The Clampetts spend Thanksgiving in Hooterville.

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The Clampetts spend Thanksgiving in Hooterville.

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27 November 1968 (USA)  »

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The only instance where the characters of all three Paul Henning TV series set in the same universe come together. See more »

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Three-series crossover episode with mixed results
4 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Clampetts visit Hooterville for a special Thanksgiving episode. Granny, who went by herself in two earlier episodes, wants to check up on Betty Jo's newborn baby (Linda Henning and Mike Minor were married in real life and on the show), She also wants to continue her romantic dalliance with Sam Drucker.

Jethro dresses up like a big shot Hollywood producer and tries to convince the lovely Billie Jo (Meredith MacRae) and Bobbie Jo (Lori Saunders) that he can make them movie stars. They naively fall for his phony showbiz blather.

Elly May wears a stunning, shimmering evening gown and long gloves and really does look like a glamorous old school movie star. Eb Dawson (the only Green Acres cast member who has dialog) appears smitten with her -- this is developed in later crossovers to come.

Too bad there is next to no interaction with the other cast members at the Shady Rest Hotel. The big Thanksgiving dinner finale with the cast of all three shows seated together is a bit of a letdown. While Jed says grace, we catch a quick silent glimpse of June Lockhart, Eddie Albert, and Eva Gabor -- and that's it. These look like pre-filmed insert shots. These actors were either not available or were left out to save money. Anyone expecting to see these characters mixing it up with the Clampetts will be disappointed with this bait and switch editing trick. A great idea but the payoff is pretty weak and unsatisfying in the end.

The next episode, "The Courtship of Homer Noodleman" picks up where this leaves off and has bits with Sam Drucker and Eb. And there are plenty more crossovers to come.


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