Episode Synopses - Season 6

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  1. The Hawk
  2. The Stray
  3. The Recluse
  4. The Warrior
  5. The Seashore
  6. The Volunteer
  7. The Grandchild
  8. The First Casualty
  9. The Battle of Drucilla's Pond
  10. The Flight
  11. The Children's Carol
  12. The Milestone
  13. The Celebration
  14. The Rumor
  15. Spring Fever
  16. The Festival
  17. The Anniversary
  18. The Family Tree
  19. The Ordeal
  20. The Return
  21. The Revelation
  22. Grandma Comes Home
Please note:
All the synopses in this Season have been made by William Atkins
to whom I am most grateful.

Arthur Dungate, November 1999

  1. THE HAWK (15 Sep 1977)
    Writer: Andy White. Director: Tony Brand. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "Early in September of 1939, shortly after Hitler invaded Poland, England delivered an ultimatum that Germany withdraw her troops. And while war clouds were bulding over Europe our family was to face a disturbing conflict over the arrival of a new and controversial figure in our community".

    With the Walton men and mother-to-be Mary Ellen sitting around the radio, Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister of England, announces that the country is now at war with Germany. After the harsh news, Olivia says she, Sarah, and Corabeth are going to Boatwright University to select a new Baptist minister. Before leaving Olivia sees a chicken hawk attempt to kill one of their laying hens. At Dean Beck’s office the committee meet Hank Buchanan, an outspoken, unorthodox, young, and unmarried minister. Dean Beck says he is ‘a rebel and a doer’. Olivia and Sarah are in favor of this unconventional minister but Corabeth is against his brash attitude. She also seems uncomfortable with something about the man.

    Jim Bob and Grandpa construct a hawk trap, hoping to catch the bird that has been killing their chickens. While testing the contraption, Hank arrives in a convertible with weights sticking out of the rumble seat. Erin thinks he is ‘peachy’ and asks Olivia, ‘Is he married?’ Later, the hawk dives upon a chicken being used as bait to attract the bird of prey. But the hawk pulls up short after seeing wires reflecting off the sun. John suggests painting the wires green as the grass. After making improvements to the trap, the hawk is finally caught. Grandpa wants to immediately release it back up on the Mountain but Jim Bob asks to study the hawk for a few days to observe how it flies and glides so gracefully.

    Hank’s first church sermon proceeds well as many parishioners attend just to observe the new preacher. Knowing Corabeth was against hiring him, Hank compliments her solo singing performance. Olivia invites Hank for Sunday dinner; much to the delight of Erin. Ike reads the headlines ‘Germany Invades Poland’ in The Daily Progress and responds with, ‘The gall of that man Hitler’. Emphasizing his concern, Ike applies for the community’s air raid warden. Corabeth, conversely, is upset that they were not invited for dinner with the new minister. Though she disapproves of him, Corabeth decides to invite Rev. Buchanan for Sunday dinner, without including the Waltons.

    While looking for a good fishing hole, John and Hank stop by Yancy’s place to find Yancy and Horace playing cards. The two are a little uneasy at meeting the new preacher until Hank decides to play ‘dealer choice, 5 card stud, no stakes’ poker. Finding out that John and Hank played cards all afternoon, Olivia thinks it’s shameful even though John says no money exchanged hands.

    Hank excuses himself early from dinner with the Godsey’s after promising to pick up Erin from work. They go to the movies, seeing ‘Sweethearts’ with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. Afterwards they drive to Hank’s to listen to his music albums. Mrs. Brimmer sees the couple dancing very closely as she brings over her chicken and dumplings. In her bedroom Corabeth dreamily looks in the mirror and gazes at the full moon outside her window. (One wonders if Corabeth is thinking more about the young, appealing minister than her unromantic husband.)

    The next morning while Ike wonders why he’s heard no news about his application for air raid warden, Mrs. Brimmer gossips with Corabeth about what she saw last night. When Olivia walks in Mrs. Brimmer tells Olivia that Erin was seen alone with the new minister. Olivia trusts her daughter but leaves the store flustered and forgetting what she came to buy. When Erin arrives at work she overhears Miss Fanny gossip over the phone. Miss Fanny advises Erin to ‘use discretion, a word to the wise is usually sufficient’.

    Corabeth knocks on Rev. Buchanan’s door under the pretense of showing him a new design for the church robes. Almost immediately Corabeth speaks that it is common knowledge he was seen dancing alone with Erin. Hank thinks something else is troubling Corabeth. She breaks down and apologizes for any hurt she has caused him. While giving her ministerial comfort they are seen holding hands by Jason and Erin as they walk toward the front door. An uncomfortable greeting results that concludes with Erin running home to tell Olivia that she and Hank are finished. Olivia decides it is time to meet with Corabeth and Sarah to reconsider their decision about the minister. When Olivia arrives she finds Corabeth in tears. She says it has not been easy in finding emotional peace with Ike. Though he is a good man she is ‘bored to tears’. Her biggest confession is the desire she has felt for Rev. Buchanan. In the middle of her admission Ike rushes in to proudly announce he has been appointed air raid warden for Waltons Mountain. Corabeth hugs her beaming husband. Later, Sarah announces that Hank resigned over a misunderstanding with Corabeth. Olivia and Sarah still believe that Hank is right for the community. With this in mind, John confronts Hank with what he feels is cowardice behavior. He tells Hank to face the community and himself. In front of the congregation next Sunday, Hank summons his strength with a heartfelt sermon.

    At the end of the service in the church that Sunday, Hank Buchanan said -

    'Before we end this morning's service, I'd like to talk with you as honestly as I can about a turning point in my life. When I first met the committee that brought me here on trial, I told them that I believed in plain speech. I still do, and I will speak plainly. I am a 'man of God', and I am also a man. There's hardly anything I would rather do than go fishing, I enjoy the companionship of men over a game of cards, I hunt, I enjoy my car, and I admire ladies as much as anybody else does. And like a man who I have recently become a friend of - and here I mean John Walton - I believe that God doesn't just exist in this church building. He exists beyond it, on the mountains, and along the river banks, and in the fields of this beautiful part of the world. I want to remain here. I desperately want to be your Minister, and I sincerely ask for your acceptance'.

    Hank Buchanan was to remain our minister for a good many years to come, and while he remained, in Corabeth Godsey's words, 'a most unorthodox young man', he was a good man, and a godly man. The hawk returned, on the day we heard over the radio that Russian bomber and strafing planes had hit Poland from the east; the world would never again be the same".

    Jim Bob: I'm glad Reverend Hank is staying. Maybe he'll let me drive his car.
    Elizabeth: I'm glad he's staying too. How about you, Erin?
    Erin: I'm glad.
    Jim Bob: I didn't know you wanted to drive his car too?
    Olivia: Goodnight Jim Bob.
    Jim Bob: Did I say somethin' wrong?
    John: Goodnight Jim Bob.
    Jim Bob: Is there somethin' I don't know about?
    Erin: Goodnight Jim Bob.
    Jom Bob: Alright alright, goodnight.

    Also appearing -
    The Godseys (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards); Sara Bridges (Lynn Carlin); Yancy Tucker (Robert Donner); Aimee Godsey (Rachel Longaker); Curt Willard (Tom Bower); Rev Hank Buchanan (Peter Fox); Mrs Brimmer (Nora Marlowe); Fanny Tatum (Sheila Allen); Horace Brimley (A. Wilford Brimley); Dean Beck (George D. Wallace); Thelma (Dorothy Shay); radio announcer (Hank Stohl); newsreel announcer (Art Gilmore); voice of Neville Chamberlain (David Franklin).


    • Hank Buchanan’s father, Henry Buchanan, Sr., is also a minister.
    • Henry ‘Hank’ Buchanan, Jr., is 26 years old.
    • Rev. Buchanan is the Baptist Church’s second minister since the television series began. The first minister was Rev. Matthew Fordwick.

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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  2. THE STRAY (22 Sep 1977)
    Writer: Kathleen Hite. Director: Harry Harris. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "Looking back to 1939 on Waltons Mountain I had to span a chasm far deeper and wider than nearly 40 years of time. Customs and predudices that were acceptable in those days have gentled into a greater justice today. But they were part of that time, and to remember them any other way would be false. It was then too that my youngest brother Jim Bob entered a phase designed to drive the rest of the family to exasperation. A time when nothing stayed in his head for very long".

    Jim Bob is minding the store while Ike and Corabeth are in Charlottesville. When Verdie Foster asks Jim Bob to look after her house and garden while she and Harley visit her sister in Asheville, she is unsure whether he is listening. The family has also noticed that Jim Bob’s mind wanders when Elizabeth says, ‘his head isn’t working’, Erin comments, ‘he’s the brainless wonder’, and Olivia adds that John-Boy had the forgetfulness record before Jim Bob. John is perturbed with Jim Bob when he discovers his fishing pole is missing. After Grandpa finds a mess of catfish on the steps, everyone assumes Jim Bob is making up for his misdeeds. John confronts Jim Bob but before much is said Jim Bob notices blood leading from the back porch to the barn. When they investigate a small Negro boy is found hiding in the hay. He is bleeding from a fish hook embedded in his foot. John removes the sharp hook with Curt approving of his surgical technique. Josh has been living in the barn, taking vegetables from the garden and eggs from the henhouse, and doing his best to repay his debts with such items as the fish he caught with John’s fishing pole. John and Josh go to Sheriff Bridges office to find where Josh belongs. He tells Ep that he walked to Virginia from North Carolina after his Grandma Beale died.

    Olivia brings John lemonade while he works in the mill. With Josh at the house John admits that Josh, ‘grows on you, he doesn’t say much but when you ask him a straight question, he gives you a straight answer’. Later, Olivia finds that Josh has never seen such a wonderful place as the shed, especially the bed. Olivia says he can sleep there, but first needs a bath. Grandpa, Jason, and Ben assist in the endeveour to clean the reluctant Josh who insists Olivia is 'mean on clean’.

    After Josh puts in an exhausting day of hard work, Olivia and John want to keep him but know that it is impossible. As a last resort John reluctantly takes Josh to the Jefferson County Home for Colored Children, hoping to find him a good family. Josh continues to look up at John with a questioning -- Why are you doing this to me? -- look on his face. After leaving him with Mrs. Thomas, John admits to Olivia that it was ‘one of the hardest things he’s ever done’. The next morning they find him on the front porch shining his shoes and, as he says, ‘just bein’ good’. After being moved from family to family who did not really want him Josh says, ‘I’m most content with you, Mister John.’

    Olivia decides to teach Josh to read. He is a quick learner -- a little too quick though. In less than one day he is discovered by Olvia reading a book. Olivia comments to Erin that she must be the ‘world’s greatest teacher’ but realizes he already knew how to read and only wanted to please her. After Grandpa tells Josh a wild tale of catching a bear with honey, Josh asks Grandpa to tell John that he is good to have around. Finding the mill spotlessly cleaned, Jason learns that Josh is trying his best to please John so he can stay with the family. But Josh tries a little too hard when he steals a level winder reel from Ike’s store. Finding what Josh did, John marches him back to the store in order to return the reel. John tells Josh he is ashamed of him because he knows the difference between right and wrong.

    John asks Jim Bob to take twenty-eight dollars to the bank as a downpayment on the mill. In the morning as Jim Bob rushes off to the bank the family can not locate Josh. John blames himself for being so hard on him yesterday. When Jim Bob arrives in town he sees Josh being picked on by several bigger boys. Jim Bob intercedes but in the ensuing scuffle has beer poured over him. Returning home John and Olivia are glad that Jim Bob rescued Josh but when beer is smelled on him they jump to conclusions. Josh explains what happened. Then Jim Bob discovers the money is gone. After John becomes very mad at Jim Bob, he admits, ‘Things just don’t stick in my head anymore. Didn’t you have a time like that when you were young?’ John responds, ‘I guess maybe I did go through something like that. I guess I forgot.’ While Josh pours water over Jim Bob as he takes a bath Josh says he did not like the orphanage because it had too many children. Jim Bob responds, ‘Come to think of it this place is full of boys and girls, too.’ Josh adds, ‘But they is yours. You was born belongin’. It must be the best kind of thing -- belongin’ somewhere.’

    Jim Bob suggests to John that he should take Josh to Verdie’s place. With a good idea finally coming from Jim Bob’s head, John takes Josh to the Foster’s. Verdie agrees to inquire around for a good family to take in Josh. As they return the next day, John tells Josh that whatever happens ‘always hold your head up’. Verdie and Harley have decided to adopt Josh themselves. Verdie tells Josh, ‘I’m goin’ to raise you to be a fine man -- a fine black man and proud!’

    "Josh found his place to belong to, and he grew up to have much to be proud of. To this day, Josh speaks of my father with the deepest affection and regard, and we often laugh together about how he came into our lives during the time that Jim Bob's head was on vacation".

    Jim Bob: You awake, Daddy?
    John: Yep?
    Jim Bob: You stop and think about it, Josh is luckier than most guys.
    John: How's that?
    Jim Bob: Well Verdie just saw him and picked him up to be their son, and that's kind of special.
    John: Um I guess you're right.
    Jim Bob: We were just born to you and Mama, we didn't have any say about it at all.
    John: Sorry about that. Guess we weren't thinkin'. 'Night son.
    Jim Bob: 'Night Daddy.

    Also appearing -
    Ike Godsey (Joe Conley); Josh (Todd Bridges); Verdie Foster (Lynn Hamilton); Mrs Thomas (Ketty Lester); Sheriff Bridges (John Crawford); Curt Willard (Tom Bower); town boy #1 (Jonas Agee); town boy #2 (Ken Shriner).

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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  3. THE RECLUSE (29 Sep 1977)
    Writer: Seth Freeman. Director: Walter Alzmann. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "As the news of war in Europe grew increasingly grim, we could feel a tension here at home, a charge of electricity in the air as we looked at the outside world with new interest and concern. It was a time when my brother Ben was reaching out for new horizons, and for my family, the long Depression years were coming to an end".

    Ben suddenly finds himself out of work when his boss, Mr. Jarvis, closes the used car lot for more lucrative defense work at the Norfolk shipyards. With little prospects on the Mountain, Ben announces that he was moving to Norfolk to find a job. John insists he is needed at the mill but with little work coming in John eventually succumbs to Ben’s decision. The next morning Ben is driven to the Rockfish bus station by his parents. Olivia puts on a frozen smile, attempting to show a brave front for her son.

    While at the general mercantile store, Ike asks Jason to drop off a package to Fern Lockwood, a recluse few people have seen in years. Jason rings her front door and as he departs is asked to split logs at the back door. When finished he looks back wondering who is this mysterious woman. Returning later to retrieve his jacket Jason hears a music box. Noticing something outside, Miss Lockwood finds Jason whom she calls ‘the musical one’. Jason learns she would secretively listen to the children’s conversations as they passed to and from school. She becomes overwhelmed listening to Jason talk about the numerous activities in the lives of the Waltons.

    During another night, Jason hears her singing. She invites Jason inside to listen to a new music box from Philadelphia. Noticing her piano Jason is told it has only been played once. Unable to learn by whom, Jason plays the piano. Almost immediately Miss Lockwood develops a respiratory attack which must be relieved by pills. Jason then is informed that she and her father moved to Waltons Mountain to relieve his lung problems. On her twentieth birthday they journeyed to Richmond for a concert. She met Kiel backstage where they immediately became attracted to each other. Mishap over took them when he was killed while on the way to their wedding at the Baptist church. Since then, Miss Fern has dedicated her life to ‘that one perfect love that could have been’.

    John finds an advertisement in the Charlottesville paper looking for a subcontractor to a construction contract. While Grandpa and John drive to bid on the work, Ben walks through the Peyton Shipyards. He locates the supervisor who hires him after Ben tells him he has experience working in furniture mills. Back home, Grandpa and John disagree on accepting the huge contract to make desks for the U.S. Army.

    Miss Fern loses her canary after leaving the cage door open. She is distraught when Jason suggests they drive to a pet shop in Charlottesville. She resists, saying she has not been out of the house in years. Jason convinces her to go but when stopping at Ike’s for gas she is stared at by Ike, Corabeth, and Easy Jackson. Very self conscious about being out in public, she forces Jason to return to the safety of her home.

