Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Lamont Sanford (Demond Wilson) once again hatches a get-rich-quick scheme. This time, he purchases two coffins from a bankrupt undertaker, intending to parlay these items into a profitable funeral-supply business. Alas, Lamont's father, Fred (Redd Foxx), is incredibly superstitious, and is so unnerved by the presence of the coffins that he ends up sleeping in the back of his truck. This leaves Lamont all alone in the bedroom -- and before long, his imagination begins to run riot. Redd Foxx's former vaudeville partner Slappy White makes the first of several appearances in the role of Melvin. Based on "The Wooden Overcoats," a 1964 episode of the British sitcom Steptoe and Son, "Coffins for Sale" first aired on March 10, 1972.