At first, Fred's main foil on the show is his sister-in-law and Lamont's aunt, Ethel (Beah Richards). Ethel's involvement in the Sanford family squabbles lasts only until midway through the second season, whereupon she is replaced with her more tart-tongued sister, Esther (LaWanda Page). Fred and Esther's relationship as in-laws goes on to become a major part of the series's legend, as Fred loves to regularly put Esther down with a passion. Esther's disdain for Fred goes back to when he and Elizabeth were dating; she disapproved of Fred marrying her sister. He often contorts his face upon Esther's entrance and makes disparaging remarks to her, comparing her with King Kong and Godzilla and using colorful metaphors to describe her.
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