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Old 01-16-2012, 08:52 PM   #1
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How in the world could you buy a farmhouse in that tired behind condition and put your woman in it to live? He got had by a washed up country hick entrephenur. He let his vision blind him to everything else around him. I don't like that Mr. Haney was sheister that took advantage of Oliver but he deserved it. Come on! You're a big time, hot shot Park Ave attorney from NYC. That vision of the farm screwed with his common sense. Dude lost his mind. As a result, his poor wife got ditzier as time went on and he sentenced himself to dwell with nut jobs who frustrated him for the next six years. LOL. I love this show. I'm watching season one on hulu right now. If Eddie Albert was alive, I'd ask him what was going on in Oliver's mind? Green Acres really is the place to be.
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Haha, I agree. In the beginning everyone else thought that he was the craziest of them all, which , he really might have been.
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Exactly! On Green Acres the residents were responding "The Haney Place?" Oliver was gulliable. Even on the parent show "Petticoat Junction" Kate Bradley's daughters were saying "The Haney Place?" Lisa said "Why do people keep saying that evertime we go somewhere?" LOL. Obviously, she hadn't seen the place yet. Crossing back over to Green Acres. Towards the end of the pilot, Lisa got a chance to see why everyone was talking about.

Mother Douglas was ready to take Lisa back to NY. Oliver did not go through legal routes to secure a good home. All the hicks though that he was crazy and got had. His wife became airheaded but still loveable. His longsuffering and drama was on him. No one else. He should have gutted that house and rebuilt. If I were Lisa, I would have went back with my mother n law to New York.
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How could you not go crazy when you had to climb up a pole to answer your phone, only to have it stop ringing when you reached the top? Or waiting around for Alf and Ralph to finish repairing your home? Or having Mr. Haney show up every time something breaks (at least once an episode)? THAT'S what made him so fun. I'd rank Eddie Albert up there with Bob Newhart, Hal Linden and Judd Hirsch among the finest "straight men" of the American sitcom.
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He went crazy the minute be bought the farm. (Pun intended) He got everything that was coming to him. I'm sorry but that man seriously lost his mind. He could have gotten something better. To take your glamourous wife to a place like that is just wrong. LOL.
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By the way, where did Haney get all that crap he was always selling ? He always seemed to have what people were looking for.
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I think he was going to donations stores. For example, in ep 3, he rented out a table to Mr. Douglas. Mrs. Bradley noticed that the table was the one she donated to the Salvation Army. Mr. Haney pulled a bathtub and sink from the house he sold to Douglas' and tried to sell them back to them. He borrows from and sells back, basically. Has anyone tried to sue this man?
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Oliver was a lawyer - he could've easily taken Mr. Haney to court.
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Listen to us. We sound like Solomon with these analysis. LOL.
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Now that's scary.
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No, if you were doing that, you'd propose having Mignon or even Arnold cut in half
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Actually, I was referring to a board member who goes by that name. However, I got a chance to read about that story in the bible earlier this year and am laughing my butt off with your comment.
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I think that's the joke it's usually thought of as Oliver being the only sane person living in an insane world, BUT Oliver was just as looney as the rest of them. I mean he did farm work in a suit and tie, after all lol
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Oliver is really taking a beating in this thread...!

In his defense, he seems to have bought the farm and tractor from Haney "sight-unseen," expecting everything to be in working order. It's not so much that he was crazy to buy it; the point is that he was overly optimistic that he could make everything work -- and people (including his own mother) knew it would be pretty much impossible.

When I make a mistake, I try to make the best of what's happened -- and that's what I think Oliver was doing. He should have cut his losses at some point, but then you have no series. A big mistake does not equal a crazy person. Look at Hank Kimball in the last few seasons -- he was certifiably insane. Oliver was pretty normal by comparison.
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