Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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The Light Housekeeper 

Lamont hires a housekeeper, but Fred isn't wild about her being white.



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Aunt Ethel
Mary (as Mary Wicks)


Lamont hires a housekeeper, but Fred isn't wild about her being white.

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22 December 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Fred doesn't want to be left home alone, noting that "They never did catch that Zodiac Killer." The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who operated in the Northern California Bay Area in the late 1960s and possibly into the early '70s. Fred's statement still holds true these many years later since the Zodiac Killer has never been captured or even positively identified. See more »


Lamont Sanford: [the last scene, Lamont is headed downstairs] Well, see ya later, Pop.
Fred G. Sanford: Wait! Where are you going?
Lamont Sanford: I'm going to work.
Fred G. Sanford: And leave me here all alone?
Lamont Sanford: Look, I just finished making the beds, I fixed your breakfast, you lunch is on a plate in the refrigerator, and there's nothing here that you need me for.
Fred G. Sanford: But, I'm helpless. What if a burglar comes in here? And you know, they never did catch that Zodiac Killer.
[Lamont crosses over to the phone]
Fred G. Sanford: What are you doing? Who are you calling?
Lamont Sanford: I'm calling the ...
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Mary Wickes as the housekeeper
14 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

"The Light Housekeeper" opens with Fred wearing his sprained arm in a sling, after a sudden step on the brakes by Lamont while driving the truck. Fred receives a visit from Aunt Ethel (Beah Richards, previously seen in "By the Numbers"), who rejoices at his injury: "just look at you, you look ridiculous!" "Ethel I fell off a truck, what's your excuse?" Needing to get back to work Lamont sends for a temporary housekeeper, with Fred hoping she isn't a sex maniac. Neither is pleased to see Mary (Mary Wickes), an older white woman, who spends more time resting than working. After just two appearances, Beah Richards' Aunt Ethel would be replaced by the intimidating Aunt Esther, LaWanda Page making her debut in "The Big Party."

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