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"Greatest Show in Watts"
Season Five, Episode ##15
Number (#102) in series (136 episodes)
Air date January 16, 1976
Network NBC-TV
Production code 513
Written by Joni Rhodes
Directed by Sid McCoy
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Greatest Show in Watts was the 102nd overall episode of Sanford and Son. Also the 15th episode of Season Five, it first aired on NBC-TV on January 16, 1976.

Episode synopsisEdit

While babysitting an elephant, Fred holds a circus in the junkyard, allowing the cast to display their talents, especially Aunt Esther as The Bronze Goddess.

Episode summaryEdit

Unable to pay his back rent, Dan, a tenant of the Sanford Arms leaves his sole possession as collateral. Unfortunately for Fred (Redd Foxx), that possession turns out to be an elephant. Hoping for a quick turnover, Fred stages a spectacular advertising gimmick, with the pesky pachyderm as the main attraction -- and before long our hero is facing a lawsuit. LaWanda Page, who plays Aunt Esther, and who once performed in a Burlesque type-fire breathing act in the late 1940s-mid 1950s, "reprises" her act, of sorts, in the carnival as "The Bronze Goddess".

Note: Rozelle Gayle makes a 2nd guest appearance as Dan, Lee Weaver appears as Mr. Qunicy.


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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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