Sunday, June 9, 2019

It's been a year since "Gone Barefoot" ended. Now what?

(Revised on 6/21/2019 with a new scenario for Bunky.)

Last year, I revised hypothetical summaries of all seven seasons of Gone Barefoot, the "reality docuseries" I created around my characters.

I have since come to realize that one thing was missing from the final episode at the end of the series: the title sequence that explains what happens to the clan once the cast bows to the audience and the curtain is drawn at the King David International Cultural Festival.  Here's what it would look like:

  • Brandy is hired for a new show in the New Jerusalem called The History of Dance along with her partner Hylton Tripp.
  • Bunky returns to the parkour circuit.  He enjoys the world travel as much as the competition.
  • Popeye continues to juggle time between singing with his sons, playing bunco, and relaxing on his boat.
  • Annie shares her experiences with the Barefoot Mommas Club and plans new events.
  • Ralph is still pastor at his local church, but enjoys hunting and fishing as much.
  • Harvey returns to being jack-of-all-trades at the family workshop and being captain of the football team.
  • Miss Hambone decides to sell her pro wrestling promotion and cut back on her performances so she can be a youth pastor full time.
  • Bryson has moved to Colorado and is living out his dreams of being a cowboy.
  • Brenda has discovered the world of competitive cooking and now brings her unique barbeque and ice cream recipes to judges everywhere.
  • Bobby Ray resumes his farm work, Jennifer continues to write her Ella Nellie Bell Littlebridge stories, and Belinda has signed a new deal with Netflix for her continuing adventures of  Little Red Robin Hood.
  • Buddy Wayne returns to running the farm by day, and playing his acoustic guitar every night.  He and Brittany Spears still see each other occasionally - and have tattoos of each other!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Gone Barefoot show summaries (re-issue of season 7)

Here it is, the final dramatic season!

#79 - Jan. 7, 2018: "The Great Invitation"
It starts out as another ordinary day in the house of 13, until mailman Braylor delivers news that could change everything.  A newsletter tells of plans for the King David International Cultural Festival, which will be the largest gathering of entertainers and cultural interpreters ever assembled.  It will take place in New Jerusalem later this year.  The United States will be one of the countries that will have a full-scale presentation, and auditions will take place to determine the performers.  Buddy Wayne immediately fills out the paperwork and sends it back to the State Department, which is endorsing the contest.  Also, Brandy and Hylton take on some familiar foes at a ballroom dance competition in Germany, and Brenda unveils her new Southern-cuisine cookbook at a local five-and-dime.
#80 - Jan. 14, 2018: "The Audition"
B.W. attends the Southeast regional audition for the KDICF at the historic Fox Theater in Atlanta.  After a pitch-perfect version of the Hank Williams classic "Hey, Good Lookin'," B.W. easily advances to the next round.  Meanwhile, farm work continues at home; Ellie becomes mother to a baby calf, Noah's whole class goes out to harvest paw paw trees, and Bunky goes into town to buy new one-man band equipment.
#81 - Jan. 21, 2018: "Mud Lovin' Hambone"
Hambone is a first-time guest at Mingo Mud Bog, a recreational facility for cars and trucks located in Sampson County operated by the Phillips family, some of whom she has known for years.  She ends up competing in a race that could net her a few thousand dollars, which would help her pay for her youth ministry.  In fact, this episode is full of competition: Popeye, Ralph, and Harvey compete at a local contest of gospel singers, cousin Beth plays along with a British televised baking competition (which she thinks she can win), and Big and One Man Gang have their rematch at Aftermath, a pay-per-view of Miss Hambone's Ultimate Championship Wrestling.
#82 - Jan. 28, 2018: "Someone Has to Love the Bad Guy"
Hambone stuns the family again.  This time, Mark "One Man Gang" Palmertree, who plays the worst villain character in UCW, proposes her hand in marriage, to which 'Bone accepts!  When asked why, she merely replies with the phrase that is the title of this episode.  We also have another race at Bentonville Speedway, this time with Bill Miller, the successful race-car driver who is the source of Bunky's nickname. Finally, Popeye uncovers another singer in the family tree and we meet him at his home in Florida.
#83 - Mar. 11, 2018: "Striving Toward a Dream"
(The program had been suspended due to Super Bowl LII, the 2018 Winter Olympics, and the 90th Academy Awards.)