    Ben sees his friend Anson still in search for a job. Because his rent is twice as high as expected Ben invites Anson to share the costs. On Ben’s first ‘night’ of work, he cuts forms and makes eye contact with a pretty woman worker. After work Ben, Anson, and their dates go to a South Seas style nightclub. Ben is amazed at the appearance and names of the exotic drinks they are served and the dancers that entertain them. After the drinks arrive, Ben’s date makes a toast ‘to Ben’s new world’.

    While Ben is promoted to the job of running the shaper, John is having trouble keeping on schedule. Easy Jackson is hired but after a day’s work, leaves with his wages. Grandpa becomes disgusted and hitchhikes to Norfolk to see Ben. In desperation, Olivia insists that she will help in the mill. Ben takes Grandpa to the same tropical club where it is learned that John has been too stubborn to ask for Ben’s help with the big Army contract. Ben feels the need to help his father and leaves with Grandpa for home.

    Jason gives Miss Fern is new canary and for his kindness she invites him for tea. As a token of her appreciation she presents Jason with a music box. Knowing about Miss Fern’s good voice, Jason decides to take her to church next Sunday. She resists saying it would take ‘a team of wild horses’ to make her go. But on Sunday morning Jason appears on her doorstep. Miss Fern is near hysteria with the thought of attending church. Jason states she has not built a monument of love but rather a monument of death. He relates the story of his close friend Seth who died and how he had to learn to live again. With Jason’s support she notices the new grave stones at the church and the real, clear glass in the windows. She stops at the steps and remembers her wedding day, the very place where she learned the fate of her beloved Kiel. The congregation is singing while they enter the church. With Ike leading hymn number 344 and Jason at the organ, Olivia shares her hymnal with Miss Fern; and slowly begins to regain her life.

    John, meanwhile, is busy working when Ben surprises him with, ‘Can you use some help?’ John states, ‘I can always use a good man!’

    "Ben remained at home and for a while the family was intact. But each day brought the war closer and closer to the mountain and with it the knowledge that each of the boys would be called to serve our country, which in time we did".

    Grandpa: Goodnight, Ben.
    Jason: Welcome home brother.
    Jim Bob: 'Night Ben, I'm glad you're home.
    Ben: Well I don't think I can sleep, I'm still running on the night shift. This is when I've been waking up.
    Elizabeth (brightly): Morning Ben!
    Olivia: Good morning Ben.
    Erin: Good morning Ben.
    John and Jason: 'Morning Ben!
    Ben (sleepily): Goodnight....

    Also appearing -
    The Godseys (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards); Fern Lockwood (Linda Marsh); Mr Jarvis (Lew Brown); Easy Jackson (Britt Leach); shop foreman (Eric Lawson); Anson Adams (Joseph A. Butcher); Curt Willard (Tom Bower); Ben's girlfriend (Carol-Ann Williams); Anson's girlfriend (Robyn Pohle).


    • No John-Boy (Richard Thomas).
    • John-Boy's Car number is 46 40 72.
    • Ben has just graduated high school.
    • Fern Lockwood’s first canary is named Gabriel. Her second pet is named after Jason.
    • Ben’s job at the shipyard pays time and a half because he is working the 'graveyard shift', starting at 12:30 a.m. Ben is promoted to the job of using the shaper that pays one dollar fifty cents more each day.

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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  4. THE WARRIOR (13 Oct 1977)
    Writer: Joan Scott. Director: Ralph Senensky. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "Most of us tend to be convinced of the rightness of our heritage, our traditions, our way of life, until some event happens that shakes our deepest beliefs to their foundations. On a day in 1939 two strangers came to our mountain. As a consequence of their visit we were to learn that others had roots there which reached deeper than our own".

    Elizabeth worries about Myrtle because she is not eating her normal amount of food. As John looks over the goat, two Indians appear at the barn door. The boy introduces himself as Matthew Teskigi and his grandfather as Joseph Teskigi. The grandfather suggests the goat is suffering from bloat and recommends treating the animal with the plant golden seal. The pair needs a place to stay the night and John offers them the barn. While serving them a warm meal, Elizabeth listens to a childhood tale from Mr. Teskigi about a cup his mother made for him. Because he did not like goat’s milk his mother said if he did not drink from the cup he would remain the same size as the stick figure on the side of the cup.

    The family discusses the Cherokee tribe, from which the Teskigi’s are members. The Cherokees lived all over the Appalachian Mountains but were driven west to the Oklahoma territory by white settlers. Grandfather Teskigi believes sacred burial grounds of his tribe are located somewhere nearby. He is looking for a great stone that is set on a mountainside, framed between two pine trees, and shaped like an arrow. Grandpa ponders the description and blurts out ‘Indian Rock’. The next morning Grandpa takes the elderly Indian to the rock where the Indian believes writings will direct him to his ancestors’ place of rest. Grandfather Teskigi finds the ancient signs on the rock. Later John observes Mr. Teskigi return and announce to Grandpa and Elizabeth that he was directed to the barn by the ancient writings. Mr. Teskigi states that the barn must be torn down to purify the land. John flatly refuses to even listen to such an outrageous idea. That night, Grandpa says that the question of who owns the land has been in dispute for hundreds of years. John insists that their land will remain in Walton hands. Grandpa confides in John that being old like Mr. Teskigi, he can understand the need to be buried alongside ancestors, in land set aside as sacred. The next morning, on a ridge holding their profiles against the blue of the sky, Grandfather Teskigi states to his grandson, ‘The white man has told me where to live. I will not let him tell me where to die!’

    That night Jason arrives home to find the barn on fire. As the family puts out the fire Matthew takes out the animals. Afterwards, the elder Teskigi admits he started the fire and that the next time he will not fail. John tells Jason to summon the sheriff. With Mr. Teskigi in jail, Judge Parrish and Sheriff Bridges discuss what should be done with the old man. Later, Jim Bob drives Elizabeth into Rockfish so she can speak with Mr. Teskigi. Elizabeth tells the old man she is sorry that he is in the jail. She also apologizes for what the whites did to the Indians. She tells the Indian that she was always told that all the Indians did was ‘scalp and go on the warpath’. Now, after knowing him and his grandson, she understands the Indians are not like that at all. Grandfather Teskigi relates a story whose meaning is ‘Man can not always understand man'.

    During the trial John states that the damage has already been done. All he wants is to ensure that Mr. Teskigi does not come back on his land. When the accused says he will return to destroy the barn in order to purify his ancestors burial ground, the judge says he will not be allowed to ‘pillage and plunder and go on the warpath like his ancestors did when the first settlers of Virginia came’. With a glance back at Elizabeth, Grandfather Teskigi says that a young person came this morning to state she found ‘me to be a human being and not a savage’. He adds that for a Cherokee to rest in peace he must be buried in sacred grounds. That is all he wants when he dies. As he turns and says ‘I’m sorry’ to John, he drops to the floor in pain.

    John and the boys tear burnt boards off the barn while Elizabeth cares for Myrtle. Elizabeth asks Grandpa, ‘Do you think the Indians are really here?’ Grandpa says, ‘There is only one way to find out.’ He begins digging through the dirt floor. After four feet down he finds Indian pottery. John says that does not prove anything. But a moment later, Grandpa finds a skull proving this, indeed, is an Indian burial ground. Erin walks in to say that Sheriff Bridges just told her that Grandfather Teskigi has died.

    John can not sleep thinking about what has happened. He believes he caused the man’s death. Myrtle then bellows out and when John enters the barn he sees Matthew leaning over a fire. Mistaking his intentions, John battles with the young Indian. Matthew tells John that he simply came back to boil golden seal to help the goat. John admits the burial ground is beneath the barn. John tells Matthew, ‘Every burial ground begins with one grave’ and suggests they bury his grandfather on an unspoiled spot on the Mountain. At the funeral Matthew asks for ‘blessings on this mountain land’ and asks the land be ‘allowed to be a honored Cherokee burial ground’. He crushes his grandfather’s cup and Elizabeth places wild flowers on Grandfather Teskigi’s gravesite.

    "Who owns the land? Only the land knows. We mortals are passers-by and our lives are but a brief moment in the great span of time and space. We are born, we live out our lives, and most of us do the best we can with it. But the wind is forever, and the rivers flow forever to the sea, and all the seasons of the weathers will come and go after we are gone. But the earth endures, the earth is eternal".

    Elizabeth: Grandpa?
    Grandpa: Yes, Elizabeth?
    Elizabeth: When Indians die do they go to the same Heaven as we do?
    Grandpa: Very definitely, yes.
    Elizabeth: Grandpa?
    Grandpa (cautiously): Ye-es?
    Elizabeth: If you get there ahead of me, will you look up Grandfather Joseph?
    Grandpa: I certainly will.
    Elizabeth: Just tell them Wirrol and me, will be along one day.
    Grandpa: Ha I'll do that!
    Elizabeth: Thankyou.
    Grandpa: Goodnight Elizabeth!
    Elizabeth: Goodnight.

    Also appearing -
    Grandfather Joseph Teskigi (Jerado DeCordovier); Matthew Teskigi (Ernest Esparza III); Judge Parrish (Richard Eastham); Public Defender Cross (Tom Bellin); Sheriff Bridges (John Crawford).


    • Grandfather Joseph Tekigi is 101 years old. He has outlived four wives. His first marriage occurred when he was seventeen years old.
    • It was well known that the Cherokee’s were good hunters and the first Indians with a written alphabet. One of their great chiefs, Sequoia, had the giant redwood trees in California named for him.
    • Grandfather Teskigi and his grandson Matthew live on an Indian reservation in North Carolina.
    • Richard Eastham appears as Judge Parrish in this episode. He later appears as the father of Paul Northridge, Erin’s future husband, in the episode The Lumberjack (S9/19).

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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  5. THE SEASHORE (20 Oct 1977)
    Writer: W. Marion Hargrove. Director: Lawrence Dobkin. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "In the late spring of 1940 our world on Waltons Mountain was very quiet and uneasy. For the first time ever, people stopped work in the daytime to turn on the radio. The war in Europe had seemed to be hibernating until suddenly on the 10th of May the Germans invaded Belgium and the Netherlands and Luxembourg. By the 10th of June they had enslaved all three and driven the British and French forces into the sea, and were marching into Paris. To all purposes the free world in Europe now consisted only of the British Isles. And just as suddenly, at least it seemed so here at home there were no more pacifists, no isolationists. The little ocean between us and the Nazi terror was not very wide any more. People were beginning to feel that the time had come to help whatever allies we had and to be ready when the attack turned on ourselves".

    The Baldwin sisters call on the Waltons to discuss how they can contribute to the war effort. With numerous military personnel at Norfolk and their seaside cottage standing vacant, Miss Mamie and Miss Emily ask John to remodel it. John does not want to be away from the family so Olivia decides everyone will go. Elizabeth suggests that the children will perform all the housework so Olivia can have a vacation. Ben tells the family he will stay behind because someone needs to feed the livestock and keep an eye on the house. Everyone thinks Ben is acting grown-up except for Grandpa who believes he has an ulterior motive.

    The Waltons arrive at the cottage excited by the sand and surf. When they approach the house they notice how well the outside looks for being vacant so long. Elizabeth watches an U.S. Coast Guard ship patrol the waters but becomes suspicious of a girl looking at the same boat with binoculars. With food in the icebox and a bed that has been slept in, the Waltons continue to be wary. Then, as Jason walks around the porch, he catches someone trying to enter the side door. The intruder tells the family her name is Lisa Cooper and she attends the College of William and Mary. She says she will leave immediately but Olivia knows she has no place to go. Olivia invites her to stay after her instincts tell her the girl is troubled by something.

    The next morning Jason tells Olivia that Lisa is studying music. When Olivia mentions the dreadful news about the war Lisa suddenly looks uneasy. Lisa mentions her father is a doctor but then very abruptly leaves. While talking with Elizabeth about how her father will have plenty of exciting nooks and crannies to visit when she returns to England, she tells Elizabeth to ‘treasure your father’. As Grandpa describes the battle of Dunkirk to the family Lisa turns away after hearing the words of Winston Churchill. Jason follows her to a café where she is playing ‘The Trout’ by Schubert on the piano. Jason listens to her say how she feels uneasy when people are too kind to her. After leaving they find Jim Bob’s rowboat that they take out for a ride. When an oar floats up on the beach, Jim Bob tells John he can’t find the pair.

    Back at the house, Ben splashes after-shave on his bachelor-face preparing to go out on the town. But when he stops at Ike’s to make a call, Corabeth insists he will have dinner with them tonight. And the next day the Baldwin sisters drive to the house to ask Ben to take them to Charlottesville. Ben has Darlene over to the house so they suggest they all can go and stop for a dish of ice cream afterwards. Ben is finding it very difficult being on his own when everyone interrupts his single lifestyle. The final straw falls while Ben is entertaining Darlene. Corabeth glares at Darlene while she approaches the house and, then, Curt and Mary Ellen interrupt the couple while they sit on the couch drinking lemonade.

    While searching the beach for Jason and Lisa, Chief of Police Moresdale arrives looking for the young woman. Finding her must be very important because the search, he says, is being conducted by the F.B.I. At this moment, two officers from the U.S. Coast Guard interrogate Jason and Lisa after rescuing their dingy from the ocean. Dittenberger and Flaherty suspect Lisa because of a slight German accent hidden underneath her strong English accent. The pair answers all of their questions so are released and driven to the cottage. The police chief returns and tells Lisa how worried her mother was when she disappeared from college. She tells the officer she is twenty-one years old tomorrow and is able to take care of herself.

    Ben shows up at the cottage still furious about all the people stopping by to interrupt him with apparently nothing better to do. While John and Olivia enjoy themselves on the beach, Jason and Lisa return to the café. Lisa describes how Schubert would stop by a brook to watch trout swimming about, resulting in his musical composition and its title. She then describes the delightful evenings with her father and his famous musical friends playing their instruments. However, Jason realizes that one of the men has retired and now lives in California and the other was killed over two years ago in an airplane crash. Lisa breaks down and tells Jason how well she is able to ‘muddy the waters’.

    Upon returning to the seaside cottage, Lisa finds a birthday party waiting for her complete with lemonade and chocolate cake and candles. She admits that she has been running away these past few weeks trying to remember past memories of her father. She recounts how they came to England from Austria so her father could practice his medicine. She proudly declares they became loyal subjects of the British Crown two years ago and how her father was at the Battle of Dunkirk in one of the tiny boats darting back and forth. As the Waltons now know, her father was drowned during that fight in the service of his island country. Resolving her emotions about the death of her dear father, she states she is returning to England because she will also defend her adopted country at any cost.

    Lisa and Jason say their good-byes. She gives Jason a gift, to be opened after she has left, and kisses him before leaving on the bus. Jason has been given a music box filled with memories of his English friend.

    "Lisa returned to her mother in England, and when the furies of war were spent she came back to America and finished her studies at William & Mary. In the letters my brother received from her in later years she spoke often of that turning point in her life, their meeting on the seashore".

    Elizabeth: You know something?
    Grandpa: What is it Elizabeth?
    Elizabeth: I saw a sail in my hair.
    Jim Bob: My car will never be the same...
    Erin: Jim Bob your car never was the same...
    Jim Bob: All the way to the seashore with the choke on? Ben you're never going to drive my car again.
    Ben: You're breaking my heart.
    Elizabeth: You bet that's what Darlene said...
    Ben: You're full of salt water taffy.
    John: That's enough! Goodnight everybody.

    Also appearing -
    The Baldwin sisters (Mary Jackson and Helen Kleeb); The Godseys (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards); Lisa (Vickery Turner); Darlene (Melody Thomas); Chief Moresdale (Arthur Franz); U.S. Coast Guard Officer Dittenberger (Michael Richardson); U.S. Coast Guard Officer Flaherty (Robert Gooden); Curt Willard (Tom Bower); radio announcer (John Hiestand).


    • Lisa is specializing in theory and harmony for her studies at the College of William and Mary.
    • Lisa had stayed at the cottage two years earlier when her mother and father brought her over to the United States for college.

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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  6. THE VOLUNTEER (27 Oct 1977)
    Writer: Kathleen Hite. Director: Philip Leacock. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "In 1939, when the threat of war hung over our country, it seemed to me that our lives altered much in the same way that winds moved down Waltons Mountain, changing sharply sometimes, but more often gentling us so gradually that it took a length of time to show the change had come about at all".

