Season seven of All in the Family begins on an unsettling note with a three-part story in which faithful Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) seriously considers cheating on his ever-lovin' spouse, Edith (Jean Stapleton), with a brassy waitress named Denise (Janis Paige). Ultimately, Archie returns to Edith without having compromised his wedding vows, but it takes some time for Edith to forgive her wandering husband. This story arc is followed by two more multi-episode plotlines: in "The Unemployment Story," Archie faces the likelihood of losing his job, then must talk another unemployed soul out of committing suicide, and in "Archie's Operation," our hero must endure surgery armed with the knowledge that the hospital receptionist, the blood transfusionist, and the surgeon are all members of minority groups! Meanwhile, Archie's daughter, Gloria (Sally Struthers), and son-in-law, Mike (Rob Reiner), continue to adjust to their new parenthood as they care for baby Joey. The episodes revolving around Mike and Gloria aren't as numerous as those dealing with Archie and Edith, indicating that Struthers and Reiner were both seriously considering leaving the series -- which they would do at the end of the following season.
Cast & Crew
Carroll O'Connor - Archie Bunker
Jean Stapleton - Edith Bunker
Sally Struthers - Gloria Bunker Stivic
Rob Reiner - Mike Stivic
Mike Evans - Lionel Jefferson