Buddy Wayne goes through two more grueling rounds of auditions, one a week-long "boot camp" at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and then one more solo performance showcasing his singing talent.  After that round, he goes backstage to await the results.  In addition, Brandy is honored with a special night by the Carolina Hurricanes, the pro hockey team she once worked for; and two more cousins - Betty Lou and Lindsay - prepare the Barefoot Mommas Club for their next event with treatments at the cousins' salon.
#84 - Mar. 18, 2018: "A Dream Comes True"
Buddy Wayne makes the walk of judgment to a backstage room.  There, he gets the word from the judges that he has been chosen to appear in America's show at the King David International Cultural Festival!  He is among 15 or so acts chosen from all over the country to perform in a show for which the details will be arranged soon.  B.W. then calls everyone on a cell phone, and through a bullhorn connected to a secret electrical outlet, the rest of the house gets the news.  Brenda cries openly, the kids are giddy, and the other adults are besides themselves.
#85 - Mar. 25, 2018: "Show Preparation"
At Buddy Wayne's suggestion, all 13 members of the clan living at his house will be given roles in the show, to be called Back Down Home because, as he says, "we want to celebrate America going back to its roots, which are down home [in the country]."  It will involve gospel singing by Popeye, Ralph, and Harvey; a Bible reading by Brenda, Annie, Jennifer, and Brandy; a ballroom dance by Brandy and her partner; a one-man band parade led by Bunky; a Wild West skit starring Bryson; and a body percussion performance by Hambone.  The closing act will be a new song of the same name as the show, sung by B.W. and Brittany Spears off B.W.'s lyrics.  He will incorporate classic country, bluegrass, and blues influences.
#86 - Apr. 8, 2018: "Their Turn to Shine"
(There was no episode the previous week due to Easter.)
Brenda is grand marshal of Benson Mule Days, as the celebration continues of the New Jerusalem show.  Beth goes to the North Carolina State Fair, where she wins a number of awards for her baking skills and performs a series of popular demonstrations.  Elsewhere in the family tree, cousin Sammy Bizzell goes to Los Angeles to film the latest season of America's Next Top Model.
#87 - Apr. 15, 2018: "Take Care - TCB"
While preparing to go to the New Jerusalem show, B.W. has to make sure that his farm duties are not neglected.  He decides to name the new family calf Emma and invites cousin Nathaniel Bunn - a champion breeder - to take care of her full-time.  Meanwhile, the kids - not only Belinda and Bryson but also a number of schoolmates - sweep all the fruit trees to make sure all the trees are harvested properly.  But there's still time for some fun, as Brenda joins Annie at the Beasleys' fashion show in Benson.
#88 - Apr. 22, 2018: "Fore and After"
Bud Strickland joins in the well-wishes at the annual golf tournament fundraiser for Strickland's fund that helps pay for athletes' uniforms, playing equipment, and even college scholarships.  He gives them a pin that depicts a cardinal that he wants Buddy Wayne to wear during the show.  As for his golf game, it's lacking, but he somehow gets Dennis Herring - a cousin and college golf coach - to be his partner in the best-ball competition!  Jennifer's second book - a thriller based in Charleston just before the start of the American Civil War - is published, and Harvey and Bryson work on improving the treehouse.
#89 - Apr. 29, 2018: "Sending Off"
The clan experiences the first taste of what they are about to experience as they make publicity appearances on TV and radio shows across the country.  They also make time to attend what is the equivalent of a bachelor party, as Benny (another of the cousins) plays 1950s versions of popular hit songs and cracks jokes at his club, Brother Love's.
#90 - May 6, 2018: "Countdown to Back Down Home"
After a long plane flight, the clan show up in Jerusalem and spend a night in their hotel.  The next few days are spent in extended rehearsals, at which B.W. and Brittany have trouble nailing their new duet, Brenda worries about re-enacting her first encounter with Bryson (until she's assured it's on videotape), Bunky struggles with his one-man band music, and Hambone worries about, well, everything.  Meanwhile, Ralph attends another one of the King David shows and has a crush on one of the dancers in Ireland's show, and Popeye nonchalantly completes a very long crossword puzzle.
#91 - May 13, 2018: "Back Down Home: The Show (3 hours)"
This episode features the entire completed show, which lasts nearly two hours and is presented commercial-free.  It starts with some warm-up comedy, and continues with performances, speeches, and reflections from all 13 as well as their extended clan, friends, and co-workers.  Highlights included a grand parade of American heroes and icons, Miss Hambone's finest performance ever, a Biblical reading, and the world premiere of the title song in which bluegrass, blues, and classic country music come together.  This is followed by a live panel discussion with everyone.

