Sanford and Son

Season 1 Episode 7

A Pad for Lamont

Aired Unknown Feb 25, 1972 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A Pad for Lamont
Lamont tries to have a quiet evening with his latest girlfriend, Darlene, but has little privacy thanks to an annoying Fred who keeps interrupting them. Fed up, Lamont decides to move into his own apartment, which at first worries Fred but then discovers he himself has privacy.moreless

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  • Not the best of the first season, but some laughs and an ironic payoff after a slow and predictable start.

    Lamont thinks that his love life must improve if he only can get a place of his own.

    This installment emphasizes how simple the "Sanford and Son" formula was, especially in its early years. The story is told in essentially three acts. Lamont cannot get any privacy when he brings his girl home, Fred is all over the place, eating, drinking, imitating Jimmy Durante. So Lamont decides a place of his own is the way to go.

    After moving into an apartment that makes Fonzie's room over the Cunningham garage look like a million dollar condo, Lamont finds that his new landlady won't allow female guests after 11:00 PM. The real kicker - and what makes this episode - is that Fred is doing great at home, marking time with a feisty widow ("man, what a rump roast"). This spin is really what makes this episode, as some of the jokes are a bit stale. Also fun are the 70s style come-on lines used by Lamont in the intro.

    An OK episode, a thing to watch for is Redd Foxx cracking up the other actors on-camera. Things like this really add to the uncomplicated stories in the series. Other than this, the theme for most all early storylines is that no matter how eccentric Fred can be, he always has the leg up on his put-upon son.moreless
  • When I see this episode, I think of the saying, "the grass is always greener on the other side". Due to privacy issues and Fred's interference, Lamont wants his own space, causing Fred to almost beg him to stay, but then freedom affects Fred another way.moreless

    This episode explored the constant problem that Lamont always has when he brings young ladies home.. Fred is always there. So, Lamont envisions a bachelor pad of his own to where he can do what he pleases when he pleases. Fred, already missing his son, practically begs him to stay. He even offers to change. But once Lamont leaves, Fred realizes there are things that he likes about having his own place as well. By the tail end of the story, Lamont is the one trying to get his father to reconsider returning to their original living arrangement, one that Fred has long forgotton.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • After Lamont moves in to his new apartment, he makes a phone call to Darlene dialing 7 numbers. When she hangs up on him, he then calls Joan and dials 8 numbers.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Lamont: (The phone rings. Lamont, expects the call to be a prelude to a romantic evening.)Hellohh...
      Lamont: (His face drops.) Well, this is fine time to tell me you can't come! Well look, I've got dinner cooking and everything, I've got the whole place fixed up here! Well, what happened!?!
      Lamont: (His anger subsides.) Oh no, I'm really sorry to hear that, no look I really am....but can't you come anyway?
      Lamont: (Long pause) No, I'm not being selfish--look, I understand! What I DON'T understand is why you have to go to the chapel tonight. Now the BODY will still be there tomorrow..(pause)..Your uncle's not going any place.

    • Fred: Man, what a rump roast!

  • NOTES (2)