Oliver's apples are ripe for the picking. If he can get them
to market first, he can sell them for $4.00 a bushel versus
the $1.75 that the rest of Hooterville is content to receive.
In addition, Oliver buys (for $1.75 a bushell) all of the
apples from Newt Kiley, Fred Ziffel, and Ben Miller which
he also hopes to sell for $4.00.
Eb gets some of the kids from his high school to help pick
the apples, and after multiple failures to acquire a truck
(Crabwell Corners' farmers had reserved them all), it turns
out that the same high school kids had a truck which Oliver
was able to use.
On the way to market, problem number one is a flat tire.
Since the spare is under the several hundred crates of apples,
this takes several hours to repair. During this delay,
apple prices drop to $3.60.
Problem number two, Oliver is pulled over by the police
(Mr. Kimball's cousin). It seems when he fixed his flat he
left 112 boxes of apples on the side of the road some
40 miles back...oops! During the time it takes to go back
and get them, apple prices drop to $2.60.
Final problem, the head gasket blows on the truck. It looks
as if all is lost, but then it's Lisa to the rescue.
While at Mike's Food, she shows the cook how to make hot
cakes "Douglas style" (Fill the griddle with batter, smooth,
wait until they bloop, flip, and cut out four perfect hot
cakes with a "pots cover").
As it turns out the portion of the cooked batter that Lisa
would normally discard, is exactly the same shape as the
needed head gasket. Oliver installs the hot cake head gasket
and gets his apples to market, just in time to receive
the $1.75 per bushel that he would have received if he had
waited to go with all the other farmers.
Lisa cooking hot cakes
Oh no, a blown head gasket...but wait, it looks just like...could it work?
Mr. Haney's truck is equipped with a refrigeration
system (a block of ice, which works on the principle of
"cold"), seat belts, individual windshield wipers, radar
(a rotisserie), four wheel brakes, ejection seat, and a
Mr. Haney runs both the Transcontinental Refrigerated
Apple Trucking Company and Haney's Rent a Truck
With a flat tire and a blown head gasket on the truck,
Oliver is lucky he didn't need a Title Max loan to pay for the repairs. With Lisa's
ingenious hot cake head gasket solution, Oliver probably saved himself the
interest on a Title Max loan and his apple crop.