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Recap / All In The Family S 1 E 9 Edith Has Jury Duty

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  • Courtroom Episode: Book-ending the long-running AItF and its follow-up series Archie Bunker's Place were episodes set in courtrooms. The 1983 episode "I'm Torn Here" was the latter of the two. This episode — Edith called for jury duty — was the first.
  • Rich Bitch: A woman named Lydia, who is annoyed and — given that the jury has been sequestered for what is implied to be weeks — frustrated at Edith holding out and refusing to convict the defendant.
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  • Rogue Juror: Edith is the lone holdout and convinced the defendant is innocent, won't change her verdict.
  • Shout-Out: To 12 Angry Men ... many elements are taken from the 1957 movie, including a racist tirade and a rouge juror picking apart testimony of what seemed to be an open-and-shut case.
  • Too Dumb to Fool: When Lydia goes on a tirade claiming "those people are born liars," and then tries to go back to testimony that three people — presumably people of the same race as the defendant, a Hispanic — saw him enter the building, Edith then asks if "those people" are all liars, why should the jury believe them and not the defendant.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Archie is glad only that Edith is finally home and couldn't care less that she helped ensure that justice was served and an innocent man — a young Hispanic from an impoverished Bronx neighborhood — was freed.

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