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"Ebenezer Sanford"
Season Five, Episode ##12
Number (#99) in series (136 episodes)
Air date December 12, 1975
Network NBC-TV
Production code 518
Written by Saul Turteltaub and Bernie Orenstein
Directed by James Sheldon
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Ebenezer Sanford was the 99th overall episode of Sanford and Son. Also the 12th episode of Season Five, it first aired on NBC-TV on December 12, 1975.

Episode synopsisEdit

In this special Christmas holiday themed episode, tightfisted Fred gets a ghostly wake-up call in this spoof of "A Christmas Carol."

Episode summaryEdit

It's "A Christmas Carol," Sanford and Son-style, as the friends and family of stingy Fred try to imbue our curmudgeonly hero with the Christmas spirit. Naturally, Fred is resistant to these efforts until he has a dream, replete with the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future (who look awfully familiar to Fred -- and to us). Former child actor Marc Copage (of Julia fame) appears as the younger "Fredsie."

Note: Eric Laneuville, who would later appear in the recurring role of Daniel Anderson, Esther and Woody's adopted son, appears as Ron, a helper hired by Fred in the junkyard. Adrian Ricard appears as Ron's mother, and Joe "Flash" Riley as Mr. Small, his father.


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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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