All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Archie Feels Left Out 

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Archie's family and friends throw a surprise party for his 50th birthday, but Archie insists that he's only 49, and is upset to find out he's older than he thinks.

Directors:

Bob LaHendro, John Rich

Writers:

Norman Lear (developed by), Paul Lichtman | 3 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
Isabel Sanford ... Louise Jefferson
Burt Mustin ... Justin Quigley
Ruth McDevitt ... Josephine 'Jo' Nelson
Bob Hastings ... Tommy Kelsey
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Storyline

It is Archie's 50th birthday and everyone is getting ready for his party, except the guest of honor who claims to be only 49. During the party he gets depressed and makes his way to Kelcy's Bar until everyone is ready to admit his real age. While there, Mr. Quigley comes to comfort him, reminding him of how many good years he has left. Archie is convinced to go home, but Quigley reveals that he has actually brought the party to Kelcy's. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchair-cinema@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1974 (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

Archie is right if this was true to life because in actuality, he truly is 49 in this episode in 1974. He wouldn't be turning 50 until July. See more »

Connections

References Last Tango in Paris (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Tell Me Why
(uncredited)
Traditional Lullaby
Portion sung by Sally Struthers and Burt Mustin
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Archie's gang
7 October 2015 | by stones78See all my reviews

What I usually remember most about this episode are all the characters invited to celebrate Archie's "50th" surprise birthday party and even though there are too many names to mention, I'll add a few. Other than a few series regulars, look for a very old Burt Mustin(Mr. Quigley), another oldie in Ruth McDevitt, and Bob Hastings. The gist is that Archie's in denial about turning 50, so he tries to convince himself and others that he's just 49. It's not the most memorable or funniest of the series, but it is a solid entry, with a good plot. The best scene is probably when Archie's in the bar talking with Kelsey, and later on with Quigley, as it's not that funny, but Archie opens up a bit to both of them when he realizes he just turned 50. Although I'm not Gloria's biggest fan, she(Sally Struthers)actually displays decent singing chops when she sings a song with Quigley. The only aspect that disappointed me a tad was that Archie didn't really thank his "friends" for coming over to his party, considering he wasn't even there most of the time. During many episodes, Archie seems to come to his senses by show's end, but not this time. The crowd was genuinely happy to be at the party too, so I feel Archie dropped the ball here. All in all, still a good, but not great episode.


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