Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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Blood Is Thicker Than Junk 

After a nasty spat Sanford and Son split up. Fred hires a new man to replace Lamont, who signs on to work with a competing junk dealer.



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Norman Blood (as Roger Mosley)
Vernon Weddle ...


The junk hits the fan when Fred and Lamont have a heated argument over breakfast resulting in Lamont walking out on Sanford and Son. He vows to get another job while Fred vows that he will have Lamont's job filled within 24 hours. Seeking work at the unemployment office, Lamont finds himself on assignment at the salvage yard of Ralph Baxtrum, one of Sanford and Son's chief competitors. Meanwhile, Fred fills Lamont's position by hiring a doofus named Norman who is suppose to pick up a load of bathtubs, but instead comes back with a useless stuffed bear. Lamont gets into an argument with Mr. Baxtrum and quits only a day after starting the job, and Fred fires his new man due to his ineptitude. Fred and Lamont mend their disagreements and decide to reform their partnership despite the fact that both are too proud to admit that they couldn't make it without each other. Written by Jerry Roberts

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24 November 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Lamont returns home shortly after Norman, his replacement, exits the scene. He asks Fred "who is that guy I saw leaving?" A few minutes earlier, Fred made a big deal out of Norman using his truck, but when the door is opened (as Lamont enters the house) we can see the truck is still parked where it usually is. It should not have been visible in that scene, since Norman had driven it away. See more »


Lamont Sanford: [fighting with Fred] And that's another thing - I'm getting tired of you callin' me a dummy.
Fred G. Sanford: The only reason I call you a dummy is because I call 'em as I see 'em. Dummy.
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References The Lawrence Welk Show (1955) See more »

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Sanford and Anybody
14 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

"Blood is Thicker Than Junk" opens with Fred taking more time than usual on Lamont's breakfast: "nobody rushed the hen that's supplyin' 'em, don't rush the cook that's fryin' 'em!" Lamont gets so fed up with his father that he quits the business and looks for another job with Mr. Clifford (Vernon Weddle). All he can get is the same job with another junkyard, while Fred hires a musclebound Norman Blood (Roger Mosley) to drive his truck. Lamont works an hour and a half overtime for his slave driving new employer, while his father spends the day waiting anxiously for the return of his stolen truck. Norman finally returns with nothing to show for a day's work except for a stuffed bear: "this is THE one, you hear that Elizabeth? I'm comin' to join you honey, with a bear behind!" As bad as business can be, father and son remain close friends and continue their trade.

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