The Waltons

Season 3 Episode 20

The Shivaree

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 30, 1975 on CBS
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Wedding plans for the daughter of a friend go awry when the mountain custom of kidnapping the groom gets out of hand.

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  • An episode that sort of grows in stature when you think of some of the themes in more depth.

    7.5
    A juvenile Appalachian custom almost breaks up two newlyweds.



    I originally didn't like this installment but came to appreciate it more on thinking of it. The characters are interesting and show some stretching of personality. The Waltons are involved when a yong girl who was named after Olivia announces that her fiance is arriving on the mountain for their wedding. As plans are underway, the men of Walton's Mountain decide that it's time to revive the idea of "shivaree" - a type of hazing of the groom on the night of the marriage ceremony. John Walton is well-scripted, gently reminding the guys that other people might not be as open to the idea as the locals, but ultimately to no avail.



    The "shivaree" is mainly a form of fraternity-type "hazing", kidnapping the groom and leaving him out in the wilds to find his way home again. Bob (the groom) is firmly against the idea, but Ike Godsey (normally a quiet and solid storekeeper) is taken with the male-bonding to the point that he is almost in a frenzy. It's interesting to watch how people get caught up in a group behavior and act very differently, in this case, almost ruining the marriage itself. The ideas of how fragile young love can be, and how childish men can act in numbers are well-examined in a realistic setting - with a bit of historical culture thrown in to boot. I would say this one is worth watching, even if just to see Ike on his motorcycle yelling "shivaree!" at the top of his lungs.moreless
Lee Philips

Lee Philips

Minister

Guest Star

Deborah White

Deborah White

Young Olivia

Guest Star

E.J. André

E.J. André

Hyder Snow

Guest Star

Robert Donner

Robert Donner

Yancy Tucker

Recurring Role

Wilford Brimley

Wilford Brimley

Horace Brimley

Recurring Role

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    • Opening Narration: People coming to Walton's Mountain for the first time may have been surprised to find that we had such a good life. More often than not, outsiders' impressions of hill people are formed by comic strip characters or jokes about hillbillies. We were neither, yet, we did have our rituals and our customs which must have seemed odd to outlanders. I remember a time when one of our Blue Ridge customs caused a great deal of discomfort to a visitor and almost broke up a marriage that had just barely gotten under way.

    • Closing Narration: Bob and Lyvia were to enjoy the remainder of their honeymoon in the privacy of the old cabin on top of Walton's Mountain, and when it was over they returned to Richmond, secure in their marriage and in their love for each other.

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