Petticoat Junction

Season 7 Episode 23

Last Train to Pixley

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Aired Unknown Mar 07, 1970 on CBS
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Last Train to Pixley
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Floyd retires, leaving Uncle Joe to take over the duties of running the Cannonball, once again. His strict schedule-keeping is the least of the valley's worries, as the C&FW Railroad is planning to scrap the train for a tax write-off!

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  • Uncle Joe was not an engineer

    7.0
    This episode was recently shown on MeTV and I watched it a couple of times. The "Notes" section below discusses the idea that Floyd reveals that Uncle Joe was the engineer of the Cannonball prior to Charley and Floyd, but I can't confirm that from my viewing.



    When a replacement for Floyd is first discussed early in the episode, Joe offers his experience of running the Cannonball several years earlier when Floyd was sick (and, as Steve notes, running it into the Pixley station). He doesn't say anything about having run it years before (and running it better then), which he certainly would do in keeping with his character if that was the case.



    At the very end of the episode, Floyd decides to un-retire, and he talks about all the letters he received asking him to come back and in the last line spoken in the episode, he says Joe "was the first one to write!" With his drawl though, at first listen it does sound like he says "he was the first one to run it!" (and on the basis of the Notes section, I watched the whole episode waiting for someone to say something like that). But "write" makes more sense in the context of the dialogue, and after listening again I'm sure that what he says.



    Uncle Joe being a retired engineer is an interesting idea, since we don't know much about his backstory to begin with (which side of Kate's family is he from? Does he have any ownership claim on the hotel?), but there really isn't the evidence here to support it.



    While this episode does make a reasonable series finale, it's too bad they couldn't bring back Homer Bedloe and Norman Curtis to bring the story of the Cannonball full circle.moreless
Edgar Buchanan

Edgar Buchanan

Joseph P. "Uncle Joe" Carson

Meredith MacRae

Meredith MacRae

Billie Jo Bradley (1966-1970)

Lori Saunders

Lori Saunders

Bobbie Jo Bradley (1965-1970)

Frank Cady

Frank Cady

Sam Drucker

Mike Minor

Mike Minor

Steve Elliott (1966-1970)

June Lockhart

June Lockhart

Dr. Janet Craig (1968-1970)

Bob Jellison

Bob Jellison

Ben Miller

Guest Star

Percy Helton

Percy Helton

Mr. Benton

Guest Star

Rufe Davis

Rufe Davis

Floyd Smoot

Guest Star

Sarah Selby

Sarah Selby

Mrs. Frisby

Recurring Role

Elna Hubbell

Elna Hubbell

Kathy Jo

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • 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?

  • NOTES (4)

    • 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!)

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