"Bank on This"
Season Five, Episode ##3
Number (#90) in series (136 episodes)
Air date September 26, 1975
Network NBC-TV
Production code 506
Written by Saul Turteltaub and Bernie Orenstein
Directed by Alan Rafkin
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Bank on This was the 90th overall episode of Sanford and Son. Also the third episode of Season Five, it first aired September 26, 1975.

Episode synopsisEdit

Fred and Lamont are applying for a loan to finance their purchase of Julio's former property when a pair of robbers burst into the bank.

Episode summaryEdit

Hoping to open their own rooming house, Fred and Lamont both co-apply for a loan at the local bank. While our heroes are negotiating, the bank is held up by a pair of dimwitted novice robbers. As the day progresses, all of the bank's customers are allowed to leave except for Fred, who stays behind as a hostage -- and proves more than a match for the inept crooks.

Tom Scott guest stars as Mr. Phillips, the bank manager, Bill Henderson appears as Harvey the bank security guard, and Roscoe Orman (well known to child TV viewers as "Gordon" from the long-running PBS children's series Sesame Street) and Charles Thomas Murphy appear as bank robbers Al and Melvin. Roy Stuart makes a second of three guest appearances as news reporter Lyle Martinson.

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Sanford and Son: Season 5
Earthquake II | Divorce, Sanford Style | Bank on This | The Sanford Arms | Steinberg and Son | Brother, Can You Spare an Act? | Della, Della, Della | Donna Pops The Question | My Fair Esther | Sanford and Rising Son | The Olympics | Ebenezer Sanford | The Oddfather | Can You Chop This? | Greatest Show in Watts | Fred Sanford Has a Baby | The TV Addict | Lamont in Love | The Escorts | The Engagement Man Always Rings Twice | The Director | A Pain in the Neck | Sergeant Gork | Camping Trip

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