All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Gloria's Boyfriend 

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Archie learns that the mentally disabled have some real abilities, not to mention savvy, when he causes Gloria's friend, a stock boy at Ferguson's Market, to lose his job. The young man then finds himself another job.


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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
Richard Masur ... George Bushmill
Joseph Mascolo ... Mr. Bushmill


Gloria's friend George takes a break from his job at the grocery store to help Gloria home with the groceries. Archie treats him like a child because he is mentally handicapped, encouraging him to take a longer break from the store because he deserves it. When he goes back to the store, he is fired for being late, but he disappears. George's father comes calling because he is worried about him only to find that George got another job, working at the loading docks. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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Release Date:

2 February 1974 (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?


The words on George's certificate, "Every man is my superior in that I may learn from him", is from an essay by Scottish writer Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881); although it is sometimes also attributed to the American author Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), who added "and every man is my inferior in that he may learn from me". See more »


Archie Bunker: Don't tell me about tools.
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References Of Mice and Men (1939) See more »

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11 March 2014 | by stones78See all my reviews

This just may be the funniest episode of the entire run of this mostly great series, and there's too many classic lines by Archie to mention, but do whatever you can to see this before your time is up, as it's that hilarious. I have to give major props to Richard Masur, who plays mentally challenged George Bushmill to perfection. The gist is that George, who works at a local market, carries bags home for Gloria, and Archie does his best to calm the boy down, especially after finding him lifting Gloria in the air to reach a cupboard. I won't mention any funny lines, because there are way too many, and the acting here is simply excellent; the writing is great too. As it turns out, Archie feels that the market takes advantage of boys like George, and insists that he "take a break from work" at the Bunker's; even though Archie had good intentions, George ends up getting fired anyway, and vows to find another job. Guess where he ends up finding a job? That's right, on the loading dock with Archie's company! My review doesn't do proper justice to a great episode, but it's probably the funniest in the stable.

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