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Tear Jerker: All in the Family
All in the Family
The Season 8 finale "The Stivics Move West" was both a Very Special Episode and a tearjerker, in that it was the final time all four of the original regulars – Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers – appeared together as regulars.note Reiner and Struthers both would appear in two later episodes, reuniting the foursome. Archie and Mike's final conversation, where Mike thanks Archie for all his support over the years and Archie admits he had grown to love the Meathead and consider him family, is very touching. Shortly thereafter comes an emotional farewell. The final scene has a deeply saddened Archie watch the taxi – with his daughter, son-in-law and grandson, Joey, inside – drive away, before Archie walks to his chair and sit next to an equally sad Edith.
Archie Bunker's Place
The Season 2 opener "Archie Alone" saw Archie in deep denial over Edith's death (after series star Jean Stapleton decided to leave the show). Eventually frustrated that everyone is talking about it, Archie shouts at the world to go away. He then goes upstairs and sees one of Edith's slippers, before he has his emotional breakdown.