Gone Barefoot show summaries (re-issue of season 6)

I apologize for taking this long to finish the revised series, but here goes, I'm almost done...

#66 - Jan. 1, 2017: "We Are the Good Pirates"
As a reward for the students at the Overshot school, including Bryson and Belinda, at the end of the year, Popeye organizes a cruise of Rose Pond and a mock pirate attack.  The unsuspecting victims are actually Katie Lynn (a fourth cousin of some of the residents) and other professional actors.  After the "invasion," LaRayne McLamb (another fourth cousin) performs for the children at a nearby house.  Meanwhile, B.W., Belinda, Bryson and Amy (cousin of B.W. and Bryson's school crush) go to Bentonville to visit a petting zoo and watch pig races, and Blake (brother of Brandy and Bunky) competes in the U.S. Games in Indianapolis, throwing the javelin.
#67 - Jan. 8, 2017: "North, the Rush Is On"
Miss Hambone organizes a going-away-for-now and reveal party at Rose Pond.  In front of family, friends, and neighbors, she asks Beth the baking cousin to bring out a cake that she made.  The filling would be purple and green if she chose to go to Louisiana, or two shades of blue and silver if she picked Alaska.  It was blue and silver.  Hambone explains that she is in love with Gabe Brown and that maybe they can settle down and have children.  Also, there is a flashback to the previous spring as the boys battle it out in the fishing derby.
#68 - Jan. 15, 2017: "A New Gig"
Buddy Wayne joins Popeye, Ralph, and cousin Boo Boo in a frog hunt at Rose Pond.  The four set traps in order to gig the frogs, or catch them by the legs.  Afterward, the frogs are the centerpiece of a delicious dinner; B.W. tells the rest of them, "I wish I had done more of that before, but hey, I should do this more often!"  Popeye adds, "That's the good ol' boy I wanted to see all along!"  Meanwhile, Bryson collects more stuff for his treehouse, and lots of cousins, aunts, and uncles salute Bunky at a BBQ as he returns from Sydney.
#69 - Jan. 22, 2017: "Punkin' Pie"
So much for Hambone's plans to go to Alaska; at the last minute, she decides that this family farm is more important and decides to stay home.  (Reportedly, the real reason is a dispute over who would hold the video rights to film her time together with Gabe.)  So with that, she decides to go on a prank trip in the neighborhood with cousins Brookie Barefoot and Sammy Bizzell.  They spray much of Meadow with Silly String, toilet paper, and shaving cream; then they end up at an old barn and blow it up with explosives.  Brandy and Hylton, meanwhile, settle in at their new home in Greenville where they live with Hylton's parents and brother.
#70 - Jan. 29, 2017: "Statue, No Limitations"
Buddy Wayne has a statue of himself designed and erected.  First, he goes to Montreal to meet the designer and approve of his work, then it is on to the Singing Grove in Benson for the dedication.  The statue shows him running straight-ahead at full stride with a checkered flag, as he cradles a guitar over the shoulder; this represents the championships and awards he has won as a race-car driver and as a recording artist.  Cousin Blake, meanwhile, considers several scholarship offers to play college football.
#71 - Feb. 12, 2017: "Fouled Out?"
(There was no episode the week before due to Super Bowl LI.)
Buddy gets shocking news: He has been ruled ineligible for the Meadow-area basketball team, for which he had just agreed to be a full-time player and assistant coach.  It's based on him having grown up in Benson; the county's director of athletics declares he can only play for that team.  Now, his entire career depends on his appeal to the director and the rest of the board.  Also, Popeye reveals his portrait of John Noah, the nearest common ancestor of most of the residents of the Barefoot Family Farm; and his wife Annie unveils plans for the second Ella Nellie Bell Littlebridge novel.
#72 - Feb. 19, 2017: "The Big Project"
Popeye has conducted years of research on all the descendants of local patriarch Miles Vinson "Pink" Barefoot, and now the largest chart ever has been revealed.  The 13 residents find out that they have far-ranging ancestors and descendants, hundreds(!) of them in some cases.  This leads to the recognition of new accomplishments by cousins, among them: Katie Lynn's career as a movie actress, Silas Surles competing in athletic meets against fellow police officers, and Boo Boo's life as a professional lumberjack.
