Oliver and Lisa are awaken at 5:30 A. M. by Alf and Ralph,
who once again have started working on the Douglas'
Lisa decides to make breakfast, and since Oliver complains
about her hot cakes, tries cooking something different for
a change--"fried oatmeal" (open a container of oatmeal, put
it in a frying pan, heat, and serve).
After breakfast, Oliver and Eb are preparing to take down
the fence between his 160 acres and the 140 acres he has
just purchased, when suddenly a sky rocket "shoosts" into
the air and Eb, Alf and Ralph hop into Mr. Haney's
"Hooterville Volunteer Fire Department Truck" and whisk away
towards Newt Kiley's place.
Oliver is upset that no one has asked him to join the Volunteer
Fire Department. Later, in Sam Drucker's store, Joe Carson,
the fire chief, says that Mr. Douglas can join IF he can play
a marching band instrument. His explanation is that, "We have
more parades than fires."
Oliver is accepted into the Fire Department, and must spend
several days on "sky watching duty." He takes his
responsibilities VERY seriously, and ends up with a stiff
neck and fending off Lisa's amorous advances because,
"...The American Fire Fighter is one of the backbones of this
country, etc, etc..."
A sky rocket "shoosts" across the sky, he tries to call the
other volunteers but the phone company closed at 9:30,
he and Eb rush to his car, "Aren't you going to bring your
instrument Mr. Douglas?" queries Eb. Alas, it was a false
alarm, Chief Carson had called an emergency band practice
and Oliver is kicked out of the fire department for not
bringing his guitar.
Alf and Ralph on their coffee break
The Hooterville Volunteer Fire Department truck
Oliver at marching band practice
Presenting the proud, new fireman
Oliver can play both the piano (not a marching instrument) and
the guitar (close enough)
"Hot time in the old town tonight" is the only song that
the Hooterville Volunteer Fire Department Marching Band knows.
Lisa learns to cook a fried egg! She accidentally drops
one on the stove while trying to put it in boiling water
to learn how to make a soft boiled egg