Episode 17 - The Indiscretion
(7 April 1981)
Director: James Sheldon.
Music: Alexander Courage.
"There are events in our lives which would best be forgotten, moments out of the past which have a peculiar way of thrusting themselves into the present. Ike Godsey had always been a man of integrity, someone we could all count on, but even Ike had skeletons hidden away in a closet and it was inevitable that Corabeth would come upon them sooner or later".
Ike is perplexed as he watches his wife pack
her luggage, saying that she is divorcing him. At the Walton house, Corabeth
asks the family to stay a few days, telling them that Ike and she are ending
their marriage. After Corabeth leaves for her room, the women discuss divorce.
When Drew arrives
Jason consoles Ike over drinks at the Dew
Drop Inn, as Ike wonders what is wrong with him. Ike assumes he is not refined
enough for Corabeth’s tastes. Jason suggests he try courting her again. Ike’s
first attempt is to ask his wife to a candlelit dinner and a Schumann concerto
Drew and Elizabeth picnic at Druscilla’s Pond
where they express feelings for each other. Drew suggests they celebrate their
anniversary at the
Ike plays pool with Jason and Ben, as he reminisces about his pool-playing days with John. He remembers favoring his bachelor days when Olivia became mad at John for playing pool. In response, Jason wonders if he should marry Toni. Ike hates the idea of being a “stuffed apron”, and desires to change his image. Ben suggests he make Corabeth jealous, whereupon Ike says, “You’re looking at Don Juan Godsey”.
Drew and Elizabeth kiss on the porch under
the watchful eye of Rose, who finally tells Drew it is time to go home. Drew
suggests they spend the night together alone at the
Ike brings his date Nina Sue to the Dew Drop
Inn. They order beers from Jason, who warns him that Corabeth will soon arrive.
Drew appears at the house as Mary Ellen and Erin wait for Corabeth. Erin looks
Mary Ellen and Erin observe Ike with his date, and then try to persuade Corabeth to leave for another roadhouse. Suddenly, Corabeth hears Ike in a beer-chugging contest with the woman. Corabeth confronts the pair, and then disgustedly walks off. Ike confesses to his date that he is married, resulting in her hitting him several times over the head with her purse.
At the store, Ike is served divorce papers by
Deputy Sheriff David Bull. At the Baldwin house, Dickey tries to awaken Drew as
When Corabeth walks into the store Ike tells her that she will never be able to prove adultery with regards to the woman at the Dew Drop Inn. Ike then brings out into the open his pent up hostilities he had been harboring inside. Corabeth finally states that she is divorcing him because of Pamela Morris. Ike says he is sorry, never wanting to hurt her. As Corabeth goes through her memory chest, Ike reminisces about the rose she wore at their anniversary while they danced the tango, along with the rice from the wedding. Ike admits never understanding why she married him. Ike says that Pamela Morris made him realize that he truly loved his wife. He then produces a letter that Pamela wrote explaining that she could never stand between him and Corabeth. But, Corabeth says she can’t forgive his deception. Ike responds, “I would have forgiven you.” Corabeth looks at herself in the mirror, reconsiders her decision, and then walks back into the store saying, “Were there any calls for me while I was gone?” Ike says, “The phone never stopped ringing.”
"Corabeth forgave Ike for his indiscretion and
new life was breathed into their marriage. For months
Ike: Corabeth, have you ever noticed how the roof
creaks at night?
Corabeth: I don't believe I have.
Ike: I didn't start hearing it until after you left.
Corabeth: Water faucet, the Walton house drips incessantly, I can hardly sleep.
Ike: It doesn't matter any more does it.
Corabeth: Goodnight Ike.
Ike: Goodnight Corabeth
Robert Schumann was a German composer living from 1810 to 1856.
Bernice is Frank Sims’ wife.
Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire
Edwards), Rose Burton (Peggy Rea) Cindy Walton (Leslie Winston), Drew Cutler
(Tony Becker), Nina Sue (Victoria Carroll), Frank Sims (Alvy