It's putting the match to the powder keg when rough and tumble Fred and Lamont are engaged to remove a piano from the lavish Beverly Hills apartment of a cultured antiques collector.



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Fred and Lamont accept an offer from a rich high-society socialite to move his piano out of his apartment. Lamont is dedicated to the getting the job done, but Fred spends most of his time snooping around the man's apartment and making wisecracks about the possibility that he might be a homosexual. The man, who keeps walking in and out of the apartment, takes pity on Fred who, from his point of view seems to be doing all the work. Finally, when the piano becomes wedged in the front door, Lamont gets fed up with the man's negative attitude and decides to leave it there. Written by Jerry Roberts

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14 April 1972 (USA)  »

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This story is based on the Steptoe and Son (1962) episode titled "The Piano". See more »


Lamont Sanford: What war were you ever in?
Fred G. Sanford: World War II. I never got over it. Staggering, staggering under that 40-pound pack.
Lamont Sanford: Now you know you never left Fort Dix, New Jersey, and the only pack that made you stagger was a six-pack!
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References The Thief of Bagdad (1940) See more »

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Witnessed the taping
4 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was present at the taping of this episode as part of a trip from the Telecommunications Department, San Diego City College, to NBC studios for a tour and the show. Our group was lucky to part of the last episode of the 1st season. It has become a classic and a nice change from the normal junk yard setting. Lester was amazing as the pianos owner, and the Sanford's particularly in sync. The writing is sharp. It was a joy to have witnessed in person. Seeing the finished product, even years later, buoyed my utmost respect for Redd Foxx. He told a filthy joke to warm up the crowd that I still tell. I will not repeat it here, but it has to do with the quickest way to kill someone.

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