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"Chinese Torture"
Season Six, Episode ##16
Number (#127) in series (136 episodes)
Air date January 21, 1977
Network NBC-TV
Production code 615
Written by Larry Mintz and Alan Eisenstock
Directed by Russ Petranto
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Chinese Torture was the 127th overall episode of Sanford and Son. Also the 16th episode of Season Six, it first aired on NBC-TV on January 21, 1977.

Episode synopsisEdit

Rehearsing his magic act, Grady snaps a pair of trick shackles onto Fred and Esther, only to discover the instructions for removing them are printed in Chinese.

Episode summaryEdit

Amateur magician Grady (Whitman Mayo) attempts to perform his "famous" Chinese-wristlock trick. As a result, Fred and Esther (LaWanda Page) end up handcuffed together. With Grady unable to decipher the trick's instructions (they're written in Chinese of course), Fred is forced to literally drag Esther along when he goes out on a date.

Note: Frank Nelson makes his final appearance as the gift store salesman. Phillip Ahn appears as a Chinese customer. Hazel Medina makes a guest appearance as "Crazy Alice", Fred's date for the evening.


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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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