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All in the Family

Season 3 Episode 19

Hot Watch

Aired Unknown Feb 17, 1973 on CBS
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Hot Watch
Archie comes home with a brand new watch and claims that he got a bargain on it, since he was told that it was a $300 watch and he got it for $25. Later, Archie is crestfallen when he discovers that the watch is broken. Meanwhile, Mike is convinced that the watch is stolen and encourages Archie to be careful, since the serial number may lead the jeweler to discover that indeed Archie has a hot watch. Thus, Archie scrambles to find a jeweler who will fix it with no questions asked.moreless

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  • At work Archie buys a $300 watch for just $25 and is feeling lucky. Michael suspects the watch may be stolen.

    While the third season's best episode, "Archie is Branded", takes a dark and serious tone, "The Hot Watch" takes a tone that could not be more opposite, and it works very well. The highlight of this episode is when Archie asks Lionel where Lionel's people go to get watches fixed that are stolen in riots. The late Mike Evans was excellent in the role of Lionel Jefferson. This episode is just another one of his great performances on "All in the Family". Without the late Carrol O'Connor to work off of, Evans' performaces on "The Jeffersons" did not quite add up (Though Evans was always consistently good on that show as well.). This particular episode is loaded with laughs, especially at the end when Archie learns the truth about his watch from the jeweler. Another great episode in this classic television series.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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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Mr. Abrams: I have bad news for you Mr. Bunker.
      Archie: Mr. Abrams, before you say anything, I want to let you know I don't know nothing about that watch.
      Mr. Abrams: I know. That's why I am here to tell you it will cost you $21 to fix it!
      Archie: That's what you came to tell me? Gee I thought you were going to tell me the watch was stolen or something!
      Mr. Abrams: This watch? No. Nothing like that.
      Archie: Did you hear that all of yous. Especially you Meathead. You're winning streak is till alive. You're wrong again! Why that's good news Mr. Abrams! Mr. Abrams you have my authoritization to fix that watch there.
      Mr. Abrams: Are you sure? $21 is a lot of money to spend to fix an $8 watch.

    • Archie: This here tells me that it's morning in China. So right at this moment, eight hundred million Chinks are sitting down to breakfast.
      Mike: Archie, in the first place they are called Chinese.
      Archie: That's what I said, Chinks.

    • Lionel: So, you're saying, don't condemn a whole group of people for the actions of a few? Archie: Yes. Remember that now.

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