#73 - Mar. 5, 2017: "Use Your Noodle"
(There was no episode the week before due to the 89th Academy Awards.)
Hylton Tripp teaches Brandy a new fishing style called noodling, in which fish are caught with bare hands and reaching into the fish's mouth.  She thinks it is "downright disgusting," but is willing to play along for the sake of the relationship.  In addition: Buddy Wayne wins the appeal of the athletic department ruling and can continue to play for the Meadow Indians in the upcoming basketball season, Popeye and Annie debut as a team in contract bridge, and uncle Oliver's design of the irrigation system for all the local farms earns him recognition from the state of North Carolina.
(Photo of Amanda Barefoot and Jared McLamb courtesy of Ken Tart Photography via Facebook)
#74 - Mar. 12, 2017: "It's Fair Game"
Several family members go to the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh.  Buddy Wayne takes Ellie and Mildred, the farm's primary source of dairy products, for contest judging and demonstrations.  A case of bovine "stage fright" could cost Ellie in the show cow contest, while Mildred gains her own celebrity status.  But that's nothing compared to Miss Hambone, who is crowned "redneck queen" in front of the largest crowd in fair history.  Finally, Bunky plays "pied piper" as he continues his one-man band career and promotes his new album.
#75 - Mar. 19, 2017: "Ain't No Moonshine"
As part of the clan returns from Raleigh, B.W. sees a new use for all the briar corn he's harvested: Mash some of it up and mix with sugar to create what he bills as a non-alcoholic version of moonshine.  "It looks like booze, it tastes like booze, but it's not booze," he boasts.  However, when he gives it to Hambone to taste, she's not impressed: "This is a sad version of the real thing!"  B.W. is disappointed because he thought 'Bone had kicked the habit.  "I'll keep trying," he insists.  Also, the Barefoots accept a donation of a bush that produces a berry called mayhaw from the Robertsons, who are paying back the family after Hambone had visited them twice, once to tape Duck Dynasty and then a separate hunting trip.  Finally, the family tastes goat milk that Popeye had made during the cows' trip to Raleigh.
#76 - Mar. 26, 2017: "Battle of Legends"
With the battle over B.W.'s eligibility resolved, it's on to a basketball showdown against Bud Strickland and Four Oaks in a nationally-televised game.  This time, Four Oaks wins, but B.W. counts the experience as the most important.  Meanwhile, another clan member goes overseas, as Blake is a rookie on the professional darts circuit and qualifies for the PDC World Championship at Royal Alexander Hall in London.
#77 - Apr. 2, 2017: "Snow Day"
A rare snowfall in central North Carolina closes schools and leads to a fun day with Belinda, Bryson, and all of her classmates.  "I never thought I'd be in a sled, but here I am," Belinda crows.  Meanwhile, Bryson practices his Western act with BB guns and blanks.  Adults are affected, too: Bobby Ray struggles to keep all the farm animals - especially the cattle - warm, and the ladies find all the blankets they've ever made to cover themselves up.
#78 - Apr. 9. 2017: "That's Not My Name"
Belinda calls the entire house in to witness an "emergency meeting" of all her dolls.  There, she discloses that "Little Jill Horner," her actress doll, is just a stage name and that her real name is Anna Maria McMarrmiller.  And that's not all: Anna says she hates acting and got into it only because she wanted the money and fame that came with the job.  "In my heart, I want to stay home, work on my garden, and raise kids.  I am done with Hollywood!"  Buddy Wayne and Bobby Ray are moved by Belinda's story, because that's what their own lives are all about.  In addition, B.W. surprises a radio station's Christmas party with a performance, Annie looks for a dog at an adoption event hosted by her niece Melinda, and Bryson learns how to play basketball and joins the school team.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Gone Barefoot show summaries (re-issue of season 5)

I'm back on track to continue the revised journey.  By this point, you should notice some big changes in the show order.

