Grandma Ida brings her maid along when she comes to watch the house and the boys (Malcolm and Reese) during Hal and Lois and Dewey's short trip to St Louis where Dewey will participate in a piano competition. Ida has decided that Reese is ready to become a man. Tradition, in Ida's home country, says that he must compete with all the boys of the village in a series of tests of strength and will. If he is successful, he gets the maid as his wife. In Reese's modern society, however, there is no village full of boys, so Malcolm is drawn into the competition. Written by
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When Ida is explaining the traditions of the old country to Malcolm and Reese at the table, the cork in the bottle next to Malcolm keeps disappearing and reappearing in between shots. See more
In our country, after the boy turns sixteen, he becomes a "baroche". We watch this boy for one year. When he is ready, he is plucked from his mother's teat and thrown into the town square where he must battle with the other boys for dominance.
Wait, up until this point they're still breastfeeding?
It keeps families close.
[resuming her dramatic narrative
The boys fight each other with all their might. When it is over, the one left standing is the man. The rest are "dronska". Then more ...
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe See more