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To avoid paying taxes, Fred buys a mail-order clergy ordination and transforms his home into the Chapel on the Junkpile for the church of the Seventh-Day Junkists.

A funny line from this episode that turned out to be frightening in its foreshadowing is Fred's stating he will serve fermented Kool Aid at his church service. A little over a year after this episode aired, over 900 people died after drinking cyanide-laced Kool Aid at the People's Temple community in Jonestown, Guyana.

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    • Author: Jusari
    "The Reverend Sanford" is F.G.Sanford of the Divine Profit Church, ordained as a genuine minister for the 'divinely profitable' purpose of avoiding property taxes. Aunt Esther raises holy hell at this bit of news, but Fred has a plan: "I'm available for exorcisms, I'll take you somewhere and beat the devil out of ya!" Lamont insists that it's not legal, as a church has to be a corporation. His attorney friend Walter (Darrow Igus) vouches for the validity of the document, advising that it can still backfire. Uncle Woody (Raymond Allen, seventh of nine) is appointed treasurer, Bubba the secretary, Fred's intention to make a killing by charging for bake sales, bingo, arts and crafts, weddings and funerals. Trouble arises when 'the very wrong Reverend Sanford' is confronted by Bishop Lovelace (Sammy Shore), the mail order perpetrator who heads the Divine Profit Church, whose 50% cut means that the junkyard now officially belongs to him. At the 'Chapel in the Junkpile' we see a sermon the Bishop will never forget, requiring a blood sacrifice to appease the 'Junkists!'
  • Episode cast overview:
    Redd Foxx Redd Foxx - Fred G. Sanford
    Demond Wilson Demond Wilson - Lamont Sanford
    LaWanda Page LaWanda Page - Aunt Esther Anderson
    Don Bexley Don Bexley - Bubba Bexley
    Raymond Allen Raymond Allen - Uncle Woodrow 'Woody' Anderson
    Sammy Shore Sammy Shore - Bishop Lovelace
    Darrow Igus Darrow Igus - Walter
    Freeman King Freeman King - Officer Jim
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