Carter Country

Season 1 Episode 17

Ballots for Burnside

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Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Jan 26, 1978 on ABC
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Ballots for Burnside
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A recently found ballot box puts Mayor Burnside's election victory in doubt. Sgt. Baker becomes interested when he finds that the defeated opponent is Black and demands the box be opened and counted.

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    Amzie Strickland

    Amzie Strickland

    Julia Mobey (1978-1979)

    Barbara Cason

    Barbara Cason

    Cloris Phebus

    Guich Koock

    Guich Koock

    Dep. Harley Puckett

    Harvey Vernon

    Harvey Vernon

    Dep. Jasper DeWitt Jr.

    Kene Holliday

    Kene Holliday

    Sgt. Curtis Baker

    Melanie Griffith

    Melanie Griffith

    Tracy Quinn (1978-1979)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • J.A. Preston is no stranger to tv mayoral politics. A few years later he played Ozzie Cleveland, a former police captain who is elected mayor on Hill Street Blues.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • (Baker and Chief Roy continue discussing Jesse Haskell vs. Mayor Burnside)
        Chief Roy: One of his first projects was going to be to build the town a new dam.
        Baker: What's wrong with that?
        Chief Roy: Baker (pause) Clinton Corners doesn't have a river! That was going to be his FIRST project.

      • (Upon learning that the defeated candidate Jesse Haskell is Black, Baker is now very interested in his candidacy)
        Chief Roy: Baker, you gotta understand. Haskell's worse than Burnside!
        Baker: (disbelieving) Worse than Burnside?
        Chief Roy: Yeah, Haskell's a COMPLETE idiot!

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    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The crux of this episode is an allusion to a very famous (and very Southern) example of election shenanigans. Lyndon Johnson's first run for the US Senate from Texas was an incredibly tight race that was decided on a "found" box of ballots from a hotly contested West Texas county.

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