    Jim Bob places an antenna on the barn roof for his short-wave radio. Elizabeth tries to help but has problems with Rover the peacock whom is aggravated with all of the commotion. Grandpa thinks the bird needs a female companion. Near the water Maude Gormley paints Erin’s portrait but gets little cooperation from her who is anxious to leave for work. As Erin leaves Maude makes some finishing creative touchups.

    G.W, Erin's boyfriend, drives up to the house and is eyed by a hostile Rover. Olivia asks G.W. to try on a robe she is making for Jason. As G.W. prepares to drive Erin to work, Grandpa asks him for some help. Erin can’t believe that the family treats him almost like one of the family. Jim Bob drives Maude to the general store where Ike agrees to display her paintings. After driving Erin back from Miss Fannie’s, G.W. eats supper with the family. While listening to the radio, G.W. puts his hand on Erin’s shoulder. She is uncomfortable with what he does and decides to take a walk. G.W. makes the excuse that he should leave and walks out with Erin. After some small talk G.W. asks, ‘Erin, you don’t want to get married or anything, do you?’ Erin is surprised by the question. Erin tells G.W. that she likes him but does not want to marry him. He leaves after the rejection and says good-bye to Erin with finality in his voice.

    John discovers his daughter crying in the kitchen. Erin tells her father about the marriage proposal that G.W. gave to her earlier. Erin says she isn’t going to marry him but doesn’t know why she is crying. She thinks she has lost a friend and feels lonely about it. Erin states, ‘Can you love someone and not know about it?’ The next morning G.W. does show up to take Erin to work much to her relief. Pulling off to the side of the road, G.W. announces to Erin he is volunteering for the army and will not be able to drive her to work after today. Abel the iceman drops Erin off at the Willard’s where Grandpa and Mary Ellen learn about G.W.’s decision. Mary Ellen is shocked to hear the news knowing G.W. only wanted to farm a patch of his Daddy’s land and to get married. Grandpa thinks he may be leaving to forget an unrequited love.

    Erin is disturbed that everyone misses G.W. and Jason forces her to admit that she also misses him. Erin then receives his first letter from the army camp and reads it over and over again. Rover is still acting strange when Maude walks out of the barn trying to coax the peacock to pose with its wings spread in a ‘fanciful way’. Later Erin responds to a knock on the front door and finds G.W. standing there dressed in his army uniform. Olivia and John walk upstairs so the two young people can be alone. But their solitude is quickly broken when the children eagerly run down to greet their friend.

    Ike tries to locate the perfect place to display Maude’s paintings when a woman walks in looking for directions to Rockfish. She is immediately attracted to one of Maude’s paintings which she describes as ‘primitive but bold and clear’. She buys it for three dollars. Although Maude sold the picture she tells Ike he will still get his commission whether he earns it or not. While driving Maude back to Ike’s store, Jim Bob looks for Rover who has disappeared. After Maude walks in the store, she pays Ike his commission for her single sale. She then informs Ike that she has decided to let J. Wellington Penrow sell her paintings. She bluntly tells Ike she does not like her paintings sitting next to his pickles and cheese.

    G.W. and Erin go on a picnic where they discuss their feelings and the future. G.W. suggests Erin visit him at the army camp in Virginia Beach. But, when John finds out her plans he puts his foot down and says ‘NO’, knowing the type of women that visit army camps. After discussing it with Olivia and thinking about it throughout the night he finally agrees to trust his daughter and G.W. While the family sits down for supper, G.W and Erin are doubling with Ernie and Judy for dinner at a nightclub. But the couple disappears while dancing leaving G.W. and Erin alone. When G.W. walks Erin back to her boarding house, he suggests that he walk her up to her room. G.W. tries to be a little too forward with Erin and as he leaves says, ‘I sometimes wish you weren’t such a nice girl.’

    Grandpa looks for the lost Rover with Jim Bob’s car and finds the peacock at Walt Bicker’s place. Rover is proudly strutting around Ruby a peahen. Grandpa brings the pair back to the Waltons while Erin arrives back telling her parents that she and G.W. are the best of friends.

    "The peahen which Grandpa brought home as a companion to Rover did ease Rover's loneliness, and he became a much better tempered bird, but as a pair they remained, like Erin and GW.Haines, just friends".

    Elizabeth: Mama?
    Olivia: Yes Elizabeth.
    Elizabeth: Are the best things in life really free?
    Olivia: They surely are.
    Elizabeth: A bicycle.
    Olivia (slowly): No.
    Elizabeth: A trip to the ocean?
    Olivia (laughingly): No, but things like good health, and love -
    John: - and a good night's sleep!
    Elizabeth: But not a bicycle?
    Olivia: No. Goodnight Elizabeth.
    Elizabeth: Goodnight Mama, goodnight Daddy.
    John: 'Night honey.
    Elizabeth: Not even a trip to the ocean?

    Also appearing -
    Ike Godsey (Joe Conley); G.W.Haines (David Doremus); Maude Gormley (Merie Earle); Abel Bingley (David Clarke); lady customer (Nadya Turney); Judy (Wendy Rastatter); Ernie (Channing Clarkson); a soldier (Kevin Scott Allen); radio announcer (Hank Stohl).


    • G.W. is five foot eleven inches in height.
    • The license plate for Jim Bob’s car is 52-7504.

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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  7. THE GRANDCHILD (two hour episode) (3 Nov 1977)
    Writers: Rod Peterson & Claire Whitaker. Director: Ralph Senensky. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "There came a time when everyone on Waltons Mountain was looking forward to a very special event, a blessed one, the birth of my sister Mary Ellen's baby. All the neighbors shared our anticipation as the day approached and only the mother-to-be seemed unconcerned that a new generation of Waltons was about to begin".

    While Corabeth measures flannel for Olivia’s first grandchild, Cassie asks for some grape pop. She is a poor mountain girl who is pregnant but unsure when the baby is due. Mary Ellen soon walks into the store and Corabeth makes it known she does not think it is appropriate for her to be so active after seeing her toss the ball around outside. Miss Emily and Miss Mamie then arrive at the store exuberant over the expectant mother. The two sisters send out invitations to a baby shower that they are hosting for Mary Ellen. While the Baldwin’s choose an umbrella for the centerpiece of the ‘shower’, Ben plans a baby pool predicting the date and time of the birth for twenty-five cents. Ike agrees to keep the list behind his counter for others to contribute. Ben and Ike agree is it wise to keep its existence a secret from Mary Ellen and Corabeth.

    Elizabeth tells the family she wants a niece named Easter Elizabeth. Grandpa informs her granddaughter that the Walton’s first born is always a boy and, by tradition, will be called for his grandfather and father (Zebulon John). Jim Bob, on the other hand, is more concerned about Reckless who is just lying around. Olivia and John discuss becoming grandmother and grandfather and agree they both don’t feel like grandparents. At that moment, Jason comes home dirty and sooty from the Dew Drop Inn after helping to put out a fire in its kitchen. Jason is now unsure how he will pay his tuition with the Dew Drop closed for repairs during the next several weeks. Yancy examines Reckless and announces the dog is expecting puppies. Remembering back a couple months, he says Tiger and he were working at the Waltons and thinks his dog is the father. Yancy tells Jim Bob that he wants the pick of the litter.

    Mary Ellen wants to have the baby at home but Curt insists that Dr. Alexander from Charlottesville will deliver the baby in the hospital. Grandpa and John agree with Mary Ellen while Olivia agrees with Curt. The two sides argue about the final decision, much to the dismay of Mary Ellen.

    Ab Hineman, Cassie’s grandfather, rushes to Dr. Willard’s office because his granddaughter is about to deliver her baby. Mary Ellen tells Hineman that Curt is in Westin so goes with the man to his house. A storm is developing as Mary Ellen finds Cassie’s baby stillborn. Cassie is superstitious believing the baby died because she earlier saw a dead bird. Mary Ellen tries to explain that the baby was too tiny to survive. Cassie insists, however, that Mary Ellen leave because she looked into the eyes of a dead baby. She keeps repeating the omen, ‘Look upon the face of death. Never feel your babies breathe.’ The situation finally scares Mary Ellen who rushes out of the room and sees the grandfather making a coffin. Even more scared now she runs down the road in a downpour seeing ball lightning run up and down a fence. With hysteria set in, she sees the blinding lights of Curt’s truck. Curt takes his wife to the Waltons. After calming her down, he angrily tells Mary Ellen that she could have lost the baby. Curt prepares warm milk for his wife while Mary Ellen looks into the fire, not totally comforted with his rational explanations of what happened.

    Jason is excited about a new job he just found. He will be playing the piano at the Jefferson Theatre in Charlottesville. It is a vaudeville show featured between two movies. The first night Jason sees a comic announce the performance of Honey Suckle Rose. It is soon apparent that she is a burlesque dancer, a stripper. Jason is stunned for a few seconds but as he gazes at her black nylons a smile appears on his face.

    At Mary Ellen’s baby shower, Miss Emily and Miss Mamie host the gathering of Olivia, Elizabeth, Erin, Corabeth, Aimee, Mrs. Brimmer, Maude Gormley, and two local ladies. Mrs. Brimmer has a knack for reading tea leaves but after reading from Mary Ellen’s teacup she suddenly becomes quiet and says nothing was revealed to her. Later Mary Ellen thinks she has seen someone looking in from the window. When she looks closer she can not see Cassie who is hiding in the bushes. Mary Ellen confides to her mother that everything seems too perfect and almost expects something wrong to happen.

    The next day Curt visits Cassie hoping to examine her condition. But Cassie is too strongly controlled by superstition to believe the reasoning that Curt tells her. After Curt leaves, Cassie begins to hold a Raggedy Ann doll believing it to be her lost baby. After allowing Aimee and Elizabeth to hear the baby’s heartbeat, Mary Ellen suddenly knows it’s time for the baby. She calls Miss Fannie so she can contact Curt who is at the Campbell’s. Ike then receives a call from Miss Fannie. He relays the message to Olivia that Curt and Mary Ellen are rushing to the hospital. Olivia runs out of the store exclaiming, ‘Our first grandchild!’

    (The end of Part 1 of The Grandchild.)

    Part 2 -

    Elizabeth and Erin wait for the birth, both with their own emotions and uncertainties. When the car drives up, everyone is disappointed to learn Mary Ellen is still pregnant. As John says, ‘it’s a practice run’. The next day, Grandpa knocks on Ben’s bedroom door telling his grandson it is high time they share some man-to-man experiences. According to Yancy Tucker a ‘very interesting’ stage show is being put on at the place where Jason is piano playing. They have no automobile to drive so summon Jim Bob in order to borrow his car. He does not trust either Ben’s or Grandpa’s driving abilities and insists he will drive them to wherever they are going. Ben says to Grandpa, ‘Is he old enough?’ Grandpa responds, ‘If he isn’t, he soon will be.’ Sitting in front row seats, the threesome view the dancer covered with balloons. As she dances a large pin bursts balloons while still maintaining balloons in strategic places. When the dancer allows Grandpa to pop a balloon his enthusiastic manner makes him puncture several balloons. The dancer quickly backs off from the mischievous gentleman with only a few balloons still intact.

    The next morning Curt and Mary Ellen enter church services to many stares from the congregation. Rev. Buchanan begins his sermon by announcing that three generations of Waltons are present, with a fourth generation trying to emerge. The minister continues by saying that temptations that usually exist in big cities are also present very close to Waltons Mountain. Jason feels he is talking directly to him. Ben and Jim Bob chuckle throughout the sermon. At Sunday dinner, Elizabeth wants to know the definition of a ‘fleshpot’? Ben says she should ask Jason because he would know. Olivia wants to know what he means by that statement. Ben and Jim Bob tell the family they saw the show that Jason played for yesterday. The family says they also want to see the show but Jason says it is not really appropriate for the group. When Olivia learns he is playing for a burlesque show she does not understand how he can play for a ‘trashy girlie’ show on Saturday night and then attend church on Sunday morning.

    Aimee unwittingly tells Mary Ellen about the baby pool that Ike and Ben organized. She tells Ike, ‘Just what do you think I am, some sort of brood mare?’ and marches off to wring Ben’s neck. Before finding Ben, Mary Ellen suddenly doubles over in pain. It is time for the delivery. With screams coming from Mary Ellen, Elizabeth boils water while Curt and Olivia care for the mother-to-be. Elizabeth, Erin, and Jim Bob are told to go to Mrs. Brimmer’s but Ben and Jason say they not kids anymore and wait in the barn. John and Grandpa drink coffee and wait in the kitchen. As the delivery drags on and the pain for Mary Ellen increasing, Olivia grows more concerned and Curt says he would hate to have to perform a Cesarean operation. After a very difficult labor Curt finally is able to say to his wife, ‘It’s all over now, honey. You’re a mother!’

    Mary Ellen has given birth to a healthy baby boy but outside Cassie watches and waits. With the family surrounding the new father and mother, Mary Ellen announces that John Curtis Willard is the name of their new son. Five days later Corabeth and Aimee bring a gift of a handmade pillow to Mary Ellen. Later Jason returns from work to announce he has a new job as the accompanist for the Old Dominion Gospel Singers. Dr. Bassett, the director for the singers, saw Jason play at the burlesque show and hired him. Ben, in the meantime, cautiously approaches Mary Ellen to apologize. She accepts his apology after buying her a present when nobody would take back the money. She takes the new baby clothes to Olivia who is hanging wet clothes on the line. However, when Olivia goes inside to check on John Curtis she finds him gone. With Mary Ellen in hysterics, Curt believes Cassie has taken the baby. John, Olivia, and Curt approach the Hineman house with Cassie singing to the baby. Olivia calmly thanks Cassie for taking care of John Curtis. With forceful but cautious talk, she convinces the confused woman to return the baby to Mary Ellen.

    "No child was ever so prized as that first grandchild who arrived in our family. The arrival of subsequent grandchildren was equally wondrous, as we watched our family renewing itself and a whole new generation beginning all over again. Today there are sixteen grandchildren in the family and already my mother was looking forward to holding her first great-grandchild".

    Erin: Goodnight Jason.
    Jason: Goodnight Erin. Goodnight Elizabeth.
    Elizabeth: Goodnight Jason, goodnight Mama.
    Olivia: Goodnight Elizabeth, goodnight Ben.
    Ben: Goodnight Mama, goodnight Daddy.
    John: 'Night.
    Jim Bob: Goodnight Mary Ellen!
    Erin: Will all you please shhhhhh!
    (baby squawks).

    Also appearing -
    Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards); The Baldwin sisters (Mary Jackson and Helen Kleeb); Cassie (Beth Raines); Yancy Tucker (Robert Donner); Aimee Godsey (Rachel Longaker); Ab Hineman (David Hooks); Curt Willard (Tom Bower); Maude Gormley (Merie Earle); burlesque comic (Joe Ross); the drummer (Frank deVito); a dancer (Trish Garland); Mrs Brimmer (Nora Marlowe); Rev. Hank Buchanan (Peter Fox).


    • Mary Ellen is eight months pregnant at the beginning of the episode.
    • Olivia delivered all of her babies at home, except for Jim Bob. The Secret, season 4 episode 16, explains why that delivery was so troublesome.
    • Grandpa recounts (from The Birthday, Season 3 episode 14) when he was sick and the family carried him outside to the tent so he could see the Mountain and breathe in the good country air.
    • Grandpa also recounts (from The Long Night, S5/21) when he was thrown out of the hospital and had to visit Grandma from a park bench across from the hospital.
    • John recounts (from The Venture, S3/24) when he was in the hospital with pneumonia.
    • Charlottesville is 28 miles away from Waltons Mountain.
    • Curt mentions Doctor James who practices in Scottsville and Doctor Clark who practices in Westin.
    • The Jefferson Theatre is called the Magnolia Blossom Theatre when the burlesque comic announces the dancer.
    • The license plates for Jim Bob’s car is 52-7504 Virginia.

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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  8. THE FIRST CASUALTY (10 Nov 1977)
    Writer: Andy White. Director: Harry Harris. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "In the fall of 1939 the people on Waltons Mountain were becoming increasingly affected by the spreading war in Europe. In our family and others, despite our rural isolation it was to cause immediate and profound change".

