All in the Family

Season 8 Episode 24

The Stivics Go West

Aired Unknown Mar 19, 1978 on CBS
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The Stivics Go West
In an effort to erase the memory of last night's fighting and create a lasting positive memory before the Stivics depart for California, Gloria and Edith convince their husbands to renew their respective wedding vows in the presence of a minister.

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  • Even though Archie Bunker went on to star in many more shows, this was the end to All in the Family.

    All in the Family was made up with the four main family members Mike, Gloria, Archie, and Eidith. In this particular episode Mike and Gloria make the decision to move to California so that Mike can start a new career. This episode is pivitol in character development in which Archie for the first and only time truely expresses his love for Mike. This expression of love is one of the few tearful moments of the All in the Family series. When All in the Family returned the following season without Mike and Gloria it was just not the same. The show slowly went down hill and never had a proper ending. If you are a fan of the series and would like to watch the show have a proper ending, this episode would be the one to stop at. The closing scene is Archie and Eidith sitting by themselves.moreless
  • This was the beginning of the end...

    I must admit, this episode does bring a tear to my eye everytime it has aired in reruns...

    All in the Family, pretty much ended when Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers left the series. The characters were always a part of the series, which was essential to Archie and Edith's relationship and interaction with the 'current' generation at the time. All of us can relate to our relationship with our parents and in-laws, which brought the reality home to all of us when we watched this series.

    The reactions of both Archie and Edith at the conclusion of the episode and the sudden realization that they are now really alone, made me think about my relationship with my own parents and how painful 'growing up' can really be.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 (2)

    • Where is little Joey when Mike and Gloria and Archie and Edith are reaffirming their vows? There is no account made for his absence during the ceremony, although he reappears right before the Stivics leave. If we are to assume that he was upstairs and Gloria had put him down for a nap, it seems very unlikely that Edith would have started pounding on the piano and belting out a song at the top of her lungs.

    • When Edith is singing "You Promise Me", you can clearly see that the lyrics are facing the viewers point so how can she sing the words if they are facing the other way?

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Archie: (dragging Edith away from her piano solo before the exchange of vows) Uh, Edith, the Reverend [Chong] here is in a hurry. He's probably gotta get back to his restaurant.

    • Mike: (to Archie) I know you always thought I hated you, but I love you.

    • Archie: (with Mike hugging him) When you get out there, make sure you call your mother-in-law to let her know that you're, (slight pause with Archie patting Mike on the back) you're alright.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode was videotaped on March 03, 1978.

    • The characters of Mike and Gloria only exited the show because actor Rob Reiner wanted to pursue his producing career. Since Rob would not be available to play Mike, they didn't have much place for Gloria either. Therefore, with the contract expiring the two exit the show.

    • Transcript of "The Stivics Go West" is available at

    • This is Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers last episode as Regulars on the show. From now on, they will be recurring in a couple of episodes.