Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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When John Comes Marching Home 

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


Russ Petranto

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Episode cast overview:
Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford
Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
LaWanda Page ... Aunt Esther Anderson
Don Bexley ... Bubba Bexley
Nathaniel Taylor ... Rollo Larson
Marlene Clark ... Janet Lawson
James A. Watson Jr. ... John Lawson, Janet's Ex-Husband
Frank Nelson ... Waiter
Edward Crawford Edward Crawford ... Roger Lawson


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

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Release Date:

4 February 1977 (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?


Enjoying an uncredited cameo in this episode is Tamara Dobson, the 6'2" actress best remembered as the title character in the blaxploitation classic _Cleopatra Jones (1974)_. Shortly before her appearance here, she appeared alongside 'Redd Foxx' in the film Norman... Is That You? (1976). See more »


John is wearing the stripes of a Buck Sgt - but his service cap has a gold band indicating he is a commissioned officer. His awards indicate he was in a combat zone, but is not wearing his combat unit patch. He is also wearing his name tag on the wrong pocket. See more »


Fred G. Sanford: I remember your wedding, Esther. Never forget it. Three ushers were crushed trying to help give you away.
Aunt Esther Anderson: How would you know, Fred Sanford? You spent the whole night with your face over the punch bowl.
Fred G. Sanford: Yeah, and when you took your veil off, Woodrow spent the whole night with his face over the toilet bowl.
Aunt Esther Anderson: You just jealous because you didn't catch my garter.
Fred G. Sanford: Well, that's because when you threw it, it was so stretched out you lassoed the band.
Aunt Esther Anderson: Watch it, suckah.
Fred G. Sanford: And at the time, the band was ...
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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Farewell to Marlene Clark as Janet Lawson
5 December 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"When John Comes Marching Home" was the sixth and final appearance of Marlene Clark as Lamont's fiancée Janet Lawson, all set for a bridal shower given by Fred, who admits to being nervous when he married Elizabeth. How did Woody feel before marrying Esther: "nauseous!" Lamont's stag party features only Rollo to keep him company, with dependable Frank Nelson (last of six) as the smarmy waiter, who wants to know who the 'lucky man' is, shaking Rollo's hand! His advice: "do exactly what I did, don't be henpecked and be sure to marry for money!" "well if you married for money, how come you're waiting' tables?" "my wife owns the place!" Who should come knocking on Janet's door but her ex-husband John (James A. Watson Jr.), now a sergeant stationed at a nearby military base, getting a hug from son Roger (Edward Crawford, last of three). A heart to heart with Lamont brings up the reason why their relationship fell apart: "we got married!" The writers kept the relationship going for an entire year, but couldn't really break up Sanford and Son.

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