    Ike motorcycles past John, Grandpa, and Jason at the mill without stopping to say his usual ‘hello’. He stops at the Willard’s to deliver a letter from the War Department. Curt has been called up to active duty much to the shock and anger of Mary Ellen. Curt tells the family he will be commissioned a first lieutenant at Fort Lee. Jim Bob talks about flying in the war but Olivia is disturbed at the possible thought of her son in the military. She hopes Curt will understand when she does not see him off after earlier vowing never to see another family member off to war. On Monday, after Curt says good-bye to the family at the Rockfish bus station, Erin sees G.W. arrive home on leave from the army.

    At the Dew Drop Inn, Yancy gets a back rub from Sissy while Horace drinks a beer and Jason plays the piano. G.W. and another soldier arrive at the bar and sit with Yancy and Horace. A war report suddenly blares from the radio. Yancy realizes how close the war is coming to their home shores, declares, ‘I’m goin’ to fight the Huns!’, and asks Sissy to marry him. Yancy prepares for his entrance into the military by asking Ben to take care of his animals while he is gone and getting hitched at the Baptist church. Rev. Buchanan officiates at the ceremony while Corabeth is the soloist, Ben is the best man, and Thelma is the maid-of-honor. The wedding is only slightly interrupted when Rev. Buchanan asks if anyone has any reason to prevent this marriage from taking place. Yancy looks around at the congregation knowing he only has a few precious moments left in his bachelorhood. But no one speaks up and Yancy and Sissy are married.

    Erin and G.W. talk about his experiences at Camp Lee. He tells Erin how he feels about the land, his religious beliefs, and his country. Erin knows G.W. does not really want to return to Camp Lee. She feels guilty thinking that she was the reason he joined the military in the first place.

    Yancy is given a big send-off by the town folks complete with music played by slightly inebriated members of the marching band. Before stepping on the bus G.W. tells Erin that he loves her and kisses her. On the bus ride back to camp, G.W. writes a letter to Erin and (for some unknown reason) a letter to John.

    Feeling lonely without Curt near her, Olivia and John find Mary Ellen quietly crying while rocking their grandson. They ask her to stay with them until Curt returns home. Mary Ellen gladly accepts the offer. After settling back into the Walton’s house, Mary Ellen decides to travel to visit her husband. It has been a long time since a baby was in the house, but Olivia and John gladly take care of John Curtis while their oldest daughter is gone.

    As John loads sacks into the back of the truck, the bus returns with Yancy inside. He sees John and asks him to sneak him out of town. Yancy tells John he is embarrassed about being rejected by the army for flat feet and for being over the age of thirty-two years. Returning home, he is also shocked to find that his new wife has redecorated his shack with a woman’s touch and removed his beloved animals to the out-of-doors.

    Mary Ellen returns home early to tell Olivia, John, and Erin the sad news that G.W. was killed in a training exercise at Camp Lee. Erin listens with shock and disbelief. Curt and John drive the body back to the Haines’. John tells Curt to relate the whole story of how G.W. was killed so the Waltons children realize what horrible consequences can happen from war. In the morning, the family prepares to attend G.W.’s funeral but Erin suddenly says she can not bear to go and runs off. While Rev. Buchanan speaks about how Waltons Mountain has given up one of its fine, young men, John leaves to find Erin. He finds her and reads the letter that G.W. wrote to him. The letter is a will in which G.W. bequeaths to Erin the bottomland acreage that his parents gave to him. He states that he knows Erin will love it and protect it.

    GW's letter to Erin -

    Dear Erin,
    I'm writing this on the bus after we said goodbye at Rockfish. I'm returning to Camp Lee and whatever Fate may bring. This for legal purposes is a Will - I, George William Haines, on this date do bequeath to you, Erin Walton, the bottom land acreage given to me by my parents and recorded in the Jefferson County Hall of Records. I know you will love it and protect it. Thankyou for sharing my thoughts and my dreams. GW.

    "That first casualty brought the war home to our mountain. There were to be many more sacrifices during the long war years ahead, but GW Haines was remembered most especially because he was the first from our area to give the fullest measure of his devotion".

    Elizabeth: Where's Erin?
    Olivia: She's outside.
    Elizabeth: Is she alone?
    Olivia: I don't think so. Goodnight Elizabeth.
    Elizabeth: Goodnight Mama.

    Also appearing -
    Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards); George Haines (Lin McCarthy); Louise Haines (Jean Allison); GW Haines (David Doremus); Yancy Tucker (Robert Donner); Sissy (Cissy Wellman); Curt Willard (Tom Bower); Thelma (Dorothy Shay); Horace Brimley (A.Wilford Brimley); Mickey (David Dotson); Rev. Hank Buchanan (Peter Fox); radio announcer (Art Gilmore).


    • G.W. stands for George William.
    • The first name of G.W. Haines’ father is George.
    • The first name of G.W.’s mother is Louise.
    • The name of G.W.’s horse is Red.
    • Jason’s car (that was passed down from John Boy) has license plates 46-4072 Virginia.
    • The Willard’s truck license plates are 56-7203 Virginia.

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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    Writers: Rod Peterson and Claire Whitaker. Director: Philip Leacock. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "While the war in Europe continued to spread, a deceptive calm lay over Waltons Mountain. In this 'quiet before the storm' our mother turned to painting, losing herself in it as if somehow she could preserve those tranquil days for ever".

    Grandpa sneaks up on Olivia while she paints Drucilla’s Pond in preparation for the Ladies Art League Painting Exhibit in Rockfish. Olivia is trying to preserve the peacefulness of her world that is quickly changing before her eyes. While Grandpa comments about the calmness of the water and the gentle breeze around them, their conversation is disrupted by maneuvers of the Army at the nearby federal preserve.

    Erin and Mary Ellen are subjected to catcalls from soldiers outside Ike’s store. The sisters then learn that Ike has been made coordinator in charge of civilian relations by the captain in charge. They are also told that Aimee and Elizabeth will open the painting contest with their tap dance to the song ‘Shuffle Off to Buffalo’. As Erin and Mary Ellen leave, Curt and Private William Lance (his driver) arrive while in route to help his unit look for a place to camp. Mary Ellen is disappointed that he can not stay. Lance strikes up a conversation with Erin but she is not friendly toward him. After Grandpa sings the song ‘When Johnny Comes Marching Home’ he announces that he has sold the army their ‘chicken-chasing pig’. Grandpa has also given permission for them to camp at Drucilla’s Pond so Curt can be close to Mary Ellen.

    Chance is about to deliver a calf. John reassures Olivia he won’t try to sell the calf like he did with Chance’s earlier offspring. After supper the boys, Grandpa, and John talk about war but Mary Ellen is angry that Curt did not show up for the meal. She gruffly tells the men they can do KP as she walks off toward the pond. The next morning John and Olivia see Curt and Mary Ellen walking arm-in-arm down the stairs. Mary Ellen explains she was arrested for walking too close to the army camp and Curt walked her home and stayed for the night. John comments to Olivia, ‘That’s what you call night maneuvers!’

    Ike is signing up locals as injured participants during next Saturday’s mock war disaster. Jim Bob has already been signed up and Thelma and Grandpa sign up while visiting the store. Later, Private Lance has run out of gas and admits to Jason and Erin, who have picked him up, that he is afraid he will get in trouble with Lieutenant Willard. While Jason finds a can of gas, Lance wanders over to take a drink from the old water pump. As Olivia paints the pump she tells the soldier that the well went dry fifteen years ago. Lance tells her that he is in the military because of his hope to keep his hometown like it is now.

    Jason and Grandpa go fishing at Drucilla’s Pond but find that a grenade, that had to be exploded in the pond, has killed many fish that are now floating on top of the water. The army is now busy with the mock disaster, but Grandpa has lost interest in their escapades. John and Jim Bob load Olivia’s paintings into the truck for the trip to the exhibition. While passing in front of Ike’s store John and Olivia are subjected to the mock games. Olivia does not understand why the army’s activities are called ‘games’. She finally admits to John that she knows the country will become involved with the war in Europe. She wishes they only had daughters and no sons that have to go off to war. Back home, Grandpa tells John that the war is coming closer to them and poses the question, ‘How many generations will it take for us to settle our differences without killing one another and crippling our land?’

    At the Rockfish exhibition Maude Gormley is awarded twenty-five dollars by the judges for being recognized as the most outstanding artist at the display. Olivia is sad she did not receive the money but soon learns that her paintings were sold to a most distinguished collector who greatly admired her work.

    In the morning Chance has given birth to a baby calf after being scared by the army’s explosions. Grandpa says that dynamite brought the calf into the world. Elizabeth wants the newborn to be called ‘Gwendolyn’ but Jim Bob responds, ‘Not this one. She’s Dynamite!’

    Olivia buys a new sewing machine from the money she received from selling her paintings. But when Olivia goes to the attic to find a silk scarf for Mary Ellen she discovers her paintings hidden under a blanket. She thinks John has bought them and becomes angry with him for being cruel and humiliating her in front of the crowd at the exhibition. Curt suddenly appears to say the army is immediately returning to camp after hearing that Paris has fallen. Before leaving, Vance and Erin agree to write each other. Curt and Mary Ellen reluctantly say good-bye. Grandpa confesses to Olivia that he was the mysterious collector who bought her paintings. He admired them and simply wanted to leave a legacy to his grandchildren.

    "No one of us on Waltons Mountain could possibly foresee that the world was about to go up in flames. Mama's paintings became a lasting link to what was, a reminder that through changes and turmoil, some things do endure".

    John: Pa?
    Grandpa: Yes, Son.
    John: You pay all the pig money for the pictures?
    Grandpa: Yes, I did. I still got even with the Army for blowin' up the Pond.
    Jason: How'd you do that?
    Grandpa: I sold 'em the catfish that they killed.
    Erin (reproachfully): Grandpa....
    Grandpa: Well, they were still pretty fresh.
    John: Goodnight!

    Also appearing -
    Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards); Private Lance (Michael Sullivan); Jane Stephens (Alice Hirson); Aimee Godsey (Rachel Longaker); Curt Willard (Tom Bower); the Sergeant (Joseph Cala); the sentry (Jef Reese); the soldier (Kevin Scott Allen); Maude Gormley (Merie Earle); Thelma (Dorothy Shay).


    • The license plates from Jason’s car are 46-4072 Virginia.
    • Private William Lance’s nickname is ‘Billy’.
    • Lance is from a small ‘hill-country’ town in West Virginia.
    • The Rockfish Press has printed an article about the painting contest.
    • Alice Hirson, who appears as Jane Stevens (the hostess for the exhibition) in this episode, also appeared as the same character (the owner of the Rockfish Business School) in the episode The Career Girl (S5/17).
    • KP refers to the military term ‘kitchen police’.

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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  10. THE FLIGHT (1 Dec 1977)
    Writers: Carole Raschella and Michael Raschella. Director: Ralph Waite. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "With each passing year on Waltons Mountain our growth was sparked by learning and change. In fitting together the pieces of our developing personalities there came a time when my youngest brother Jim Bob had to make a decision which was to affect the rest of his life".

    Elizabeth brings some goldenrod to Grandpa who is missing Grandma still in the hospital. Elizabeth confides in her grandfather saying she especially misses Grandma during this time of the day because it was ‘our time’ together. The two walk to the barn in order to check Myrtle who is about to give birth. On the way, Jim Bob proudly shows them his new eagle hood ornament. But Elizabeth does not understand why Jim Bob and her don’t do things together any more. Grandpa explains a little about growing up.

    In Rockfish Sheriff Bridges talks with Harrison Bixby who is looking for a boy with the name of Joe Douglas. Down the street, Jim Bob finds Joe admiring his hood ornament. When the boy sees Bixby he quickly wants to leave. They drive out-of-town eating strawberry donuts. While waiting for the motor to cool down after it overheats, the pair imagine themselves driving motorcycles through hoops of fire as they travel across the country as ‘Wild Man Walton’ and ‘Daredevil Douglas’.

    Mary Ellen bathes John Curtis while Olivia and Sarah Bridges drink tea at the supper table. Sarah wonders if it would be too late for her to have a family. Later, Joe joins the family for supper where he tells John he is from Falls Church. He adds his father works for the government as an accountant and he is on his way to Hampton to join the Army Air Corp. While horsing around in the yard John questions Joe about his plans. He decides to let Joe stay a few more days but doesn’t quite believe his story. The boys talk about parachute jumping at fairs but when Jim Bob races to find his kite Joe runs off to Mrs. Sweeney’s foster home. He tells his sister Claire to pack her suitcase and be ready to leave for Florida when he returns.

    Elizabeth is alarmed to find Myrtle missing. She locates the pregnant goat at Maude’s who decides the mother-to-be should stay in her barn. While building their kite, Joe and Jim Bob decide they want to see the movie ‘Test Pilot’ with Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy. Both boys are broke but Sarah comes to the rescue and provides them money to see the movie. While at the movie, Olivia helps Sarah make curtains for her home. The boys are enjoying the airplane fights when Bixby sits behind them. They suddenly run out of the theater. The boys escape from the man but Joe finally has to admit he isn’t really joining the Army Air Corp. His parents died last year and since then he has lived in an orphanage while his sister was placed in Mrs. Sweeney’s foster home with the hope she would be adopted by a good family. Joe tries to convince Jim Bob to go with them to Florida when they run away. Jim Bob is unsure if that is a good idea.

    Maude and Elizabeth drink milk and eat gingerbread while Maude relates some of her wild tales when she was a young girl. Myrtle gives birth but Maude still wants the pair to remain with her. Elizabeth doesn’t understand but Maude says she has her reasons. Elizabeth names the baby goat ‘Gingerbread’.

    While Ep looks over the curtains Sarah made for their house, she asks Ep if they could start a family. Ep thinks he is too old to have another family but tells his wife he will think about it. The telephone rings with Mrs. Sweeney telling the Sheriff that Claire Douglas is missing. Ep remembers that Bixby was looking for a boy with the same last name. He tells this to Sarah who says the boy is staying at the Waltons. When Joe sees the Sheriff’s car approach the house Jim Bob hides his friend in the hayloft. Jim Bob decides to join Joe in his trip to Florida. When John enters the bedroom he sees his son’s knapsack and demands to know where he can find Joe. Ep returns Joe to the orphanage who is now mad at Jim Bob for telling on him.

    Sarah and Ep talk about the orphans over breakfast. Sarah wants to take in the seven-year old girl and sixteen-year-old boy. But Ep resists knowing the change that would take place in their lives. Ep visits Joe in order to talk over his dilemma with his wife. He wishes Sarah had told him her desire to have children before they were married. He loves her but does not know if he wants more children.

    Elizabeth finds Maude has brought the goats to their place after finding it is too difficult to handle them. Maude admits she kept the goats because she wanted Elizabeth to visit her. Elizabeth promises to visit and says she can be her second grandma. Sarah and Ep make arrangements to have Claire and Joe visit them on the weekends; with the possibility of later adopting them. They bring the children over to the Waltons so Joe and Jim Bob can patch up their dispute. The boys are brought together with coaxing from Ep and John.

    The union was soon made permanent when Ep and Sarah adopted both children, and the space which Joe had filled for Jim Bob became a close and loyal friendship".

    (goat bleats)
    Jason: Go to sleep Jim Bob.
    Jim Bob: It wasn't me!
    Elizabeth: Gingerbread, hush!
    Olivia: Elizabeth what's goin' on in there?
    Elizabeth: It's kinda cold in the barn. I made a bed and cloths for the baby goat.
    Erin: Elizabeth get that animal out of here.
    Jason: Close the door Ben before it comes in and poops all over the floor.
    Erin: Elizabeth: I will not sleep in the same room with a goat.
    Elizabeth: Well, go sleep in the barn!
    Erin: Mama....
    Olivia: Elizabeth I think you'd better take the goat to the barn.
    Elizabeth: I'm scared of the dark...
    Olivia: Erin go with her.
    Erin: Mama!
    (everybody): Goodnight, Gingerbread!

    Also appearing -
    Ike Godsey (Joe Conley); Sarah Bridges (Lynn Carlin); Sheriff Ep Bridges (John Crawford); Joe Douglas (Peter Miner); Claire (Michelle Stacy); Maude Gormley (Merie Earle): Harrison Bixby (Dan Priest); Ed Larkin (Jerry Crews); Curt Willard (Tom Bower).


