It's Oliver and Lisa's anniversary, and Lisa discovers a
new way to cook hot cakes, which prove vital in a future
episode. She pours the batter into one big square griddle,
waits until the square stops "blooping," flips it over,
then cuts out three round hot cakes using a pot cover.
Despite receiving a hot cake with a candle in the center,
Oliver pretends not to remember their anniversary. After
informing Lisa that he was joking, he is forced to admit
he doesn't recall how many years they've been married. Lisa
brings out a photo from last year's anniversary to show Eb,
and describes the events which caused them to spend that
Anniversary in jail.
Last year, Oliver was tending his farm on the terrace, when
he discovered he had "corn boarers." He informs Lisa
that they cannot meet his mother and fifty friends at
the Waldorf, he must contact the Secretary of Agriculture.
He phones Washington, but can only get the Secretary's
secretary's secretary's secretary's secretary who thinks
Oliver is a crank call and hangs up. Oliver's mother
arrives and when Oliver refuses to leave "his farm" to go
to the party, his mother begins tossing potted corn plants
off of the balcony. This of course lands them all in jail.
After the flashback, Oliver plans a big evening out for
their Anniversary, but before they can dine at the
Shady Rest, Eb informs Oliver that their wheat has "Wheat
Stemmed Saw Flies." Oliver is frantic, he attempts to
call the Secretary of Agriculture, but once again gets
the same man from last year. The man still believes
Oliver is a crank call. Oliver threatens him and gets
arrested for "using the telephone to threaten a government
official." Ironically, the penalty is 10 years (in jail),
the exact length of time that the Douglas's have been married.
Oliver, pretending not to know it's their Anniversary,
is delighted to find a "hot cake warmer" in his meal
Lisa and Oliver's ninth year wedding Anniversary photo
Oliver and Lisa's previous address was 10,016 Park Avenue
Mr. Haney, in a moment of pure non-commercialism, gives the
Douglas's a "genuine South American Rubber Plant" for their
anniversary. He then tries to sell them a $3.95 priceless
Grecian Urn to place it in.
In another emotional moment, Mr. Haney reads Lisa and Oliver
a poem that he wrote (copies available for $.25, of course):
Anniversaries come, but once a year,
bringing joy and good cheer.
Some are sad, some are funny...
Get on your TRUCK, Here's your MONEY!!!
(the last line was, of course, by Mr. Douglas)