"The Big Party"
Season Two, Episode ##15
Number (#29) in series (136 episodes)
Air date January 5, 1973
Network NBC-TV
Production code 216
Written by Odie Hawkins & Aaron Ruben
Directed by Peter Baldwin
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The Big Party was the 29th episode of Sanford and Son. Also the 15th episode of the series' second season, it premiered January 5, 1973. Loosely based on Teleplay by Odie Hawkins and Aaron Ruben, the story was also written for the episode by Hawkins.


Behind on their bills, Fred and Lamont look to raise money by throwing a house party and charging admission, but to the demands of visiting gangsters Leader (Gabriel Dell) and Duane (Danny "Big Black" Rey), who gives them "an offer that they can't refuse" at the threat of a revolver, they must keep the party going, and allow the gangsters to become partners in the unwanted operation!

It takes until the next morning; a Sunday visit from Aunt Esther and her "Raiders" (or,Esther's Raiders, what Fred calls them), her church going sisters, to drive out the hoods and the partiers from the Sanford premises!

Note: Gabriel Dell makes his second and final guest appearance; LaWanda Page makes her series episode debut as Esther.

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Sanford and Son: Season 2
By the Numbers | Whiplash | The Dowry | Jealousy | Tooth or Consequences | The Card Sharps | Have Gun, Will Sell | The Puerto Ricans Are Coming! | The Shootout | Blood Is Thicker Than Junk | Sanford and Son and Sister Makes Three | A Guest in the Yard | Fred & Carol & Fred & Donna | The Light Housekeeper | The Big Party|A Visit from Lena Horne | Lamont Goes African | Watts Side Story | The Infernal Triangle | Pops 'n' Pals | Home Sweet Home for The Aged | Pot Luck | The Kid | Rated X |

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