All in the Family (1971–1979)
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The Elevator Story 

Archie is a passenger in an elevator that stalls between floors, and reacts predictably to his fellow passengers: A black businessman, a scatterbrained secretary and a Puerto Rican man and his very pregnant wife, who goes into labor.


John Rich


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Episode cast overview:
Carroll O'Connor ... Archie Bunker
Jean Stapleton ... Edith Bunker
Rob Reiner ... Michael 'Meathead' Stivic
Sally Struthers ... Gloria Bunker-Stivic
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Hugh Victor Thompson III
Hector Elizondo ... Carlos Mendoza
Eileen Brennan ... Angelique McCarthy
Edith Diaz Edith Diaz ... Serafina Mendoza


Archie discovers too late that Edith forgot to mail the insurance check and today is the last day of the grace period. He leaves her birthday dinner to get to the insurance office to put it under the door, but on the way up the elevator stops, leaving him trapped with a snooty black man, a dingy secretary, a Puerto Rican janitor and his pregnant wife. The secretary goes into hysterics, the wife goes into labor, the black man won't shut up about his wealth, the janitor has to defend himself against stereotypical remarks and Archie offends everyone with his opinions. He makes a myriad of jokes at the expense of the janitor but when the baby is actually born the event softens his heart. Meanwhile, Edith, back at the restaurant takes a liking to the wine and gets bombed out of her mind. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

1 January 1972 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first episode of All In The Family with no scenes taking place inside the Bunkers' house. See more »


This episode was aired in January and the family was celebrating Edith's birthday, but in the later episode "The Very Moving Day" Edith says that her birthday is in October. See more »


Carlos Mendoza: Let me 'splain something to you, Mister. 1: How many children we have is 'cause we love each other very much. 2: You talk very intelligent, Mister, but you not so smart. 3: Shut up you face.
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Great episode, but quite a goof.
9 March 2019 | by gmoore44See all my reviews

This is a funny episode, with the Bunkers at a restaurant. I know this is a comedy. but the writers overlooked this mistake. When the character played by Roscoe Lee Brown gets into it with Archie, and they talk about being in the service in World War 2. When Roscoe sarcastically asks Archie, about his service, with the line "KP Or Latrine duty?" and Archie shoots back, "That was the only place we seen youse people," that would not happen.. The US Armed Forces were still segregated in World War 2, it wasn't until 1947 that the Forces were desegregated.

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