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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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7.7
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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.
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