    • Jim Bob’s car has a Model ‘A’ chassis and a Rolls Royce horn.
    • Jim Bob’s car license plates are 59-6082 Virginia.
    • Sarah Bridges’ car license plates are 60-7293 Virginia.
    • The episode occurs during the fall because Grandpa and Ben are hoeing corn stalks.
    • Ep has two grown up sons from his first marriage.
    • Sarah went to see Dr. Jackson in order to check her condition for childbirth.

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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  11. THE CHILDREN'S CAROL (two hour episode) (5 Dec 1977)
    Writer: John McGreevey. Director: Lawrence Dobkin. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "I remember that Christmas when all the sounds and events of the world spoke against the holiday. London was being bombed, the evil of Nazi rule was spreading across Europe, and on Waltons Mountain indian summer held off the snows of winter. It was a year two young English children were to seek refuge on the mountain, and it was a year when my mother's faith was put to its severest test".

    Part 1

    It is morning of the first Sunday in December and the Waltons prepare themselves for church. Rev. Buchanan preaches a sermon announcing the beginning of the most glorious time of year. After services the family drives to Ike’s store where it is learned new door locks have been installed due to a rash of burglaries. The Baldwin sisters seek out Olivia hoping her family will help welcome two English children orphaned by the blitz. Miss Mamie and Miss Emily feel other children will help the visitors feel more at ease. Olivia agrees that she and the children will welcome Tess and Pip Wrayburn upon their arrival.

    Chief Air Raid Warden Ike and his First Deputy Ben prepare for their official Civil Defense duties. Verdi Grant visits the Waltons to secure orders for her delicious burnt cinnamon cakes that she bakes every Christmas. She hopes to sell ten or more at two dollars each in order to buy clothes and toys for children-in-need. The Waltons order three fruitcakes, but Grandpa insists he will not share his cake with anyone.

    Mrs. Rumsen delivers the orphans to the Baldwin’s, then returns to Washington, D.C. The children are uneasy with the new surroundings and it is apparent they hold repercussions from the war and the deaths of their parents. Tess says Pip has not spoken since the bombing and does not think he ever will talk again.

    Erin is still upset about the death of G.W. Haines. Olivia prompts her to express unspoken emotions but Erin resists. Allen Timmons, an expeditor for the Defense Department, talks with John about increasing his order quantity. Olivia invites Allen for coffee and fresh baked marble cake, knowing that Erin will be inside to greet the handsome soldier. She declares to John, ‘I’m doing some expediting on my own.’

    Miss Emily and Miss Mamie realize Tess and Pip are not happy with them and, now, can not locate them. They find them under furniture with fruit bundled within their clothes. They are collecting food for the day they will be hungry again. The sisters try to convince the children that they will never be without food. But Tess and Pip are not easily convinced after their haunting experiences in their homeland.

    John is awakened by a noise coming from the barn. Upon investigating he finds Jim Bob talking over his short-wave radio. Jim Bob explains he is talking to Allison who lives in London, England.

    Miss Emily and Miss Mamie wonder if Olivia would allow Tess and Pip to stay with them. They hope the Waltons might help them learn to trust and believe again. Olivia agrees but the first supper finds unusually quiet conversation with only Grandpa acting like his old self. Olivia puts Pip to bed in the boys’ room and places Tess in the girls’ room. However, when John and Olivia walk upstairs later they find the two sleeping together on the hallway floor. With their parents gone, the siblings are inseparable.

    Mary Ellen can not bear to be away from her husband and decides to join him. Upon arriving she rents an apartment near the camp from a snooty landlady who demands two weeks rent in advance and lays down the rules of the house. That night Ike, Ben, and two other volunteers patrol Waltons Mountain for violators of the first blackout drill. Ben views a light in the far-west upstairs window of Thelma’s house. He gives her a warning but knowing her mother’s Christmas light is a tradition does not take Ben very serious.

    Olivia hopes Jason will play Pip a song to help him open up. But Jason says he is no longer playing because he feels he must toughen up so he can do the job he was trained for in the military. On another short-wave radio conversation, Tess tells Allison where her family used to live. Allison promises she will ask around for survivors, but Tess says no one else remains except for her and her brother.

    Mary Ellen and Curt hold each other, glad to be together again. However, Curt tells his wife that the camp and surrounding area are no place for wives and children. Elizabeth feels she is the only one who realizes Christmas is coming. Grandpa brightens her mood by inviting her to join him in choosing the Christmas tree. He suggests they bring along Tess and Pip. The foursome locates a fine clump of pines at the bottom of a steep slope but Tess and Pip are indifferent. Elizabeth becomes angry at their attitude. Grandpa tells the three about two happy past Christmases. At one the tree was so big it would not fit inside the house. So the tree was set up inside the barn to the delight of the animals. At another they found an opossum in the tree who was 'playin’ possum'. Grandpa leads the invigorated group in the singing of ‘Jingle Bells’.

    Jason stands at attention while his sergeant yells at the troop. Then, Jason is told to bayonet a dummy in preparation for combat. Ben is counting his money when Jim Bob walks into the room. Ben says he plans to order a pinstriped suit that a catalog promises will make him look taller. As Olivia, Elizabeth, Tess, and Pip walk to the store an airplane flies low overhead. Olivia and Elizabeth wave at the pilot but Tess and Pip cry out and run scared to a concrete embankment. They believe enemy aircraft are about to bomb them.

    Part 2

    Olivia greets Verdi at Ike’s store. Verdi compliments Ike who is providing last minute supplies and selling toys at wholesale prices. Corabeth invites Olivia for tea while Aimee asks Elizabeth, Tess, and Pip to play games. But the orphans only want to watch, much to the chagrin of Elizabeth. Olivia reads a letter from John Boy who informs his mother that he will not be home for Christmas. Corabeth asks Olivia if she will help them organize ‘Bundles for Britain’. Olivia says, ‘they talk about the faces of war’. While staring at Tess and Pip, she adds, ‘but those are the faces of this war, those innocent little children destroyed’.

    Mary Ellen sets up housekeeping at the apartment but wonders why her husband is unable to spend much time with his family. Curt repeats that he has many obligations to the army but Mary Ellen does not believe him and orders him out of the room. Jason has doubts about his suitability for the military and is unsure whether he will be able to kill a man. John says he would rather have men like him in war because he is not a machine, but a man who feels, thinks, and cares. He suggests that Jason not block off his feelings for music because without those emotions there would be nothing to defend.

    As the Civil Defense volunteers make their rounds, Verdi collects money as she delivers her finished cakes. At Thelma’s house she states that nearly thirty dollars will be collected after three more deliveries. But as she walks down the road someone jumps out and steals her purse. Ben hears her screams and scares off the thief but not before the money is taken. While caring for her shaken friend, Olivia can not believe a woman like Verdi could be assaulted while doing Christian work. Three days before Christmas, Rev. Buchanan speaks about the story of Christmas and the hope that was born on that first Christmas day. Olivia is reminded of the recent terrible incidents and can not finish the Lord’s Prayer. She rushes out in tears.

    Jason writes a new Christmas carol while Grandpa orchestrates the tree trimming. Olivia is glad Jason is again writing music, for this especially is the time that music is needed. Ben visits Verdi to tell her he has found her purse. When Verdi opens it she is surprised to find money inside. Verdi is more perplexed to see a ten and a five included within the bills when she knows she had only collected singles. Verdi realizes what has happened and looks upon Ben as a very special man, rather than as a boy.

    Mary Ellen admits to Curt that he was correct when saying this place was not suitable. Although still angry they make up. Curt gives Mary Ellen a camera for Christmas so she can take pictures of his family. Mary Ellen returns home better able to handle the separation caused by the pending war. Olivia admits to John that she could always pray in the past when seeking out help to a Power that cared. Now she is unable to do so. John says that maybe she is asking God to act like she wants him to act.

    The next morning Ben, Jim Bob, and John load an army truck while Allen checks the order. Erin sees Allen in uniform for the first time and is upset at the sight. The Baldwin sisters visit the Waltons to give presents to Tess and Pip. Olivia admits they were not successful in helping the children. She suggests they might get help at the center in Washington, D.C. Elizabeth tells Tess and Pip about being sent away. Not wanting to move again, Tess and Pip slip inside the truck. Elizabeth then admits she told the children they were being sent away and that she saw them hiding inside the truck. John, Olivia, and Erin drive to find them. Olivia spots the children in front of a landing airplane. Pip is frozen to the runway unable to move away from the onrushing plane. John pulls them out of danger. Tess can’t understand why they came looking for them. John says, ‘Because we care'. Pip finally speaks, saying to Olivia that he was ‘proper scared’.

    On Christmas morning Jim Bob shouts that Allison is on the short-wave radio. When the family walk outside they find it snowing. All of Allison’s family is standing beside her as she speaks with Jim Bob and his family. Allison says that someone wants to speak with Tess and Pip. That person is their ‘Mum’. Emotions overwhelm the children. They ask about their Daddy but she sadly admits they lost him. She, however, promises to join them in the U.S. as soon as she is well enough to travel.

    Jason sings his new Christmas carol as the family joins him in the chorus.

    The Childrens' Carol -

    O children he is one of us untouched by hate or fear.
    O children we are one with him this joyful time of year.

    Join hands, join hearts, and sing his song of peace and men’s good will.
    Shout out the birth of the Christmas child, that child is with us still.

    Join hands, join hearts, and sing his song of peace and men’s good will.
    Shout out the birth of the Christmas child, that child is with us still.

    Elizabeth: Grandpa?
    Grandpa: Yes, Elizabeth.
    Elizabeth: You've seen a lot of Christmases?
    Grandpa: Ummmmm, Seventy-odd. Some odder than others!
    Elizabeth: Out of all those Christmases, which do you like to think about best?
    Grandpa: None.
    Elizabeth: None?
    Grandpa: The Christmas I like to think about Miss Elizabeth isn't this year's, last year's, or the one in 'ought six. It's next year's Christmas.
    Elizabeth: Goodnight Grandpa!
    Grandpa: Goodnight Elizabeth.

    Also appearing -
    Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards); the Baldwin sisters (Mary Jackson and Helen Kleeb); Tess Wrayburn (Sally Boyden); Verdie Grant (Lynn Hamilton); Curt Willard (Tom Bower); Pip Wrayburn (Jeff Cotler); Thelma (Dorothy Shay); Rev. Hank Buchanan (Peter Fox); Mrs. Rumsen (Judith Sharon Morton); the Landlady (Ivy Bethune); Sgt. Grimes (Ed Owens); Allen Timmons (David Cramer); Allison (Kate Edwards); Mrs. Wrayburn (Dinah Anne Rogers).


    • The Baldwin sisters’ cousin sent Tess and Pip from London.
    • Cousin Hilary Baldwin von Clinst appeared in ‘The Hiding Place’, (S5/22).
    • Pip is a nickname for Philip.
    • Mary Ellen pays twelve dollars fifty cents each week for the apartment and an additional two dollars fifty cents a week for kitchen privileges.
    • Allison lives in Hampton, just off Finchley Road near the Heath.
    • Tess and Pip Wrayburn lived in Bethel Green, Poplar Flats, just off Mile End Road in Leyton.
    • Kami Cotler’s brother (Jeff) plays Pip Wrayburn in this episode. He previously played Fester in ‘The Go-Getter’, (S5/23).

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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  12. THE MILESTONE 8 Dec 1977)
    Writer: Kathleen Hite. Director: Philip Leacock. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "There is a special niche in memory where a child places his parents, a place in time where they are never younger, never older, a time when they are changeless. For me that memory is of many years ago, and no matter what came after, they are forever young".

    Olivia is visibly upset at the music coming from Jason’s piano playing. She asks him to stop but with no place else to practice Jason continues. Olivia can’t stand the noise any more and erupts in anger. She runs out of the house after a drinking glass slips from her hands and smashes to the floor. When John asks her what is wrong Olivia says she wants to be left alone. Walking to church Elizabeth talks to her sisters about the party she is planning. When she inquires about the dress her mother promised to make, Olivia does not remember the dress or even the party. Mary Ellen tells her mother that they were present when Elizabeth was told she could plan the party. Olivia walks away upset. She wanders until reaching the water’s shore where John finds her. Olivia admits she feels ‘a long way from home’ and needs to be a child again.

    At dinner John tell the children to be extra considerate toward their mother who is feeling tired. When Mary Ellen talks with Olivia, who she is working on Elizabeth’s party dress, she mentions her hands are terribly hurting her. And when Elizabeth listens to Olivia reminisce about her childhood while looking at a photograph album in the attic, Olivia suddenly becomes claustrophobic and must hurriedly leave.

    Jim Bob has the opportunity to get a job after school and on Saturdays at Lou’s Tool and Machine Shop in Rockfish. Although John agrees to sign the job application form for his underage son, Olivia refuses to sign insisting he already has enough to do with schoolwork and chores around the house.

    John and Mary Ellen are loading boards onto the truck so John can work on the house to be built on the Mountain. Olivia leaves for Ike’s store to send some letters but with confusion surrounding Ike’s postal duties she decides not to send them. Impulsively Olivia decides to use the telephone. When the telephone operator is Erin she can not answer and runs away. As John and Grandpa work on the house, John tells his father he feels Olivia needs breathing room and a change in her life. When they return home, John finds Olivia packing for an unexplained trip to her Aunt Kate’s. She can only tell John to be patient with her.

    Olivia arrives by Alberene Cab in front of Aunt Kate’s house. Olivia says that inside her suitcase are ‘candy kisses, licorice whips, a rag-doll’. Aunt Kate adds, ‘a flannel nightgown and a clean handkerchief’ and realizes Olivia has run away from home again. Aunt Kate pours a glass of sherry and offers a glass to Olivia, who refuses. Kate asks, ‘What’s the matter?’ Olivia says, ‘I can’t control how I think, what I think, or how I act!’ Aunt Kate knows a cup of hot tea will help and prepares one containing her secret ingredient. As Olivia drinks the relaxing concoction Aunt Kate suggest they visit Dr. C.W. Caldwell.

    Jim Bob attempts to copy Olivia’s signature for the job application from a discarded letter. He is caught by Jason who tells his brother that what he is doing is forgery. Jason reads his mother’s letter to John Boy that states, ‘I need something to hold on to or I know I’ll fly off the world’. Jason is worried and has Erin call Aunt Kate. But no one is home. Kate and Olivia are visiting Olivia’s childhood home but the shrubs and trees have grown and look different from what she remembers. While swinging, Olivia imagines her mother calling her to supper. After being examined by the doctor, Olivia does not accept his evaluation. Kate describes symptoms: ‘the shortness of breath, the internal shakes and quivers, the pain that splits your skull, the hands that won’t work, and the need to run away’. When she adds, ‘the sudden rise of temperature and the forgetfulness’ Olivia reminds Aunt Kate she never told her what she was feeling. Kate tells Olivia she was describing her feelings, not Olivia’s feelings. Olivia now realizes she is going through menopause. Over breakfast Kate says this time is just a ‘bend in the road’ and suggests she find some amusement in it. Olivia is not quite amused but adds that if she must grow older she might as well do it gracefully.

    John signs Jim Bob’s job application in case Mr. Clinton will accept one signature. On the way to Rockfish Jim Bob stops on the side of the road to forge his mother’s signature. Just then Rev. Buchanan walks up after his car breaks down. Jim Bob can not understand how he knew what he was doing. Hank doesn’t know what he is talking about but goes along, making Jim Bob think he has uncanny ministerial abilities.

    A storm blows in and the family prepares for it while worrying that John is still on the Mountain. John runs to his tent in order to avoid the winds. At the same time, Jason drives through the rain on his way to Alberene. Olivia is worried about the family and calls Ike’s store. No one is there. Attempting to call Rockfish she finds all the telephone lines down. As the storm abates John emerges from the downed tent to find all of his work blown down. Jason arrives at Aunt Kate’s house and is warmly welcomed by Kate and his mother. He asks Olivia if she can come home now. John returns to the house and crumbles up the blueprints of the house. He tells Olivia that, ‘one of these days I’m going to build you that house on the Mountain’. Olivia kisses John knowing that she will be home wherever she and her husband live.

    "My mother's concern for her lost youth didn't last very long, and though she must have known many times when she thought she'd 'fly off the world', she never concerned her family with them again. And today her children are hard put to maintain the pace of that vital, interested woman for very long. To us, she'll be forever young".

