Episode 20 - The Hostage
(28 April 1981)
Writer: Marjorie Fowler.
Director: Herbert Hirschman.
Music: Alexander Courage
"The post war years brought great social change and progress to our community, but for the hill folk living above us on the mountain it was as though time had passed them by. They held on rigidly to their old ways and customs, even if it meant breaking the law".
While making her rounds on the Mountain, Mary Ellen finds Rance Crooks dying. Before passing on he tells Mary Ellen that he has willed his house and his granddaughter (Sissie) to Job Moonie. Upon the grandfather’s death, Job buries the man, ready to marry the young girl. Mary Ellen tells Job he can’t marry Sissie because it is against the law to marry a minor. Job refuses to listen. Mary Ellen convinces Sissie to leave with her so Sissie can decide for herself how to live her life.
Octavia, cousin to the
At the house, Sissie joins the family for
supper. She thinks they are rich after seeing the ‘grand’ house that they live.
Mary Ellen decides to take Sissie to the welfare office in order to find her a
foster family. Mary Ellen is concerned what Job will do when he finds Sissie
While Octavia is working on a chandelier it falls to the floor, nearly killing Miss Mamie and Miss Emily who moments before were standing below it. Octavia says it will be easier to work on it at floor level.
Frantically, the family searches for
After Octavia fixes The Recipe machine, the sisters decide to celebrate with a jar of the spring 1919 Recipe. Miss Mamie and Miss Emily decide to drink the last jar, but first leave to find the silver goblets in which to toast. Suddenly, The Recipe machine explodes, nearly killing them. Octavia says more seal solder is needed.
Ep finds Job inside his house, pointing his
gun out a window. He explains that kidnapping is a federal offense. Job decides
not to give himself up but, instead, runs out the back door, smashing the door
against Ben’s head. Jason runs after Job into the forest as Ep and John-Boy
help the injured Ben. At the same time,
Octavia joins Miss Mamie and Miss Emily in bird watching, while Ike secretively follows along. Suddenly, Ike hears two shots and finds the sisters fallen to the ground. Octavia explains that she just shot a rattlesnake, after the pair fainted. With hearing of the news, Ike also faints.
Jenkins and his hunting dog join the search
While Octavia comes into the store for
groceries, Ike keeps an eye on her; afraid she will steal from him. Ike finally
confronts her, but Octavia says she cannot be held liable for her stealing
because she is a kleptomaniac. Ike tells her that he will call the police, but
she agrees to leave to her Uncle Horace’s house in
"The charges against Job were reduced. He served a short term in prison where he learned to read and write. Sissie finished school, and while she did eventually marry, it was not to Job".
Erin: I hope we never have to live through anything
like that again, I was afraid we wouldn't get you back,
Jim Bob: I wasn't worried. I knew they'd find you.
Jim Bob: As soon as they took your shoes I knew the dogs'd smell your feet a mile off.
Jim Bob: I'm just glad you're OK.
Jim Bob: Goodnight
Octavia says she is writing a book entitled “Octavia’s Oven Adventures”.
Rose is on her honeymoon with
Octavia is a gourmet cook, using many Republican recipes from the Teddy Roosevelt administration.
Octavia was a patient at the Delaware Correctional Institute.
Rance Crooks is one of the people that live on the Mountain; Mary Ellen finds him dying as she makes her nursing rounds. His daughter is Sissie Crooks.
Job Moonie’s mother is Eula Mae Moonie.
Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards), Cindy Walton (Leslie Winston), John-Boy (Robert Wightman), Miss Mamie and Miss Emily Baldwin (Helen Kleeb and Mary Jackson), Sheriff Ep Bridges (John Crawford), Octavia (Mary Wickes), Job Moonie (Gary Grubbs), Eula Mae Moonie (Fran Ryan), Sissie Crooks (Debbie Lytton), Rance Crooks (Al Hopson).