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"When John Comes Marching Home"
Season Six, Episode ##18
Number (#129) in series (136 episodes)
Air date February 4, 1977
Network NBC-TV
Production code 615
Written by Larry Mintz and Alan Eisenstock
Directed by Russ Petranto
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When John Comes Marching Home was the 129th overall episode of Sanford and Son. Also the 18th episode of Season Six, it first aired on NBC-TV on February 4, 1977.

Episode synopsisEdit

Lamont's engagement to Janet is jeopardized by the unexpected return of her ex-husband John.

Episode summaryEdit

Having already announced their engagement, Lamont and Janet (Marlene Clark) eagerly make plans for their wedding. Then, out of nowhere, Janet's ex-husband John appears. From all outward appearances, John wants to kiss and make up with Janet -- but it turns out that he may have a hidden agenda.

Note: James A. Watson appears as US Army Sgt. John Lawson. Frank Nelson makes his final guest appearance as a waiter. Tamara Dobson appears in an uncredited role as Charlene "Charlie" Phillips.


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Sanford and Son: Season 6
The Hawaiian Connection - Part I | The Hawaiian Connection - Part II | California Crude | The Stakeout | I Dream of Choo-Choo Rabinowitz | The Winning Ticket | Committee Man | Fred's Extra Job | Carol | Aunt Esther Has a Baby | Here Today, Gone Today | Aunt Esther Meets Her Son | Sanford and Gong | Fred Meets Redd | Chinese Torture | A Matter of Silence | When John Comes Marching Home | The Reverend Sanford | The Will | Fred the Activist | The Lucky Streak | Funny, You Don't Look It | Fred Sings The Blues | School Daze

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