|1998 Season, Episode 164 (Transcript | Credits)|| |
Red starts his own postal system.
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Plot: Red complains that the postal system is useless after he sent away for a refund on a chainsaw and never got it. Harold discovers the refund in a pile of mail, but Red still thinks the postal system stinks and decides to start his own postal system, against Harold's continuous objections. Red prods Harold to help him and Harold finally agrees, albeit reluctantly. After having a run-in with angry dogs, Red decides to think bigger in his plan: instead of having his customers pay him fifty cents for every letter delivered, he will have them pay a dollar not to have it delivered. Harold points out such a plan is basically called withholding mail, which is a federal offense. In the end, Red and Harold get arrested and charged with a federal misdemeanor.
Opening Scene: Red shows how to fix a car scratch made by a vandal, by covering it over with duct tape to make it look like a racing stripe.
The Possum Lodge Word Game: Mike tries to guess the word "lawn" to win a coupon for a handheld vacuum.
Red's Campfire Songs: Dusty Farnes, who drank all the beer in the lodge.
Handyman Corner: Red makes a pacemaker out of a balloon, a tape recorder and an alarm clock.
Red's Sage Advice: How to deal with new technology.
New Member Night: Ranger Gord brings in a new member, Birchum J. Merdim, who has named every shrub between Possum Lake and Port Asbestos and will take lodge members on hiking trips.
Adventures With Bill: Red and Bill use a pop can to do some target shooting.
The Experts: Mike explains what to do when a person doesn't want to go to a high school reunion.
- In his Sage Advice column, Red describes several pieces of equipment typically found in high-end home theater systems.
- Betamax and VHS were two competing video tape formats. VHS won the format war, but the Beta format retained a loyal following for many years.
- The chainsaw carving in Adventures With Bill was created by Tom Sveine.
- Adventures With Bill contains instances of both Bill pulling things out of his overalls (a fishing rod and a rifle) and damaging the Possum Van (Bill accidentally shoots a tire with the rifle).
- The Experts includes a reference to Mike's criminal past.
- The multiple letters from Ed McMahon are most likely from Publisher's Clearing House, a company famous for advertising magazine subscriptions via by-mail sweepstakes programs, which usually tell recipients they may have won millions of dollars.
- Harold mentions the TV show Xena: Warrior Princess.