All in the Family (1971–1979)
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The Battle of the Month 

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Gloria finally loses patience with Archie's oft-demeaning treatment of Edith ... and Edith's willingness to take his verbal assaults with a grain of salt.


Bob LaHendro, John Rich


Norman Lear (developed by), Michael Ross | 2 more credits »


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Episode credited cast:
Carroll O'Connor ... Archie Bunker
Jean Stapleton ... Edith Bunker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rob Reiner ... Michael 'Meathead' Stivic
Sally Struthers ... Gloria Bunker-Stivic


The family is getting ready for Gloria's birthday, unfortunately it just happens to coincide with the first day of her period. She comes home moody and almost immediately gets into an argument with Archie over his view of women as inferior. The argument ends with her calling her father stupid. Edith tries to talk to her about it, but Gloria blames her for always giving in to his insults and his demands. The two go to bed that night not talking to one another. Edith can't sleep and can't talk about it. Gloria is stubborn and won't back down until her mother realizes that she has been little more than a doormat. Mike and Gloria can't sleep and end up in a major fight that goes from the bedroom to the living room to the couch. The fight goes on and on until Edith brings it to a halt with a story of how her mother and father got into a fight over maple syrup and didn't talk for several weeks, after which they never really patched things up. Mike and Gloria decide on a truce. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

24 March 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?


Edith mentioning Archie, one time, gambling his entire paycheck in a poker game plants the seeds for "Archie the Gambler" in the next season. See more »


Michael 'Meathead' Stivic: Now, we're going to get to the bottom of this. We're not going to sleep. You tell me WHY you got into a fight with your mother.
Gloria Stivic: Because I love her.
Michael 'Meathead' Stivic: What?
Gloria Stivic: I felt I had to tell her the truth about herself.
Michael 'Meathead' Stivic: Oh, and because of that, now she's not speaking to you?
Gloria Stivic: [mockingly] Yeeeessss.
Michael 'Meathead' Stivic: [rolls his eyes] Oh, COME ON, Gloria. What are you trying to tell me? I know your mother; I've been living with her for over two years. She's a marvelous woman.
Michael 'Meathead' StivicGloria Stivic: [angrily] Are you saying I'm NOT?
Michael 'Meathead' Stivic: No! No! I'm not saying ...
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