"Tooth or Consequences"
Season Two, Episode ##5
Number (#19) in series (136 episodes)
Air date October 13, 1972
Network NBC-TV
Production code 209
Written by Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell
Directed by Jack Shea
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Tooth or Consequences was the nineteenth episode of Sanford and Son. Also the fifth episode of the series' second season, it premiered October 13, 1972.


Rather than shell out good money at the dentist's office, Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) tries hypnosis and then a homespun remedy, an "asiphicity" bag that stinks up the living room, to cure a toothache. When this inevitably fails, Insistent Lamont (Demond Wilson) orders Fred to pay a visit to a free dental clinic. But even here, Fred refuses to plant himself in the chair unless he is taken care of by a white dentist; he even goes as far as saying "A brother (black man) is fine for a drinking buddy, but I want a white dentist for my tooth! White dentist, please!" The black dentist he rejects then sends in a white dentist (Hal England), who is actually an inexperienced young intern. Turns out that the dentist Fred refuses, Dr. Rogers, who's the head of oral surgery at the clinic (Sid McCoy), is the one who he wanted to see anyway!

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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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