Alice's old flame, Mark Millard, re-enters her life, wanting to sweep her off her feet. He then presents her with an investment proposal that Mike senses may be too good to be true.
Tropes present in this episode:
- Con Man: Mike is suspicious that Mark Millard's investment scheme is too good to be true
checks it out and confirms his suspicions.
- Although the plot of a con artist at work had been seen in many crime dramas beforehand, such as Dragnet, the plot involving Alice unwittingly becoming a mark in Millard's scheme was perhaps one of the earliest in a situation comedy episode, and certainly one where a regular character was the potential victim.
- Old Flame: Mark Millard, Alice's boyfriend from at least two decades earlier.
- The Reliable One: Sam, who is the accidental hero when Millard realizing he's been found out and tries to flee runs into a large rack of ribs the butcher is carrying to the house, knocking him out cold. Alice, realizing Sam has her true interests at heart, then takes her butcher boyfriend back.