Announcer, John Daly, introduces us to the Douglas family,
Oliver Wendell and Lisa. They live on Park Avenue in Penthouse
"B." Mr. Daly provides us with a brief summary of Oliver's
life. Born in Saratoga Springs, named after the Associate
Justice of the Supreme Court, no clear pictures exist of him
prior to the age of 14, when Oliver's father finally learned
how to aim the camera properly.
Oliver was forced into Harvard Law School by his parents, when
he graduated he quickly earned an associate position with the
prestigious law firm of Judson Carter Feltlon, Bart Turner
O'Connell, Vincent Roland Clay, Carter James Blakely, John
Wilson Harmon, Brian Albert Dillon, and Michael Astin Pastor.
Eight weeks later, he was caught growing mushrooms in his desk
drawer and fired. He soon found "employment" via the draft
board. After his stint in the army, he began a more successful
career as a full fledged lawyer.
Despite the prestige of being an attorney and living in
expensive penthouses, Oliver yearns for the life of a farmer
(He had been born on a farm because his father didn't want
to miss the last race at Sarasota--two days later, they moved).
Lisa suggests he grow crops on their terrace to get a feel for
farming. This appeases Oliver until he is sent on business,
for one week, to Chicago, where he buys "The Haney Place,"
which he had seen advertised in The Farm Gazette.
When Lisa learns of the farm purchase she is devastated.
Mom asks her to dump Oliver and come live with her (it turns
out that it is OLIVER'S mother). Lisa decides it best to be
loyal to her husband, and, with a little bartering, agrees to
try out the farm for six months. The episode ends with Lisa
in tears as she first lays eyes on "Green Acres."
Meet Oliver Wendell Douglas and, his wife, Lisa
Young Oliver Wendell Douglas is informed, by his father,
that he wants to be a lawyer
Oliver's first attempt at farming
Before moving to Hooterville, Oliver and Lisa had nine
different New York addresses. Oliver hated them all for
very different reasons:
||No fresh air
||Too far downtown
||Too far uptown
Green Acres, as advertised in The Farm Gazette, consisted of
Hooterville is located "near" Chicago. To get there,
change planes twice, take the bus from the County Seat to
Pixley, then simply take the train (Cannonball) to
When Lisa agrees to try the farm for six months, Oliver is so
excited that he shakes her hand.