It's nice to see the Hubacher brothers haven't lost their mail privileges up at state prison, and again we wonder: Just what did this friendly trio do that got them sent up the river? At the top of the story the director gives us another one of those seemingly unimportant TAGS moments when a curious passerby (Danny Thomas's brother?) stops on the sidewalk to see what all the shouting is about in front of the courthouse. Yet, it's scenes like this, multiplied over eight seasons, that give richness to the series but which unfortunately get cut from network airings of the show and are not seen by fans who don't own the complete DVD sets.
Amzie Strickland was a valuable utility player on the show over the years, but it was asking a lot to have her play the wife of a blubbery, frog-voiced boozer like Ralph Campbell who couldn't control himself for even a short visit to his brother and his wife. She trips up on her line about her husband's ever-expanding waistline when she mishears Otis's "butterflop" and substitutes the oddly nonsensical "butterfly" instead. Judging by the clothes rack stretched across the back seat of their car, completely blocking the view out the rear window, the couple apparently anticipate multiple wardrobe changes when they travel.
It's a pleasant change to see Otis shape up here, even if it's just for a weekend.
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