While on his daily rounds, Lamont spots a "Breath Mobile" that is offering free chest X-Rays. Concerned about his father's chain smoking, he tries to get his old man to get a chest X-Ray, which Fred is reluctant to do. He and Fred both get chest X-Rays and when they get the results in the mail, Fred's letter comes up clean, but Lamont's states that his test was "unsatisfactory due to a technical fault". Taking this as a sign that he has tuberculosis, Lamont panics and decides to check into a sanitarium. Fred become nervous that the condition might be contagious and tries to sanitize the house. Later, Lamont comes home disgusted because the "technical fault" was due to his St. Christopher medal blocking the X-Ray. He also learns that while he was gone, Fred not only read his last will and testament, but also burned his mattresses, sheets and pillow cases.
Did You Know?
Fred mentions a friends of his who got run over by a tobacco truck as someone who "was killed by cigarettes". This was a joke Redd Foxx used in his stand-up act when discussing his smoking habit. See more
Despite Fred stating he had smoked 2 packs a day since he was 10 and having a clean bill of health (highly unlikely), he was never shown smoking in any episodes before this one or for the rest of the show's run. See more
Pop, since you was 10, you smoked a cigarette 41 miles long!
Fred G. Sanford
That's real super king-size, ain't it?