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

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).

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    • Author: Phalaken
    "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.
  • 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
    Nathaniel Taylor Nathaniel Taylor - Rollo Larson
    Marlene Clark Marlene Clark - Janet Lawson
    James A. Watson Jr. James A. Watson Jr. - John Lawson, Janet's Ex-Husband
    Frank Nelson Frank Nelson - Waiter
    Edward Crawford Edward Crawford - Roger Lawson
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