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Old 07-05-2007, 12:27 AM   #16
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Of course he was always crabby. I get that way too when I'm surrounded by nothing but nutjobs.
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I would feel the same way too, Bensonfan. But HE wanted to live there, didn't he? Lisa was the one who wanted to stay in New York, and she ends up relating to all of them. Odd.
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Sometimes,but not always.In thefirst season very early episodes,for example,Lisa ,who was against at first their moving to the farm,was the irritable one,but she was not as irritable as Oliver was later on.In almost every other episode beginning with second season,he WAS irritable.He was really nice in first season's "Furniture,Furniture,Who's Got The Furniture?",and "What Happened in Scranton". is offline   Reply With Quote
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Originally Posted by kooky12
I'd say that he was crabby 99% of the time. Every once in a while he did get into the weirdness of the situation and seemed to go along with the gag in good spirits. Like when the hotel clerk said of Arnold - "that's a pig !" Oliver just went "What did you expect ?" When the Indians wanted to buy Lisa with an offer of animals, Oliver said "I'd be cheating you - I only paid 2 goats and a sheep for her." Remember when Oliver sent the scarecrow out to get him a hamburger, after Lisa packed no food for their picnic. Though rare, the scenes where he lets his guard down, and becomes a real part of the nutty town, add to the show's surrealism........
Good point. Those moments all seemed to be in the earlier shows. Was he always crabby? Well, yeah, and more so in the later seasons, but it worked out great. The show needed someone who was serious most of the time because no one else was. It also added to the idea that maybe he was just as insane as everyone else was there, but just in his own subtle way. He moved to Hooterville expecting everything to work out perfectly and when it didn't, he wouldn't change his ways. Without him, the show wouldn't be nearly as funny.

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Well, I'd be crabby, too - if I had to climb up a telephone pole to answer my calls only to have it stop ringing as soon as I reached the top, that the "Monroe Brothers" have taken over 5 years to repair my house and every time something goes wrong, Mr. Haney shows up. So I really can't blame poor Oliver.
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Having watched every episode, I tend to think of Oliver as eternally frustrated. When a character like Hank Kimball becomes increasingly spaced-out, it takes real patience on the part of Oliver to deal with him.

Another thing is that in terms of acceptance, Oliver is never really met with the same love as Lisa is, and of course he can't understand what Arnold is saying -- an example of his not fitting in, through no fault of his own.

Eddie Albert played the character masterfully, and of course without the constant annoyances, the premise of the show would just not be the same. Casual fans tend not to remember how much hard work Oliver put into the house and farm (he worked on rebuilding the fireplace himself, for example, and was in constant battle with the tractor). In that regard, he becomes a character who earns our respect and a short fuse can be overlooked to some extent.
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