"Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle"
Season Three, Episode ##15
Number (#53) in series (136 episodes)
Air date January 11, 1974
Network NBC-TV
Production code 315
Written by Teleplay by:
Gene Farmer Story by:
Paul Mooney and Gene Farmer
Directed by Bob LaHendro
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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.

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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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Sanford and Son: Season 3
Lamont as Othello | Libra Rising All Over Lamont | Fred, the Reluctant Fingerman | Presenting The Three Degrees | This Little TV Went to Market | Lamont, Is That You? | Fuentes, Fuentes, Sanford & Chico | Superflyer | The Members of the Wedding | The Blind Mellow Jelly Collection | A House is Not a Pool Room | Grady, The Star Boarder | Wine, Women & Aunt Esther | Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe | Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle|This Land is Whose Land? | Fred's Cheating Heart | The Party Crasher | Will the Real Fred Sanford Please Do Something? | Tyranny, Thy Name Is Grady | Aunt Esther & Uncle Woodrow Pfft... | The Way to Lamont's Heart | Hello Cousin Emma, Goodbye Cousin Emma

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