Jed arranges a party to get Grannie out of her doldrums and invites the Drysdale. But when Mr. Drysdale's boss comes and wants to meet them for dinner, he wonders if he's going to be sent ... See full summary »
Jed arranges a party to get Grannie out of her doldrums and invites the Drysdale. But when Mr. Drysdale's boss comes and wants to meet them for dinner, he wonders if he's going to be sent to an Alaskan bank when his boss finds out he's been lying about Jed and his family being sophisticated. Written by
Not long before he began playing millionaire Thurston Howell on Gilligan's Island, Jim Backus had a guest starring role on this episode of the Beverly Hillbillies, as chairman of the board of the Commerce Bank--Drysdale's boss.
A filthy rich single man who had wanted a fun evening on his yacht, Marty Van Ransohoff decides instead to meet the bank's largest depositor, J.D. Clampett. Knowing only the lies he has been told by Drysdale, Van Ransohoff agrees to go to a party at the Clampetts with Jane Hathaway--all the movie stars he names are out of the country, it seems.
They arrive formally attired, and Jed greets the man, and is told his name is "Marty." But Van Ransohoff repeated it, making Jed think it is "Marty Marty." Van Ransohoff likes it, tells Jane to call him that too. He thinks this savvy businessman is in costume for a hillbilly party, and insists they get Jane and him clothing like theirs.
At one point, Marty tells Jane he loves those accents--"They must have been working on those for weeks." Jane just says, "Longer than that." He thinks it is hilarious when they are shown to the billiard room for their meal, complete with the pool cue pot passers Jed always liked to demonstrate.
They wonder where the Drysdales are. Milburn is watching with binoculars from his house, scared that when his boss sees how different the Clampetts are from what he was told, that Milburn will be transferred to a bank in "Moose Jaw, Alaska", or even north of there.
But there was no need to worry. Marty Marty and Jane had a great time, enjoyed the food--Marty didn't know the strange things they were told they were eating, really were what they were told. They had a good square dance, and left with Marty thinking Clampett was a genius for coming up with such an original idea for a party.
This episode had tons of laughs and I rather enjoyed the notion that the hillbilly millionaire and the conventional, jet-setting millionaire could get along so well together.
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