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1996 Season, Episode 124 (Transcript | Credits)
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Red receives an unexpected yet instantly accepted tax refund. However, Harold has his doubts about the whole thing.

Cast (in order of appearance): Harold Green, Red Green, Bill Smith, Mike Hamar, Buzz Sherwood, Winston Rothschild, Moose Thompson (mentioned)

DVD: Red Green: Stuffed and Mounted, Vol. 4

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DVD Commentary by Steve Smith Edit

{from Stuffed and Mounted}

STEVE SMITH: Rick Green– not Red Green, Rick Green created "The Red Green Show" with me, and he plays Bill on the "Adventures With Bill" part like on our first seven or eight seasons; he was doing that. And the thing with Rick is, he likes to be a little bit odd, a little bit crazy, and then he'll go maybe, I don't know, a hundred steps beyond that. And sometimes, when we were doing the Adventures With Bill, he would always do something that was so unbelievable that he was like daring the audience to question his– his part of his joy of working. So in this episode that you're about to see in this show, where he's crushing grapes, try to make his own wine, and there's a scene near the end where his arms are completely flat! Like, to me, it is so obvious that those are little pieces of white cardboard– {covers his mouth suddenly} Oh, I hope I haven't given it away, but... take a look. If you think that Rick went too far, please e-mail him immediately. And in fact, I'll give... I'll give ya his home number, 'cause I know he'd really like to talk to ya.

Segment Summary Edit

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Plot: Red receives a large tax refund from the government. Harold, convinced that this is a mistake, urges Red to call the tax department to sort it out with them, but instead Red first cashes his check and then distributes the money among the rest of the Lodge members, only to find in the end that the money was his to keep all along.

Adventures With Bill: Bill tries various methods of crushing grapes to make wine.

Red's Campfire Songs: A spirit in a campfire.

The Possum Lodge Word Game: Mike tries to guess the word "address" to win a year's supply of unmarked pharmaceuticals from the Crankhouse Pharmacy.

Handyman Corner: Red makes an amphibious car by duct-taping a boat and a boat trailer together.

Midlife: What to expect when your wife wants to have the one more child.

Possum 911: Red and Harold encounter a ferocious dog on the line.

The Experts: Winston explains how to save a viewer's car rental business: by striving to be first.

Fun Facts Edit

Explanations Edit

  • In the Word Game, Mike mentions the number 666, which is traditionally referred to as the Number of the Beast.

Inside References Edit

Real-World ReferencesEdit

  • The part of Red's song on "the artist formerly known as tree" refers to Prince, who for a time was called "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince".
  • "Honest Abe" was a nickname for former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.
  • In the Possum 911 segment, Red exclaims, "Houston, we have a problem!" This line was originally said by the crew of the Apollo 13 moon mission.
    • This phrase was also used as the tagline for the movie Apollo 13, which was released to theaters the same year this episode was filmed.

Famous People Edit

  • Harold mentions the TV show Baywatch Nights, and one of its guest stars, Pamela Lee Anderson.
  • Red claims that the car-to-wine-press pulley is a technique that "dates back to the days of Henry Ford." Ford was the American founder of the Ford Motor Co. and the father of modern assembly lines used in mass production.

Fast ForwardEdit

  • In The Battle Call, Red's Handyman Corner project would also involve (albeit as a side bonus) making an amphibious car.