Mr. Drysdale is having a ground-breaking ceremony for a new bank building and the Clampetts think they need to pitch in to help build it. Meanwhile Mr. Drysdale's associates try to get stock market tips off of Jed.

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Mr. Drysdale is having a ground-breaking ceremony for a new bank building and the Clampetts think they need to pitch in to help build it. Meanwhile Mr. Drysdale's associates try to get stock market tips off of Jed.

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8 April 1964 (USA)  »

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implausible, but quite funny
19 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode finds Jed invited to the ceremonies marking the ground-breaking for the new Commerce Bank of Beverly Hills. Drysdale is hosting a catered party in his office for bigwigs, including two rich men eager to meet J.D. Clampett because they think he is a financial genius on Wall Street.

Dressed in a fine outfit Mr. Drysdale sent over, Jed shows up. Things he says to people keep getting misinterpreted by the men who think he's giving stock advice. For example, the guy trading in wheat futures, asks what would happen if he bought a lot of wheat. Jed says, "I'd say, he'd make a lot of bread." Of course, he meant real bread, they think he's using the slang expression used by beatniks for money.

When Drysdale tells Jed how he's helping to build the new bank, meaning with his money, Jed thinks he means Drysdale's expecting him to physically build it. He goes home, brings the whole family to a "bank raising" thinking it's like a barn raising back home.

At the ceremonies, the Clampetts stay away from the crowds, waiting for the speeches to be over so they can get to work. Then they are shocked to see everyone leaving after just three shovels are scooped out with the golden shovel.

So, the family works overnight and erects a new bank for Mr. Drysdale--about the size of a backyard shed, with the wood that was on the site. Drysdale and Hathaway are stunned to see what happened when they show up the next morning. Jed finishes the show by suggesting Drysdale get some bricks and concrete and build a better structure when he can.

I know the part about them building a tiny bank in the site of the large old one is implausible. But that was only the finish. There were some great lines in the show, particularly when the stock traders overhear some of what Jed says and misunderstand what he's talking about. They call their broker to corner the "crawdad market." I also laughed at Jed's response to the radio announcer (the ubiquitous Bill Baldwin) at the ceremonies when he held out his microphone and asked Mr. Clampett for "a word." Jed said, "Howdy." Baldwin: "Is that all you have to say?" Jed" "That's about all I can get into one word." With most Hillbillies episodes, there's part of the plot that stretches belief a bit, or more. As long as most of the episode makes sense, the show can still be funny. I thought this one, and the follow-up episode with the two men still believing Jed is a financial wizard, were among the best this great series has to offer.


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