All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Mike the Pacifist 

Mike gets very upset when he defends Gloria on the subway since he never once in his life advocated violence.


Paul Bogart


Norman Lear (developed by), Phil Doran | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Carroll O'Connor ... Archie Bunker
Jean Stapleton ... Edith Bunker (credit only)
Rob Reiner ... Michael 'Meathead' Stivic
Sally Struthers ... Gloria Bunker-Stivic
Nita Talbot ... Marcia
Wynn Irwin ... Howard
Sudie Bond ... Old Woman
Richard Lawson ... Angry Black Man
William Lanteau William Lanteau ... Doctor
William Pierson ... Wino
Al Mancini ... Pickpocket
Jerrold Ziman ... Lawyer
Gerry Black Gerry Black ... Conductor
Vanda Barra Vanda Barra ... Clarise
Eddie Goldberg Eddie Goldberg ... Old Man


Mike, Gloria and Archie take the subway back from the Bronx where they were going to see a house. Archie warns them about the scum and "preverts" that ride the subway even though Mike thinks dead wrong about the common man and about violence. That theory is tested when they are witness to a feuding married couple who are not only at odds with one another but are determined to drag Mike and Gloria and Archie into the middle of it. The argument gets so heated that the man attempts to strangle his wife, leading Mike to jump to the rescue. For a brief moment, Mike thinks he may have killed the man, but he eventually comes around and despite the fact that the man is okay, Mike feels horrible for giving in to his base instincts. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

12 February 1977 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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Tandem Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Jean Stapleton doesn't appear. See more »


[on a subway]
Mike Stivic: You've moved us through three cars already.
Archie: There was a gang war in the first car.
Mike Stivic: What gang? It was three kids fighting over a strap to hold onto.
Archie: I'll bet if you went back now the little one would be hanging from that strap.
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Mike hits a guy on the subway
21 March 2018 | by Jimmy_the_Gent4See all my reviews

A man shoves Gloria on the subway and Mike punches him.

One of the better Season 7 episodes. Archie, Mike and Gloria encounter winos, pickpockets and a black militant on a subway ride to the Bronx. This makes for some amusing moments. A bickering couple (Wynn Irwin and Nita Talbot) have a fight and Gloria steps in, Mike hits the husband protect Gloria. Mike feels guilty about it which is true to his character.

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