Archie Bunker's Place (1979–1983)
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Death of a Lodger 

Barney takes in a cranky and overbearing border to help pay some bills.


Steve Kreinberg, Andrew Guerdat (as Andy Guerdat) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Carroll O'Connor ... Archie Bunker
Danielle Brisebois ... Stephanie Mills
Allan Melvin ... Barney Hefner
Denise Miller ... Billie Bunker
Jason Wingreen ... Harry Snowden
Barbara Meek Barbara Meek ... Ellen Canby (credit only)
Bill Quinn ... Mr. Van Ranseeler (credit only)
Anne Meara ... Veronica Rooney (credit only)
Don Rickles ... Al Snyder
Johnny Brown ... Mr. Johnson
Shelley Taylor Morgan Shelley Taylor Morgan ... Bernice


Barney takes in a cranky and overbearing border to help pay some bills.

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Release Date:

9 May 1982 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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After his character dies, Don Rickles can be seen breathing and swallowing. His hand id in different positions on his stomach due to the editing of various takes. See more »

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"We're gonna be together a long time."
19 October 2010 | by praxistensSee all my reviews

When Barney bemoans the cost of keeping the house since Blanche left, Archie & Harry suggest Barney take in lodger to make ends meet.

Archie's choice of housemate?: Al Snyder ("semi-retired from the shoe business but very well heeled"), a first-order curmudgeon, played by Don Rickles.

It had to happen: Rickles's insult humor meets Archie's cockeyed political correctness. When Barney finds that Al's taken his steak from the fridge, Al assures him it's no loss: "It tasted like carpet!" But even Al's fatalism is no match for Archie's unpolished sincerity:

Al: You're always on the scene whenever ... there's a world disaster ...and you follow me to the ends of the earth!

Archie: I just met you!

This is an unheralded gem: when Barney implies that he wants the exacerbating Snyder out of his house ("I'm sorry."), Al fires back, "Why be sorry, Barney? I'm not going anywhere! ... I have a rental agreement!" But Rickles's Al is great just arguing with a TV games show:

Emcee (to blonde contestant): Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Rickles: What's to tell: she's an imbecile!

Contestant: I have six beautiful children and one on the way!

Rickles: She's also a nymphomaniac!

Emcee: Do you have any hobbies?

Rickles: We know her hobby; let's start the game!

It's priceless!

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