If there is one thing that viewers of "Duck Dynasty" have learned through observation and could pass on to the other Robertsons, it is: Don't let Uncle Si get involved.
Some rednecks are hilarious. Just look at Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, and Ron White. Some are funny on the radio as well. The "Duck Dynasty" guys at Duck Commander have taken to listening to Mountain Man's hunting show on the radio, more to make sniping comments about Mountain Man's slow-drawled hunting stories and tips than to actually increase their knowledge about good hunting techniques. And they discover during "Good Morning, West Monroe" that the boss, CEO Willie Robertson, is scheduled as a guest on Mountain Man's show.
Uncle Si and Jase (Willie's uncle and brother, respectively) both scoff at the idea, noting that Willie's hunting skills were minimal at best. So when Willie announces to the duck call-making crew that he's going on the radio, he's at a loss to find a way to tell Si he can't come along. However, he warns Si that he is not being brought along to talk. That's not about to happen, because Si is a talker. Besides, as Si told the Duck Commander crew, he did a radio show when he was in Vietnam, just like Robin Williams in the movie, "Good Morning, Vietnam." (Willie's take: The older Si gets, the more he had to do with the war in Vietnam. Willie believes that it won't be long before Si will have fought the entire war singled-handed.)
To make things interesting, when Willie and Si get to the radio station, Si can't resist ringing the little service bell at the receptionist's desk. In a confessional, he says it's a compulsion that even he doesn't understand, but have bell, will ring...
Willie scolds his uncle like a child, telling him to stop ringing the bell. Si explains that he just can't help himself...
The second storyline in "Good Morning, West Monroe" (by the way, West Monroe is the Louisiana town the Robertson clan call their hometown) revolves around Jase having to do yard work around his house. He gets in trouble with his wife, Missy, when he and Martin and brother Jep rake leaves onto the driveway and set them afire (Jase: nothing more pleasing to the redneck ear than "whoosh!", the sound of something catching fire).
Father Phil brings over some chickens and Jase wonders whether or not he should cage them or allow them to free range. The wife warns him that they're going to get called in for violating their homeowners agreement. Missy assures him they'll get complaints from the neighbors and the homeowners association. Jase can't believe he lives in a neighborhood where he pays people to tell him how to live. Jase says he'll fight it. Why can't he burn leaves and have chickens if he wants them? The wife just rolls her eyes and shakes her head.
Back at the radio station, Willie and Si get seated across from Mountain Man and they go live. The first question asked of Willie, Si butts in and says he remembered a time while duck hunting that Willie didn't shoot any ducks and started crying. Willie denied it. (Si maintained it was a true story, even in confessional.) The next caller wanted Si to tell them more stories about Willie's hunting prowess. Si was more than happy to tell the world about Willie getting so mad one time while hunting that he threw his shotgun into the water.
Willie can't believe the trainwreck his radio debut has become. Si not only hijacked the spotlight, he was making him a laughingstock. At one point, one of the callers, who sounded suspiciously like brother Jase, suggests to Si to tell the story when Willie's pants fell down. Finally, he asked Mountain what kind of show he was running. Couldn't they talk about hunting?
Mountain Man asks, "Did you manage to get any hunting done, Willie?"
With everyone laughing (except Willie), there ends Mountain Man's show and Willie's hope of finding another outlet for his Duck Commander (and its sister hunting company, Buck Commander) line of products by being seen as a hunting expert. Si pronounces, "Si Robertson, out," and produces the little bell from the front office and rings it. Willie is incredulous. On top of it all, Si had stolen the radio station's service bell...
Back in Jase and Missy's neighborhood, they head to the homeowners association meeting. Phil and Miss Kay tag along. They introduce themselves (Miss Kay tells them she brought a casserole) and Jase starts talking about burning leaves. The guy at the front of the assembly (held in a garage) tells him that he'll have to wait his turn and to have a seat. Jase muses that he's witnessing a meeting of zombies as the head of the homeowners association drones on and on about not having yard sales, lighting curfews, etc. When he finally opens the floor to discussion, Jase goes to the front and starts paraphrasing the Declaration of Independence. He quickly moves to his right to have chickens if he wants them, not that they eat bugs, they fertilize the lawn, and if things go wrong -- they can be potted (whereupon Miss Kay again announces she has brought a casserole). Phil keeps saying, "Amen." Missy has her head in her hands, obviously embarrassed.
When Jase concludes, the gentleman presiding over the meeting points out that, Jase's personal beliefs aside, he had signed an agreement not to burn leaves in his yard or to have chickens on the property. He handed Jase a copy of the agreement. Jase looks like he hit a wall. "Okay," he says, "We're outta here." And the entire clan leaves. Phil says they're taking the casserole with them.
After walking into the duck call warehouse and catching the guys listening to the Mountain Man radio show debacle and laughing, Willie tells Si that his radio career is over and he shouldn't have told those lies about him on the radio. Si says the stories were true. And Willie brought up Si's assertion that Willie couldn't bow hunt. Si said that was also true. Jase suggests a test of Willie's skill, so the crew adjourn to the warehouse to the "archery range."
Willie can't believe that the guys have set up an archery target inside the warehouse (which was hidden behind wrapped pallets of warehouse material and boxes. Jase suggests that he choose his bow, whereupon Willie discovers that at least one of the bows is his. (They "borrowed" it, someone volunteered.) Jase lays down the rules: If Willie hits the target, Si's radio career is over. If he misses, Si can go back on the radio and say whatever he likes.
Willie hits the bullseye. Si says they never shook on it. Willie rolls his eyes and tells the guys to get rid of the "archery range." They ignore him and head back to the duck call assembly room...
Take Home Message: Rules exist for a reason. They are constructed and enforced for the betterment of the group. Whether they be the provisions concerning living in a regulated neighborhood or the social rules that govern what we say around or about others, rules provide a framework upon which the majority agrees and can observe in a relatively stable accord. Of course, there are outliers, like Jase's stubbornness to accept the rules of his neighborhood and Si's inability to filter out stories that would bring public embarrassment to his nephew. And although some outside-the-boundaries behavior can sometimes be overlooked, it should be noted that tolerance only goes so far and that errant behavior often has consequences. Jase lost his battle with the homeowners association and must deal with the fact that he can't do what he agreed not to do. Si discovered that joking around can be fun, but it also has its limitations. Because tolerance is a two-way street and works best when traffic flows unencumbered, where those in traffic follow basic established guidelines and reach compromises on behavior (like which side of the road one travels). You can always agree to disagree, just as long as you don't impede traffic.
"Duck Dynasty" airs on AETV at 10 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday nights.
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