They’re baaaaaaack. ‘Duck Dynasty’ fans flocked to their television screens for its long-awaited return on Wednesday, August 14. Season 4, episode 1 kicked off with the cast members we all know and love….and even brought us a new addition. Based on the current internet commentary, this just may have been the funniest hour of the hit A&E show to date.
We are first reunited with Willie and Jep who are playing a good ole’ fashioned game of Battleship. Not surprisingly, they are fiercely competitive, and Jep is irritating Willie to the max. As they continue to battle it out, their wives are clearly plotting something.
They make it known that Phil and Kay’s anniversary is coming up. Of course the guys suggest guns or knives as a gift, but Korie decides they should plan a wedding to renew their vows. Phil and Kay married young, and never had a real wedding. Therefore, their daughter-in-laws and sons (whether they like it or not) will be organizing the big event.
Missy is of course on board with Korie and Jessica. Meanwhile, it’s the joke at the Duck Commander shop. Jase’s phone is blowing up with texts with Missy, and Willie is clearly being instructed by Korie. Godwin claims that the men are whipped, and continues to make “whip sounds” as the planning continues.
The second time bride and groom-to-be are out fishing unbeknownst of what is taking place elsewhere. Kay does however ask Phil to guess day ‘tomorrow’ is. Her pioneer man guesses pretty much everything except their anniversary. Kay acknowledges that Phil isn’t very good at dates, and says she told Phil last year that it was her birthday when it wasn’t, and she therefore ended up with two gifts.
Nonetheless, the pair has been married for 48 years.
The wives continue their planning blissfully, while the husbands continue to moan and groan. Godwin continues to make whipping sounds as the demands are made. As the ladies try to talk to their men at the warehouse, Korie compare it to teaching a kindergarten class. Korie appoints Si as the most integral piece of the whole thing, but Willie is convinced that Si doesn’t even know what the word ‘integral’ means.
Si is to be the distraction that gets Phil and Kay out of their house, so that the rest of the crew can get everything set up. He is given strict instructions not to arrive with them until 5:00.
Si makes a phone call to Phil and Kay with everyone watching and critiquing from the get-go. The wives are nervous and trying to direct the call, while Si struggles to find the correct words. He nearly spills the beans five minutes into it, but ultimately tells them that he is coming by to get them tomorrow. He uses a new ice cream place as his excuse.
Phil is slightly confused about Si coming by to pick them up, but goes with it. Si arrives fashionably late saying he almost ran out of gas to get there, but that he didn’t want to be late. Kay and Phil are both confused by his excuse, as he is late anyways. He claims he drove slow to save gas, and that is why he still ended up late.
As Si takes his brother and sister-in-law out on an excursion, the rest of the crew is setting up the wedding of Miss Kay’s dreams.
“I wouldn’t call this work – to me this is more in line with torture,” says Jase.
We then get to meet the oldest Robertson son, Alan. The beardless Pastor is the one to officiate the ceremony. Willie calls him the black sheep of the family.
Meanwhile, Si is driving Miss Kay…and Phil down memory lane….though they aren’t remembering any of it. He brings them to what he insists is the house where they first met. Si insists it was Debbie Gibson’s house, and that she was the one that introduced them. Phil tells him he’s wrong and that they met on a ball field. The only Debbie Gibson Phil can think of is the singer. They continue to argue about how they met, who introduced them, etc. However, Si is fulfilling his distracting duties. He tells the happy couple that their memory is hazing.
Willie and Jase aren’t too pleased about being assigned a ‘lights’ job. Jep of course gets the fun job of running to the bakery for the cake.
Phil and Kay still can’t recall anything that Si is pointing out. They don’t remember the ‘dilapidated crack house,’ and now they don’t recognize the fireworks stand that used to supposedly be something else.
Jase just can’t take any of it anymore. He’s got to go get some fish or he’s ‘liable to stab himself with a salad fork…or a dinner fork.’ He can’t tell the difference. Either way, the guy has got to catch some dinner, and avoid ‘torture.’
Next up, a beloved cast member makes his return. Mountain Man, the Robertson’s neighbor and air conditioning repairman is the guy in charge of building the arbor….one of the most important details of the day.
Si’s memory lane quest continues in the woods. He keeps pointing out different trees, and trying to jog their memory.
“I’m like an elephant. I remember it all,” declares Si.
Still, Si gets Phil’s classic ‘no’ every time he asks if he remembers. Phil admits that he’s about to pick a tree and say he remembers it. He is really just interested in where the ice cream is.
Back at the vow renewal site, Korie isn’t pleased with Willie’s work. Missy freaks out when she catches Jase fishing.
Finally, Phil and Kay come across one actual memory on memory lane. They end up at a tree that they both carved their names into…and of course Si’s name is with theirs. After all, he’s always been with them.
Mountain Man constructs an impressive arbor that Korie praises him for. He then offers to help Willie cover the zip ties on his work.
Jep arrives back with the cake, and is met with admiration as always. The guys, then slip into their tuxes….that don’t fit. Willie decides that he should be the ‘best man’ because he’s the CEO.
Phil and Kay then pull up with Mr. Distraction himself. Kay is excited to learn that she will finally be getting the wedding of her dreams. Phil then takes on the task of choosing his ‘best man.’ Willie immediately offers to fill the role. Phil chooses Alan, the oldest, but can’t use him since he’s officiating. Jep thinks he is the man for the job because he is Kay’s favorite. Despite the offers, Phil chooses Si. He chooses him for his service to the country, and because they’ve been running together since the beginning.
The wedding guests arrive for the big day. Missy sings, and Si stands in his best man spot with his tea cup in hand.
Kay declares that she has loved Phil since they were 14. She loved this man when they were poor and when he was not so nice…but now he’s really nice and really kind. She isn’t going anywhere, and she is going to love him forever.
Phil says they’ve been running together since they were teenagers in the old blue Chevrolet with Si in the back, and notes that they brought four men into this world. He says he is going to be with her for the long haul, until they put him in the ground.
Si pops in during the objection time to give an endearing little speech of his own.
The day seems to run beautifully, and in the end everybody is happy, happy, happy.
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