The Beverly Hillbillies

Season 7 Episode 21

The Hired Gun

Aired Unknown Feb 19, 1969 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Cratchit left the hair poltus on his head for a week and said how the other bank employees made fun of him. But when he got the poltus on, Granny told him he could come back the next day to have it taken off. Why did he keep it on so long?

    • In this episode, Drysdale says how his father was the president of the bank. However, he once said that he became president when he married Margaret because her father was chairman of the board. Also, Miss Jane says that when she started working at the bank, Drysdale's father was already gone. But Drysdale has said that he hired her.

  • Quotes

    • (The hired gun Drysdale hired shows up)
      Jane: You and Mr. Drysdale friends?
      Homer: I don't have any friends.

    • (Drysdale tells Granny that Homer claims she doesn't have the proper medical education)
      Granny: Me? Huh, that learned doctorin' from John Hopkins?
      Drysdale: You studied medicine at John Hopkins?
      Jed: I can vouch for that. Granny rode a mule all the way to Timbo, Arkansas just to study with John and Elviri Hopkins.
      Drysdale: John and Elviri Hopkins?
      Granny: Probably the greatest husband and wife yarb doctorin' team in the history of medicine.
      Jed: How long you study with them, Granny?
      Granny: Well, I took the full course. Then I done what they call "post-graduate work." All in all, I was there purt near two weeks.

    • (Cratchit tries to catch up with Elly, since his new hair makes him feel so young)
      Granny: Jed, I think he left the poltus on too long. It's drawed up some ideas along with his hair.
      Jed: He can handle the hair alright, but I ain't so sure about the ideas.

    • (Drysdale says the reason he's wearing pajamas still is so he didn't wake his wife)
      Jed: I reckon you beat her up regular.
      Drysdale: No, but it's a great idea.

    • Granny: You youngin's wouldn't have this trouble if ya went to bed at a decent hour.
      Elly: Well, I went to bed at nine o'clock.
      Granny: There ya are.

    • (Drysdale says that he won't betray the Clampetts, but after he sees the picture of his father, takes it back)
      Drysdale: Oh dad, forgive me. I had a nice thought, I didn't mean it. Don't beat me, please.
      Jane: Chief, your father can't beat you. He's dead and gone.
      Drysdale: Oh, no, no. Not dad. If he couldn't take it with him, he didn't go.

    • Jed: By doggies Granny, I never realized Mr. Drysdale was such a scraper.
      Granny: He's got to have some Tennessee blood in him, Jed.

    • (Drysdale is describing Mr. Clampett)
      Drysdale: Growing up, he had everything going for him: poverty, ignorance, hunger. He could have been rotten to the core.
      Homer: Turned out nice, huh?
      Drysdale: Yes. Somewhere along the line he went wrong.

    • (Homer is describing working for Mr. Drysdale's father)
      Homer: I goofed and he fired me.
      Jane: What did you do?
      Homer: He was flogging a debtor, and I went to her defense.
      Jane: Her defense?! He was striking a woman?!
      Homer: That was the wonderful thing about Mr. Drysdale's father. He never discriminated.

    • Homer: Bank offers wonderful opportunities.
      Jane: That's true.
      Homer: You get to foreclose on mortgages, repossess cars and furniture. I'll bet it's a great kick to go and get a television set just when the kids are watching their favorite show.

    • (Miss Jane tells Drysdale he should change into pajamas, or people might get the wrong idea)
      Drysdale: What would they think?
      Jane: Well, they'd think that perhaps you hired me for reasons other than my secretarial employee.
      Drysdale: As a matter of fact, I did.
      Jane: No!
      Drysdale: Yes. You work cheap. (goes into the closet and comes back out) You were living there for a minute, weren't you?!

    • Granny: We need you to open up the bank building so we can go to work.
      Drysdale: It's, it's, it's five o'clock! The stars are out. The moon is shining.
      Granny: It does make ya feel good, don't it?

    • Granny: It's time to go to work, lazy bones.
      Jethro: But Granny, it's five o'clock in the mornin'.
      Granny: Better late than never.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • The train business:
      Drysdale's hired gun J. Homer Bedloe was an occasional character on Petticoat Junction. On that series, he worked for the C. & F. W. Railroad and was always trying to close down the Cannonball. He makes reference to this on the Hillbillies when he says he got out of the train business.