The 11th and final season of Duck Dynasty premiered on Wednesday, November 16, and fans get to experience the show like they never have before! In good ol’ American fashion, the first episode of the season kicked off with a heated political campaign between two unlikely candidates competing for an important position. Viewers also got to catch more quality couple time between the Robertson brothers and their wives. Us Weekly gathers the premiere’s five moments that made us do a double-take.
Jase for President?
Election season might be over for the rest of the country, but in West Monroe, Louisiana, it had only just begun! The Robertson family may have a history of troublemaking with the Homeowners Association, but that didn’t stop Jase Robertson from being nominated for the presidency. Jase was very confident that he would win his neighbor’s votes, notwithstanding the various disputes he’s had with the longstanding HOA president, Randy.
Si Robertson instantly pledged his support and promised to vote for Jase, but didn’t quite understand that, given he lives 20 miles away in another neighborhood, he couldn’t follow through on this vow. However, Si made it very clear that the only community issue he cared about was keeping his Halloween lights up past Christmas, and possibly even Valentine’s Day. What’s the harm in that?
Flo-HOA vs. FLOTUS
Plot twist: Willie provided some healthy brotherly competition after he announced that he, too, would be vying for control of the HOA. Running off of his truly motivational campaign slogan, “Don’t Be Silly, Elect Willie,” Willie and his wife, Korie Robertson, planted promotional signs around a nearby field. Korie then asked him if he even wanted to be HOA president, to which Willie very candidly responded, “No, I just don’t want Jase to win,” because then “everybody would be burning their garbage and pooping everywhere.” It looks like this neighborhood will be choosing the lesser of two evils!
Willie, who later expressed his interest in running for mayor, boasted to Korie that she would be the “First Lady of the Neighborhood,” or for short, “The Flo-HOA” (pronounced flo-ho-uh). Move over, Michelle Obama? Or, maybe don’t quite yet, because Korie seemed to be very offended by the title her husband recommended she adopt.
Narcissism at Best
Meanwhile, Jep Robertson was busy pitying himself for the lack of attention he has gotten from the family, compared to his politically driven brothers. When the family matriarch, Kay Robertson, painted a mural of the brothers, Jep demanded — in an effort to boost his own ego — that his mom’s depiction of him appear to be extremely muscular and strong, more so than his normal appearance. Jep tried to justify this false portrayal by explaining, “This is going to be there for all time, so this is like me in three years. This is what I’ll look like.”
In fact, he felt so secure in the mural that he suggested to his wife, Jessica Robertson, that it be hung in their bedroom. That is not what Jessica’s dreams are made of, as she was quick to decline this suggestion and continue poking fun at her husband’s inflated ego.
Politics Per Usual
The hot and heated election drew to a close after Jase and Willie pitched their ideas to the town. Jase suggested that the money the town saves in case of emergency be redistributed back to the community, with every citizen being paid a check of $10. This would completely obliterate the town’s backup plan, but an optimistic and rather ignorant Jase didn’t seem very concerned. He proudly made it known that all he cared about was “Common sense and freedom. No rules,” to which Randy replied, “Government 101.” Welcome to Washington, boys.
The votes are in, and Willie won by a landslide! However, his happiness slowly diminished when he was struck with the sudden realization that the position would pose a serious time commitment, or “homework,” as Willie called it. Before Randy finished explaining the presidential duties, Willie interrupted him and declared, “Hey, I’m busy.” All bets were off once he realized that he would even have to work during hunting season!
Willie then asked, “Has anybody ever quit? My parents always taught me that quitters never win. But I’ve already won, so I’m pretty sure that doesn’t apply.” Willie then tendered his resignation, which Randy happily accepted. Summing up the whole situation perfectly, Si joined the group and explained that the entire political process was corrupt. Si, you may have a point there.
Tell Us: Who should have won the election?
Duck Dynasty airs on A&E Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET.
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