At the Devere Enterprises skyscraper in New York, Mr. D. announces a new plan to get Buddy Overstreet. Over his closed-circuit TV broadcasts, he announces an incentive program: great prizes like a color TV and a trip to Hawaii for the employee who finds Buddy Overstreet. Meanwhile, in Kansas, Buddy has fallen asleep on the back of a farm truck he'd snuck on. The owner of the truck and the farm, Carl Jensen, says he could use a farmhand. Buddy, seeing a sign that says "Strawberry" picks the pseudonym Berry Straw for this week. Livening the plot is Carl's 24-year-old granddaughter Betsy, who is a bit of a tomboy. Betsy and Buddy do the farm chores together: when they are bailing hay, Buddy's pitchfork slips out of his hands and punctures the tractor's tire; when they carry crates, Buddy isn't strong enough to lift his onto the truck, and Betsy has to do it for him; when they are chopping firewood, Buddy's axe gets stuck in the log. The Jensen's former farmhand, Ben Pearson (about 6'8", 350 pounds), who is unreliable and walked off the job before, wants his job back. Betsy tells him no. It turns out Ben is also a field operative for Devere Enterprises. He calls Mr. D.'s office on the "Overstreet Hotline." When Mr. D. announces Buddy is in Bloomington, Kansas, Wendell checks the large wall map, around the Arizona and New Mexico area, while Harry checks the East coast. Mr. D. snaps, "Kansas is in the middle!" Then Mr. D. sends Wendell and Harry out to Kansas. Saturday evening, Buddy takes Betsy to a local dance. Wendell and Harry show up at the Jensen farm, and Ben tells them where Buddy is. While all the guys and gals are square-dancing, Wendell actually winds up dancing with Buddy for a moment. (laugh track) Wendell and Harry get Buddy at gunpoint (silencers) and tell him to start walking. But Betsy grabs a big drum, smashes it over the hoods' heads, and then bumps Wendell's and Harry's heads together. Buddy says good-bye to Betsy. Next day, Buddy is hitching rides on farm trucks again. (synopsis by: kdh) [lovely Julie Sommars won the Golden Globe for "Best Actress in a Comedy" in 1969 for her acting in the TV series "The Governor and J.J." -- and Julie won the Television Critics' Award for "Best New Star" in 1970.]moreless
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