The Verbal Smackdowns of Fred Sanford
I’m working on a new blog post–I swear–but in the meantime I thought I would provide some chuckles by posting some of the best lines ever uttered by Fred Sanford on the sitcom Sanford and Son. When he wasn’t calling his son Lamont a “big dummy”, most of his venomous zingers were aimed at his sister-in-law Esther’s looks, and downright funny. There are 50 ways to call someone ugly, and Fred Sanford knew every one of them!
Fred Sanford: I brought you somethin’ too, Esther.
Aunt Esther: Why, that’s nothing but a clear piece of plastic.
Fred Sanford: No, it ain’t. Put it up to your face. That’s your Hallowe’en mask.
Aunt Esther: Fred Sanford why is it every time I come over to your house you call me ugly?
Fred Sanford: Because I’m not the type to lie.
Aunt Esther: Woodrow and I are going to have a baby.
Fred Sanford: Well somebody better call the zoo.
Aunt Esther: I cant believe it, you with a mop in your hand? Its about time you faced up to this mess.
Fred Sanford: Speaking of facing up to this mess, who messed up this face?
Fred Sanford: Who is it?
Aunt Esther: It’s Esther!
Fred Sanford: Esther who?
Aunt Esther: You know Esther who! Open this door fool!
Fred Sanford: I can’t open the door!
Aunt Esther: Why not?
Fred Sanford: You too ugly!
Fred Sanford: Polly-Esther – that’s you. Half woman, half parrot!
Fred Sanford: Goodbye, dear
Aunt Esther: Oh, you called me dear.
Fred Sanford: Why shouldn’t I call you DEER? You look like Bambi’s father!
Fred Sanford: Listen, Esther. In the first place, you can’t enter that contest because you’re not eligible. See one of the things you have to be is a part of a certain race.
Woody Anderson: What race?
Fred Sanford: Human!
Aunt Esther: Who you calling ugly, sucker?
Fred Sanford: I’m calling you ugly, I could push your face in some dough and make gorilla cookies.
Aunt Esther: Fred Sanford, you just a messy fool.
Fred Sanford: And you just a sessy pool.
Aunt Esther: Today is my lucky day.
Fred Sanford: Why? Did you look at yourself in the mirror and it didn’t break?
Fred Sanford: [to Aunt Esther] I warn you, woman, vengeance is among me! And ugly is among you.
Aunt Esther: My body was blessed by Mother Nature, honey.
Fred Sanford: And as you got older, it was cursed by Father Time.
Fred Sanford: Ester what are you doing here?
Aunt Esther: What do you mean what am I doing here?
Fred Sanford: Well Wolfwoman don’t come out till there’s a full moon.
Aunt Esther: “ohhh glory!”
Fred Sanford: “ohhh ugly!”
Fred Sanford: All you got to do is enlist Esther in the Navy. And that way, you can have her face buried at sea!
Lamont Sanford: She’s (Aunt Esther’s) gonna be competing with her own peers.
Fred Sanford: Her Peers?
Lamont Sanford: Yes.
Fred Sanford: You mean Godzilla is in the contest?
Fred Sanford (to Esther): If you have to take your clothes off, that’s criminal.
Fred Sanford (to Esther when she’s about to adopt a child): He will like you, Esther. All children love animals.