    Elizabeth: Mama?
    Olivia: Yes Elizabeth?
    Elizabeth: Has Jim Bob told you about his new job?
    Jim Bob: Shutup Elizabeth....
    Olivia: Jim Bob don't talk that way.
    Elizabeth: He's helping Reverend Buchanan.
    Olivia: I think that's wonderful Jim Bob! What do you do?
    Jim Bob: Copy sermons.
    Olivia: What an interesting idea.
    Jim Bob: It was his idea Mama. Goodnight. Olivia: Goodnight everybody....

    Also appearing -
    Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards); Aunt Kate (Louise Latham); Rev. Hank Buchanan (Peter Fox); Mr. Clinton (Jim Henaghan).


    • Olivia grew up in Alberene, Virginia.
    • Olivia’s aunt (her mother’s younger sister) is Kate Grover Daly.
    • John’s car license plates are T-2038 Virginia.
    • Aunt Kate’s telephone number is ‘Alberene, Virginia, Market-2346’.

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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  13. THE CELEBRATION (22 Dec 1977)
    Writer: Marion Hargrove. Director: Gwen Arner. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "Nature I think intended my father to be a dreamer and a poet. Instead, he became the head of a large hungry household. The one thing he feared and despised was debt, and yet it clung to him as devotedly as it clung to all of his neighbors. He tried never to borrow, never to buy anything on time, and never to fall behind on things like taxes and doctor bills. As careful as he was, there came a day in 1940 when he looked at his finances and was astounded by what he found looking back at him....".

    John is perplexed at the paperwork for the house and mill mortgage when he absentmindedly goes off in the truck. John is still in a daze when he greets Rev. Hank Buchanan in Rockfish. Hank has just eyed Marcia Woolery walking down the street. John walks over to John Martin Renshaw, a friend skilled in finances, so he could look over the papers. John Martin declares that with only two more payments John will have his mortgage paid off. John can’t believe it! Hoping to pay it off early, John visits a track superintendent to inquire about work orders. The man says three hundred fence posts are needed within two weeks for the old paper mill in Rittleton that has been converted to a defense plant. John takes the huge order.

    Rev. Buchanan shops for groceries at Ike’s store while Maude Gormley and Mary Ellen look on. Corabeth can not understand how he can keep up his strength on a diet of canned goods. Ike is proud of his purchase of fifty Arctic Queen electric refrigerators. After Hank leaves, Corabeth, Maude, and Mary Ellen talk about finding an appropriate bride for their minister. Maude comments that, ‘If I was fifty years younger, I’d give that preacher a run for his money!’ When the threesome has problems thinking of a suitable woman Maude suggests Marcia Woolery. Corabeth is aghast at Maude for even bringing up ‘that type of woman’.

    Over supper John announces that if everyone pitches in with the order the family will be out of debt. While riding Old Blue, who is pulling a downed log, Elizabeth asks Grandpa, ‘Am I poor people?’ Grandpa relates one time in 1877 when he was really poor. He had seen something never imagining to ever possess. But that Christmas he received it. Elizabeth wonders what it could be. Grandpa answers, ‘It was an orange’.

    Olivia and Corabeth enter Rev. Buchanan’s parsonage in order to measure for new curtains. Corabeth gossips about finding Hank a wife while Olivia works. Corabeth states that Hank possesses a ‘remarkable degree of animal magnetism’ and, therefore, needs to be directed toward a proper woman for his wife.

    John drives to Ike’s store to purchase more creosote for the work order. He runs into banker J.J. Brendamore who gives John a cigar, trying to convince him to take out another loan. While John smokes his new cigar, Ike tells him that he stands to make a handsome profit of seventy-five dollars for each icebox. Corabeth warns her husband not to divulge that amount to just anyone.

    After an exhausting day working on the order, the family rests under a shade tree. Inside the house, Mary Ellen and Erin prepare supper while gossiping about Corabeth’s attempt to find Hank a wife. Erin says that being the wife of a Baptist preacher means ‘being as poor as Job’s turkey’. During supper Elizabeth suggest they celebrate being out of debt. John and Olivia decide to have a Sunday picnic where everyone brings a picnic basket. Without a mortgage, John wants a new truck and Olivia wants to drive to the Grand Canyon.

    The next day Ike shows Horace his new electric iceboxes but to no avail since his house is without electricity. Failing to realize many of their neighbors are without electricity, the Godsey’s wonder if they made a mistake. Horace greets John outside the store and informs him to watch out for Ike who will try to sell him one of the iceboxes. As John enters the store he jokes to Ike that if he did buy a refrigerator he would buy one at a chain store in Charlottesville. Ike does not like the joke, blaming John for his troubles.

    On the front porch Grandpa anxiously waits for the truck returning with John and Olivia. When it arrives, they announce that ‘tomorrow we burn the blame thing!’ The house is decorated for the party and Jason is singing and playing his guitar. Neighbors come to share in the happiness. John Martin arrives without his mother who is ‘locked in her room either counting her cash money or with a bottle’. Corabeth arrives with an English trifle dessert but without Ike. (Her husband is examining a refrigerator when the banker visits). Hank Buchanan arrives with a mysterious woman that Grandpa, Corabeth, and Mary Ellen realize is Marcia Woolery wearing a revealing two-piece outfit. Corabeth faints at the sight. Olivia tells Corabeth, ‘Behave yourself or I’ll pour a pitcher of lemonade on your head’. Marcia asks Erin if Hank is dating anyone locally. When Erin says that he isn’t Marcia thinks he is ‘ripe for picking’. Mary Ellen then tells Erin that Corabeth fainted thinking they might get married. Erin informs her older sister that Marcia isn’t the one because she has always known who will marry him. Hank announces in his best preaching voice that the Lord has delivered John Walton from a large mortgage. With that fanfare John burns the papers while Jim Bob sets off fireworks. Ike then arrives to say it is the ‘end of the world’ because the refrigerators don’t work and the bank wants its money back or will repossess the store. Corabeth faints again. Taking her inside they discuss the problem. John Martin states the only logical solution is to use John’s good name as collateral for the needed seven hundred fifty dollars. John and Olivia privately discuss the matter. At first Olivia is against the idea but John convinces her when he asks, ‘What is the Christian thing to do?’ Back on the porch, John announces that being debt-free did not last long. Ike adds that John had a great deal of help from him.

    "And there it was, our parents' great occasion went as quickly as it came, and this that followed was the moment of meaning, the time of celebration. Our parents, like our grandfather on that Christmas morning a hundred years ago, were blessed with one lovely moment of being rich. And perhaps they knew, like my grandfather, that they would never be poor again".

    John: This time I mean it. Goodnight everybody.
    Jim Bob: Daddy?
    John (sharply): What?
    Jim Bob: That goonie Marcia was with the Reverend today. Remember when John-Boy was chasing after her?
    John: Yes I do!
    Jim Bob: Just think, suppose John-Boy had caught her....
    Erin: Goodnight Jim Bob....
    Jim Bob: Know what she'd be saying right now? Goodnight Mama Walton, goodnight Daddy Walton, goodnight Jason.
    (everybody): Goodnight, Jim Bob....

    Also appearing -
    Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Jow Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards); Rev. Hank Buchanan (Peter Fox); Marcia Woolery (Tammi Bula); J.J. (Joe) Brendamore (Jack Manning); Maude Gormley (Merie Earle); Track Superintendent (Hal Riddle); Horace Brimley (A. Wilford Brimley).


    • John’s mortgage is with the Mercantile Bank and Trust Company.
    • John Martin Renshaw and his mother own a dry goods store in Rockfish.
    • John Martin has problems with his mother who is inclinedc to drink at times.
    • Horace Brimley’s wife is named Amy.
    • The two advertisements hanging on the front door of Ike’s store is for ‘Lambert’s Coffee’ and ‘Fresh Eggs’.
    • Ike paid fourteen dollars for each refrigerator and is selling each of them for eighty-nine dollars, ninety cents.
    • Ike’s two-year loan to John Martin’s mother, with John’s co-signature, is for five-percent. The payments are thirty-two dollars, ninety cents each month, which is two dollars, ninety cents less than the old bank mortgage.

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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  14. THE RUMOR (5 Jan 1978)
    Kathleen Hite.
    Director: Ralph Waite. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "In memory now I think to that time in 1940 when the war was in Europe, wide miles across the Atlantic from the Blue Ridge. A time when its treachery rarely reached as far as Waltons Mountain. Still, the seeds of distrust and suspicion were everywhere. They were there for my sister Elizabeth when she began to keep a journal, such as I had done as a boy. Her imagination, always vivid, had been joined by a genuine gift for exageration. So when the rumor began, Elizabeth was among those who passed it along, bigger than when she had received it".

    With John and Ben standing over him, Jim Bob attempts to minimize static coming from his short-wave radio. They hear German voices from the transmission but are uncertain where it originates. Elizabeth is writing a story, imitating the way John-Boy wrote, when Grandpa walks in to tell his granddaughter that she even looks like John-Boy. As Mary Ellen and Erin dance to Guy Lombardo on the radio John and the boys walk into the room. The music is interrupted with a news bulletin declaring that German forces have evaded the neutral nations of Norway and Denmark. A knock is then heard at the front door where John discovers a man with a German accent searching for Flossie Brimmer’s house. He is Flossie’s brother-in-law, Willie Brimmer, who has arrived with wife, Marta, and daughter, Katrina. While John and Jim Bob take the family to Mrs. Brimmer’s house Ike and Corabeth discover an old dog while closing the store.

    Preparing for bed, Olivia says she is chilled to hear about the German invasion and then, closer to home, to hear the man with the German accent. John only hopes that Elizabeth will not run these events into the ground. Elizabeth writes in her diary about how ‘strangers can make a community feel afraid’.

    While Corabeth complains about everything under the sun and Ike moves the pickle barrel, Willie Brimmer enters the store. He introduces himself and explains that he is looking for work. Ike suggests he inquire at John’s mill. Buck Vernon wanders into the store and acts very coldly toward the German-speaking man. Vernon does not like ‘that talk’ and wonders why he moved to Waltons Mountain. As Willie walks to the mill John and Grandpa complain about the shoddy work the boys did on some chairs. Upon arriving Willie announces he is a carpenter who is in need of work. John shows him the chairs that need to be reworked and the desks they make for the army. John agrees to hire the experienced man and suggests the family move into the vacant Montgomery place that is about half way up the Mountain.

    Elizabeth and her new friend Katrina play in the tree house while the old dog walks up to the house. Grandpa knows that Samuel the dog was the long-time companion of Judge Frazier who died just last week. Vernon conveys his suspicions about the German man with Sheriff Bridges who is getting a haircut from Charlie the barber. Ep admits that he can’t arrest the man for just talking with a German accent.

    Jim Bob and the Brimmer family eat lunch while Willie addresses their problems of being of German descent at their last home. Later Jim Bob shows Willie his short-wave radio hoping he can improve its reception. With Elizabeth looking on, the pair hears a German conversation. The signal is weak and Willie suggests they move the antennae to the mountaintop. When Vernon confronts John about the German he hired, Elizabeth tells him that Willie was listening to German conversations on Jim Bob’s radio. Vernon is suspicious about the activity and relates this new information to Ike Godsey. Ike doesn’t believe Vernon but Elizabeth, having arrived at the store, finds a package addressed to Willie Brimmer. It is written in German. Vernon continues to build his case against the German family at Charlie’s barbershop.

    Willie arrives at Ike’s store to pick up a package while Vernon completes repair work. When Corabeth can not find the package she assumes it has not arrived. Willie telephones Germantown, Pennsylvania to find out what has happened to the package. He speaks in German to the person at the other end of the telephone. Corabeth finally locates the package but not after Vernon has listened to the entire conversation. Upon returning home, Willie opens the box that contains needed medicine for his respiratory problem.

    Elizabeth and Katrina search for Sam but Grandpa suggests they leave the old dog alone. The girls run off but Grandpa later finds they have locked up the dog. Grandpa turns the dog loose telling the girls he thinks the dog wants to be left alone so it can die peacefully and with dignity. Grandpa tells the girls to run home but he stays and ponders about what he has just told the girls.

    A group of men talk outside Ike’s store about the new German neighbors. Vernon leads the group into deciding they can handle the problem themselves. John and Willie work as the gang of men drive up with clubs in the hands. They tell John he is harboring a spy. Willie tells the men that just because he speaks a different language he is labeled the enemy. When confronted by the mysterious package and the speaking of German over the telephone, Willie informs the men the package contains medicine from his doctor who speaks little English. John tells the men how foolish they look after chasing a rumor a little girl has spread.

    "Willie, Marta and Katrina Brimmer were accepted as neighbors and friends in our community. My parents were able to see that Elizabeth faced her blame, and learned from it. And though she set aside her journal for a while, she kept forever her boundless imagination".

    Jim Bob: Grandpa?
    Grandpa: Ye-es, Jim Bob?
    Jim Bob: What kind of dog was Sam?
    Grandpa: Hard to say. Best dogs are often mixed breed.
    Elizabeth: Is Reckless a mixed breed?
    Jason: Well she's one part hound dog and, the rest we don't know!
    Elizabeth: It's too bad Sam was so old, could have had some puppies.
    Jim Bob: Don't start any rumors....
    (everybody): Goodnight everybody!

    Also appearing -
    Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards); Willie Brimmer (Mathew Wanden); Marta Brimmer (Ellen Blake); Katrina Brimmer (Tasha Lee Zemrus); Buck Vernon (Barry Cahill); Fisk (Hal Boker); Charley (Barry D.Blake); Sheriff Ep Bridges (John Crawford); German voice (Chris Anders); Radio announcer (John Heistand).


    • The Willie Brimmer family moved to Waltons Mountain from Germantown, Pennsylvania.
    • Willie telephones his doctor at ‘Germantown, Pennsylvania 2346’.

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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  15. SPRING FEVER (12 Jan 1978)
    Writers: Rod Peterson and Claire Whitaker. Director: Richard Chaffee. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "It was spring on Waltons Mountain, and after the confinement of a long winter life burst forth with such energy that every creature seemed charged with it, including the two young stallions in our house, Ben and Jim Bob".

    The spring cleaning of the Waltons’ house is interrupted as arguments erupt between Ben and Jim Bob. Grandpa and Elizabeth discuss their temperament with Grandpa saying the boys are acting ‘like billygoats’. Elizabeth mentions they seem to hate each other. Grandpa knows those feelings are normal for boys of their age. While Mary Ellen removes the curtains and Jason plays the piano, Erin wants to know why Ben is so grumpy. He states that Ruby acted like ‘little Miss Iceberg’ on their date. Erin says he’s a ‘typical male’.

    Grandpa, John, and Jason are working in the front yard when Miss Emily literally drives her car into the yard and almost through the fence. She is concerned about Mamie acting strangely. Her visit is to inform Zeb that her sister is requesting his help. At the Baldwin’s house Grandpa finds thrips on her ailing rose bush causing it not to bloom for the first time. Zeb recommends dusting powder. Miss Mamie also confides in Zeb that the dying rose bush is a sign from her Papa that this will be her last spring. She wants him to be the executor of her estate. Grandpa doctors the rose bush but upon entering the house finds the sisters’ grandfather clock has suddenly stopped. Miss Mamie thinks this is another sign that her time has arrived.

    Ruby and Erin discuss Ben who is not behaving as a gentleman. Erin suggests to Ruby that she make Ben jealous. Ben and Jim Bob continue to argue at lunch so Olivia decides to eat her meal with John at the mill and Mary Ellen takes her son’s food up to her bedroom thankful he doesn’t yet talk. In the afternoon Patsy Brimmer arrives with a picnic basket for a date that Jim Bob has forgotten. With him behind in his painting, Ben offers to replace his younger brother at the picnic. As Ben and Patsy walk out of the house Jim Bob intently looks at the couple while mistakenly painting the glass instead of the window frame.

    The Waltons always celebrate the end of spring cleaning with a picnic so Grandpa invites the Baldwin sisters hoping the festivities will brighten Miss Mamie’s spirits. Excitedly he announces to John and Olivia that they will eat wienies, marshmallows, and homemade ice cream. While still swinging on the porch, Ben approaches his parents after his first date with Patsy. Ben boasts in front of Jim Bob about the good time they had together. In retaliation, Jim Bob states he will ask out Ruby Davis but Ben laughs, ‘fat chance’. The next day, however, Jim Bob returns from Ike’s to gloat that he did ask out Ruby, and she said yes.

