Green Acres (1965–1971)
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I Didn't Raise My Pig to Be a Soldier 

The draft board sends Arnold Ziffel a conscription notice without realizing he is a pig.

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Oliver and Lisa babysit spoiled pig Arnold while his "parents" are on their second honeymoon at Niagra Falls. While they're away, Arnold receives a draft notice ordering him to report for his physical. Despite all of Oliver's protests, neither the board nor the FBI wants to believe that their draftee is livestock. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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28 September 1966 (USA)  »

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The title is based on the song "I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier" by Al Bryan and Al Piantadosi, one of the few anti-war songs from World War I. See more »

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Shadow of boom-mike swinging back and forth seen on hotel room curtain when Mr. Ziffel starts to pack his suitcase. See more »

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Lisa Douglas: I think Ralph was a little sad because they wouldn't take her in the army.
Oliver Wendell Douglas: She's still got the navy and the marines, good night.
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Caught in the Draft
8 September 2007 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Classic "Green Acres" episode starts with the Ziffels leaving town to go to Niagra Falls to have a second honeymoon. While they are gone, they ask the Douglas' to look after Arnold (this is the first, kinda mangy looking Arnold). While they are gone, Arnold gets a draft notice. When he doesn't report, the government decides to get tough and Oliver gets his first legal case in Hooterville--defending Arnold (this is where he starts to become known as "the famous Hooterville pig lawyer", a phrase that would haunt him for the rest of the series).

There's a lot of funny stuff going on in this one, including a joke about the opening titles--the only time I can remember when Oliver is in on the joke and sees the titles too. This episode also is one of the very rare times you ever see Arnold on a leash--they quickly learned that as the Ziffels little boy, he would not be kept on a leash. Other than the episode where Fred and Arnold are guarding the airplane factory, the leash disappears for 20 years until it reappears in the badly written "Green Acres" reunion movie.


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