I know we all know you shouldn't be hitting your kids, but it happened back then. It happened in the 70s. With that out of the way - I'd say Herman was fairly lenient because he's mouthed off in the last episode too, and Herman let it go. Not that I'm giving Herman credit for waiting to smack him, but I think you all get the point.
I'll give credit to Alvin for faking papers to enlist in the war. I can imagine how crushing it must be to be cut down so quickly. I didn't have a problem with him feeling sorry for himself.
I liked the crack about 'the stock market being up so now everything is ok.'
Wow that southern accent was *rich* this episode.
Yeesh, the use of 'relocate' is a loaded term.