Hazel

Season 4 Episode 12

To Build or Not to Build

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Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Dec 03, 1964 on NBC
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To Build or Not to Build
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Hazel wants to have the kitchen remodeled but George is against the idea. So Hazel comes up with a plan to trick him.

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  • Hazel and Dorothy persuade George to remodel the Baxters' kitchen, using everything from trying to carve a turkey on a too-small kitchen table to taping a song (to the tune of "Old McDonald") and playing it while George is asleep. It ultimately works!moreless

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    This is Hazel at her hilarious best! When she can't convince George that "a man in your position needs a very modern kitchen," she and Dorothy join forces to win him over.



    One of the most side-splitting scenes involves Hazel trying to carve a roast turkey on a kitchen table barely bigger than a card table. Using one of the first electric slicing knives on the market, Hazel tries but fails to carve through the big bird. Exasperated, Mr. B not only carves the turkey, but also saws right through a full milk carton perched on the table next to the bird, with predictable and humorous results. There was more than the usual amount of mugging and double-takes, but it was justifiably funny slapstick.



    The turkey incident fails to convince George, so the ladies take more drastic action; they record a special version of "Old McDonald" (complete with a sultry whispering of "a man in your position..." from Dorothy and raucous vocals from Hazel). This serenade is finally enough to convince George to break down and let Missy get the new kitchen.



    It must be noted here that this episode aired approximately 2 1/2 years after Ford purchased Philco Corporation, manufacturers of radios, TVs, refrigerators, ranges, washers and dryers. (The transaction actually occurred at approximately the time "Hazel" debuted in late 1961.) This gave Philco--now "a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company"--a chance to showcase its products in much the same way Frigidaire appliances were showcased in early episodes of "Bewitched"--co-sponsored by Chevrolet from 1964 through 1969.



    Even though the new Philco appliances appeared in the Baxter residence during the rest of the NBC "Hazel" run, Philco never enjoyed the sales boom that Frigidaire did during "Bewitched." And it didn't stop RCA Victor from using Shirley Booth and Don DeFore in their "Hazel" roles from appearing in ads for their "New Vista" color TVs, either!moreless
Don DeFore

Don DeFore

George Baxter (1961-1965)

Shirley Booth

Shirley Booth

Hazel Burke

Whitney Blake

Whitney Blake

Dorothy Baxter (1961-1965)

Bobby Buntrock

Bobby Buntrock

Harold Baxter

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