The White Shadow

Season 3 Episode 1

Reunion (1)

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 16, 1980 on CBS
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Reunion (1)
The third season begins with Coach Reeves visiting Bayside Queens , New York, for his 20th high school reunion and reuniting with old friends, including a high school teammate, an old girlfriend, and his father, whose health is failing. Prior to his leaving, he gets a surprise: Jim Willis has left and Sybil Buchanan is now Carver High School principal!moreless

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  • This episode is all about the coach, and it leaves everyone else behind, and while there are points where it truly shines, it also falls short of what it is.

    While Coach was the defining character of White Shadow, an episode entirely based on him seemed at most times very weak. However, the episode still was impressive with his dealing with a very well acted and believable irish father. Its impressive to see how the character has grown from his past, so in that regard this episode truly was strong in character development. However, this is probably one of my least favorite episodes of White Shadow because I love the players, and with their lack of involvement, it is clear that something is missing from the episode.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • New cast member Larry Flash Jenkins is the only cast member besides Ken Howard and Joan Pringle to appear in every Season 3 episode.

    • New player Wardell Stone is a sophomore, according to what he told Mrs. Buchanan about the "cherry bomb" incident.

    • There is a reference to the "state tournament" in which Carver competed. While California had an unofficial "tournament of champions" held in Oakland every year, there was no recognized California state champion until the 1980-81 season.

    • In this season, Sybil Buchanan (Joan Pringle) is now principal of Carver High. Jim Willis has move to Oakland to become superintendent of schools. Roosevelt Grier joins the cast in a recurring role as wrestling coach Ezra Davis.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Jake Reeves: Am I gonna see the Yankees in the World Series again?
      Dr. McCabe: No, Jake.
      Jake Reeves: Meaning, you think it'll be the Red Sox?

    • Reeves: You never give an inch, do you? You wanna know why? Because you've got nothing left to give. You never gave us anything!
      Jake Reeves: (as Reeves continues to argue) No? I put food in your stomach, Kenneth, and clothes on your back...
      Reeves: Yeah, yeah, and a roof over our heads!
      Jake Reeves: I delivered!
      Reeves: It wasn't enough, you understand!
      Jake Reeves: Day in and day out, I delivered!
      Reeves: Not to me! Not to Katie, and not to Mom, you didn't!
      Jake Reeves: Your mother never had to work a day in her life...
      Reeves: What do you want, a medal? Come on, Dad! To the whole world, you were Mr. Terrific! You always had time for everybody, everybody, that is, except your family! And, now you want me to stay here and eat with you? Why, Dad, why?
      Jake Reeves: Go! Go, go, go, go!
      Reeves: No, no, 36 years! And now you wanna have a SANDWICH? WHY?
      Jake Reeves: Because I'm dying!

  • NOTES (5)

    • Inconsistencies between the opening trailer and the episode: (1) When rescuing the girl at the pool, Reeves is shown swimming under the water in the opposite direction from the trailer, (2) when Reeves meets his father at the airport and his father talks about how the Yankees are different without Thurman Munson, the tone and pace of the conversation and the camera angle are different, and (3) the same goes for when Luther tells Reeves about how "it all begins and ends with New York."

    • In the original broadcast, this episode ended after the exchange between Reeves and his father ("Because I'm dying!). However, in most syndicated cuts, it ends after Reeves consults with his father's doctor.

    • Robert Hooks is Kevin Hooks' father. Kevin played Morris Thorpe.

    • This is the only episode of the entire series in which Kevin Hooks, Byron Stewart, and Timothy Van Patten do not appear.

    • Almost a total overhaul of the opening montage, but with the same theme music (with Episode 1 being the exception). The opening begins with the team practicing and the title appears as Coolidge delivers a behind-the-back pass to Rutherford, who dunks. We see introductory shots of Reeves, Thorpe, and Sybil Buchanan, along with split shots of the other team members. The montage ends with Coolidge doing a reverse dunk, and Reeves jumping in exaltation.