The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Divorce, Mountain Style 

Charlene Darling uses a mountain ritual to divorce Dud Wash and marry Andy.

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Charlene Darling Wash (as Maggie Peterson)
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Charlene Darling shows up in Mayberry alone and asking Andy for his help. He agrees and they go off into the woods where she buries something, finally announcing that she has divorced Dud Wash and is now free to marry - and that Andy is her intended. Soon, her father Briscoe and the entire Darling clan are in town to make sure Andy lives up to his obligations. Barney goes off to the library to find a book on local folklore and see if there's anything they can do to reverse what seems to be the inevitable. Sure enough, all it will take is the presence of a white horse with a black rider traveling east-west to curse the betrothed. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family

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30 March 1964 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Actor Hoke Howell, who originated the role of Dud Wash, wasn't cast in this episode because this was the year CBS launched "Gilligan's Island," and they wanted to promote the new show by casting Bob Denver. See more »

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Obvious stunt double for Barney when he's riding the white horse around in a circle while yelling, "East to West! East to West!" See more »

Quotes

Briscoe Darling: How many girls you know has got a wood floor and a husband that hardly ever hits ya?
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Shady Grove
Traditional
Performed by Maggie Mancuso and The Dillards
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Barney interferes in a strange mountain divorce
5 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Charlene Darlin Wash hitchhikes to Mayberry and asks Sheriff Taylor to take her somewhere. She is very secretive about her destination and motives but Barney convinces Andy to go along. They arrive in a secluded wooded area and stop when the mountain girl spots a specific tree she is looking for. She then buries a sack near the tree and does incantations over the spot. Bernie explains that someone must be sick in the mountains and this is part of the cure. She motions for Andy to stand on her right side while she finishes the ceremony, unaware that it is a divorce incantation, not a spell for health. By his standing next to her, he unwittingly becomes her bridegroom. The episode revolves around Andy trying to escape being forced into marrying this mountain girl. Barney finds a book on mountain folk lore and tries to find a way out of this mess, only making matters worse in the process. This is a very strange and funny episode involving superstitions and ways of secretive mountain folk and their ways that are so different than those of the people in Mayberry. I'm often reminded of Beverly Hillbillies watching this episode because the mountain folk are very similar to the characters of that show. The character of Charlene in particular reminds me a great deal of Ellie May. The divorced husband who is upset and Andy and keeps wanting to fight is a very young Bob Denver before he stared in Gilligan's Island.


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