A business man comes across a Chinese
Laundry mat which offers to "wash away" the guilt of their
Carl Gropper is a business man whose
guilty conscience always seems to prevent him from making
better business decisions. Not to long ago, he had heard his
friend Sam Larchmont mention something about a Laundry
service which promises to "wash away sins" and flush out all
guilty feelings. Of course, Carl was intrigued and decided
to drop by this laundry service to see if his business
practice could be improved.
After ringing the bell at the front desk, Mr. Chow Ting
appears from the back room saying something about how a
woman just won the lottery on television. Carl introduces
himself and tells Mr. Ting that his friend Sam Larchmount
had sent him, and he would like "The Special Service".
Mr. Ting tells him that the special service is very
expensive and payment must be prompt in cash.
Carl is handed a list of prices for all garments including
raincoats, ties, shirts, all within a triple digit price
range. Carl promptly agrees and Mr. Ting asks to see his
"financial statement" and laundry. Mr. Ting informs him that
his laundry will be picked up and delivered on an on going
basis but he MUST follow the rules:
rule 1: Never ask how it works
rule 2: Never return and never telephone
rule 3: Be very discrete
rule 3 is very important, in fact Mr. Ting is surprised his
loyal customer Sam referred Carl to him. Mr. Ting then
reassures Carl with his motto "at Chow Ting's Laundry,
everything comes out in the Wash".
Over the next several weeks Carl's business does better than
ever, his guilty conscience seems to have been completely
wiped clean. Carl even carries his new found aggressive
attitude over to his family life, as he now has little
remorse for anything. Carl then receives a phone call from
his friend Sam, who tells him that he shouldn't have gone to
the laundry and that he was drunk when he mentioned it to
him. Carl reassures him that everything is fine and that
business is better than ever.
Chow Ting contacts Carl awhile later to inform him that his
prices have now doubled because of labor costs. Carl becomes
furious at this but has grown dependant on Mr. Ting's
Laundry and can't afford to loose his services.
Then one day soon after, Carl notices some of his clothes
are missing and his laundry hasn't been picked up in days.
Despite the rules he was given by Mr. Ting, Carl decides to
call him anyway and ends up getting his answering machine.
Days go by and his guilt really starts to catch up with him.
He receives a phone call from his friend Sam, who is
practically sobbing on the other end. Sam tells him that he
blew it by calling Mr. Ting, and that his laundry hasn't
been picked up in days either. Carl then comes to the
conclusion that Mr. Ting wants his soul in exchange for his
laundry services. He tries to call him back but again, only
gets through to the answering machine. Carl's secretary then
informs him that Sam had committed suicide by jumping from
the 86th floor of his building, leaving only a "laundry
list" as the suicide note. Finally, Chow Ting calls Carl
with news that he had won the lottery and that he is no
longer in the laundry business. After weeks of relying on
his service, Carl decides he can't live without it and jumps
to his death from the window of his office.
Comments: Another classic episode, great
Notes: - In the
end credits of this episode, Vince Edward's character "Carl
Gropper" is listed as being "Henry Gropper".