Duck Dynasty is about a family-owned business that makes duck calls, marked under the name "Duck Commander," with a unique design that has been very successful. The primary character is CEO Willie Robertson, college grad and ramrod of the family industry.
Most apparent is that Gillette will not be buying commercial time on this show. There's more hair on the males than you'd find at a werewolf convention. Despite the usual contrived story lines associated with reality shows, it does look as though it would be fun to hang out with this family. In the first episode, one of them gets the idea that it would be nice to have some ducks around to use in testing each hand-made duck call.
The lowest area on the factory property is right at the loading dock, and after blocking the drain with a sheet of plywood, a rock and at least one other miscellaneous item, a hose is set to start flooding the pond-to-be. Another employee notes that this new project is underway and calls Willie at the Robertson family home, where he's helping his mother make a DVD about cooking frog legs. We saw the frog hunt earlier in the episode, and for those who might emulate it, you need a catcher, someone to drive the boat, and any available idiot to put them in the cooler and sit on the lid.
Willie drives up as the water is beginning to make a significant pond in front of the loading dock, and the new ducks (from the pet store) are trying it out. He scolds the other family members and employees, herding them back inside to actually work. While staring at them, all at their work stations as if they were in detention, he asks if the pond idea was any good. When it was explained that nobody had actually fully tested the idea, he decided to try it out.
I've never seen mallards at a pet shop, but in Louisiana, who knows. Maybe a farm store.
The episode wraps with the happy hillbillies sitting on the loading dock, blatting duck calls at the contented ducks. Will we see this pond again? Will they be wearing waders to put the garbage in the dumpster that is now an island in the stream?
Willie complains that the problem with hiring relatives is that you can't fire them. I suspect that the family attitude to some members is that, "yeah, he's an idiot...but he's OUR idiot."
I have no idea why hairy hillbillies are suddenly the darlings of all manner of reality TV shows. Maybe it's just that they're fun to hang out with, a new kind of zoo animal. This means we won't probably see comparable shows about lawyers and accountants because they just aren't as much fun.
Edited by TWoP Howard, Dec 20, 2013 @ 2:44 PM.