Ep.16 - The Matchmakers

  Original Airdate: January 9, 1975
Writer: John McGreevey
Director: Jack Shea


  "When you're part of a family where eleven people live under one roof, you're not likely to spend much time thinking about loneliness, you're more likely to be looking for ways to have even a few minutes by yourself. But, I remember a visitor who showed us all the face of loneliness, not only her own, but that of a man close to us, a man we had, until then, taken for granted, but had never really known."


  Cora Walton makes a surprise visit from Doe Hill. At first the family doesn't know who she is but Zeb and Esther are the first to recognize her, John then introduces her to his family. They learn that Corabeth’s mother passed away at the age of 79 a month ago and although she stated her intentions to look for a position in Richmond she immediately imposes herself on the family.

Esther is unimpressed with Corabeth’s lack of effort around the house, John-Boy has lost the use of his bedroom after she takes it over as a guest room and she interupts the family from conducting their usual schedule. She even makes impositions like inviting the Baldwin sisters over for an unannounced tea. Despite all this, Ike Godsey is quite taken by her ways. He impresses upon John his affection for her who suggests that he call upon her for dinner. Corabeth is somewhat cool to Ike's advances. He then invites Corabeth, John and Olivia to dinner at Versailles, the finest French restaurant in Charlottesville. Ike tries to impress Corabeth with fancy quotes from a book he has borrowed from John-Boy. His efforts have with no affect on Corabeth yet she feels romantic remorse at the sight of seeing how happy John and Olivia look on dance floor. Later that night after they arrive home Corabeth enters the house sobbing. She's has accepted Ike’s marriage proposal as he said goodnight to her on the porch.

The next day John goes to see Ike and asks him if he is sure if he is making the right decision but Ike is tired of being a bachelor and is ready to share his life no matter the changes that may come with it.

Corabeth on the other hand fears that she has missed her chance to find a relationship like John and Olivia's. Olivia helps her to understand that there are many different reasons that people marry and that there are many different types of happiness that people find in companionship. Although both are very nervous of what is to come they are married and begin their new life together.

Secondary Story:


Erin is feeling sorry for herself for being the “unforgotten” middle daughter. John-Boy decides to take her in to Charlottesville to have her picture taken at a professional photography studio. She meets another girl at the studio who feels even worse about her appearance. Erin and John-boy help to raise her spirits. The two girls then decide to enter their best photo into the Jefferson County Sweetheart Competition. Erin is very happy when she learns that her new friend Rebecca has won.


  "I couldn't say that Cousin Corabeth and Ike lived happily ever after, but it seemed they had their share of happiness along with their troubles and griefs. To my knowledge, my father never again played the role of matchmaker, though with four sons and three daughters his opportunities were endless."

Episode Notes & Interesting Facts:

  • This marks the first appearance of Corabeth Godsey.

Additional Cast:


Guest Stars: Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Walton) with: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Mary Jackson (Miss Emily), Helen Kleeb (Miss Mamie), John Ritter (Reverend Fordwick), Audrey Berindey (Rebecca), Lanna Saunders (Mrs. Cook), Jon Locke (Beldon)


Music from this episode:

Corabeth plays the piano
Jason plays "The Wedding March" on the church organ


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