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"My Fair Esther"
Season Five, Episode ##9
Number (#96) in series (136 episodes)
Air date November 14, 1975
Network NBC-TV
Production code 512
Written by Saul Turteltaub and Bernie Orenstein
Directed by James Sheldon
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My Fair Esther was the 96th overall episode of Sanford and Son. Also the 9th episode of Season Five, it first aired November 14, 1975.

Episode synopsisEdit

Fred becomes a latter-day Henry Higgins when he undertakes the task of transforming ugly duckling Esther into a swan so she can win the Mrs. Watts Businessman's Contest and net Fred half the prize money.

Episode summaryEdit

Fred underrtakes the task of transforming "a sow's ear into a silk purse." This is Fred's rather insulting assessment of his mission to give Aunt Esther (LaWanda Page) a complete fashion makeover! Has Fred finally buried the hatchet with Esther? No, he merely wants to win a 500-dollar bet he made with Esther's hubby Woodrow (Raymond Allen).

Note: Wilbur "Hi-Fi" White appears as the beauty contest emcee, Jackie Toles appears as Lucille Brown, a contest, and Tina Dixon as Mabel Johnston.


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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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