All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Lionel Steps Out 

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Archie goes berserk when he discovers that his visiting niece has been seeing Lionel, whose own family is just as unhappy about it.


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Norman Lear (developed by), Michael Ross (teleplay by) | 5 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
Mike Evans ... Lionel Jefferson
Mel Stewart ... Henry Jefferson (as Melvin Stewart)
Dianne Hull ... Linda Bunker


Edith goes to great lengths to conceal the fact that Archie's niece Linda has been out dancing with Lionel Jefferson. When he finds out, it ignites a firestorm between the Bunkers and the Jeffersons right in the middle of the Bunker's own living room. Linda becomes so put out with Archie's reaction that she refuses to talk to him. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

14 October 1972 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


It is revealed in this episode that Edith's father died a year before she met Archie. Edith mentions having a brother named Harry and a sister named Gertrude. Archie has a younger brother named Fred who lives in Baltimore, among whose children are Linda (who visits during this episode) and Billie (who moves in after Edith passes away). See more »


Archie Bunker: I have you into my house, there, you break bread with me and then you go and do a thing like this, thank you very much, Lionel.
Lionel Jefferson: You mean me taking out Linda?
Archie Bunker: Yes.
Lionel Jefferson: Oh you don't have to thank me for that, Mr. Bunker. I'd do it again but she's leaving tomorrow.
Archie Bunker: Let's cut the funnies. You know what I'm saying to you. I'm saying that youse guys ought to stick with yourselves.
Lionel Jefferson: You mean guys ought to stay with guys?
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References The Little Colonel (1935) See more »

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Guess who's dating Archie's niece?
8 November 2017 | by Jimmy_the_Gent4See all my reviews

Archie goes into a rage when he finds his visiting niece Linda is going out with Lionel.

An often riotously funny episode with Archie going absolutely berserk.Edith trying to hide a photo of Linda and Lionel from Archie is hilarious.Then Henry Jefferson comes over and voices his displeasure,telling Lionel that they need to keep their race pure "No more of that cream into the coffee!" he says. Mike Evans gives one of his best performances, still joking with Archie but getting serious when he tells Archie to put a lid on his bigoted views. Another excellent episode from the brilliant early seasons.

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