All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Edith Finds an Old Man 

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Edith brings home an elderly man who ran away from the nursing home where he is a resident. Archie complains about the situation while Edith tries to contact the man's family.


Bob LaHendro, John Rich


Norman Lear (developed by), Michael Ross (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »


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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
Burt Mustin ... Justin Quigley
Ruth McDevitt ... Josephine 'Jo' Nelson


Edith brings an old man by the house who wants to call his daughter to come pick him up. It seems that he has escaped from the old folks home because he was tired of the drab existence there. Archie is befuddled by the man and wants him to make his call and leave. The daughter won't talk to the old man so he makes arrangements with his girlfriend to come and pick him up. The presence of the man makes Archie begin to feel his age and fear that his declining years are right around the corner. The man leaves Archie with simple advice: Get old, but don't grow old. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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guest | coat | stranger | old man | pajama | See All (50) »


Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

29 September 1973 (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?


Mr. Quigley makes a reference to Sam Ervin. Ervin was, at age 77, head of the Senate Select Committee to Investigate Campaign Practices, also known as the Senate Watergate Committee, that led to the resignation of Richard Nixon. See more »


Gloria says she never knew her grandparents, but in Meet The Bunkers Mike recalls a recent visit from Archie's parents. See more »

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The first appearance of Justin Quigley
28 November 2017 | by Jimmy_the_Gent4See all my reviews

Edith meets an elderly man who ran away from an old folks home and invites him to the Bunker home.

Burt Mustin is a great scene steal-er as Justin Quigley. Archie gets a taste of what awaits him in old age. The funniest scene is when Archie describes a nightmare he has that night. He dreams he is an old man with a white beard who is looking for Mike and Gloria's house but all the signs are in Polish! When he finds their house, he sees that they have children, two little twin Meatheads with long hair and mustaches!

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