Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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The Engagement 

Fred and Donna are to be married on Sunday, but Lamont plots to put them asunder before the Lord joins them together by inviting to the wedding his Aunt Esther and the rest of Fred's irascible in-laws.


Jack Shea


James R. Stein, Bob Illes (as Robert Illes) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford
Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Lynn Hamilton ... Donna Harris
LaWanda Page ... Aunt Esther Anderson
Nathaniel Taylor ... Rollo Larson
Esther Sutherland Esther Sutherland ... Aunt Minnie
Dorothy Meyer Dorothy Meyer ... Aunt Flossie
Alvin Childress Alvin Childress ... Reverend Trimble
DeForest Covan ... Woodrow 'Woody' Anderson
Mel Bryant Mel Bryant ... Uncle Jake
Bobby Johnson Bobby Johnson ... Uncle Edgar


Fred and Donna are to be married on Sunday, but Lamont plots to put them asunder before the Lord joins them together by inviting to the wedding his Aunt Esther and the rest of Fred's irascible in-laws.

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Release Date:

9 November 1973 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the late DeForest Covan only appearance as Woodrow 'Woody' Anderson. The character of 'Woody' was then portrayed only by Raymond Allen from then on. See more »


In the opening Donna says Osgood Perkins asked her to marry him. She mentions that she brought him to the house once (he was a patient), but in a previous episode his name was Osgood Wilcox. See more »


Lamont Sanford: [Lamont and Rollo are looking for dates, Rollo flipping through his little black book] Hey, man, what about Dimples and Leigh?
Rollo Larson: Dimples and Leigh? The gruesome twosome? You is a fool. We ain't that hard up... Hey, I wonder if I still got their numbers.
Lamont Sanford: Look under DT for "desperation time."
Rollo Larson: No, here it is, under LR for "last resort."
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References Deep Throat (1972) See more »


My Blue Heaven
Written by Walter Donaldson (music) and George Whiting (lyrics)
Performed by Redd Foxx
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The Barracuda's last stand
11 December 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Engagement" was the last episode in which Donna is referred to as 'The Barracuda,' and pretty much the last stand so far as trying to get Fred to marry her (one more minor effort in "Donna Pops the Question"). Much to Lamont's consternation, his father has finally given in and agreed to the wedding. Rollo advises caution as fools rush in where wise men fear to tread: "wise men never fall in love, so how are they to know?" With the special Sunday just two days away Lamont figures the thing to do is invite every uninvited member of the family, starting with the intimidating 'ugly Esther' (only the fourth episode for La Wanda Page). Fred is familiar with her side of the family, none of whom ever accepted him as the husband of their precious Elizabeth: "Woody the wino...Minnie the moocher and Jake the jackass?" "they're not gonna be here that long" "that's what the Indians said when they first saw the white man comin'!" Uncle Woody, Esther's husband, is played for the one and only time by DeForest Covan (his next 9 episodes by Raymond Allen), while Dorothy Meyer made one return appearance as Aunt Flossie in "Aunt Esther and Uncle Woodrow Pfftt..." Television pioneer Alvin Childress returns as Reverend Trimble (from "Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bride"), remembered for his starring as cab driving Amos Jones on the 50s TV version of AMOS 'N' ANDY.

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