#53 - Jan. 3, 2016: "Extreme Makeover Meadow Edition"
As this season begins, Popeye's brother Labell, his wife Allene, and all of their children need a new house to replace two trailer parks at which they have lived.  Needless to day, the project is huge and they need as much help as possible to build it. Popeye and Harvey waste no time in planning and building the entire project and dozens of family and friends jump on board in the Southern equivalent of a "barn raising."  Hambone, ever the tomboy, joins the crew that's otherwise all-male.
Meanwhile, Bryson makes his debut playing for the school's flag football team, and Pink and his wife Elinor show off all eight of their children, contrasting their daily lives with those of subsequent generations.
#54 - Jan. 10, 2016: "Move That Bus!"
Labell's new dwelling is finally ready!  There is a huge celebration that brings the extended Barefoot family together again.  B.W. sings and plays guitar, Hambone does an original performance called "Carolina Slappin'," Hambone's friend Bellamy Wood sings a country hit song, teacher Noah Barefoot reads poetry, and cousin Beth serves a huge cake.  "This is better than I ever could have imagined," marvels Labell.  (The entire episode is done as a tribute to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which aired on ABC from 2003 to 2012; the episode title has to do with how the finished projects were revealed.)
#55 - Jan. 17, 2016: "Ballroom Blitz"
The house descends on Lena Peacock's local ballroom-dancing school to celebrate the graduation of Brandy and her recital.  She is paired with Hylton Tripp, a man in his mid-20s from Greenville and a graduate from East Carolina University who commutes over two hours - one way! - from his house every day.  Through a video package, we meet Hylton and find out that he has a clear down-home lifestyle away from the dance floor.  Afterwards, everyone celebrates at the house where her parents and middle brother Blake live, about nine miles from where Brandy and Bunky live.
#56 - Jan. 24, 2016: "Indian Uprising"
When Harvey rejoined the Meadow Indians football team two years ago, it was near the bottom of the standings and hadn't won the conference championship in at least a decade.  Now, they take the field against the legendary quarterback Bud Strickland and Four Oaks, the dominant team in the area historically.  The outcome is shocking and historic: Not only do the Indians win, but Blake - the "quiet" brother of Brandy and Bunky - makes his own name by being the winning QB and putting up his best offensive numbers ever!  At halftime, Bunky debuts his new career as a one-man band, and afterwards, Benny - a family cousin - hosts a wild party.
#57 - Jan. 31, 2016: "Time Out for 'Bone"
Miss Hambone's unpredictable behavior causes B.W. to give her no choice but to suspend her from farm work indefinitely!  The last straw came when "Ellie" also got an infection due to B.W. forgetting to milk her; Hambone accepts her punishment, saying she did not have a real excuse.  Before that bombshell came, the Barefoot Boys have their first full performance at a church revival in nearby Bentonville, while the entire Barefoot Mommas' Club - 24 strong! - have a meeting and photo shoot.
#58 - Feb. 14, 2016: "Romantic Roundtable"
(There was no episode the previous week due to Super Bowl 50.)
In a special panel discussion, the couples of the cast speak about how they met, the ups and downs of their relationships, and share video highlights that have not been seen before on the network.  The couples are: Buddy Wayne and Brittany Spears, Bobby Ray and Jennifer, Popeye and Annie, and Beth (a cousin of B.W.'s and Bobby Ray's) and Trey Johnson.  At the end of the show, Beth and Trey unveil their adopted son, Jordan.
#59 - Feb. 28, 2016: "Heirloom"
(There was no episode the previous week due to the 88th Academy Awards.)
The Barefoot ladies complete their biggest job yet: a barn painted with two very large footprints.  It is part of a project underwritten by Johnston County in which most of the barns at family farms are given unique designs with geometric shapes and other elements usually found in quilts.  Also, Labell tries his luck in the famous hollering contest at Spivey's Corner, and Bunky professes his secret love for betaBOOZEbrain, a "clean punk rock" band.
#60 - Mar. 6, 2016: "Super Special"
In a departure, B.W. and Bobby Ray visit the real world to attend Super Bowl 50.  Both of them tied for the win in a National Football League-sponsored contest, so they come to the San Francisco Bay Area together and root for the opposite teams - B.W. the Broncos, Bobby the Panthers.  On Friday, they start with radio interviews, then make it to NFL Experience for fun, games, and rivalry.  At the end of the 50th Mile, they go to Super Bowl City for a wonderful coincidence.  Saturday takes them to a winery in the Napa Valley, then on to the NFL Honors award show.  On Sunday, it's what they've all been waiting for: the game itself.  B.W. the Broncos fan leaves happy; not so with Bobby Ray the Panthers fan as Denver wins 24-10.  (During the game, Bobby wears a GoPro camera for a unique perspective.)
#61 - Mar. 13, 2016: "This Is Progress!"
Former Miss Idealia Brandy returns to Stone Mountain to watch the latest pageant.  There, more history is made as fellow North Carolinian Rae'Janette Leak is crowned as the first-ever African-American winner.  She is overwhelmed by what she has witnessed: "Some years ago, this would have been completely unthinkable.  This is progress, personified!"  In a less serious development, Bobby Ray wears a Broncos T-shirt and a ballerina's dress to the family's weekly post-church dinner, a result of the Panthers' loss in Super Bowl 50.
#62 - Mar. 20, 2016: "Welcome Back, 'Bone"
Proving that even eternity can be temporary (if that's possible), Popeye decides to lift Hambone's suspension as a Christmas present.  He does so over Buddy Wayne's objection, but B.W. is eventually talked into resuming her usual job duties - milking "Ellie" and cleaning out the barn.  Still upset, 'Bone throws more of her free time into rehearsing her body percussion and setting up her new youth ministry.  While that goes on, her mother Annie and the rest of the Mommas' Club hold their next theme party, this time set in the 1980s.
#63 - Mar. 27, 2016: "9/11 Ain't No Joke"
Bobby Ray, Jennifer, and Belinda go on vacation to New York City.  One of the highlights was to visit the September 11 memorial so Belinda could learn more about the tragic events that occurred before Belinda was born.  But Jennifer and Belinda cry together and hug each other, while Bobby can barely hold it together.  Later, they travel to another memorial site, this one in western Pennsylvania honoring the heroes who defeated the terrorists on United Airlines Flight 93 while sacrificing their own lives.  Meanwhile, back home, Ralph and Hambone take publicity photos as outdoors "superheroes" Buck Hunter and Mudgirl.
#64 - Apr. 10, 2016: "King of the Jungle Book"
(There was no episode the previous week because of Easter.)
Bunky, whose nickname is "Mowgli" after the main character in The Jungle Book, becomes the youngest winner in the history of the World Freerunning Tour, with his win in Sydney, Australia.  The entire clan hears about it, congratulates him, and has big plans for when he returns home.  Meanwhile, in the U.S.: Belinda shows off her puppets at Jennifer's old high school in Charlotte, and Harvey gets the full VIP treatment from Ultimate Fighting Championship as he decides whether a MMA career is right for him.
#65 - Apr. 17, 2016: "And I'm Telling You I Am Leaving"
Hambone asks her boss for a leave of absence.  A baffled Buddy Wayne can barely understand it, but she explains that she wants to spend time with one of two "reality TV" families she met in her previous life: the Robertsons of Louisiana (Duck Dynasty) or the Browns of Alaska (Alaskan Bush People).  Hambone ensures everyone that this is temporary and she will return to the farm in a few months.  Earlier, her brother Harvey reveals that he has turned down a possible contract with UFC because his extended family needs him every day.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Gone Barefoot show summaries (re-issue of season 4)

