Sanford and Son

Once a Thief

Season 4, Ep 15, Aired 12/27/74
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  • Episode Description
  • Lamont's friend Herman has just gotten out of prison and doesn't have a place to stay. So Lamont invites him to stay at the Sanford residence. However, when Grady learns that he's an ex-con, he nails down everything in the house. Meanwhile, Lamont finds Herman a job at Esther's hardware store and doesn't tell her that he has served time.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Demond Wilson

    Lamont Sanford

  • Winston Moss

  • Herbert Kenwith

  • LaWanda Page

    Aunt Esther Anderson

  • Hal Williams

    Officer Smith "Smitty"

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Esther: Lamont, the truth is not a toy. You cannot play with the truth. The truth is hard, firm, ragged rock, which is as old as the world itself. Grady: The truth reminds me a lot of you, Esther.

    • Esther: You hear anything from Fred? Grady: Well, yeah. He said he was enjoying himself with his family. Esther: Did he send any regards? Grady: Well, sort of. He said that he had visited the St. Louis Zoo. Esther: Watch it, Grady. Grady: And he was having a wonderful time. Esther: Yeah. Grady: And he wished that I was there. Esther: Be careful. Grady: And was sure you already were! Esther: That did it!

    • Lamont: Grady, Herman is not a killer. Grady: Well, how come he went to prison? Lamont: Because of circumstantial evidence,he just happened to be at the scene of a crime. Grady: Oh, you just 'happened' to be at the scene of a crime? What were you doing there? Herman: Committing it. Grady:Oh, that's 'circumstantial evidence, alright!

    • Grady: I’ve got two big ones riding on it! (Herman returns with a brand-new portable radio) Wh-what took you so long? You must be out of practice!
      Herman: Oh, no, man; I didn’t want to break in and steal Julio’s radio.
      Grady: Well, where did you get it from?
      Herman: Martel's Appliance Store.
      Grady: Martel's? Are you crazy? Stealing a radio from Martel's when they got color televisions? You know, I dislike a thief, but I hate the dumb ones!

    • Grady: Oh, hello there Lester! Aunt Esther: ESTHER...No L! Grady: Well, Noel and Merry Christmas to you!

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    Notes (2)

    • Ron Glass makes his second appearance on this show since playing Hucklebuck in the 1972 episode The Card Sharps.

    • Redd Foxx does not appear in this episode.

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