All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Love Comes to the Butcher 

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The butcher falls in love with Edith.


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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
Theodore Bikel ... Albrecht 'Alvin' Klemmer
Allan Melvin ... Barney Hefner
Jason Wingreen ... Harry Snowden
Sarina C. Grant Sarina C. Grant ... Woman


At dinner one night, Edith begins to talk about the friendship she is developing with the local butcher, Mr. Klemmer. Mike and Gloria suspect that the man may have feelings for Edith, but Archie blows it off because he believes that she has already found perfection. During a conversation at the Laundromat, Edith has a conversation with Mr. Klemmer, stating that he might have a chance. He thinks she's talking about her, but she means with someone else. She invites him over to the house for coffee and to sit around the piano and sing. She hopes Archie will join them but he goes to work at the bar, leaving him alone with the man. At the bar, Barney Hefner comes buy in tears because Blanche has just left him for their exterminator, which gets Archie's mind ticking. Back at he house, Mr. Klemmer declares for Edith but she reminds him that she is happily married, just as Archie walks in. Embarrassed over the misunderstanding, Mr. Klemmer leaves and Edith and Archie sit at the piano. Archie ... Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

5 February 1978 (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?


Allan Melvin famously played "Sam" the Butcher on The Brady Bunch (1969). See more »


References The Lawrence Welk Show (1951) See more »


Mairzy Doats
Lyrics by Milton Drake, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston
Portion sung by Jean Stapleton and Theodore Bikel
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A butcher falls for Edith
23 April 2018 | by Jimmy_the_Gent4See all my reviews

Mr Klemmer, a widowed butcher has been giving Edith special discounts because she reminds him of his wife.

A lesser episode, it reminds me of one of the worst "Archie's Brief Encounter" which told the unlikely story of another woman attracted to Archie, this one is even MORE unlikely as another man is attracted to Edith. Klemmer is played by Theodore Bikel, a talented actor and musician, he was the original Captain Von Trapp in the Broadway version of "The Sound Of Music" and was Oscar nominated for "The Defiant Ones'. There are not many laughs and it is uncomfortable seeing Edith with another man, especially since this is the same season where she was the victim of an attempted rape.

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