| Season Three, Episode ##15|
Number (#53) in series (136 episodes)
|Air date||January 11, 1974|
|Written by|| Teleplay by:|
Gene Farmer Story by:
Paul Mooney and Gene Farmer
|Directed by||Bob LaHendro|
|IMDb||Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle|
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Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle was the 53rd episode of Sanford and Son. Also the 15th episode of the series' third season, it first aired January 11, 1974.
When Lamont gets a traffic ticket, Fred convinces him to fight it in court, where the poor man's Perry Mason, Sonny Cochran (Antonio Fargas), a tailor moonlighting as a lawyer, gives Lamont legal advice on fighting the ticket, telling him to "throw himself on the mercy of the court!". Lamont takes a pass on Sonny's counsel, preferring to act as his own defense. But that's not good enough for Fred , who storms into court with his cronies in tow, claiming to be Lamont's lawyer.
While Lamont gets awarded the judgement in the case, Fred, who, with his buddies, proceed to cause a big scene in the courtroom (In one instance, he asks the judge, "Look how many n**gers in here ?! There's so many n**gers in here, there's enough to make a Tarzan movie!" In another, he asks the arresting officer, "What problem do you have with Black drivers?" ) gets hit with contempt of court by the judge (Arthur Adams) and has to pay a $25 fine!
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