All in the Family

Season 2 Episode 21

Sammy's Visit

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Aired Unknown Feb 19, 1972 on CBS
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Sammy's Visit
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To get some extra cash, Archie has gotten a job driving a taxi for Bert Munson. Archie is in for a big surprise when one of his passengers turns out to be Sammy Davis Jr. Sammy inadvertently leaves his briefcase behind and arrangements are made for him to retrieve the briefcase at the Bunker house. As usual, Archie's ignorance and bigotry are full force as he nervously awaits Sammy's arrival.moreless

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  • The late Sammy Davis, Jr. stops by 704 Hauser Street. Archie tries to be a good host but his bigotry gets in the way.

    10
    "Sammy's Visit" is not just one of the greatest episodes of "All in the Family". It is one of the greatest moments in television history period. In any discussions of "All in the Family" this episode will no doubt be mentioned every time and for very good reason. It has a masterfully written script not just with terrific laughs but with well written dialogue as well. Sammy's "You ain't better than nobody" speech to Archie is classic. The entire cast is terrific. I am glad the writers of the show included the late Mike Evans for this episode. If there is one episode which showed what an excellent job he did as Lionel Jefferson, this is it. He was a huge reason why "All in the Family" such an excellent series. The jokes never get old and the dialogue never gets tired even after many repeated viewings. Truly one of the greatest television episodes in history that will never be equaled.moreless
  • The famous episode

    10
    This is one of the most well known episodes. Sammy's visit is one of the most talked about episodes. This was a very funny episode. Archie and Sammy's back and forth was great.
  • The Best

    8.0
    Sammy's Visit is the funniest thing I have ever seen on tv including Lucy,and I do love Lucy,but this episode is hysterical from beginning to end .One of the funniest episodes ever seen on it was written by Bill Dana.
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

Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr.

Himself

Guest Star

Fay DeWitt

Fay DeWitt

Mrs. Haskell

Guest Star

Keri Shuttleton

Keri Shuttleton

Clarissa

Guest Star

Isabel Sanford

Isabel Sanford

Louise Jefferson

Recurring Role

Mike Evans

Mike Evans

Lionel Jefferson

Recurring Role

Billy Halop

Billy Halop

Bert Munson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode, Edith identifies Barney Hefner's wife's name as Mabel. But later in the series, when Barney's wife leaves him, she is called Blanche.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Edith: Mr Davis, it's an honor. Welcome to our house. Oh, I'm so excited, but then you can't imagine, because you never have to meet yourself..

    • Archie: While you're hanging around, why don't you give us a preview? Maybe one of your songs?
      Gloria: Daddy! Mr. Davis makes his living entertaining. You're asking him to go to work.
      Mike: Yeah, Archie, how would you like to be the guest in someone's house and they say, "Come on, Arch, do some packing and lifting for us!"?

    • Archie: You being colored, I know you had no choice in that. But what ever made you turn Jew?

    • Archie: (speaking to Edith) Open up a fresh box of Twinkies for Mr. Davis.
      Sammy Davis, Jr.: Twinkies?
      Michael: Yeah. Kind of a WASP soul food.

    • Archie: Now, no prejudice intended, but I always check with the Bible on these here things. I think that, I mean if God had meant for us to be together he'd a put us together. But look what he done. He put you over in Africa, and put the rest of us in all the white countries.
      Sammy Davis Jr.: Well, he must've told 'em where we were because somebody came and got us.

    • Sammy Davis Jr.: If you were prejudiced, Archie, when I came into your home, you would have called me a coon or a nigger. But you didn't say that, I heard you clear as a bell, you came right out and said it: colored. And if you were prejudiced, you'd go around thinking that you were better than everybody. But after spending these wonderful moments with you, Archie, I can tell ya - you ain't better than nobody.
      Archie: Can I have your hand on that, Mr. Davis?

    • Gloria: I'm sorry, Mr. Davis, sometimes my father says the wrong things.
      Sammy Davis Jr.: Yeah, I've noticed that.
      Lionel Jefferson: But he's not a bad guy, Mr. Davis. I mean like, he'd never burn a cross on your lawn.
      Sammy Davis Jr.: No, but if he saw one burning, he's liable to toast a marshmallow on it.

    • Archie: Mr. Davis, do you take cream and sugar in your eye?

  • NOTES (6)

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.

    • This classic episode was videotaped on January 21, 1972.

    • Sammy Davis, Jr. said of All in the Family and his involvement in this episode, "[It] has turned the heads of the nation. It is exposing some of the ills of today's society and doing it in good taste via humor and entertainment. I just want to be part of it all."

    • Sammy's guest appearance on All in the Family was a result of months of lobbying by Davis to be on the show. Davis was a devoted fan and even arranged his work schedule around seeing the show when it aired.

    • This episode was voted #1 in "TVLand's Top Ten - All in the Family Episodes", originally aired 1/14/06

    • Ironically Louise Jefferson will meet Sammy Davis Jr. again on The Jeffersons. But apparently Louise has by then forgotten that she already met him on All in the Family.

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