Petticoat Junction/The Golden Spike Ceremony
From The TV IV
Guest Stars: Kay E. Kuter (Newt Kiley), Walter Baldwin (Grandpappy Miller), Jonathan Hole (Hank Thackery), Bartlett Robinson (Mayor), Frank Wilcox (Mr. Henderson), Jim Begg (Employee), Harry Hickox (Mr. Buell)
In relaying the story of room 7 of the hotel - the Mallard P. Bradley Memorial Suite, he who was the girls' great-great-grandfather and founder of the Shady Rest - Uncle Joe comes to the realization that in one week's time it will be the seventy-fifth anniversary of the completion by said Mallard P. Bradley of the railroad between Hooterville and Pixley. He feels there should be a special community ceremony marking the anniversary. The problem ends up being that although he invites representatives from both Pixley and Hooterville to be present at the ceremony, Uncle Joe wants all the glory moments of the ceremony for himself. The most contentious of those ceremony events is the driving of the golden spike, which all the community leaders want to do. Bobbie Jo ultimately comes up with the compromise candidate that everyone can agree on, especially since he was at the driving of the original last spike: Grandpa Miller. The choice of Grandpa Miller has its own challenges, specifically whether he can both physically and mentally handle the job. At a practice ceremony, an incident promises to change the face of the valley forever - well, at least for 2 hours and 23 minutes.