Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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When John Comes Marching Home 

Lamont's engagement to Janet is jeopardized by the unexpected return of her ex-husband John.



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Episode cast overview:
Lamont Sanford
Bubba Bexley
Nathaniel Taylor ...
Rollo Larson
Janet Lawson
Frank Nelson ...
Edward Crawford ...
Roger Lawson


Lamont's engagement to Janet is jeopardized by the unexpected return of her ex-husband John.

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4 February 1977 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Enjoying an uncredited cameo in this episode is Tamara Dobson, the 6'2" actress best remembered as the title character in the blaxploitation classic _Cleopatra Jones (1974)_. Shortly before her appearance here, she appeared alongside 'Redd Foxx' in the film Norman... Is That You? (1976). See more »


Fred G. Sanford: It's all coming back to me now. I remember crashing into the Pacific in 1942.
John, Janet's Ex-Husband: You mean a Zero shot you down out of the skies at Iwo Jima?
Fred G. Sanford: No, a bigot threw me off the pier at El Segundo.
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References Guadalcanal Diary (1943) See more »

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Farewell to Marlene Clark as Janet Lawson
5 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

"When John Comes Marching Home" was the sixth and final appearance of Marlene Clark as Lamont's fiancée Janet Lawson, all set for a bridal shower given by Fred, who admits to being nervous when he married Elizabeth. How did Woody feel before marrying Esther: "nauseous!" Lamont's stag party features only Rollo to keep him company, with dependable Frank Nelson (last of six) as the smarmy waiter, who wants to know who the 'lucky man' is, shaking Rollo's hand! His advice: "do exactly what I did, don't be henpecked and be sure to marry for money!" "well if you married for money, how come you're waiting' tables?" "my wife owns the place!" Who should come knocking on Janet's door but her ex-husband John (James A. Watson Jr.), getting a hug from son Roger (Edward Crawford, last of three), now a sergeant stationed at a nearby military base. A heart to heart with Lamont brings up the reason why their relationship fell apart: "we got married!" The writers kept the relationship going for an entire year, but couldn't really break up Sanford and Son.

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