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Plot Summary

In this riotously funny Southern-fried comedy, the three Verdeen cousins—Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette—could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion. Their outrageous antics have delighted local gossips in the small town of Sweetgum (just down the road from Fayro) and the eyes of Texas are upon them, as their self-righteous Aunt LaMerle is quick to point out. Having “accidentally” crashed her minivan through the bedroom wall of her husband’s girlfriend’s doublewide, Gaynelle is one frazzled nerve away from a spectacular meltdown. Peaches, a saucy firebrand and the number one mortuarial cosmetologist in the tri-county area, is struggling to decide if it’s time to have her long-absent trucker husband declared dead. And Jimmie Wyvette, the rough-around-the-edges store manager of Whatley’s Western Wear, is resorting to extreme measures to outmaneuver a priss-pot neighbor for the affections of Sweetgum’s newest widower. But the cousins can’t back out of the reunion now. It’s on, Gaynelle’s hosting it, and Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette have decided that its success is the perfect way to prove Gaynelle’s sanity to a skeptical court-appointed psychologist. Unfortunately, they face an uphill battle as a parade of wildly eccentric Verdeens gathers on the hottest day of July, smack-dab in the middle of Texas tornado season. Things spin hilariously out of control when a neighbor’s pet devours everything edible, a one-eyed suitor shows up to declare his love, and a jaw-dropping high-stakes wager is made on who bakes the best red velvet cake. As this fast-paced romp barrels toward its uproarious climax, you’ll wish your own family reunions were this much fun!

Character Descriptions

CEE CEE WINDHAM: the sassy and stylish host of “Hospitality House”.
GAYNELL VERDEEN BODEEN: a walking nervous breakdown.
LaMERLE VERDEN MINSHEW: the sharp tongued matriarch of the Verdeen clan.
JIMMIE WYVETTE VERDEEN: a hearty (overweight) good ol’ girl with and unfortunate uni-brow.
PEACHES VERDEEN BELROSE: the saucy #1 mortuarial cosmetologist in the tri-county area.
BITSY HARGIS: Gaynell’s neighbor.
SHERIFF GROVER: stereotypical Texas sheriff with mirrored sunglasses and a bad attitude.
ELSA DOWDALL: the skeptical court appointed psychologist.
MAMA DOLL HARGIS: Bitsy’s mother.
PURVIS VERDEEN: his favorite past time is taking pictures of dead relatives.