Mr. Douglas needs to start planting his farm, or he's
going to miss the planting season. Unfortunately,
his soil samples never make it to State University
as Mr. Kimball accidently broke all of them when
he tried to mail them.
Oliver takes new samples and intends to bring
them up to State University himself, but
unbeknownst to Oliver, Mr. Carson
accidently knocks over the samples and spills them.
Eunice Douglas thinks that this is the
perfect chance to get her son to return to New
York, so she mixes the soil samples with items
from her cosmetic bag.
When Oliver gets the results back from the
lab, he's devastated. His dreams of being a farmer
are crushed. Nothing would ever grow in this soil.
Finally, it seems as if his mother and Lisa will
finally get there wish.
Later, after Oliver discovers his mother's
trick, he is surprised by Lisa, who shows Oliver
that his fields have all grown a bounty of crops,
and that he is a great farmer after all. Oliver
instantly realizes that Lisa planted fully grown
crops to make him think his soil was healthy
(Obviously, since carrots had grown where Oliver
had just planted tomato seeds the day before).
Oliver is touched, since this proves that
Lisa loves him more than she dislikes the farm.
Oliver is furious at his mother though,
and as punishment for her trick, he makes
her go out with Joe Carson on five dates.
While "finger planting" Oliver finds his soil loaded with bottles.
Joe Carson spruces up for a date with wealthy Eunice Douglas
Oliver and Lisa discover a bottled carrot!
Mr. Kimball works for the State University
Department of Agriculture.
Joe Carson takes Mrs. Douglas (Oliver's mom) to
play poker at the Elk's Club, bowling, and then
to the diner for a dutch treat meal.
According to the lab's report, Oliver's soil was
made up of 38% bath powder, 28% hand lotion,
14% toothpaste, 12 1/2% cold cream, and 8%
nail polish remover.