And now, here is my redone season 4.

#40 - Jan. 4, 2015: "Meadow Night Lights"
The new stadium at Meadow School hosts its first game, as the Meadow Indians alumni team takes on the Coats Yellowjackets.  The stadium is named for the Barefoot family, which donates $2 million to the county for construction costs.  Harvey makes his return to football playing for Meadow, while Hambone and Beth are on the sidelines as cheerleaders.  With time running out, "Lil' Jack," one of the cousins of the 13 residents of the house, intercepts a pass to seal the 27-24 win for the Indians.  We also meet Miss Hambone as a cheerleader and Bunky as a member of the marching band.
#41 - Jan. 11, 2015: "Beulah's Place"
B.W. and Popeye take a trip to the location in Meadow that was the site of Beulah Mae Morgan's orphanage; her service and generosity inspired one of B.W.'s hit songs, "The Ballad of Beulah Mae."  (Beulah Mae Morgan was a first cousin of B.W.'s great-grandfather John Noah.)  This show also has a Barefoot Moms' Club themed party, remembering the age of the "flappers" in the 1920s, and Bobby Ray talks about how he deals with working in a slaughterhouse.
#42 - Jan. 18, 2015: "It's Revival Time"
Ralph participates in a week-long special event simulating the church revivals that were common in rural areas in the previous human period.  He speaks to hundreds of people at the Mill Creek Church in Bentonville.  Also on the show, Bryson takes on Belinda in a fruit-picking contest, Harvey begins training for mixed martial arts, and Brittany Spears provides a video update about her daughter Lizzie.
#43 - Jan, 25, 2015: "Beautiful Barefoot Day"
B.W. explains the origin of the Barefoot last name and why going barefoot at all times is important to the family.  Meanwhile, the family overcomes the summer heat by holding a "beach party" on the pond, complete with belly flops, swimming, and playing in the mud.  At night, the family gathers at Bryson's treehouse for the unveiling of the poster that depicts the made-up movie Showdown at Las Positas.  In the “film,” Bryson plays the world’s youngest Western-style sheriff, who protects a town in the southwestern United States from outlaws.  A red carpet leads to the treehouse, which is decorated with all kinds of Western stuff.  Beth, a cousin of B.W.’s and expert baker, delivers a cake to share at the end of the meal, and B.W. and Popeye sing songs typical of those in period serials.
#44 - Feb. 8, 2015: "Life With Popeye"
(There was no episode the previous week due to Super Bowl XLIX.)
Buddy Wayne spends a day with Popeye and all 10 of his brothers and sisters at their home on state highway 50, about three miles from the farm.  They help with chores around the house and at the backyard farm, have dinner together, tell stories, and sing.  Also, Bunky explains and exhibits one of his favorite passions, called either parkour or freerunning; and another of the family cousins, Bret, takes us inside his life as a professional disc jockey.
#45 - Feb. 15, 2015: "Re-Generation"
Bunky, Hambone, and Brandy join dozens of cousins, aunts and uncles at the John Noah Youth Jam, a spin-off "family reunion" with separate events, one for school-aged children and another for teenagers and young adults.  While those of school age hang around the mud pit and treehouse and come home early, the older attendees play cornhole, volleyball, and other party games at a slumber party highlighted by a "lip rock" performance by a group called the Honey Bees, which includes Hambone and five friends.  (A "lip rock" is one in which a large group of performers mouth the words to a popular song with elaborate choreography.)  The show also features businesses owned by two of the attendees and distant relatives of B.W.: cousin Beth's bakery and aunt Ola's photography shop.
#46 - Mar. 1, 2015: "Meet Our Hidden Families"
(There was no show the previous week due to the 87th Academy Awards.)
Ralph, Harvey, and Brenda reveal that they were husbands and parents in their previous lives, and make trips to see them.  Ralph goes to the Batten Farm in Selma to see his wife, Ellender, and their three teenage children.  He recounts his ministry trips around the world and teaches the Batten children how to farm using the traditional methods he learned overseas and at home.  Harvey, who was a husband, father, and grandfather, sees his wife Rena Stephenson and other relatives at their home in Elevation.  Finally, Brenda meets the father of her first child, James Lockamy, for the first time since Bryson was born and eventually died early.  She is surprised but happy to see him, and she is completely forgiven.
#47 - Mar. 8, 2015: "The World Is Waiting"
Brandy and Bunky get the good news: They've been cast for The Amazing Race, CBS' long-standing reality TV series!  As they pack up for the start of the season, Ralph holds a special service to pray for their well-being as they travel and compete.  Brandy admits to high expectations for the team: "If we don't win this season, we'll call it a failure."  But the rest of the clan is not to be outdone: Jennifer begins work on the second book in the Ella Littlebridge series, Hambone turns Halloween into a friends' night out, and Bryson scores his first touchdown in flag football.
#48 - Mar. 15, 2015: "Big Bucks, Double Whammy"
Buddy Wayne, Hambone, Popeye, Ralph, Harvey, and Bobby Ray join nine others in the extended family for Camp Paradise's largest hunting trip ever.  After a day trying to pin down bucks and other woodland creatures, it's time for a huge party around the fire, centered on "bonfire barbecue" and beer.  Hambone tries to make B.W. and Ralph drink, which make them both uncomfortable.  When the day ends, the rest of the party returns home but Hambone tries her hand at belly flopping.
#49 - Mar. 22, 2015: "Here, There, Everywhere"
Harvey makes his debut as a mixed martial arts performer at Smithfield-Selma High School. Brenda participates in the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus at PNC Arena in Raleigh, but first attends "clown college" in Florida.  Finally, Bobby Ray, Jennifer, and Belinda travel to an Army base in South Korea to watch a college basketball game.
#50 - Mar. 29, 2015: "Glory Days"
Buddy Wayne was a point guard in basketball while attending high school, and on this episode he returns to the court.  It's the annual rivalry game against Benson, and as is often the case in a sports event B.W. is involved in, something dramatic happens.  After trailing by as many as 22 points in the middle of the first half, the Indians rally back at the end for the biggest comeback win in school history!  Before that, B.W. watches Brittany Pittman of North Johnston score 61 points, a record for anyone playing in the school gym.
#51 - Apr. 12, 2015: "One Wrong Turn"
(There was no episode the previous week due to Easter.)
Brandy and Bunky appears as guests on an all-female talk show hosted by Brenda, Annie and Jennifer.  There, they reveal that their dream appearance on The Amazing Race comes to an end when they are eliminated after five legs of the 11 that were run.  It doesn't help that another team U-turns them, forcing them to complete both detours.  Brenda also invites pen-pal Lulu Plumpkin on the show to discuss her incredible story.
#52 - Apr. 19, 2015: "Saved by the Bell"
Hambone runs her first pay-per-view as head honcho of Ultimate Championship Wrestling.  It's a night of incredible matches, climaxing with a once-in-a-lifetime finish to the main event match - Big (actually a cousin, Dwayne Hinson) beats One Man Gang after a belly flop from near the roof of the arena!  But this episode also shares the drama she had to endure along the way, both with her promotion and her life in general.  Hambone shares exclusive details about her two failed pregnancies, one a miscarriage at an early stage and another a stillbirth that required a Caesarean section.  She also had a failed trucking business and resorted to having to work as a cook in the food services division of a public school district.

Gone Barefoot show summaries (re-issue of season 3)

As promised, here's what season 3 now looks like.

