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Short summary

Archie comes home excited because while he was out driving his cab, one of his passengers was the legendary 'Sammy Davis Jr.' It seems that Mr. Davis left his briefcase in the cab and wants to come by the house to pick it up. Archie tries to keep the singer's visit under wraps but Edith can't help blabbing. First Lionel comes over, then his mother, then Barney Hefner. Finally, Sammy requests a picture with he and Archie and at the last minute kisses him on the cheek.

The famous kiss was Carroll O'Connor's idea. When originally filmed, the kiss brought on the longest restrained laughter in the history of television. However, in the final print, the laughter was cut to make room for Archie's last line.

Carroll O'Connor and Sammy Davis Jr. were longtime friends and it was Davis who expressed an interest in being on the show.

Sammy Davis, Jr. guest-starred again as himself in the spin-off series "Archie Bunker's Place".

Norman Lear and Carroll O'Connor came up with the idea of having Sammy Davis Jr. play himself. They wanted Davis to ad lib his lines so it would seem more natural.

First appearance of Barney Hefner (Allan Melvin).

Louise Jefferson will meet up again with Sammy Davis Jr. 12 years later on the Jeffersons ("What Makes Sammy Run?"), only to appear to be meeting for the first time.

This episode is the first appearance of the character of Barney Hefner. His wife Mabel is not seen but is referenced when Edith tells Archie she called their house to share the news that Sammy Davis Jr. was coming over. Later in the series, Barney's wife is named Blanche.

At the end of this episode, Sammy Davis , Jr. kisses Archie. When Sammy came back to visit on Archie Bunker's Place, Archie kissed him.

Per the title, the Bunker's are visited by actor and singer Sammy Davis Jr..

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    • Author: Ranterl
    If not the best episode ever, this has to be the most memorable episode of All In The Family ever filmed. Archie comes home from his second job as a taxi driver to announce that none other than Sammy Davis Jr. rode in his cab. This episode probably holds the record for the amount of times Archie sticks his foot in his big(oted) mouth. Even before Sammy Davis makes his appearance, Archie proves that he will never understand black people, let alone black celebrities.

    This episode was the only one written by the comic genius Bill Dana. For those old enough to remember, "My name... Jose Jimenez". It was the most popular comic character of the early 60s. I remember listening to the LPs "Live from The Hungry i" and "In Orbit" over and over when I was a kid. I'm sure Bill Dana and Sammy Davis Jr. were very good friends from their years of working in Las Vegas. Dana's writing and Davis's acting (as himself) made perfect use of Archie's character to make socially relevant statements.

    There's good reason why this episode is consistently rated in TV Guide's "Top 100 Television Episodes of All Time."
  • 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
    Sammy Davis Jr. Sammy Davis Jr. - Himself
    Mike Evans Mike Evans - Lionel Jefferson
    Allan Melvin Allan Melvin - Barney Hefner
    Isabel Sanford Isabel Sanford - Louise Jefferson
    Fay DeWitt Fay DeWitt - Mrs, Haskell
    Keri Shuttleton Keri Shuttleton - Clarissa Haskell
    Billy Halop Billy Halop - Bert Munson
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