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"A Matter of Silence"
Season Six, Episode ##17
Number (#128) in series (136 episodes)
Air date January 28, 1977
Network NBC-TV
Production code 616
Written by John T. Bell
Directed by Russ Petranto
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A Matter of Silence was the 128th overall episode of Sanford and Son. Also the 17th episode of Season Six, it first aired on NBC-TV on January 28, 1977.

Episode synopsisEdit

Lamont fears Fred is going deaf, and Fred is content to play along and milk sympathy from Lamont and Donna.

Episode summaryEdit

As a result of "waxy buildup," Fred temporarily loses his hearing. After visiting the doctor, a cured Fred suddenly realizes that his ailment had earned him the undivided attention of his girlfriend Donna (Lynn Hamilton). Thus, Fred plays up his "deafness" to the hilt -- at least until his son Lamont turns the tables on him.

Note: Helen Martin makes a guest appearance as a nurse. Fuddle Bagley makes a guest appearance as the ear doctor.


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Sanford and Son: Season 6
The Hawaiian Connection - Part I | The Hawaiian Connection - Part II | California Crude | The Stakeout | I Dream of Choo-Choo Rabinowitz | The Winning Ticket | Committee Man | Fred's Extra Job | Carol | Aunt Esther Has a Baby | Here Today, Gone Today | Aunt Esther Meets Her Son | Sanford and Gong | Fred Meets Redd | Chinese Torture | A Matter of Silence | When John Comes Marching Home | The Reverend Sanford | The Will | Fred the Activist | The Lucky Streak | Funny, You Don't Look It | Fred Sings The Blues | School Daze

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