One of a series of six "Big Man" episodes. Jack Clementi, reading the newspaper, learns that there is an imitation of the precious Etruscan goldsmith’s masterpiece ‘The laughing girl’. The article says that the piece belongs to the Houston Museum to which the deceased Texan billionaire and collector Jim Carlson donated it. But Jack knows that the precious statuette belongs to the feudal lords of Roccaferro who have kept it for two hundred years in the castles museum, with an insurance guaranty from Lloyd’s for 800,000 sterling pounds. Clementi starts the investigation and discovers that the prince of Roccaferro is full of debts . .
Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay Asleep", "No Imagination", "Submit to Authority".
Ford plays an American doctor whose wife suddenly vanishes in Paris. To find her, he navigates a puzzling web of language, locale, laissez-faire cops, triplicate-form filling bureaucrats and a defiant, mysterious waif who knows more than she tells.
After thirty years in the big corporation, Ugo Fantozzi retires. Suddenly, he needs things to do in everyday life and he tries a number of activities: helping Pina shopping; babysitting grand-daughter Uga; a trip to Venice; learning golf.