All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Mike Makes His Move 

Mike accepts a job, which pleases Archie because it means that Mike and Gloria will be moving. Finding a new home proves difficult. George Jefferson schemes to rent his old house next door to them cheap, just to annoy Archie.

Director:

Wes Kenney (as H. Wesley Kenney)

Writers:

Norman Lear (developed by), Lou Derman (teleplay by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Carroll O'Connor ... Archie Bunker
Jean Stapleton ... Edith Bunker
Rob Reiner ... Michael 'Meathead' Stivic
Sally Struthers ... Gloria Bunker-Stivic
Betty Garrett ... Irene Lorenzo
Mike Evans ... Lionel Jefferson
Sherman Hemsley ... George Jefferson
Burt Mustin ... Justin Quigley
Ruth McDevitt ... Josephine 'Jo' Nelson
Bob Hastings ... Tommy Kelsey
Billy Halop ... Bert Munson (as Bill Halop)
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Storyline

All of Mike's hard work pays off as he accepts a position as an associate professor, which is good news to Archie because it means that he and Gloria are finally getting out from under his roof. The problem is that finding a new home is tougher than any of them thought - even though Archie helpfully suggests that they move to Jersey, which is three hours away. George Jefferson gets wind of their problem and hatches a scheme to rent Mike and Gloria their old house right next door to Archie at a bargain basement price, just to have the satisfaction of the arrangement getting under Archie's skin. Mike and Gloria don't tell her parents about the agreement because Mike doesn't want to be living next door even when George keeps dropping the price of the rent. That night, the family gathers for a party celebrating Archie and Edith paying off the mortgage and burning the notice. Archie gets wind of the information that Mike is turning down a great deal but doesn't know that it is next door. ... Written by Jerry Roberts <armchair-cinema@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1975 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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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Trivia

Final appearance of Mike Evans on the series. Both Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford make one more guest appearance, but on separate episodes. See more »

Quotes

Michael 'Meathead' Stivic: [On the phone] I still can't find an apartment.
Archie Bunker: That's because you're looking with a bag over your head.
Michael 'Meathead' Stivic: Would you leave me alone?
Archie Bunker: Try Jersey.
Michael 'Meathead' Stivic: I *hate* Jersey!
Archie Bunker: *Everybody* hates Jersey! But somebody's gotta live there.
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Hi, Neighbor!
(uncredited)
Written by Jack Owens
Sung by cast
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Everybody hates Jersey!
20 October 2014 | by stones78See all my reviews

Although I can't be positive, I'll assume that this episode was a turning point in the series, because soon after, Mike and Gloria move away, and the show probably never recovered creatively. I'm certain there were many solid episodes to come, but when they leave the Bunker's nest, there was no turning back, in my opinion, and the show suffered. Regarding this episode, there's two different story lines going, one being the Stivic's looking to move out(not having luck), and the other has Archie having a party because the mortgage is finally paid off. George Jefferson concocts a plan to drive Archie crazy; he keeps sweetening an offer for the kids to either buy or rent their old house next door, but this goes against Mike's plan to move away from Archie. Regarding Archie's party, it's good seeing many familiar faces considering Archie's usually mean to most of them; those faces include Irene(Betty Garrett), recurring old geezers Quigley(Burt Mustin) and Josephine(Ruth McDevitt), Munson(Billy Halop, who would die 9 months later), and Bob Hastings(Kelsey). If you're not that familiar with this mostly great show, I won't give away the ending, but it's just one more time Archie sticks his foot in his mouth.


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