#27/28 - Jan. 5, 2014: "The Pink Party" (2 hours)
The Barefoot-Johnston County Family Reunion, the official name of the "Pink Party," takes place at the old Barefoot Cemetery site on Eldridge Road in Dunn.  The first hour chronicles the incredible transformation of the 30-acre site to the location of one of the biggest single-family events in the state of North Carolina.  Days in advance, food is prepared, a dozen seating benches are set up around a huge tent, the main dining room becomes a formal ballroom and banquet room, and even the remaining farmland is turned into a simulation of a late-19th century fairground.  The second hour is a parade of characters and a beehive of activity that starts in the morning and goes well into the night.  Popeye upsets the ladies at bunco, two meals - an informal lunch and a formal dinner - are served, some of your favorite characters show their talents, and everyone dances the night away.  And somehow, the cleanup was completed in time for church services the next morning.  But - where did Hambone go?
#29/30 - Jan. 12, 2014: "Bad Bone, Good Girls" (2 hours)
The cliffhanger surrounding Hambone's whereabouts early in the morning of the family reunion is resolved.  It is revealed that she slipped out of the all-ages formal dance without telling anyone else, took off her formal clothes, slipped into redneck gear, and spent the rest of the night with the Camp Paradise cousins in a pine forest behind the property.  After seeing her with bloodshot eyes, B.W. gives her a verbal warning against any further action in the future.  Also on the show, Brandy ends her reign as Miss Idealia and watches Megan Turnipseed (former BMN Superfan contestant) win the crown; the show also honors Tonya McBrookins, a black woman from Louisiana who was allowed to enter the pageant in the 1960s, despite the rampant discrimination in the South at the time; she made the live finale only to be pulled under immense pressure from the region's political and business leaders.
#31 - Jan. 19, 2014: "More Big Doings"
With her time as a beauty queen officially over, Brandy enrolls in Lena Peacock's ballroom dancing school just north of the Peacocks Crossroads junction of state routes 50 and 96.  There, she develops a crush on a boy from eastern N.C. named Hylton Tripp.  Also, Brenda is the special guest speaker at a church the Raynors (her side of the family) has attended for generations.  Finally, Annie puts the finishing touches on her new book and prepares for a tour to promote it.
#32 - Jan. 26, 2014: "Dream House"
The treehouse project has been completed and Bryson excitedly moves in.  The house contains two chairs, a small bed, a workbench, and large spaces for play.  On opening day, Noah invites all the kids who attend the one-room schoolhouse to Bryson's new home.  Before too long, Belinda moves in with her dolls and Popeye launches a TV show from there.  In addition, B.W. ends the season as player/coach on the Meadow Indians basketball team.  Finally, Brenda shares her recipe for barbeque ribs with "all-in-one" sauce.
#33 - Mar. 9, 2014: "Superfan Winner"
(This show followed a five-week suspension due to Super Bowl XLVIII, the 2014 Winter Olympics, and the 86th Academy Awards.)
Brittany Ramos, winner of BMN Superfan, spends five days in the family home, participating in various tasks, activities, and events.  This hour chronicles the week and gives details of season 2 of the reality TV competition.
#34 - Mar. 16, 2014: "Bi Jove!"
Billy Bob and Krista Ribble come in all the way from Texas with a gift for the family: a "bi-horn," which is a hybrid creature combining a bison (commonly mislabeled as buffalo) and Longhorn steer.  The Ribbles have been pen pals of B.W. for some months.  Also, Brenda is in Memphis, TN to do a photo shoot and interview for a magazine, and Bryson and friends use the briar patch for a big game of hide-and-seek.
#35 - Mar. 23, 2014: "You Can Hear the Bells"
Preparations for the renewal of vows are in full swing.  On the groom's side, the usual bachelor party is replaced by a church service and Southern gospel performance.  Meanwhile, the Spears family holds a bridal shower with traditional music, games, and stories of the Ulster-Scot Appalachians before the attendees start the 430-mile trip to North Carolina via traditional methods.  The bride, groom, bridesmaids, and groomsmen all have their clothes handmade, mostly by Brenda and Annie.
#36/37 - Mar. 30, 2014: "The Circle Is Unbroken"
After five years together and four as a married couple, Buddy Wayne and Brittany Raylene renew their vows and hold the formal ceremony they have always wanted.  Their daughter Lizzie serves as the ring girl, Ralph brings the two back into marriage, and Hambone acts up again, pretending to object to the wedding then saying that she was just kidding.  At the reception, the first dance occurs to the music of their hit song "When the Bough Breaks."  The farm house hosts the wedding, while Long Branch hosts the reception.
#38/39 - Apr. 6, 2014: "Together In All Seasons"
In the first hour, B.W. and Brittany take their honeymoon on an eight-day cruise of the Caribbean.  They are welcomed on shore by Bertland McSween, the unofficial king of the region and the mayor of the revived city of Port Royal, Jamaica, and local music star Battimamzelle performs.  For the second hour, the couple take the "Ultimate Christmas Trip," starting at Rockefeller Center in New York City, then visiting a Christkindlmarkt and castle in southern Germany, and ending at the site in Bethlehem where Jesus Christ was born.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Gone Barefoot show summaries (re-issue of season 2)

And now here is what season 2 would look like.

