All in the Family

Season 2 Episode 21

Sammy's Visit

Aired Unknown Feb 19, 1972 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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