Season 4 Episode 12

Fools and Their Money

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 12, 1985 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Sam thinks he's doing Woody a favor by not placing a bet for the young man, but the long shot comes in and Sam has to pay off.

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  • Woody asks Sam to place a bet with his bookie for him.

    Woody asks Sam to place a bet with his bookie for him.

    Woody gives him $1000, all his savings, to bet.

    Sam begins to have second thoughts on getting Woody into gambling and doesn't place the bet, thinking he is doing Woody a favor.

    Woody's bet would have won him $10000.

    Now Sam must break the news to Woody.

    It wasn't the greatest episode but it had it's moments.

    Like when Diane asks Sam if he can just go to the bookie and say he had every intention of placing the bet but forgot.moreless
Rhea Perlman

Rhea Perlman

Carla Lozupone Tortelli LeBec

George Wendt

George Wendt

Hilary Norman "Norm" Peterson

Ted Danson

Ted Danson

Sam "Mayday" Malone

Shelley Long

Shelley Long

Diane Chambers

John Ratzenberger

John Ratzenberger

Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr

Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson

Woodrow Tiberius "Woody" Boyd

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Paul Willson also played Gregg in "Someone Single, Someone Blue", and Tom in "Little Sister, Don't Cha".

    • Towards the end of the episode, Woody and Sam go into Sam's office. Woody is not wearing his apron before he enters. As he enters, his apron appears suddenly and disappears about two minutes into the scene.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (Diane tries to talk to Woody about the bet)
      Diane: Woody, I want to speak metaphysically.
      Woody: And you need money for the language lessons – no problem!
      Diane: Let's start again.

    • (Diane thinks she has the solution)
      Diane: Well... we know that Woody actually did pick the winning teams.
      Sam: Yeah, so?
      Diane: So, why don't you go to the...
      Sam: Bookie.
      Diane: ...bookie and tell him that you honestly intended to wager on the winning teams and see if he won't give you the money.
      Sam: That's a good idea. While I'm at it why don't I just tell him that I meant to bet on all the winning teams since 1975?
      Diane: Can you do that?
      Sam: Please!

    • (Sam wants to tell Diane that he didn't place Woody's bet)
      Sam: I'm in big, big trouble. I did something that, it felt so right – but now it, it turns out to be all wrong.
      Diane: What's her name and how many months?

    • (Sam agrees to place Woody's bet with a bookie; Woody starts to untie his shoe)
      Norm: Come on, man. Don't tell me you keep your money in your shoe.
      Woody: Boy, you guys really do think I just fell off the turnip truck. (he pulls a white cloth out of his shoe) This is where I keep the map of where the money's buried in my back yard.

    • (Frasier and Diane have been quarreling; she is speaking to her customers)
      Diane: I think Schopenhauer put it aptly when he said, "Noise is the most contemptuous of all forms of interruption."
      Frasier: The impertinent!
      Diane: Excuse me?
      Frasier: What you were trying to say was, "Noise is the most impertinent of all forms of interruption." (to her customers) She said "contemptuous". Can you believe that?
      Al: I thought I'd have a conniption!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Song: Sam and Woody sing "Home on the Range" before the rest of the bar sings along as well.

    • Coach is mentioned in this episode. When Sam takes Woody into his office, Sam sings a little something that Coach used to sing to him to help him out. It's nice to see that the late character is mentioned every now and then.

    • Though Paul Willson appeared twice before as different characters, this episode marks the first real appearance of his alter ego Paul Krapence, whose appearances would increase dramatically in size near the end of the series' run. Judging from his role in the episode, his character is long from being fleshed out into the Paul we know and love.


    • Title: Reference to the proverb "A fool and his money are soon parted."

    • Diane: I think Schopenhauer put it aptly when he said, "Noise is the most contemptuous of all forms of interruption."
      Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) was a German philosopher whose best known works were "The World as Will and Idea" and "Will in Nature". His main theme was that true reality is a blind impelling force, which appears in each individual person as will. The mutual resistance of each person's will creates struggle and the individual can't satisfy the desires of his will and therefore lives in pain. Ethics, then, arises out of sympathy for the pain of others.