Olvia and John finally get a chance to take their postponed honeymoon to Virginia Beach.



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Episode credited cast:
Olivia Walton (as Miss Michael Learned)
Erin Walton (as Mary Elizabeth McDonough)
The Narrator (voice) (as Earl Hamner)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tammi Bula ...
Marcia Woolery (as Tami Bula)
Greg Mabrey ...


Needing a change from the everyday routine, Olivia vents her frustrations one day. To make it up to her John proposes that they take the honeymoon trip they never had and spend a few days at the beach. Since Granma already had a previous commitment, it is left up to Grandpa to supervise the children while Olivia and John are away. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com

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Drama | Family | Romance




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10 January 1974 (USA)  »

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While ironing, Olivia sets the 'hot' iron down flush against the board and holds it there for several minutes. This would singe the board cover badly and is not something that her character (a house-proud regular ironer) would do without a reaction. See more »


Elizabeth Walton: What's a honeymoon?
Mary Ellen Walton: It's something you're supposed to take after you get married.
Elizabeth Walton: Like medicine?
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John-Boy Needs to learn history better
28 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Honeymoon was interesting but it had some portions that bothered me.

One troublesome day when nobody seemed to listen to her caused Olivia to stage her own sit-down strike. John comes in and suggest she needs a vacation, and suggests they use their emergency money to go to Virginia Beach for a few days, taking the honeymoon they never had. Olivia is reluctant because she doesn't want to leave the children, but agrees, knowing Grandma and Grandpa will be there.

Then everything seems to go against these plans. The engine for the mill breaks, and it turned out the exact date John reserved a hotel for is just when Grandma has to go to Richmond to chaperon a children's choir. But they all come up with extra money and Olivia is convinced that they can manage without her, even though Grandma will be gone too, and so they depart.

About ¾ of the way to the beach, the truck breaks down and the honeymooners spend the night in the truck in a thunderstorm, instead of at the beach.

At home, John-Boy is having more trouble with Marcia Woolery, this time she is wanting to be more serious about their future than he is. Reckless chases a skunk into the house, forcing everyone to sleep in the barn. The next morning, Erin and Elizabeth wake up with a cold. Then John-Boy is atop a hill arguing with Marcia and he winds up tumbling down the hillside, dislocating his shoulder.

After a nice walk on a cold and lonely beach, Olivia telephones Ike to make sure everyone is O.K. Ike tells about everything that has gone wrong, so John and Olivia quickly check out and head home.

Overall it was a good episode. The problems I had were Olivia's constant worry about the children. As they were driving that first day, she seemed on the verge of insisting John turn around. Then, before they've been at the hotel for a full day, she has to phone home. I would like to have told her: "Worry if you must, but focus on enjoying yourself, knowing their grandpa and almost-college-age son will take care of any problems that come up." I understand the someone like Olivia couldn't totally forget about her family, but she was just too concerned for my tastes.

I didn't care for the ongoing discussion between John-Boy and Marcia. They seem to never have any fun together, but just argue. Here, she is totally concerned about a permanent relationship and seems at one point to be trying to talk John-Boy out of even going to college. He just wants to continue seeing her through high school, particularly for upcoming school events. He understands that long term plans are unwise.

It also seemed odd that nobody mentioned dates before the hotel was booked, since John and Olivia could have easily planned to go right after Grandma came back from her trip. The way they easily came up with extra money when their funds were suddenly depleted was also too convenient.

I also didn't like the ending, where they somehow had money to make up for the interrupted honeymoon, without explanation.

As a fan of history, I had a problem with the show's references to sit-down strikes. After Olivia announces that she is on one, John-Boy explains to the younger children that a bunch of fellows in Detroit sat down on the job and stayed there until they got mediation to get what they wanted.

The first sit-down strike that would likely have ever reached the knowledge of a homemaker from rural Virginia took place nearly 3 years later than the setting of this episode, which was early 1934. It did not take place in Detroit, but in Flint, Michigan, with focus on two auto plants, including one that was two blocks from where I grew up.

It would have been better if Olivia just got upset and declared to John that she needs to get away from everything for a few days and John said that they cleared enough extra money on his last job that they could take a few days off.

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