    Grandpa confesses that the dusting powder did not help the rose bush and that it is dying. Zeb reluctantly agrees to become Miss Mamie’s executor.

    Jim Bob admits to Erin that he is nervous about dating an older girl. Erin calms his nervousness by saying to act normal. On the date, they do have a good time playing pinball. Returning to Ruby’s house laughing, she comments about what a gentleman that he is and kisses him. But the next morning the two brothers continue the battle and Mary Ellen finally tells her brothers off.

    At a croquet party held outside the Baldwin house, the Waltons dress up in old-fashion clothing and Grandpa spikes one of the punch bowls with the recipe. But Miss Mamie says she did not receive any enjoyment from it, resulting in Grandpa knowing something is seriously wrong. As a rain shower suddenly appears everyone runs for cover except for Grandpa who tries to rescue his sacred punch. Later, Grandpa lectures Miss Mamie about ‘holding onto life with both two fists’. But she has seen the signs and does not take his advice to heart. As a last resort Grandpa tells the sisters that he has a surprise for them tomorrow.

    At the movies, Ben places his arm around Patsy after eyeing Jim Bob with Ruby. Then Jim Bob swings his arm around Ruby to show his big brother he can do the same with his date. After the movie the two couples meet in front of the theatre. Ben pushes Jim Bob after sharp words occur between the two brothers.

    Waiting for Grandpa to arrive with his surprise Jason tells Erin, “I’m glad I’m not in love. I couldn’t stand to be that happy!’ He makes these comments to his younger brothers as they stand with their girlfriends but at opposite ends of the porch. Grandpa soon arrives driving a team of horses for a hayride to the picnic. The group is singing as they drive up to the Baldwin’s house. Miss Mamie only says she is ‘too old for such frivolities’. At the picnic Grandpa invites the sisters to fish. Miss Mamie is not very happy until she catches a large catfish. With her feet wet she finally is seen with a big smile on her face and the desire to continue fishing. While the older generation fish, Jim Bob admits he still likes Patsy and Ruby admits she likes Ben. When they walk upon the other couple, Jim Bob observes Ben getting friendly with the girl he likes. Ben takes a swing at Jim Bob and misses, but Jim Bob returns a solid punch to his brother’s face. As the two brothers fall to the ground Ruby attends to Ben’s bruised jaw and Patsy helps Jim Bob up from the ground. Both brothers ask if the other one is okay.

    "Spring that year saw Jim Bob come of age. There was a new maturity and purpose about him, and it was the last time that anyone ever thought of him as Ben Walton's little brother".

    Erin: Are you still awake, Mary Ellen?
    Mary Ellen: I'm trying to finish my letter to Curt, I've got a lot more to write about now.
    Jason: You can tell him that the two sluggers are both fast asleep in here, moaning and groaning everytime they turn over.
    Mary Ellen: OK I'll tell him.
    Grandpa: Quiet down up there will you?
    Elizabeth: You tired out too, Grandpa?
    Grandpa: No, but I have got to get up, at sunrise.
    Ben: How come?
    Grandpa: 'Cos the Baldwin ladies, they want to go fishin' again.
    Elizabeth: Goodnight Grandpa!

    Also appearing -
    The Baldwin sisters (Mary Jackson and Helen Kleeb); Ruby Davis (Heather Totten); Patsy Brimmer (Debbie Gunn).


    • Thrips are a small, often wingless insect, of the order Thysanopters that are often destructive to plants.
    • Her Papa who called it his ‘Mamie Rose’ planted Miss Mamie’s rose bush.
    • The Baldwin sisters’ father died at the age of 93 years old.
    • The malady facing elderly ladies like Miss Mamie is said by Grandpa to be called the ‘Tulip Time Vapors’.

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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  16. THE FESTIVAL (26 Jan 1978)
    Writer: Michael McGreevey. Director: Gwen Arner. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "Spring on Waltons Mountain was always a welcome and celebrated event. Everything that had been dormant during the winter came to life. My grandfather said it was a time of beginning, when every living thing was given the opportunity to renew itself. In the spring of 1940, when the world was on the brink of war, ourlives were to change drastically".

    Elizabeth thinks the new boy in school is cute but Aimee already has her eyes on George Simmons. Verdie is troubled and needs to talk with Olivia. Jodie has unexpectedly joined the Navy. She is worried whether she has taught him enough and whether she will ever see him again. Olivia can relate to her friend’s emotions now that Jason has joined the National Guard.

    Jason practices the piano at the Dew Drop Inn when he suddenly hears a horn playing along outside. When he investigates he finds Josh playing his trumpet. Jason thinks it would be a good idea for them to play together and invites him inside. Josh hesitates entering into the Dew Drop Inn because it is a 'white folks’ place' but Jason convinces him that it is okay.

    Erin tells Jason that Mrs. Wilkins, the Chairman of the Spring Festival, wants Jason to audition for this year’s performance. She informs Jason that the music will be a combination of traditional, folk, and classical and if accepted to perform will be paid five dollars. On the way home after school George catches up with Elizabeth so he can walk with her. But Elizabeth can not think of anything to say to the boy she likes. That night Elizabeth asks Erin how she can get a boy to fall in love with her. Erin says she can either flirt, play hard to get, make him feel important, or ignore him. Elizabeth admits to her older sister that she gets flustered when she is around George. Erin tells her to say anything that pops into her head whenever she gets flustered over George. Elizabeth tells Erin that unlike her, ‘I’ve got to think before I talk’.

    Jody prepares to board the bus in order to leave for the Navy. Verdie tells her son that she loves him and is proud of him. Jody states that he will be going to places ‘where Kings live and people wear flowers’ and wonders what he can bring back to her. Verdie says she only wants him back.

    Olivia and John sit on the front porch swing listening to Jason and Josh play their music. Inside the house Mary Ellen dances with John Curtis while Erin, Ben, Grandpa, and Elizabeth listen. Verdie walks to the porch searching for Josh who is late for supper. Upon being told he and Jason are playing inside, she admits she was not even aware that Josh played the trumpet. While walking home with her talented son she wonders why he did not tell her about the trumpet. Josh said he learned to play before he was adopted. Verdie tells her son she likes his horn playing. Before going to bed Verdie and Harley discuss Josh’s horn playing. She also wonders if Jody will be the only colored person in the Navy. Harley states he is strong and will be forced to get stronger because he is colored. Verdie then becomes angry knowing he is now defending a country that brought his ancestors over in chains. With his parents in bed, Josh sneaks off with his trumpet to the Dew Drop Inn. Harley hears him leave and follows Josh to the Dew Drop. He angrily scolds his son for bothering him and the ‘white folks inside’.

    The next morning while Jason and Josh practice at the Dew Drop, Jason asks his partner if he would like to play with him at the Festival. But before Josh can answer Verdie finds her young son inside the saloon. She becomes upset with Jason for allowing Josh inside a saloon especially one only for white people.

    Jason later visits the Fosters to ask if they will allow Josh to play with him at the Festival. Harley says the Festival is only for white folks. But Josh says he wants to try to play at the Festival more than anything else. Verdie decides it is okay with her and Harley reluctantly agrees but makes Jason promise his son won’t be hurt.

    "That was an important spring day for Josh and my brother Jason, and it was the beginning of a friendship that was to last a lifetime".

    Elizabeth: Daddy?
    John: Yes Elizabeth.
    Elizabeth: I think George Simmonds kissed me today.
    John: You think?
    Elizabeth: Maybe I kissed him, I'm not sure.
    John: Er he's a good lookin' young man.
    Elizabeth: Just wanted you to know. You don't have to worry, we're not planning on getting married right away.
    John: Well I'm glad to hear you're not rushin' into things Honey.
    Elizabeth: Goodnight Daddy.
    John: Goodnight!

    Also appearing -
    Corabeth Godsey (Ronnie Claire Edwards); Josh Foster (James Bond III); Verdie Foster (Lynn Hamilton); Harley Foster (Hal Williams); Jodie Foster (T.K.Carter); Aimee Godsey (Rachel Longaker); Mrs Wilkens (Kathleen O'Malley); George Simmonds (Steve Shaw).


    • Josh learned to play his trumpet from an old man called Hoot that he met while ‘swamping’ out saloons (before being adopted by the Fosters’).
    • The trumpet was his father’s before Josh found it and learned how to play it.
    • George Simmons and his family moved to Waltons Mountain from Rutgersville because his father found work at a factory in Norfolk and his mother and he moved into their old homestead.
    • Jason’s automobile license plates are 86-297 Virginia.
    • The bus’ license plates are IA 925 Virginia.
    • The bus station employs the White Arrow Bus Lines with stops in the cities of Norfolk, Richmond, Westham, Rockfish, and Charlottsville.

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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  17. THE ANNIVERSARY (2 Feb 1978)
    Writers: Rod Peterson and Claire Whitaker. Director: Walter Alzman. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "Between two people in a good marriage there develops a kind of silent communication. Each knows what to expect of the other, when to offer strength, where to step lightly. It is this kind of predictability that makes the occasional surprise shine all the brighter in memory. As my parents' Silver Anniversary approached, my father was to reveal a side of his nature that years of hard work and sacrifice had kept secret. And in doing so, he made it an anniversary that none of us would ever forget".

    John and Olivia share a private moment exchanging glances until Elizabeth runs into Grandpa. She is late for her first day of babysitting. Mary Ellen instructs her on taking care of John Curtis while John and Olivia prepare for supper at the Godsey’s. Mary Ellen is returning to nursing at the hospital and Erin is working extra time at the telephone office. Over an elegant dinner Corabeth, Ike, Olivia, and John discuss the children and the upcoming anniversary. John and Olivia admit they are not planning anything special for their twenty-fifth anniversary. As the women prepare dessert Ike wonders if it is wise not to give Olivia something for such an important milestone. John admits he does have a surprise planned for his wife. Walking back to the house, John and Olivia reminisce about their first twenty-five years together.

    Elizabeth fixes macaroni and cheese for the family as they discuss the surprise supper planned for their parents. At the Rockfish hospital Mary Ellen bumps into her ex-fiancée David Spencer at the cafeteria. He is in residence for radiology after joining his father’s practice. David wonders if working at the hospital with Mary Ellen will cause friction with her husband. Mary Ellen says they trust each other. At the army hospital, Curt exchange glances with a pretty nurse.

    John sneaks to the attic early in the morning to bring down Grandma’s old phonograph player. Jim Bob is also in the attic locating light bulbs. They agree not to say anything to anyone about why they are there. John places the player in the back of the truck but not before Grandpa notices his son heading to the Mountain again for some mysterious purpose. John tells Grandpa that he is planting and staking some loblolly pine seedlings. Zeb doesn’t quite believe the explanation.

    David and Mary Ellen meet at the hospital library where he compares Mary Ellen to Scarlet O’Hara from the book ‘Gone with the Wind’ that she is reading. He gives her a picture he took of her while they were on a picnic on Waltons Mountain. Elizabeth complains about the trouble she has had with John Curtis. As her parents sit on the porch swing she wants to hear the story again of how they first met. John reverses the roles where now he is the pillar of the Baptist church and Olivia is a ‘wicked woman’.

    Ben and Grandpa observe a truck from the telephone company stop in front of the house. The family thinks the serviceman has made a mistake until Olivia explains she has ordered a telephone for the house and the mill as a present to John. That night the family gathers in the living room to surprise John. After he arrives, Jason runs to the mill and calls Erin to ring the house. John notices everyone is acting strangely when suddenly something is ringing. He locates the telephone and hears Erin shout, ‘Happy Anniversary Daddy! Happy Anniversary from Moma!’ John then makes his own announcement saying they will be getting dressed up on Saturday to have their pictures taken at the Rockfish photographic studio.

    Olivia and Mary Ellen make the beds while Olivia warns her married daughter to be careful about being lonely when separated from her spouse. While eating supper the telephone rings but John vows not to have it control their lives. Olivia finally answers it to find John Boy calling from New York City. The family rush to talk with John Boy while John admits he is glad they have the telephone in the house.

    On Saturday morning the girls present breakfast-in-bed for their mother while Jim Bob places tin cans on the back bumper of John’s truck. Driving home from the photo studio John stops the truck and walks Olivia blindfolded to a gazebo he built for her on the mountaintop. They dance to music from Grandma’s phonograph player and drink champagne as the countryside sits beautifully around them. While John and Olivia celebrate the family prepares for their surprise dinner. Jason brings home a store-bought cake but it turns out to state ‘Happy Birthday Wilbur’. With the sun setting Olivia wants to stay until she can make a wish on the first star. The family continues to wait for their parents to return when a car drives up. They shout ‘Surprise’ but when Curt enters they are the ones that are surprised. Curt has something important to tell Mary Ellen so leave to the privacy of the porch. He admits flirting with a nurse and Mary Ellen tells of her encounters with David Spencer. Grandpa thinks he knows what has delayed John and Olivia so tells everyone to make turkey sandwiches and bring candles as they drive to where he believes they will find them. Before leaving Jim Bob shows his surprise of a ‘25’ erected out of light bulbs on the roof. The family locates the missing couple dancing under the gazebo. With the family singing around the gazebo Grandpa brings his gift of blankets for John and Olivia so they can spend a quiet night alone under the stars.

    "The pretty gazebo is gone now, burned to the ground in a forest fire that swept the mountain. But for all of us the memories remain of that night when our father and mother after twentyfive years danced and were newly-weds again".

    (Olivia and John, dancing in the gazebo)
    John: 'Night 'Liv.
    Olivia: Goodnight nothin', I'm gonna dance 'till the sun comes up.

    Also appearing -
    Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards); Curt Willard (Tom Bower); David Spencer (Christopher Woods); phone serviceman (John Perryman).


    • John and Olivia’s twentieth-fifth anniversary occurs on Saturday.
    • John takes Grandma’s phonograph player to Buck Vernon for repairs.
    • The sign outside of the mill states ‘Waltons & Sons Lumberyard – Established 1935’.
    • John’s truck license plates are 86-297 Virginia.

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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  18. THE FAMILY TREE (9 Feb 1978)
    Teleplay: Thomas Hood. Story: Thomas Hood and Joyce Perry. Director: Lawrence Dobkin. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "As the 1930s became the war years of the 1940s, an awakening came to our small community, an awareness of the world beyond our Blue Ridge mountains. There began a reaching out to touch people and places and knowledge we had never considered before"

    Elizabeth is writing letters to Arnold Kevin stationed at Camp Lee after seeing a Rockfish newspaper article asking people to write to soldiers. Secretively she is telling him that she is eighteen years old after reasoning he would be more interested rather than if she wrote as a twelve year old. Erin tells Elizabeth not to deceive the soldier. But Elizabeth continues to write to Kevin telling Ike he is Erin’s boyfriend.

    Jason gives Verdie Foster a ride to the church so she can transplant flowers to the grave of her father. She discusses how little she knows about her family. She admits to Jason she feels ‘adrift like a balloon let loose’. One of the few reminders she possesses is a wooden box of her father’s favorite things. Verdie desires to know more of her family’s past and asks Jason for help in playing detective.

    After supper Jason asks Grandpa about Verdie’s parents. Wondering why Verdie asked him to help locate information, Grandpa tells Jason there are doors that are open to him that are not open to her. While they talk, Verdie opens her father’s wooden box and cries about the memories it brings back. She discovers a medallion and wonders what it is. Verdie announces to Harley that she will find all she can about her family. Harley knows he can not stop her but recommends she forget about the idea and warns his wife about the world outside Waltons Mountain. Verdie walks to the Waltons to tell Jason she has found a clue. He agrees to help her in the morning. While at the Jefferson County Court House they find that her mother (Ethel Harris) was born at 12 Elm Place in Brightwood. The detectives drive to the address and find Mrs. Nelson who remembers that Verdie and her family lived upstairs to them forty years ago. Her husband, Frank, remembers that after Verdie was born her father took a train to Scottsville to visit his parents’ grave.

