Despite attempts by his friends to spread Christmas cheer, Fred becomes a miserable scrooge. After snarling at Lamont, Esther, Bubba and everyone else, Fred has a nightmare that Lamont is the "Spirit of Christmas Past."
Fred sees the beginning of the end of his junk business when Lamont takes a salesman job in a men's clothing store. But, like the good father he is, Fred goes to the store to "help" his "ungrateful" son. Pat Morita guest stars.
Lamont may be in for a fight when he tries to change Fred's bigoted attitude toward other minorities. He finally leaves home after Fred refuses to allow a sensitivity group to meet at the Sanford home.
Grady's cousin Emma gets an invitation to lodge at the Sanford home, triggering a plot to get her out. Though Lamont disapproves, Grady invites Emma to stay because she offers to cook and do other domestic chores.
Determined to get Lamont to the altar, his latest girl Judy schemes to gain the support of his godfather Grady by making advances toward him. What she's unprepared for, however, is that Grady takes the advances seriously.
Esther kicks Woodrow out of their house and, much to Grady's distress, Lamont gives his uncle permission to move in with them. To get Woodrow out of the Sanford house, Grady convinces him that he should "wear the pants in the family."
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Grady gets involved in a case of mistaken identity with the amorous Betty Hairston who thinks she's engaged to him. Minding the house and business for Fred, Grady is confronted by Betty who claims that one Fred Sanford asked her to marry him.
The affections of a young lady become very painful for Lamont -- he gets punched in the nose by a "big" rival. To help get his revenge, Lamont gives his all to karate lessons.
Lamont and Rollo plan a romantic evening with two girls -- without Fred. Fred wants to help entertain the girls with lots of his onion stew and Ripple, but Lamont and Rollo insist the girls will prefer a French wine, chips and dips. The resulting clash is more than gastronomical.
Lamont checks Fred into the hospital for tests to see why he has four or five heart attacks every day. To gain compassion from Lamont, Fred switches charts with his ailing roommate, who, unbeknownst to Fred, is scheduled for surgery.
Fred gets into a dispute with his neighbor Julio over the boundary dividing their properties. Lamont nags Fred to forget the whole matter but Fred doesn't let up until he hires a surveyor to settle the issue and determine the legal property line.
Lamont gets a traffic ticket that he feels he does not deserve, and Fred maneuvers himself into a position to be his son's lawyer, leaving Lamont in jeopardy.
Disgusted at Aunt Esther's endless rehashing of a friend's funeral, Fred and his cronies, Grady, Leroy and Skillet and Bubba, plan a cheer?up party. The party, with the help of "left-out" Lamont, gets underway early and ends with a big surprise.
A question arises as to whether Fred is really Lamont's father. Big Money Grip tells Grady that he is Lamont's father. Grady breaks the news to Fred and Fred consults his deceased wife's sister Esther.
Always trying to make a buck, Fred talks Lamont into letting Grady become a "paying" boarder in their home. But it looks like Fred is the one paying the price. Three adult bachelors sharing two bedrooms, one bathroom and one refrigerator can only add up to havoc.
Sanford And Son clip - starring Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson.
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