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All in the Family The Elevator Story (1971–1979) HD online
Language: English
Category: TV Episode / Comedy / Drama
Original Title: The Elevator Story
Director: John Rich
Writers: Norman Lear,Alan J. Levitt
Released: 1971–1979
Duration: 30min
Video type: TV Episode
Archie discovers too late that Edith forgot to mail the insurance check and today is the last day of the grace period. He leaves her birthday dinner to get to the insurance office to put it under the door, but on the way up the elevator stops, leaving him trapped with a snooty black man, a dingy secretary, a Puerto Rican janitor and his pregnant wife. The secretary goes into hysterics, the wife goes into labor, the black man won't shut up about his wealth, the janitor has to defend himself against stereotypical remarks and Archie offends everyone with his opinions. He makes a myriad of jokes at the expense of the janitor but when the baby is actually born the event softens his heart. Meanwhile, Edith, back at the restaurant takes a liking to the wine and gets bombed out of her mind.
Episode cast overview:
Carroll O'Connor Carroll O'Connor - Archie Bunker
Jean Stapleton Jean Stapleton - Edith Bunker
Rob Reiner Rob Reiner - Michael 'Meathead' Stivic
Sally Struthers Sally Struthers - Gloria Bunker-Stivic
Roscoe Lee Browne Roscoe Lee Browne - Hugh Victor Thompson III
Hector Elizondo Hector Elizondo - Carlos Mendoza
Eileen Brennan Eileen Brennan - Angelique McCarthy
Edith Diaz Edith Diaz - Serafina Mendoza

This was the first episode of All In The Family with no scenes taking place inside the Bunkers' house.

Reviews: [3]

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    This is a funny episode, with the Bunkers at a restaurant. I know this is a comedy. but the writers overlooked this mistake. When the character played by Roscoe Lee Brown gets into it with Archie, and they talk about being in the service in World War 2. When Roscoe sarcastically asks Archie, about his service, with the line "KP Or Latrine duty?" and Archie shoots back, "That was the only place we seen youse people," that would not happen.. The US Armed Forces were still segregated in World War 2, it wasn't until 1947 that the Forces were desegregated.
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    This incredibly funny episode is so politically incorrect, I have to wonder how it was allowed to air? There's no way it would air by today's standards, right or wrong, but thankfully graced our television sets back in 1972. I'd probably call this my favorite episode, as there were several notable faces, such as Hector Elizondo, Roscoe Lee Browne, and Eileen Brennan, and they all had memorable lines, and added their talents to this wonderful story. The gist has Archie, Edith, Gloria, and Mike celebrating Edith's birthday at a restaurant, although Archie discovers that an insurance bill needs to be paid by that night, and he must rush to a local office, which also happens to be in the same building as the restaurant. He takes the elevator where all these characters are, and soon after, the elevator gets stuck between floors, and chaos ensues. Some of the lines uttered, not just by Archie, may be a tad politically incorrect for sensitive ears, but they are just too funny to ignore. Perhaps the only downer for me was Edith getting publicly drunk, and while it was cute at first, it just seemed a bit forced after that. Other than that small mention, this is simply a great elevator ride.
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    While at a birthday celebration for Edith at a restaurant, Archie finds he needs pay his insurance so he runs to the building to give them a payment.

    He ends up stuck in a elevator with a wealthy black snob(Roscoe Lee Browne), a neurotic white woman (Eileen Brennan) and a Puerto Rican janitor(Hector Elizondo) with a pregnant wife(Edith Diaz). A very funny episode as Archie is forced to put up with all these antagonists. Archie has some funny bigoted remarks while getting it right back from the others. In the end the Puerto Rican lady ends up giving birth in the elevator,Archie at first is nervous about it, but when he sees the child he gives a slight smile. This is a nice subtle reaction,unlike some of the sledge hammer sentiment in so many other shows, including this series in later seasons. But the early seasons knew how to show both the laughter and the touching moments.