This scene occurs at the second of two dinner parties on a particular night and hairdresser George is sleeping with everyone woman in his sights. He’s “officially” dating Jill (Goldie, a former flame of Jackie (Julie, who is also Lester’s mistress) and having an affair with Grant's Felicia (who is Lester’s wife). That’s just the backstory.
Jack Warden has two Oscar nominations, both of them in the supporting category for Warren Beatty flicks (this and Heaven Can Wait) and with all the women and Warren’s excellent work he’s something of a liability when it comes to being forgotten. But, then I rewatch Shampoo and remember how excellent a comedic turn it is. Back in the seventies I’d assume all the bare assess was something quite scandalous. After the second, wilder, party is winding and Lester has lost, and found, his pants he happens upon this (random?) scene.
Lester: “Now that’s what I call fucking.”
Hilarious, of course, and a perfectly line reading from Warden….but, that’s not even the punch line.
Lester: “Am I right, or am I right?”
Foiled, by the light of a refrigerator…of all things. There’s his business partner to be and his girlfriend. Now, that’s an image to be left seared in your brain.
Shampoo is something excellent, though, right?