Green Acres

Season 5 Episode 21

The Case of the Hooterville Refund Fraud

Aired Unknown Feb 28, 1970 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Oliver unintentionally provides the motive for the residents of Hooterville to illegally receive more than $500,000 from the Internal Revenue Service. The locals think all they have to do is write in and state their losses--not understanding that they actually have to file taxes first. Eventually, to get its cash back, the IRS invests in Haney's monkey racing track.moreless

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  • The Best Green Acres Episode

    "The Case of the Hooterville Refund Fraud" is the one episode I'd hold out as the best of the best.

    I believe it was included in a TV Guide top 100 episodes of all time list, and for good reason.

    The writing never got crazier than this, as Oliver's attempts to explain why the government sent him a tax refund snowball into a mass effort of the Hooterville citizens to send in a request for the government to refund them all the money they lost farming over the past years.

    Because the IRS didn't have a can of oil in their budget, their computer glitches and sends the refund. Oliver is incredulous, but all the citizens of Hooterville credit Mr. Douglas for giving them this great idea.

    When the IRS turns up to get the money back and discover who's behind the scam, they are sent after Oliver.

    Wait 'til you see what Mr. Haney gets the town to invest in with their windfall. Let's just say animal trainer Frank Inn doesn't disappoint with a brief bit of loopy footage.

    This show was such a joy. Its garish country colors, delightful cast, and warm, outrageous surreal humor created something that has never been equalled.moreless
Jay Jostyn

Jay Jostyn

Harold Gilmore

Guest Star

Tom Lowell

Tom Lowell

Fred Feldinger

Guest Star

Robert Carson

Robert Carson

Senator Hansen

Guest Star

Kay E. Kuter

Kay E. Kuter

Newt Kiley

Recurring Role

Alvy Moore

Alvy Moore

Hank Kimball

Recurring Role

Frank Cady

Frank Cady

Sam Drucker

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Lisa says monkey racing was the second most popular sport in Budapest. Number one was goulash betting. (There was a big pot of goulash in the town square and the residents would bet on when it would boil over.)

    • A burned-out bearing in the IRS computer results in Fred Ziffel getting a refund of $62,000, Newt Kiley: $45,000 and Mr. Colby: $38,000. In total, Hooterville residents got $572,000.

    • Lisa and Eb accuse Oliver of cheating on his taxes since one year he "deducticated" his mother's teeth as an entertainment expense.

    • Oliver's tax refund check is for $84.72.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Oliver: (unable to get the locals to return the money) They're going to invest the money in Mr. Haney's monkey racing track.
      Fred Feldinger: What is that?
      Lisa: It's a track where the monkeys race around chasing a wooden banana.
      Oliver: You know about them?
      Lisa: Oh, yes. They had them all over Budapest. It was the biggest sport in Hungary. Well, not the biggest sport. The biggest sport was-- Well, the government put a stop to that, too.
      Fred Feldinger: Uh, what one was that?
      Lisa: Goulash betting.

    • Oliver: (explaining the check he received in the mail) It's a refund on my income tax.
      Fred: What's that?
      Oliver: It's a tax you pay on your income.
      Colby: When did that go into effect?
      Oliver: You mean you never heard of the income tax?
      Fred: How could we. We never had no income.

    • Haney: (calling the monkey race on the radio) The monkeys are in the starting gate! All set? Release the banana! And here come the monkeys!

    • Harold Gilmore: (rock shatter his office window) Must be close to April 15th. That's when the rocks start flying.

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