Petticoat Junction (1963–1970)
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Uncle Joe's Replacement 

When Kate and the girls go into town to pick up the pocket watch they ordered through Drucker's store - the watch being Uncle Joe's birthday present - Kate, in an effort to boost Herby's ... See full summary »


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Paul Henning (created by), Martin Roth (teleplay) (as Marty Roth) | 4 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Bea Benaderet ... Kate Bradley
Edgar Buchanan ... Uncle Joe Carson
Jeannine Riley ... Billie Jo Bradley
Pat Woodell ... Bobbie Jo Bradley
Linda Henning ... Betty Jo Bradley (as Linda Kaye)
Smiley Burnette ... Charley Pratt (credit only)
Rufe Davis ... Floyd Smoot (credit only)
Frank Cady ... Sam Drucker
Don Washbrook Don Washbrook ... Herby Bates
Beverly Wills ... Mrs. Norton
Stephen Ellsworth Stephen Ellsworth ... Hooper


When Kate and the girls go into town to pick up the pocket watch they ordered through Drucker's store - the watch being Uncle Joe's birthday present - Kate, in an effort to boost Herby's confidence, he who is working for Sam, inadvertently offers him a job as Assistant Manager at the hotel, with an imminent promotion to Manager. Herby readily accepts. Kate doesn't have the heart not to give him the job, so she decides that she can give him some menial tasks at the hotel under the guise of the important sounding position. However, Uncle Joe believes that Herby's arrival and Kate not wanting him to go into town with her and the girls among other things means that Herby is his professional replacement at the hotel and Kate is setting him out to pasture against his will. Wanting to feel useful while doing something important, Uncle Joe goes in search of a job. He gets one, telling everyone that he is an executive with some large company. Knowing that he's probably earning money in some ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

3 December 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the last television appearances by Beverly Wills, daughter of Joan Davis, who plays the mother bringing her two sons and dog to Sam Drucker's Store for babysitting. Sadly, by the time this episode first aired in December 3,1963, Beverly, her two real life sons, and her grandmother, all died in a house fire on October 24, 1963. See more »


Kate leans impossibly far forward into the closed window while secretly watching Uncle Joe mopping the floor and resting in the chair; obviously an "empty" window-frame with no glass panes. See more »


Petticoat Junction
Written by Curt Massey & Paul Henning
Performed by Curt Massey
[Series theme song played during the opening titles and credits]
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False Optimism Strikes Again
10 January 2019 | by TheFearmakersSee all my reviews

Second episode where Kate's bogus confidence building works too well, this time for gawky geek Herbie, in love with Billie Jo and supposedly replacing Uncle Joe. Another entire episode of a misunderstanding owning the plotline and a lot of running around. Basically, what all Three's Company episodes would be. And Pat Woodall's wig looks here to stay. It's awful! Looks like a crow landed on her head, and died there. Why would a young woman have to do this?

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