#14 - Jan. 6. 2013: "Checkers or Wreckers"
The premiere of season 2 takes place at the new short-track made of red clay dirt in Bentonville, the town in Johnston County which had been known as site of one of the last major battles of the Civil War.  B.W. climbs into a 1930s-vintage race car and competes against other local drivers in a 150-lap main event.  After a night of beating, banging, and bad tempers, the race ends unlike any other in motorsports history!  We also see flashbacks from a pre-race visit B.W. makes to the Singing Grove in Benson, where his fans celebrated his NASCAR championships and reality-show music competition success.
#15 - Jan. 13, 2013: "Perfect Harmony"
Three of the boys launch a new Southern gospel music singing group, as Popeye, Ralph, and Harvey start the Barefoot Boys.  When Bobby Ray declines to join them, Popeye walks all over the neighborhood to try to find the fourth singer, until Landon Jr. (Alonzo's nephew) says yes, and the group starts rehearsals.  Also, Harvey returns to football by joining the local team of Meadow High School alumni, and Ralph updates work on renovating the church.
#16 - Jan. 20, 2013: "School Daze"
Belinda and Bryson are transferred from the Meadow School to the new family-based Overshot School, a one-room facility located on Meadowbrook Road.  Buddy Wayne drops him off on the first day, and learns more from teacher/uncle Noah and his wife Elma.  (By the way, all 21 students are related to him: his brother, his niece, 11 cousins, and eight aunts and uncles.)  Also, Popeye discovers the dice game called bunco and finds he's very good at it, and .
#17 - Jan. 27, 2013: "Bible Bowl"
TV host Jack Gray brings his classic game show "Bible Bowl" to Ralph's Long Branch church, and Hambone joins some friends for a girls-vs.-boys matchup.  The outcome hinges on a crucial final question!  Also on the show, Annie finds a professional purpose for the house's mud pit and Bunky celebrates his birthday.
#18 - Feb. 10, 2013: "There She Is!"
(There was no episode the previous week due to Super Bowl XLVII.)
Brandy enters the Miss Idealia pageant as part of the Confederate Fall Festival.  Her immediate family (Bunky, parents Daniel and Laurie, and brother Blake), and also her coach Annie, travel to Stone Mountain, GA to watch her compete against representatives of other Southern farm families.  They meet CSA president Lyman Bowling Jr. and his family at the Idealia mansion at which they live, participate in the Harvest Parade, then go into the high-stakes contest.  Brandy wears a one-piece swimsuit despite great reluctance, rocks a homemade gown, and shows off her ballroom dancing skills.  In the end, it all comes down to a very tense moment on stage.
#19 - Feb. 17, 2013: "Welcome to the Family!"
Beth, a baker and cousin of many of the family members, announces that she and her boyfriend Trey Johnson are adopting a son, Jordan.  A party is held to welcome Jordan and many of the 13 are in attendance.  But these aren't the only adoptions, as Melinda - another cousin - finds "forever homes" for many lost dogs.  Meanwhile, Ralph attends a fund-raising for a church charity in Arkansas and meets fellow TV star Willie Robertson.
#20 - Feb. 24, 2013: "Reign on Me"
Brandy performs the usual duties of a reigning beauty queen and keeps a diary along the way.  Among the events she attends are the opening of a new communal farm house at the site of a former military base in Georgia, the World Cotton Picking Championship in Mississippi, and the famed hollering contest in Spivey's Corner (not far from the family farm).  Among the contest entries is James Minson Barefoot, a fourth cousin of hers.  "It's crazy, I just can't get rid of that name," notes Brandy.
#21 - Mar. 3, 2013: "Hunting History"
For the first time, a woman is invited to what had been an all-male ritual: the daylong social hunting event.  Hambone is rewarded for both her earlier effort in the skeet shooting challenge and her interest in the "redneck" lifestyle by tagging along with Ralph, Harvey, and Bobby Ray to go after whitetail deer and "roadkill" animals (e.g. squirrel and possum).  Also, Popeye's brother Labell visits the house with his wife Allene and all 20(!) of their children.  Finally, B.W. and Brenda consent to have a specialist assess Bryson's educational development; they are concerned about delays due to his being reborn as a seven-year-old after he had earlier died in infancy.
#22 - Mar. 10, 2013: "Milestone Day"
Family and friends gather to celebrate the debut of Jennifer's new book, Black Crow in the Window.   As she promised, it combines elements of history, detective drama, and romance.  The case takes place in early 20th century New Orleans; Ella Littlebridge tries to find a local version of Jack the Ripper in the notorious Storyville section as jazz is being created and falls in love with Beau Brummell Young, a handsome mulatto.  Also, the results of Bryson's assessment are in; it is recommended that Bryson drop out of regular school for more instruction at home until he reaches appropriate grade levels.  Finally, B.W. announces that he plans to renew his wedding vows to his long-distance wife Brittany Spears (a bluegrass singer known professionally as Brittany Raylene).
#23 - Mar. 17, 2013: "The Crafty Life"
The Barefoots prepare the house for winter by canning fruits and vegetables that they have gleaned from the farm and the briar patch and making quilts, blankets, and even socks and other footwear (in case being barefoot becomes uncomfortable).  Meanwhile, work begins on designing the treehouse for Bryson, as B.W. and Bryson tell Harvey their design ideas, and the moms assemble Thanksgiving and Christmas crafts.
#24 - Mar. 24, 2013: "The Roots of Man"
To commemorate the start of hunting season, B.W., Popeye, Ralph, and Bobby Ray spend a weekend replicating the hunting and gathering lifestyle that dates back to the beginning of humanity.  They even dress up in loincloths and wear animal bones; Ralph quips that "the only things we didn't see were dinosaurs."  Also, Bryson is re-tested and this time he is allowed to join the other students at Noah's school; and Bunky is taught the "Southern accent" by Hambone and Annie.
#25/26 - Apr. 7, 2013: "Brittany and Buddy: A Love Story" (2 hours)
(There was no episode the previous week because of Easter.)
Here, Brittany Raylene tells her life story about growing up in rural Kentucky with a family of bluegrass performers, how she met B.W., and how they had to elope due to both family's disapproval (the Barefoots due to Buddy's earlier divorce, and the Spears' due to her age).  Now living with their separate clans, the two reunite in North Carolina for Thanksgiving.  By the end of the show, they agree to renew their wedding vows because, as Brittany says, "we all would like the chance to get it right."