Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe 

Fred's feathers get ruffled when an old friend from St. Louis comes to town claiming to be Lamont's actual father.



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Whitman Mayo ...
Aunt Esther Anderson (as La Wanda Page)
Sonny Jim Gaines ...
'Big Money' Grip Matlock


Fred's feathers get ruffled when an old friend from St. Louis comes to town claiming to be Lamont's actual father.

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4 January 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Two E&J Gallo products are plugged in this episode. Fred gives Grady a glass of his favorite drink, Ripple, which was a fortified wine that boasted a low price and high alcohol content and that enjoyed great popularity in the 1970s, but has since been discontinued. Later in the episode Grip brings over a bottle of Cold Duck to celebrate with his friends. Cold Duck, a reasonably priced Champagne with a concord grape base combined with red and white wines, also enjoyed tremendous popularity in the early 1970s. See more »


At the end of the episode when Fred and Lamont are standing in the living room a person is seen walking by the window. See more »


Lamont Sanford: [after Grip has claimed to be Lamont's father, Lamont turns to Fred] Hey, man, this is my father, the only Pop I've ever known. Now, all my life it's been Sanford and Son, and, as far as I'm concerned, that's the way it's gonna always be.
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First Time I Heard the N Word on Television.
21 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was introduced to this Black Sit-com by my Dear Grandma Sadie. She would get excited and say, "The Junkman is on and I have to see the Junkman. Lets watch the Junkman." My Grandmother fascination runs deep here because her late husband, My Grandpa Abe was a Junkman as well for many years in New Jersey running a junk/salvage business which was founded during the depression years. In those early days my Grandpa had a beat up Ford truck similar to the truck used in the same show. My Grandmother even had a drawer filled with eyeglasses in her home.In addition my Grandma had three sons and arguments were plenty in that household. My Mother was the youngest of the four siblings. Lots of connections here. I just think it was the appeal of Redd Foxx and his Deadpan delivery which was the main hook of the series that won his audiences over.Those funny verbal gems that would flow out so methodically of Fred G. Sanford's mouth as his agitated son Lamont played by Demond Wilson would use all his self control to keep a straight face in response. As for the review of this episode old rival Grip Madlock flies out to Los Angeles from St. Louis to visit Fred with some appalling, unspeakable news. Grip claims to be Lamont's biological Father to the disbelief and heart pains and gyrations of Fred as this might become the big one? Heart attack which was the usual response throughout the series whenever Fred heard distressing news. Fortunately Lamont takes this shocking info in stride and says tenderheartedly,"Hey Man, This is my Father, The only Pop I've ever known." Lamont continues with his devotion to his Father Fred as he continues,"Now all my life it's been Sanford and Son,and,as far as I'm concerned that's the way it's gonna always be." Enter the Church going loud mouth lanky Aunt Ester played by LaWanda Paige. Grip breaks the same startling news to her and Ester responds "What did you say N----r?" That blew me away as well as the censors of Television for this early 70's show. Ester does follow with a priceless remark as her dear departed sister Elizabeth was pure as the driven snow. Fred responds with, "Yeah but who's doing the driving?" As it turns out Grip claimed to climb into the bedroom of Elizabeth but it wasn't Elizabeth's room. Instead it was Ester's as the look of disgust and squeamishness falls on everyone's faces as Fred's anger and frustration turns to Pity and sympathy for Grip as they imagine the intimacy with Grip and the Black crocodile like Ester. Glory glory hallelujah what an episode.

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