The Great White Buck - On episode No. 131 "The Buck Stops
Here" on the sitcom NEWHART/CBS/1982-90 writer Dick Loudon (Bob Newhart)
was motoring along a Vermont road near his home when he hit and killed the
Great White Buck. Unfortunately, for Dick, the deer was the symbol of good
luck for the area. When the townsfolk heard of the incident, many thought
Armageddon was close at hand and bad luck would reign supreme.
such a catastrophe, Dick Loudon was asked to perform a ritual ceremony
known as "The Rite of the Dancing Wood Nymph." Indignant, Dick refused
shouting "I'm not going to go prancing through the woods like a pixie."
Evidence of the bad luck soon manifested itself when a normal guy actually
dumped Stephanie, the town's prettiest girl. In an attempt to put
everyone's fears to rest, Dick finally commiserated and donned a burlap
costume and a set of deer antlers. Wielding a staff topped by a pine cone,
Dick tippy-toed in a circle, flapped his hooves and completed the solemn,
if not humiliating ritual. The entire ceremony was recorded for posterity.
Upon reviewing the videotape, the townsfolk saw another white buck in
the background and dubbed it "Son of White Buck." With the emergence of
the new deer, the town's good fortune returned and much to his chagrin,
Dick realized the whole ritual in the woods had been a waste of time.
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