Petticoat Junction (1963–1970)

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A friend of Kate's friends comes to visit to have her baby. Joe makes plans to ensure the doctor will be at the Shady Rest in time.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Kate Bradley
... Uncle Joe Carson
... Billie Jo Bradley
... Bobbie Jo Bradley
... Betty Jo Bradley (as Linda Kaye)
... Charley Pratt
... Floyd Smoot
... Elsie Barton
... Sam Drucker
... Henry Barton
... Ben Miller
... Newt Kiley
... Dr. Barton Stuart
... Grandpappy Miller
... Fred Ziffel


Henry Barton is dropping his pregnant wife Elsie Barton at the Shady Rest just in case while he needs to go away. He will be gone for three days, while the baby isn't due for another two weeks. While the women, including Elsie, aren't the least bit worried, it's the men - Henry, who doesn't want to leave her, and Uncle Joe - that are in all a panic. Uncle Joe gets in even more of a panic when he learns that most babies arrive in the middle of the night. As such, Uncle Joe devises an elaborate scheme involving most of the men of the valley to get Doc Stuart to the Shady Rest if and when Elsie does go into labor in the middle of the night. What Uncle Joe doesn't tell anyone is that he implements a trial run at 3am just to make sure the plan works. With Uncle Joe crying wolf, will the disgruntled men come to action if Elsie does truly go into labor in the middle of the night? Written by Huggo

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29 September 1964 (USA)  »

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References Green Acres (1965) See more »


Petticoat Junction
Written by Curt Massey & Paul Henning
Performed by Curt Massey
[Series theme song played during the opening titles and credits]
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