While attending an estate sale to learn about auctions for a sketch on the Alan Brady Show, Rob, Buddy and Sally accidentally bid on a painting of a clown signed by "Artanis." After winning the unwanted portrait (and paying a stiff price for it), Rob and Laura discover there is another painting underneath the clown -- one that bears a similarity to Grant Woods' "American Gothic."
Did You Know?
The woman who was a competing bidder for "the thing" was Amzie Strickland, who happened to appear in the previous episode as the nurse who was discharging Laura from the hospital after having Richie. While it wasn't unusual in classic sitcoms for there to be recurring bit players, it's unusual for them to appear in back-to-back episodes. See more
Mr. Petrie, one does not attack a painting. One approaches it as he would a woman. Is she beautiful? Does she have a heart? Does she have a soul? These are not judgments you make in an instant.
Hey, he's right. You could look at my wife for a whole year and not see ONE of those things.