Uncle Joe's latest rant against Orrin is enough for Orrin to make the decision to leave Bobbie Jo and the valley for good, which devastates Bobbie Jo. Among the family heirlooms that Orrin ... See full summary »

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Uncle Joe's latest rant against Orrin is enough for Orrin to make the decision to leave Bobbie Jo and the valley for good, which devastates Bobbie Jo. Among the family heirlooms that Orrin gives to the Bradley family as farewell gifts, Janet finds a document - a deed - which makes Orrin the owner of the entire valley. With explanations from Mayor Potts and Sam, Uncle Joe has a new appreciation of Orrin who can control what happens in the valley. It takes some time for Orrin to get accustomed to his new-found status of king of the valley - with Bobbie Jo as his potential queen - but he ultimately lets it go to his head. Further news from Janet about the deed and resulting advice from her makes Orrin take some action which could again change Uncle Joe's perception of Orrin for good. Written by Huggo

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Petticoat Junction
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Written by Curt Massey & Paul Henning
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Landowners are considered "Royalty" in Hooterville
14 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Uncle Joe and Janet return home late one night. Thus, Joe is getting himself a snack when Bobbie Jo and Orrin return a few minutes later from a date. Although they have been dating most of a year (this last season) Orrin only wants to shake hands with Bobbie Jo on saying goodnight, before she invites him inside for a snack. On encountering Joe, the curmudgeon gets mad when he hears again that Orrin's Jeep broke down (which we don't know to be true or not) and orders him out of the hotel and to stop dating his niece.

The next morning, Orrin shows up, ready to give away mementos as he plans to move away, since Uncle Joe will never approve of his dating Bobbie Jo. Accidentally, a paper falls out of his family Bible that turns out to be a deed to his ancestor, giving him title to the entire Hooterville Valley (since Orrin is the last in his family).

Without Orrin making any demands, everyone starts treating him like royalty, even calling him "King." (I never knew landowners in this country were "kings." Really?) Uncle Joe acts like some sort of butler for Orrin, who apparently has no desire to take possession of anyone's land or to make money on it somehow, but just likes being treated so well.

(Spoiler coming) Then Janet returns from a trip to the county seat and reports that she has learned that the deed was granted during the Civil War, when Hooterville was in the Confederacy. Somehow, this means that Orrin's ancestor was not the proper owner, so Orrin isn't either. She concocts a way for Orrin to get on Uncle Joe's good side by tearing up the deed as though he is giving everything back, and promises to keep it a secret between the two of them.

Aside from there being few laughs—a couple of chuckles is about it, the plot is somewhat of a ripoff from an early Andy Griffith Show where one of the townsfolk had a bond issued during the Civil War. Only instead of being bought with Confederate money, here this deed seems to have been properly issued to someone and it makes no sense that land purchased during the war did not properly belong to Orrin's relative—and thus to Orrin. It would have made more sense to learn that after acquiring the land, Orrin's ancestor sold it to several people and that the deed simply was useless at present—which would explain all the people with titles to their land today.

Uncle Joe's rant made no sense to me. Since the Jeep did break down often, did Joe not believe Orrin? Bobbie Jo wasn't even asked if the Jeep broke down. Does he not trust her to tell him the truth? They are both clearly well-past 21, so why can't she come home late? I never got the whole Uncle-Joe-hates-Orrin season-long storyline. He never seemed to be against Steve dating any of his nieces a couple of years ago: Suddenly he's super-protective of one of them.

Another weak episode from the season that shouldn't have been. Out of good ideas, most of this final season was not worth watching. A 3 might be a generous score.


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