Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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The Over-the-Hill Gag 

Lamont misunderstands the doctor and believes Fred has only six months to live and lavished love and kindness upon him. Fred's content to ride the gravy train, though it may land him in the soup.

Director:

Stan Lathan

Writers:

Matt Robinson, Ray Galton ("Steptoe and Son" created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford
Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Whitman Mayo ... Grady Wilson
LaWanda Page ... Aunt Esther Anderson
Nathaniel Taylor Nathaniel Taylor ... Rollo Larson
Keene Curtis ... Doctor Goodman
Odessa Cleveland ... Audrey
Dick Bass Dick Bass ... Messenger
Pat Morita ... Ah Chew
Carol Jean Owens Carol Jean Owens ... Lady in Doctor's Office (as Jean Owens)
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Lamont misunderstands the doctor and believes Fred has only six months to live and lavished love and kindness upon him. Fred's content to ride the gravy train, though it may land him in the soup.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1975 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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After a physical, the doctor declares Fred Sanford a "healthy 67-year-old". On the day of the episode's airing in 1975, Redd Foxx was 52 years old. His friend Grady, played but Whitman Mayo, could be expected to be about the same age. Mayo was, in fact, 44 at the time. See more »

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Fred G. Sanford: [to an elderly woman in a doctor's waiting room] Say, Miss, I might be able to save you a little money on this appointment that you got. You know what's wrong with you? You got poor circulation, that's what's wrong. If you'd take that girdle off, your hair wouldn't turn blue.
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The doctor gives Fred six months
9 December 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Over-the Hill Gag" opens with Fred receiving a check up with Doctor Goodman (Keene Curtis), courtesy Lamont's pretty nurse girlfriend Audrey (Odessa Cleveland). His $100 fee is less than half his usual charge, giving Fred six months to pay it off. This is overheard by his son, who mistakenly assumes that his father has only six months left to live: "I was stretching it a bit at that, just take it and be thankful he's got that much time!" Fred is at first puzzled to have Lamont serving his favorite meal, but before he can set the record straight about his perfect health he learns that Lena Horne is practically on her way over (previously seen in the second season's "A Visit from Lena Horne"). The surprise party gets off to a rough start when Fred sees Aunt Esther and Ah Chew (Pat Morita, fifth of seven): "my two favorite diseases in the same room, yellow jaundice and the black plague!" Once Audrey drops off Fred's test results everyone realizes that he's not dying, and plan accordingly for the guest of honor.


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