is told in very different scenarios by Archie and Mike--and show each to be guilty of exaggerating the truth. Naturally, it's Edith's version that is the truth.moreless

    I'd rate this episode of AIF as my favorite because not only is it VERY funny, but it shows how bizarre--and incorrect--the recollections of both Archie and Mike can be. It's good natured, honest and very accurate as Edith's the one who tells the truth.

    The family enters a restaurant with an aggravated Archie and equally bickersome Mike quarreling over the evening with the refridgerator breaking down and how Archie treated the repairmen who came out.

    Mike's version is absolutely hilarious with him having Archie acting like the Tasmanian Devil! Archie is totally raging and ranting and blows what is easily one of his longest and sloppiest raspberries. His pounding on the table repeatedly barking "Supper on the table, supper on the table" still has me laughing after hundreds of viewings. Of course in this version Mike might as well've been called "Meek" and is totally passive and peacefully takes all Archie's rage.

    Archie's version has himself coming home calm, polite and "happy as a clam", only to be deluged by verbal abuse by all including Edith (who he greets "Oh Edith Dear" to which she barks "Yeah, what is it?!").

    Then the repairman comes and he brings a black helper named Jack with him. Mike has the repairman as the friendly coveralls type and the helper as an "Uncle Tom" Stepin Fetchit (sp?) type who behaves like Archie's his slave ("Pleease, let-me-eat?"). Archie of course has the repairman as a gangster-type and the helper as a dashiki and afro-wearing "Mau-mau armed to the teeth" who greets him with "Black is beautiful, baby!". And while Mike had the helper begging to eat his apple, Archie had him cutting his apple with a switchblade which he held to Archie's throat.

    Edith at the end comes through with the correct version--the repairman was typical and the helper was a black guy who did have a knife, but it was just a penknife. Archie's "Mau-mau" recollections come from the fact that Jack the helper didn't like Archie calling him "boy" and protested it. Then Archie let the men go, paying them for a house call though they didn't fix anything, and tries to fix the problem himself--which naturally results in him blowing every fuse in the house which is why they're at the restaurant.

    So in the end it turns out Edith was right--and she produces the penknife Jack dropped--and both Archie and Mike were wrong, which doesn't stop them from further arguing loudly in the restaurant at the episode's end.

    Ron Glass guest starred and did a great job playing Jack the "Uncle Tom", Jack the "Mau Mau" and the real Jack. And this episode is great at proving that though while he might not be as outrageous and more educated in his beliefs as Archie, Mike isn't too far off at getting things wrong either.

    And throughout the episode you get some hilarious moments, like Archie banging on the dinner table, close-ups of Mike and Gloria's mouth when they're chewing out Archie, Archie's usual slaughtering of the English language ("I'm sympathising my watch with yours", "L-E-E-V, leave") and the final blowout in the restaurant when Mike says the word 'machete' ("I didn't say nothing about a machete, don't be bringing the s**cs into this!").

    Great revelations of charachter, great laughs, and overall one of the greatest episodes in the series.moreless
  • This episode starts with the four going out to a restaurant. Archie and Mike tell their versions of what happened that night. In Mike's mind, Archie was horrible and growled a lot, yet Archie's mind, he was very pleasant. Then Edith tells what really hmoreless

    This is my all time favorite All in the Family episode. It really shows the characters at their extremes, plus it's just down right hilarious and silly.

    Mike's version of the story has Archie mad at everything, growling most of the time. It's so ridiculous, but really shows the extreme of his character. Of course, in Archie's version, he's very pleasant, talking softly, and literally floating around the room in delight.

    Ron Glass, who plays the african american fellow, assiting the repairman, couldn't have done a better job at his part. Him paired with Archie is what makes this episode as good as it is. He successfully goes in one story from acting like some poor illiterate guy that lets people walk all over him to being a cool guy with a big afro who doesn't let anyone get in his way. Of course, you can guess how Archie's characters acted around these two.

    This episode may not be a famous or profound episode, or even an episode typical of what made the series so great. Although if you watch it, you'll know it's one of the best.moreless
Jean Stapleton

Jean Stapleton

Edith Bunker

Rob Reiner

Rob Reiner

Michael Stivic (1971-1978)

Sally Struthers

Sally Struthers

Gloria Stivic (1971-1978)

Carroll O'Connor

Carroll O'Connor

Archie Bunker

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