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Old 11-09-2019, 01:11 AM   #1
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Default It would have been funny if Oliver noticed Mrs. Ziffel was different

Given the type of surreal universe Green Acres is set in, they can read the credits on the screen, etc.... I think when the new actress who played Mrs Ziffel was brought in, it would have been funny if Oliver had said something like, "THAT'S MRS. ZIFFEL??!!" While all the other characters didn't even notice lol

OR maybe the other way around all the other characters would see the difference while Oliver didn't.
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Old 11-09-2019, 05:25 PM   #2
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I agree that would have been funny. I could definitely see that happening.

But given the sensitive nature surrounding the change (i.e. Barbara Pepper dying) Jay Sommers probably didn't want to draw any attention to it or even joke about it.
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Agree with PhoenixAcres on everything said. But it would have been perfect for a Oliver type joke where everyone but him doesn't notice. Who'd a thunk the ancient looking Mr. Ziffel would outlive the younger wrinkle free Doris.
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This must have been a rough time around the Paul Henning shows, Bea Benaderet passed in October of 68 and Barbara Pepper passed less than a year later, making light of her passing wouldn't have been well received by the audience. I doubt the production team or the performers would have wanted any part of that type of levity.
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Yeah I guess that's true. It just made me think of it considering the type of show G.A. was.
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Maybe Oliver could have said something along the lines of 'I can't put my finger on it but Mrs. Ziffel looks a little different now. '

Mr. Ziffel,'Nah. I don't Doris has improved none!'

Oliver,' Maybe not but I think I'll miss the way she was before,'

That way the change in performer would have been acknowledged AND there would have been a small tribute to the late Barbara Pepper in the tag without derailing the comedy.
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Maybe Oliver could have said something along the lines of 'I can't put my finger on it but Mrs. Ziffel looks a little different now. '

Mr. Ziffel,'Nah. I don't Doris has improved none!'

Oliver,' Maybe not but I think I'll miss the way she was before,'

That way the change in performer would have been acknowledged AND there would have been a small tribute to the late Barbara Pepper in the tag without derailing the comedy.

Yeah lol I think Mr Ziffel could have said something like, "Nah, she's just wearing her hair down"

Because it was obvious Fran Ryan did not try to imitate Barbara Pepper at all. And wearing her hair down was one of the most notable differences.
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I liked Barbara Pepper better, but Fran Ryan was a good replacement. Barbara Pepper was a glamorous Hollywood starlet when she was young.
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I liked Barbara Pepper better, but Fran Ryan was a good replacement. Barbara Pepper was a glamorous Hollywood starlet when she was young.
Wow! You'd never guess THAT was the original Mrs.Ziffel.
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