All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Amelia's Divorce 

The Bunkers are shocked when the seemingly happy marriage of Edith's favorite cousin is anything but.

Director:

Wes Kenney (as H. Wesley Kenney)

Writers:

Norman Lear (developed by), Lou Derman | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Carroll O'Connor ... Archie Bunker
Jean Stapleton ... Edith Bunker
Rob Reiner ... Michael 'Meathead' Stivic (credit only)
Sally Struthers ... Gloria Bunker-Stivic (credit only)
George S. Irving ... Russell DeKuyper
Elizabeth Wilson ... Amelia DeKuyper
Bob Hastings ... Tommy Kelsey
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Edith's cousin Amelia and her husband Russell comes to visit despite the fact that Archie can't stand either one. Amelia won't shut up about how wonderful Russell is, and Russell won't shut up about how much money he makes. Archie tries to excuse himself from their love-fest by going down to Kelcy's only to find that Russell wants to go with him. Separately, both Edith and Archie find out how much trouble Russell and Amelia's marriage is in. Amelia tells Edith that she is ready to divorce Russell because the fire has gone out of their sex life. Meanwhile Russell tells Archie about his appetite for young girls. Returning home, Russell and Amelia say their goodbyes leaving Archie and Edith with a new appreciation of their relationship. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchair-cinema@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Tandem Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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not overly funny, but solid
5 June 2013 | by stones78See all my reviews

This is my first All in the Family review since the passing of Jean Stapleton, who was terrific in this show, and although I'm not too familiar of her other work, I'm sure she was great in those also. Regarding this episode, the Bunkers get a visit from Russell and Amelia DeKuyper(George S. Irving, Elizabeth Wilson), who appear to have this wonderful marriage on the surface, but there's some problems that both confide to Archie and Edith, although in separate conversations. There's a few funny lines here, but this has more of a serious tone, which I still enjoy, especially with these fine actors on this show, who play it both funny and serious when it's called for. Amelia complains to Edith that her husband likes the younger girls, even though she got a face lift for him; Russell and Archie are at Kelcy's bar and he tells Archie that he needs the young women to stay vibrant and that his marriage is getting older by the day. Archie basically tells him that he's very happy with Edith and he doesn't need to fool around to feel younger and more vibrant. The episode ends soon after that with Archie and Edith holding hands while sitting in separate chairs. Although this is a solid episode with good writing, I wouldn't recommend it highly if you're looking for laughs, because there aren't that many, but the performances from the Bunker's are in fine form.


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