All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Archie in the Hospital 

Hospital patient Archie strikes up a quick friendship with his roommate ... unaware that he is black.


Bob LaHendro, John Rich


Norman Lear (developed by), Don Nicholl (teleplay by) | 3 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
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Jean Duval
Mike Evans ... Lionel Jefferson
Isabel Sanford ... Louise Jefferson
John Heffernan John Heffernan ... Dr. Spence
Priscilla Morrill ... Nurse


Archie has been home from work with back problems, compounded by worries that the man who is filling in for him is younger and faster. He ends up in the hospital for surgery and, while there, strikes up a friendship with the man in the next bed. Archie likes the man and even invites him over for dinner. This is mostly because a faulty partition blocks his view of the man who is not only French but is also black. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

6 January 1973 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tandem Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Roscoe Lee Browne also appears in "the elevator story" Season 2 ep14 See more »


Archie Bunker: [upon seeing Jean for the first time] Hey! You didn't tell me you was black!
Jean Duval: You did not tell me you was white!
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References Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) See more »


Words by Leo Robin
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Portion sung by Carroll O'Connor
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Archie makes friends with his hospital roommate
12 November 2017 | by Jimmy_the_Gent4See all my reviews

Archie has a back problem and is worried about his job, Mike tells him it is psychosomatic.

Archie ends up in the hospital in this hilarious episode. His roommate, a Frenchman named Jean Duval, is behind a partition so they can't see each other. Archie doesn't realize he is not only French but black (Roscoe Lee Browne is great in his second appearance on the show). Louise and Lionel pay a visit and Duval thinks they are Archie's family to Lionel's amusement. The scene where Archie and Duval finally see each other is one of the biggest laughs in this one.

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