A former resident returns to Hooterville and seems to be a self-made woman. Mary Jane is a business executive who can handle any situation and seems to have a way with men.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Pat Woodell ...
Betty Jo Bradley (as Linda Kaye)
Bart Patton ...
Phil Willis
Mary Jane Hastings


Mary Jane Hastings, the President of Hastings Enterprises, she who used to live in Hooterville, is coming back to town to receive the town's Chamber of Commerce award. She is staying at the Shady Rest, convinced by Uncle Joe that she can conduct whatever business using the hotel's "latest conveniences" (i.e. a homing pigeon). Arriving early to catch up with old friends, everyone in the valley that she encounters can see that she commands attention just by her very presence, with everyone being at her beck and call. The one person unimpressed is Kate, who doesn't like what her girls have turned into trying to impress Mary Jane. The person who Kate lies the blame at the feet of is Mary Jane's assistant, Steve, who is setting the example that what Mary Jane wants, Mary Jane gets. When Kate learns why Steve takes the abuse that he does from Mary Jane - that he is in love with her - Kate tries to transform Steve from the weak-kneed ever obedient servant to the respected man in a loving ... Written by Huggo

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19 May 1964 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Shadow of boom mic visible on stairs as Mary Jane's suit case is being carried upstairs. See more »


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[Series theme song played during the opening titles and credits]
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