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Green Acres

Season 3 Episode 5

Oliver Takes Over the Phone Company

Aired Unknown Oct 04, 1967 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Oliver's without an operator on his first day as president of the Hooterville Phone Company. As he wrestles with an exploding switchboard, the locals gossip about how he stole the company from Roy Trendell in a rigged card game. Lisa figures out how to put calls through, but had rather flirt with the president than work the switchboard all night.moreless

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    Dave Willock

    Dave Willock

    Mr. McGurney

    Guest Star

    Jonathan Hole

    Jonathan Hole


    Guest Star

    Kay E. Kuter

    Kay E. Kuter

    Newt Kiley

    Recurring Role

    Robert Foulk

    Robert Foulk

    Roy Trendell

    Recurring Role

    Alvy Moore

    Alvy Moore

    Hank Kimball

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (6)

      • Haney doesn't have an operator on the back of his truck, but he does have a man who's a cocktail waitress, and elderly fandango dancer, and an atomic scientist who's on leave.

      • While Mr. McGurney is repairing Oliver's switchboard, Lisa flirts with Oliver while pretending to be his secretary "Lisa Bradfinger".

      • Arnold Ziffle is up at 5AM watching WPIXL-TV for their two hour Porky Pig Festival.

      • This time, Lisa claims that her father made his riches as president of the Budapest Punchboard Company.

      • Even the phone company's slogan is in disrepair. The message on the office window reads: "ervice Is ur Mott".

      • Sarah the Town Operator is said to be Trendall's mother. Earlier it was established she was Hank Kimball's mother. Thus Sarah must've been married twice and Trendall and Kimball are half brothers.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Oliver: Would you like to earn five dollars?
        Haney: (suddenly very interested) Five dollars?
        Oliver: Ah, yes. All you have to do is get me a telephone operator.
        Haney: A telephone operator? Doggone if I don't believe that I got one on my truck.
        Oliver: On your truck?
        Haney: Just another service of the Haney Curbside Employment Agency.

      • Lisa: (reading the phone company motto that has several letters missing) Ervice Is Ur Mott. Do you know what that means in Hungarian? The customer is chopped liver.

      • Trendell:(informing Oliver that his mother, Sarah the operator, has quit) She wouldn't work for him after he stole the company from me.
        Oliver: What are you talking about? I didn't steal the company from you. You-you-you gave it to me!
        Trendell: That's not Mom's version. She's going around telling people how you got me drunk, lured me into a poker game and won the company from me with a marked deck.
        Oliver: What?
        Lisa: That's the way he won me from the count. Only that time he did it with loaded dice.

    • NOTES (0)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Haney says his stock brokers are Fishburger, Fishburger, Fishburger, Fishburger and Frye. They also performed on "the old Keith Circuit" as the Four Fishburgers and Frye. The Keith Circuit was a major chain of vaudeville theatres that operated starting at the turn of the 20th century.