My Big Redneck Vacation wrapped up on Saturday night, but not before giving one last hurrah to the queen.
Finally, the rednecks from Shreveport, Louisiana, are heading home from England on My Big Redneck Vacation on CMT—but not before seeing the queen.
It was kind of funny, listening to the staff talk about the Clampets, and how they had brightened up the castle, especially when you remember how horrified they obviously were by them in the beginning.
“Not long now. I’m going to miss them so much,” Wendy, the maid, said.
“I had an amazing time, and I think I’ve learned so many things,” Chef Dennis agreed.
You’ve got to wonder exactly what he learned from the Clampets--how to deep-fry basically anything, probably--but, anyway.
“I don’t really want to talk about them going home,” Wendy said. “They’ve made this place alive.”
Well, that they did.
“They’ve transformed this place from something to something amazing,” Chef Dennis observed.
Hmmmmm. Well, okay.
God Save the Queen (from the Clampets)
But, of course, when the queen came to town, there was no way the gang could miss that one—and, given their undeniable generous spirit (no one, whatever they might not like about the Clampets, could deny that they are a generous bunch), they invited the staff to go along with them. And, the group was thrilled, learning about tailgating and actually getting to dress in something other than those stuffy uniforms; they were hardly recognizable in “everyday wear.”
They made it a real holiday, face painting and, of course, kicking back with a few—okay, a lot of—beers.
“I can’t wait,” Heath said when he was told, emphatically, he was not to be serving the crowd.
As usual the gang mixed with the crowd, shocking some, sending some into gales of laughter, probably a lot of them not believing a word they were hearing.
When the queen came by, thankfully, she did not stop for the cameras; it’s just hard to imagine that she would have appreciated a cold Bud Light with the gang. The Clampets seemed a bit put off that she didn’t even stop and get out and wave or something, but it didn’t seem to put a damper on their party time.
On their last day, they played softball. Again, they invited Wendy, Dennis and Heath. They were a bit hesitant—Heath, in particular—but they agreed. They weren’t terribly good—they weren’t exactly familiar with the game—but, as always, it was a good time. Well, not so much when the owner showed up to the castle—he wasn’t angry or anything, but the staff was flustered and uncomfortable.
“I knew it was a bad idea,” Heath said as they walked back to the castle.
The staff was sad—in tears, even as they finished up the last meal in the castle. And, they even had a “family style” dinner, with the staff eating at the table. After dinner, they presented the staff and castle owner with “a little something” to remember them by—a painting of the gang in the castle.
“Wow,” the stunned castle owner said.
And, yes, it was a “wow.”
Everyone got gifts—hot sauce, camo bandanas, etc. And, there was a final night of some “redneck games” and drinking around the bonfire. And, when they left the next morning, there were tears and goodbyes all around. But, as Heath said:
“Life goes on.”
Next week, there will not be a new My Big Redneck Vacation, but check out Bayou Billionaires, beginning a new season on Saturday, September 15, at 9/8c on CMT.