Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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Committee Man 

Soon after Fred is appointed to serve on a mayor's committee he is sought out by a slumlord offering a bribe for political favors.



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Sam Jordon
Fritzi Burr ...
Sosimo Hernandez ...
Mr. Rodriguez


Soon after Fred is appointed to serve on a mayor's committee he is sought out by a slumlord offering a bribe for political favors.

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12 November 1976 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Fred makes several references to the relatively recent Watergate scandal. (1) Fred refers to his friend as "Bubba Rebezo", a play on Charles "Bebe" Rebozo (1912-1998), friend and confidant to Richard Nixon. (2) When Fred hangs up the phone he quips, "I hope that wasn't taped," a reference to the tape recordings that Nixon made and that later implicated him in the scandal. (3) Fred says his career in politics will take him up the ladder to the White House, following which he'll retire early to San Clemente, which is where Nixon relocated to write his memoirs following his August 1974 resignation. See more »


Bubba Bexley: Hi, Fred!
Fred G. Sanford: That's Committee Man Fred.
Bubba Bexley: What did you commit?
Fred G. Sanford: I'm committing you, Bubba, to the home where the senile roam.
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Garry Shandling scripts the last of his four episodes
23 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

"Committee Man" was the last of four scripts written by Garry Shandling, opening with Fred being accepted for a position on the mayor's Community Relations Committee. Bubba greets the new committeeman: "what did you commit?" "I'm committin' you Bubba to the home where the senile roam!" Fritzi Burr (ninth of ten) as Mrs. Channing and Sosimo Hernandez (last of two) as Senor Rodriguez make fine foils for Fred's wisecracks, one of which elicits a familiar response from Hernandez: "I didn't know that!" (previously heard in "Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle"). Morris Wilkens (Ronnie Schell) is the committee leader, their next vote on a contract for a new apartment building for crooked Sam Jordon (Edward Andrews). Fred knows all about his tenants' suffering from excessive flooding: "he had to hire Jacques Cousteau to fix it!" The shady character himself drops by while Fred rehearses his negative speech: "the problem living in Sam Jordon's buildings is not the rent going up, but the tide comin' in!" Can committeeman Fred G. Sanford be taken in by a $1000 bribe and vote in the affirmative for Sam Jordon?

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