Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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Fred's Uncle Leotis dies and leaves him $1,500, but the catch to collecting it is Fred and Lamont must fly to St. Louis and oversee the funeral arrangements. But steady Freddy isn't sure he's ready to take his first flight in an airplane.


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Charles T. Williams (teleplay by), Ilunga Adell (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford
Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Wally Taylor Wally Taylor ... Lester Barrington
Rudy Challenger Rudy Challenger ... Mr. Menton
Annazette Chase ... Susan
Terry Lumley Terry Lumley ... Carol
Joseph Hoover Joseph Hoover ... Security Guard
Norma Miller ... Jackie
Sherry Boucher ... Wendy


Fred gets information that his Uncle Leotis back in St. Louis has passed away. After scoffing that he was a deadbeat and a loser, Fred discovers that his uncle has left him $1500, which suddenly makes him mournful of his lost relative. The condition of the inheritance is that he and Lamont have to go to St. Louis to pick up the money. Lamont reasons that the only way to get to St. Louis quickly is to take a plane but pteromerhanophobic Fred refuses to even consider it. Lamont eventually talks him into it, but of course Fred makes a fool of himself for the entire flight. Arriving in St. Louis, Fred and Lamont are stunned when they realize that they've been misinformed about the money, that it wasn't intended as an inheritance but as expenses that are to be used to bury Uncle Leotis. Angry, Fred goes back to denouncing him as a deadbeat and a loser before heading home. Written by Jerry Roberts

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This episode's title is a play on that of the blaxploitation classic Super Fly (1972). See more »


Lamont Sanford: [Examining the contents of Fred's pocket after he set off the airport metal detector] A crucifix? A St. Christopher's medal? A Star of David? A Crescent of Islam? And a Buddha?
Fred G. Sanford: [Bringing up his hand] And a mojo.
Lamont Sanford: [Exasperated] What do you need all these things for?
Fred G. Sanford: Flight insurance. Y'see, down here on the ground I'm a Baptist, but up there I ain't takin' no chances.
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Spoofs Super Fly (1972) See more »

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Fly me to St. Louis and shut the gate on that clown
11 December 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Superflyer" opens with attorney Lester Barrington (Wally Taylor) delivering the sad news to Fred that his uncle Leotis has died. The old man denies remembering his late uncle, until learning that he's been left $1500 to take care of the funeral arrangements. Lamont recalls his father once mentioning Leotis, not the swift Jesse Owens-type athlete but a childless old geezer with a club foot! One condition to get the money is that Sanford and Son must take a plane to St. Louis, despite Fred's fear of flying the not so friendly skies. The stewardesses aren't enough to keep Fred from creating havoc during the first class flight, spending most of his time on the toilet because the flashing sign said 'return to seat!' Once in St. Louis they realize that the inheritance was only intended for interment, barely enough left to pay for the return flight to LA. Fred's conversation with Elizabeth sums up his feelings about Uncle Leotis: "shut the gate on that clown!" Norma Miller (first of three) plays the infamous Jackie - 'fly me!'

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2 November 1973 (USA) See more »

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