On last night’s episode of “Catch a Contractor,” former contractor and now comedian Adam Carolla and his friends, licensed home-improvement contractor Skip Bedell and his beautiful private investigator wife, Alison are going after the worst contractors in America. On this episode titled “Wall of Shame,” Adam, Skip and Alison and their teams are on the job to hunt down the dirty crooks that screw over innocent people, and hopefully, force them to complete the jobs they left unfinished. If they cannot find these people, they will finish the job and help the family take legal action against these creeps.
The disclaimer that flashed across the screen stated that the following took place over 39 days. A team of 44 people, including private investigators, assembled in an attempt to take down a dishonest contractor and help the people who were wronged. The production crew met with Adam and Skip to give them the lowdown on the entire situation.
Adam and Skip met with the production team who advised them about Akilah, a single mother, her boyfriend Alonzo and her teenage daughter Nailah. They wanted the contractor to open up some walls, add a bathroom and personalize their space. Alonzo referred the guy who seemed very caring and well-meaning. But having moved from their apartment, they had no choice but to move in. Nailah has allergies that affect her breathing and her health has been severely affected. The contractor’s bid was $15,000 to knock down walls, add a bathroom, closet and flooring. Unfortunately, she paid him the entire amount. She also spent $2,000 on a hotel, extra materials he required and she had to go on lumber runs to get more materials for him.
When they went inside and saw the mess Lamont left, they were appalled. In the bathroom, he did a horrible job and put no waterproofing behind the walls. Adam said that one good fart could knock the walls down. On the sixth day, they set up the sting and Lamont arrived before they were all ready, so Alison’s associate called him to verify if he was coming the next day, and he most certainly was. The next day, he arrived and told them he offered to do the job for free. This statement exasperated the family who was listening in another room. He stated that he made only $225 on the job and was asked to leave when he did not finish the job in the time promised.
When Adam gave him the three options; give the money back, return and complete the job as Adam and Skip supervise, or they will help the family take him to court. He chose option three because he did not want to be supervised by anyone. Then he agreed to return.
On the tenth day, he could not wait to return and prove that Adam and Skip were wrong. But he had no leg to stand on, the work spoke for itself. Skip asked him if he was a licensed plumber and he was not. There was not going to be an inspection. Skip pulled the floor up and there was no glue to hold it down. Lamont stated he only glued part of it. Then the family walked in and gave him a piece of their minds.
When the family was sent away to stay until the work was completed, Skip found mold under the floor and then the leaky plumbing Lamont did that was causing mold to accumulate in the daughter’s room; no wonder she was so sick. Lamont then admitted that he was lying the entire time, as the family stated. Skip would not let anyone back in the house because of the mold. He knew it was a dangerous place for anyone and had to have specialists to come in and take care of the mold. Suddenly, Lamont started crying and was deeply saddened that the job he did was so bad that people could get sick and possibly die. Two weeks later, the mold that was determined to be the worst, black mold was completely removed and construction was able to continue.
On day 26, the construction resumed and when completed, the family returned to their new and much improved home. The looks on their faces was tribute to the amazing job they did. The floor was lovely and the bathroom was so beautiful, it could never be compared to the mess it was when the guys arrived on this episode of “Catch a Contractor.” Since the show aired, Nailah’s respiratory health has dramatically improved and Lamont has officially retired from construction.