Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions
Sam Drucker: I must be seeing things. Joe Carson? (Sam looks at his watch) Uncle Joe: What are you talking about? Sam Drucker: Well, it is him. Not even 8 o'clock yet. What happened Joe, your bed break down?
This was possibly the last episode filmed for the series, as it has a "series finale" episode feel to it. It includes clips from earlier episodes, such as "The Santa Claus Special", "The Valley Has a Baby", and others.
It seems to bring closure To Petticoat Junction, plus the fact that we learn a surprising revelation about Uncle Joe, that being Floyd revealing that Uncle Joe is in fact a retired engineer and he ran the train long before himself and Charley! These things are typical of final episodes.
So it does seem as if they were going for a "series finale" just as "Leave It To Beaver" had done seven years earlier
But it seems as if CBS chose to run many of the second half of season 7 episodes out of sequence. The last one aired "Betty Jo's Busines" was actually held over from earlier on the season as it bears a 1969(MCMLXIX) copyright notice instead of 1970(MCMLXX)which "Last Train To Pixley" bears.
"Betty Jo's Business actually seems to belong right before "Kathy Jo's First birthday" as that one picks up EXACTLY where "Betty Jo's Business" leaves off!
Floyd sings the song "Steam, Cinders and Smoke". That song was written by his former co-star Smiley Burnette, who played Charley Pratt (the engineer of the Hooterville Cannonball until the actor passed away)
Includes clips from "The Valley Has A Baby" (which featured Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor), "The Santa Claus Special" and "The Rise and Fall of a Tycoon"
Reportedly, this episode was originally scripted with the intention to have Wendell Gibbs retiring from running the Cannonball, with Floyd Smoot returning to replace his replacement at the end. But Byron Foulger's health had declined to the point he couldn't return for even a goodbye, and Rufe Davis replaced him offscreen in a previous show (only to then retire here, and replace himself!)
While Parley Baer is credited as Mr. Bellingham, his last name is pronounced Billingham on the episode.
Steve mentions Uncle Joe crashing the Cannonball into the Pixley depot. That happened on the 4th season episode "The Rise and Fall of a Tycoon"
The title of this episode most likely is a play on the title of The Monkees song "Last Train to Clarksville".