On last night’s episode of “Catch a Contractor,” comedian Adam Carolla and his friends, licensed home-improvement contractor Skip Bedell and his private investigator wife, Alison are going after the worst contractors in America on this episode titled “Run for the Border.” Before Adam became famous for his comedy and other endeavors, he was a contractor, so it is not much of a stretch for him. Now, the team is on the job to hunt down the scumbags who screw over innocent people, and 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 swindlers.
Adam and Skip went to meet with the McKenzie family who have outgrown their house and needed a second story with more bedrooms for their three boys. Their crappy contractor never finished the job, left them with an unfinished roof, and two incomplete rooms, and the patio is a construction site. After fourteen months, the “four month” job is long overdue. He also took off with $96,000 of the $100,000 bid. Skip was very angry when he saw the horrible job that was a disaster waiting to happen. The couple told the guys that the contractor may be in Mexico. Alison went on the job with her private investigator Vivian and found the guy. They set up the sting as Alex and Marcy got to watch on closed circuit television.
When Carlos came to the sting house, they were all waiting for him. When Adam and Skip confronted him they could not keep track of the lies. Carlos said that he threw in several freebies and he ran out of money. Adam gave him the three choices; give back the money, come back and do the job under Adam & Skip’s supervision or choice three, they will help them take him to court. Carlos chose to return and finish the job, but his air of arrogance made the guys wonder if he would show up the next day.
The next day, it was clear that Carlos was a no-show. So Alison was put back on the case. Adam explained that the homeowners could pull the bond, and if approved, they would receive $12,500, it is something, but that is a drop in the bucket compared to the $96,000 Carlos received.
The family then met Tom Turner, a good contractor that they met in season one of the show. They thought he was a bad contractor, but he turned out to be a good guy in the episode titled, “Fooled by the Floyds.” Tom was as pissed off as the guys when he saw the horrible job Carlos did.
When Alison found him, he was inside a house, the guys had a bullhorn but after they were blue in the face, they left to help finish the McKenzie job. When Alison spotted him again, Skip left with the producer and cameraman to confront him once again. Skip caught up with him, but the arrogant creep had no plan to finish the job. He contradicted himself with every word and refused to return and at least apologize to the family.
The state licensing board members were at the McKenzie house to examine the information. They may be proceeding with criminal charges against Carlos. When the family returned, they loved the completed job. The new bedrooms were furnished and the boys were thrilled. The home is now a home again, but Carlos continues to deny any wrongdoing, but the family is proceeding with taking him to court.
Thanks to Adam, Skip and Alison and also Tom Turner there is one more happy family because of the hard work on “Catch a Contractor.”