Lamont is excited when he buys a possibly authentic Hepplewhite commode from a woman in Beverly Hills for $20, and intends to sell it for a huge profit. Yet, a problem arises the next day when her husband Mr. Osbourne drops by accusing Lamont of taking advantage of her. Osbourne reluctantly buys the piece back from him for $200, making Lamont think that the piece is extremely valuable. The next day another customer drops by, an antiques dealer who is dazzled by the commode and offers Lamont $900 if he can buy it back from Osbourne. Lamont and Fred get into a heated argument over the ethics of the deal, but greedy Lamont won't listen. He buys the piece back from Osbourne, but discovers that the antiques dealer cannot be located. Meanwhile, Fred does his own investigation and finds that the commode is worthless and that the two men are con artists who have worked together to bilk Lamont out of $300. Lamont has egg on his face, while Fred informs him that that: "You been had, bad!"
Did You Know?
A couple of possibly unfamiliar references include (1) Mr. Osborne's threat to contact Ralph Nader
. Nader was an aggressive consumer activist who later became a political activist, running unsuccessfully for the presidency in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. (2) Fred refers to Tito wearing knickers while hunting. Josip Broz Tito (1892-1980) was Yugoslavia's Communist ruler from 1943 to 1980. See more
Fred say he celebrated his landing a job with the WPA in 1934 by purchasing his first indoor toilet. But the Works Progress Administration was not created until May 1935. See more
Fred G. Sanford
I hate to see you take advantage of people. This is Sanford and Son, not Shakedown and Son.
References The Wizard of Oz