"The Copper Caper"
Season One, Episode ##4
Number (#4) in series (136 episodes)
Air date February 4, 1972
Network NBC-TV
Production code 104
Guest stars: Clancy Cooper
Hal Williams
Noam Pitlik
Leonard Stone
Written by: Aaron Ruben
Directed by: Bud Yorkin
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The Copper Caper was the fourth episode of Sanford and Son. It premiered February 4, 1972.


Fred's friend Kelly (played by Clancy Cooper), turns Fred and Lamont onto a sweet deal involving some copper that a contact, named Otto (Leonard Stone), is trying to get rid of because he claims his church is being torn down to put up a parking lot. Fred is skeptical of the deal, but Lamont insists to him that he knows what he is doing. Fred and Lamont are instructed by Otto, the contact, to wait at a diner for the man to show up to close the deal for the copper. After doing so, they return home where, Officers Smitty (Hal Williams) and Swanny pay them a visit and warn them about a copper thief that is working in the area. Panicked, Fred and Lamont drive their newly acquired load of copper down to the ocean and dump it. Returning home, they discover that all of their plumbing has been stolen, and that the copper dealer sold them their own copper which he pulled out while they were waiting for him at the diner!!!! Forced to reinstall all of the plumbing themselves, the episode ends with Lamont asking Fred to check the kitchen faucet valve to see if the water is running, and Fred angrily answering back, Yeah, It's running, you big dummy!!!, after water streams up through a leak in the living room!!!!

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Sanford and Son: Season 1
Crossed Swords | Happy Birthday, Pop | Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bride | The Copper Caper | A Matter of Life and Breath | We Were Robbed | A Pad for Lamont | The Great Sanford Siege | Coffins for Sale | The Barracuda | TV or Not TV | The Suitcase Case | The Return of The Barracuda | The Piano Movers