Deciding to move to Beverly Hills to take advantage of their new-found wealth, the Clampetts find that their down-to-earth lifestyle clashes with the new suburb and its shielded, upper-class inhabitants.
Many stories in the series involved Jethro's endless career search, which included such diverse vocations as brain surgeon, street car conductor, Double-naught spy, Hollywood producer (a studio flunky remarks Jethro has the right qualifications for being a producer-a 6th grade education and his uncle owns the studio. The in-joke gag of Jethro as a movie producer was replayed in the 1981 movie), soda jerk, short order cook, and once as a bookkeeper for Milburn Drysdale's bank. More often than not, his overall goal in these endeavors was to obtain as many pretty girls as humanly possible, which were usually the catalyst that prompted him to do so. While working as a producer, Jethro called himself "Beef Jerky", a wannabe playboy and man-about-town sophisticate. Out of all the Clampett clan, he was the one who made the most changes from 'country bumpkin' to 'city boy.' Another running gag is that Jethro was known as the "six foot stomach" for his ability to eat: in one episode he ate a jetliner's entire supply of steaks; in another episode Jethro tried to set himself up as a Hollywood agent for cousin "Bessie"-with a fee of 10,000 bananas for Bessie and 1,000 bananas for Jethro. Jed once mentioned that Jethro was the only baby he knew born with a full set of teeth. Jethro could never succeed in any career he tried. Jethro appears in 273 episodes; he is not in the second-to-last episode but Baer of course remains billed in the title credits. Baer claimed he only auditioned for the role of Jethro for fun, and never expected to get the part. Supposedly, he clinched the part largely because of his grin.
Jethro Bodine Quotes
|Season 6 / Episode 14: - Jethro in the Reserve|
Colonel Blake: Jethro,fortunately we take into consideration the amount of formal education a boy has had, and we grade on the curve, so you are eligible to join.
Jethro Bodine: Hey, that's swell!
Colonel Blake: However, before I administer the oath, there are a couple of things I'd like to discuss with you.
Jethro Bodine: Yes, sir?
Colonel Blake: Now, let's take your application, you're going to be filling out a lot of other forms and I want to give you a tip.
Jethro Bodine: Thank ya!
Colonel Blake: Name, address, date of birth, that's okay, but Jethro, where it says sex: write 'male', not 'oh, boy!'
Jethro Bodine: [Embarrassed] I'm sorry.
|Season 4 / Episode 12: - Mrs. Drysdale's Father|
Jed Clampett: We ain't shootin' at the board, Granny. We is fixin' to drive them nails stickin' in it.
Daisy Moses: I still say that ain't hill country shootin'.
Jed Clampett: Granny's right, boy. See that rock over on the left.
Jethro Bodine: Yes sir.
Jed Clampett: Let's ricochet off that and then drive the nails.
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