    John tells Jason that the records from Scottsville’s City Hall were destroyed in a flood in the year 1922. Jason instead decides to visit churches for their records. The next day at a cemetery in Scottsville Jason finds a grave marker showing Albert Harris was born on March 15, 1831. Verdie finds that the adjoining marker states ‘Etta Harris – Beloved wife of Albert’. Verdie has found her grandparents. Inside the church the sexton show them their records. When Verdie shows him the medallion he says he has seen it worn by slaves who were brought over from Africa. When reviewing the records Verdie finds that Etta died on August 23, 1887 and Albert died five days later at 18 Maxwell Road, Scottsville, Virginia. Jason suggests the address could possibly be the home of the family that previously owned them. They visit that estate where Miss Estelle Unwin ungraciously demands they leave her property. She is bitter about losing so much from the war and refuses to allow Verdie access to her records. Verdie turns her back upset at the woman’s words.

    Elizabeth hangs out at Ike’s store waiting for the mail to arrive hoping for a letter from her soldier friend. But unexpectedly a soldier arrives looking for directions to the Waltons. Elizabeth runs out of the store knowing this soldier is Arnold Kevin. Ike tells the soldier to go past the pond in order to find the Waltons’ home. Elizabeth answers the front door when Arnold knocks and he realizes Elizabeth is twelve years old. But he stays for supper happy to be eating with a family similar to his own family back on a farm in Ohio.

    Jason confesses to Grandpa the problem he and Verdie encountered with Miss Unwin. Grandpa feels he will be able to help because he is closer to her age and knows how important position and tradition are to Miss Unwin. The next day the trio visits Miss Unwin. Grandpa compliments her ability to preserve the heritage of her family. Verdie adds that it was her heritage, too, and states, ‘Your family owned mine!’ Miss Unwin finally allows them to enter her house to view historical records stored in the attic. After fruitlessly searching the records Verdie is about to give up when she locates a drawing book inside a desk. Mary Emma Unwin painted the drawings. One of the drawings depicts Seth Ado, who was renamed Randolph Harris, and his baby son called Albert. It was dated September 1832. Hanging from Randolph’s neck is the medallion. Verdie has found her grandfather and her great grandfather. Verdie vows to search further and will cross the ocean to find her deeper roots.

    "All the dreams that were born in those early years on Waltons Mountain were not fulfilled. But whatever we people on the mountain may or may not have accomplished in life, we were held together, and still are, by the knowledge of ourselves as families. Our roots go deep, and we try our best to keep them nourished and healthy for the generations yet to come".

    John: 'Bout time to turn in, Jason.
    Jason: I was just thinkin' about today, Daddy. Verdie findin' all her relatives.
    Olivia: She won't ever again have that all alone feelin'.
    Erin: That's something nobody in this family has to worry about.
    Mary Ellen: Including John Curtis we have four generations under one roof!
    Elizabeth: Grandpa, do we have a family tree?
    Grandpa: Have it? Elizabeth, we live in it! (chuckles) Goodnight everybody!

    Also appearing -
    Ike Godsey (Joe Conley); Verdie Foster (Lynn Hamilton); Harley Foster (Hal Williams); Mrs Nelson (Pauline Myers); Frank Nelson (Davis Roberts); The Sexton (Vernon Washington); Arnold Kevin (Donald Petrie); The clerk (Amzie Strickland); Miss Estelle Unwin (Ernestine Barrier); the gardener (William Washington).


    • The grave marker of Verdie Foster’s father is ‘Edward Harris 1868-1940’. His nickname is ‘Ned’.
    • Verdie’s mother (Ethel) was buried alongside her husband (Edward). (No birth or death dates were provided about Ethel.)
    • Mr. and Mrs. Nelson live at 12 Elm Place in Brightwood, Virginia.
    • Besides her husband (Harley), son (Jodie), and stepson (Josh), Verdie also has a sister and daughter; both who live far away. Verdie’s daughter, Esther, is introduced in The Illusion (S7/8).
    • Verdie was born at three-thirty on the morning of October 11, 1898 at 12 Elm Place in Brightwood, Virginia. Her father, Edward, was thirty years old at the time of her birth.
    • Verdie’s grandfather (Albert Harris) was born on March 15, 1831 and died on August 28, 1887 at 18 Maxwell Road, Scottsville, Virginia. The record showed he was born a slave and died a free man.
    • Verdie’s grandmother (Etta Harris) died on August 23, 1887 and was buried two days later. Her husband (Albert) died five days after she died. (No birth date was mentioned about Etta.)
    • Miss Estelle Unwin lives at 18 Maxwell Road, Scottsville, Virginia about five or six miles down the main road from the church where Verdie’s grandparents are buried.
    • Arnold Kevin mentions he has four sisters and a grandfather on a farm in Ohio.
    • The painting book at the Unwin estate showed drawings by Mary Emma Unwin. Some of the paintings were of her sister Alice Ann (dated June 10, 1829) and her father Thomas (dated January 2, 1829).
    • Verdie’s great-grandfather (Seth Ado) was renamed Randolph Harris by the Unwin family.

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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  19. THE ORDEAL (two hour episode) (16 Feb 1978)
    Writer: Paul West. Director: Lawrence Dobkin. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "Scarcely a year or a season passed on Waltons Mountain that did not bring a test of my parents' courage and the strength of our family ties. In the spring of 1940 the test came as always without warning, and from a direction none of us expected".

    Part 1

    John and Grandpa secure a log pile while Jim Bob and Ben horse around near the mill. Sheriff Bridges then drives up with an old sewing box from his wife’s great-grandmother that needs repair. As John and Grandpa take the machine to the mill, John tells the boys to finish fastening down the log pile. Instead, Jim Bob and Ben run to the pond for a swim. They scare off Elizabeth and Aimee, who are sitting along the shore, when they begin to discard their clothes. As the two girls reach the log pile they observe a baby bird has fallen from its nest. Elizabeth returns the bird to its nest by climbing onto the log pile. But as she begins to climb down it gives way and she falls to the ground. The logs fall on top of her while Aimee screams for help. The family and Ep run to her aid. They carefully move her to a board in order to lift her to the back of the Sheriff’s car for the trip to the Scottsville Memorial Hospital. Grandpa comforts Aimee while Ep drives the car with John, Olivia, and Elizabeth in the backseat.

    Jim Bob and Ben return to find the log pile in a mess. They learn what has happened and jump in Jason’s car to follow Ep to the hospital. At Ike’s store Corabeth looks over herbs such as goldenseal, sassafras root, and ginseng that is being sold by Ada Corley, a local woman who claims to cure people’s ills with herbs. Aimee runs inside to tell them that Elizabeth had a terrible accident where her legs were most likely broken. Soon afterwards, the Baldwin sisters enter the store and are told the story. They immediately drive off to help Erin who is taking care of the house while the rest of the family care for Elizabeth.

    Mary Ellen announces to the family that Elizabeth has multiple fractures of both legs. Dr. Jamison, acknowledged to be the best orthopedic surgeon in the county, performs her surgery. Mary Ellen confronts Jim Bob and Ben, telling her brothers that they are totally to blame for the accident. In response Jim Bob runs out of the hospital unable to face the family. Dr. Jamison returns from surgery to tell John and Olivia that the operation was successful but Elizabeth incurred damage to her nerves. Grandpa leaves with Ben and comforts Jim Bob by telling him that what happened was not done on purpose nor with any evil intent. He says that all people make mistakes from time to time.

    Olivia and John return home after being told that Elizabeth may not walk again. In the middle of the night Ben and Jason awake to find Jim Bob preparing to run away from home. Jason convinces him to stay by saying their parents have enough to worry about. In the morning Olivia brings down her suitcase after deciding to stay around the clock with her youngest daughter. At the hospital John tickles Elizabeth’s toes but she is unable to feel his touch.

    At Ike’s store Evelyn Winfield, the new schoolteacher, meets the Baldwin sisters. They ask Miss Winfield what would be a suitable present for Elizabeth. She thinks the book ‘Little Women’ is a good gift. Much to the surprise of Miss Winfield, Aimee, and Ike, the two sisters want to give Elizabeth a pony. With her eyes wide open, Aimee shouts that a pony would be a great gift. With that positive response, the ladies decide to go ahead with the pony as her gift. Ben asks Erin what she thought Elizabeth would like for a present. She tells Ben that Elizabeth only wants him to visit her. Ben shrugs his shoulder feeling she just does not understand the situation.

    Aimee runs into Ada Corley who thinks the girl is spying on her. Aimee is scared upon seeing the woman but does ask her if she can help her friend. She replies that she can not help while Elizabeth is in the hospital. She does not believe Elizabeth needs chemicals but, instead, needs ‘nature’s way’.

    Elizabeth does not understand why Jim Bob has not visited her. Olivia remarks that he feels ashamed about what happened. Elizabeth thinks that attitude is silly. Ben has been bringing Elizabeth gifts and needs more money for gifts. He asks Jason to help him find a job at the Dew Drop Inn. Ben then asks Thelma for a job as a night manager. She does not need a manager but does want to hire a clean-up man for fifty cents an hour. He accepts the job.

    After Elizabeth is removed from traction Mary Ellen confides in her mother that the doctors are unsure whether Elizabeth will ever walk again. Olivia says that the family must continue the belief that she will walk because there is a ‘far greater force’ than the doctors’ expertise. At supper Jim Bob confesses that he feels the rest of the family think he is a criminal for what he did to Elizabeth. John wants him to change his ways because he is wrong in what he thinks. Erin adds that Ben’s actions are worse, trying to buy her forgiveness. Ben disagrees with his sister, saying he just wants to make her happy. During the conversation Miss Winfield knocks on the front door asking someone from the family to drop off materials from a school project to Elizabeth. Jim Bob tells the family he will take the schoolwork to Elizabeth.

    Part 2

    Jim Bob buys chocolate-covered cherries from Corabeth on this way with Grandpa to see Elizabeth at the hospital. When they arrive Olivia and Elizabeth are playing Chinese Checkers. Elizabeth tells Jim Bob that she was getting mad at him for not visiting. Jim Bob confesses he is sorry but then runs out of the room unable to face her.

    In the morning John arrives at the hospital room to find his wife pacing nervously as Elizabeth’s casts are removed and her legs x-rayed. Mary Ellen abruptly arrives to say that Elizabeth is going home. Then Dr. Jamison announces that Elizabeth’s fractures are healing better than expected but the nerves have not yet joined. The doctor admits they can do nothing more and leave it up to the family to help the patient maintain her determination to walk again. With braces on both legs Elizabeth is welcomed home. She will sleep in Grandpa’s bedroom while Zeb moves in with the boys. However, Jim Bob says he will sleep in the shed because he feels no longer a part of the family. John forces Jim Bob to say goodnight to Elizabeth but, afterwards, Grandpa tells his young grandson that it was the worst goodnight he has ever heard. Ben says goodnight to Elizabeth with yet another gift, a large bottle of cologne from the Fashion Center in Charlottesville. Olivia confronts Ben telling him these gifts only ease his guilt. To comfort Elizabeth she tells her son to show Elizabeth that you love her by spending time with her. Ben confesses that he can’t do that. When Ben tells his mother that he is working at the Dew Drop Inn in order to buy her gifts Olivia, in frustration, says, ‘Now I’ve got two sons working in a saloon!’

    Jason and Erin dance to swing music from the radio while the family and Aimee look on. Soon they see the Baldwin sisters drive up with a surprise. Elizabeth watches a pony unloaded. Miss Mamie and Miss Emily feel Judy the pony will be an incentive for her to walk and ride again. While Aimee rides the pony Grandpa senses Elizabeth is sad that she can not ride and watches her unsuccessfully try to stand up without her crutches. While looking at the pony Ben thinks of an idea that will make her sister happy. He brings out the pony cart so Judy can pull it with Elizabeth riding inside. Erin tells Ben that driving Elizabeth around in the pony cart means more to her than all the presents he can give her.

    Aimee stays the night with Elizabeth and convinces her to visit Ada Corley. They sneak off in the pony cart hoping the herbalist can fix her legs. When the girls arrive at the woman’s house they are frightened by her weird ways. In the meantime, John finds the girls missing and with Ike and Grandpa’s help travel to where Corabeth thinks the girls have gone, to Ada Corley’s house. In the meantime, Ada Corley tears off the metal contraption around Elizabeth’s legs believing they are cutting off the blood supply. Feeling that the bones are strong, she applies a green salve made from roots, herbs, and juices to her patient’s legs. Ada Corley then forces Elizabeth to walk but she only falls to the floor in tears. With the woman yelling at Elizabeth the men rush in to rescue the girls.

    John walks to the church to pray for Elizabeth. He enters the church and kneels down in prayer for her recovery. At school the next morning Miss Winfield observes Elizabeth walk a step while recovering a ball that the school children have kicked off in her direction. That night Ben leaves Elizabeth on the swing as he goes off to help Grandpa. Miss Winfield drives in to tell John and Olivia what she saw today. As Elizabeth attempts to go from the swing to a sawhorse, Jim Bob urges Elizabeth to walk toward him. With the family looking on, Elizabeth takes two independent steps into Jim Bob’s arms.

    "By the Fall of that year my sister was entirely free of the braces on her legs and was able once again to take part in the active life of the mountain".

    Jim Bob: Everybody asleep?
    John: Not now.....
    Jim Bob: I was wonderin' somethin'.
    Olivia: Let's hear it Jim Bob.
    Jim Bob: What is time?
    Elizabeth: Well when I had my braces on that was a long time.
    Erin: A jamboree party at the Godseys'. That was a high old time.
    Grandpa: Full moon in June, that's a-courtin' time.
    Jim Bob: What is time? It's not on the clock!
    John: It's time to go to sleep son! 'Night everybody.

    Also appearing -
    Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards); Aimee Godsey (Rachel Longaker); the Baldwin sisters (Mary Jackson and Helen Kleeb); Ada Corley (Virginia Gregg); Dr. Jamison (Richard Sarradet); Evelyn Winfield (Julie Gibson); Thelma (Dorothy Shay); Sheriff Ep Bridges (John Crawford).


    • The name of the Baldwin sisters’ father is Judge Randolph Baldwin.
    • While talking to her mother in the hospital, Elizabeth refers to the time the pilot took Olivia up in his airplane. (The reference was taken from The Air Mail Man; S2/13)
    • The Scottsville Memorial Hospital was established in the year 1887.
    • George Lister, who took care of Judge Baldwin’s horses, brought Judy the pony over from an island off the Virginia coast.
    • The pony cart, that Ben attaches to Judy the pony so Elizabeth can take rides, first appears in The Pony Cart (S5/10).
    • The license plates on Jim Bob’s car are 59-6082 Virginia.

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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  20. THE RETURN (two hour episode) (16 March 1978)
    Writer: Kathleen Hite. Director: Harry Harris. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "In the early times of separation from my family, I kept in mind a clear picture of the scenes of my boyhood. But the times were changing, and my memories were far removed from the realities. The tribulant state of the country in the year before we entered the war was especially felt in our remote little community, and particularly by my farther".

    John-Boy tries to call home after receiving a letter from his mother who is extremely concerned about the lack of jobs and money on Waltons Mountain. And John tries to call the army about receiving his overdue payment for an order of desks that were picked up over three months ago. While Daisy and John-Boy eat dinner at a New York City restaurant discussion surrounds the economic problems back home. John-Boy is troubled and Daisy senses his anguish. The next day, at the Associated Press, John-Boy discusses with his boss, Mr. Johnson, the abundance of work on the Virginia coast while the nearby Appalachian area is desperate for jobs. Mr. Johnson assigns John-Boy the job to research the conditions around Jefferson County.

    John and Grandpa clean up the already-clean mill while talking about the work available on the coast at the shipyards and the defense plants. Grandpa becomes upset with his son who believes no one will hire a man of his father’s age. Grandpa stomps off in anger and then runs into Nurse Nora who says she sees a lot of loneliness in the hills.

    Arriving at the Rockfish Depot John-Boy walks to the telephone office and is warmly greeted by Fanny Tatum. She tells John-Boy that there is not much work for Erin since many people have given up their telephones. She confides in him that Erin has secured another job but does not know anything else about it.

    Walking on the road toward the house, John-Boy is picked up by someone he, surprisingly, does not recognize. When Hank Buchanan introduces himself John-Boy describes to him what his mother, father, and sister, Erin, have written about their new friend and minister. Hank then realizes this is the ‘legendary’ John-Boy Walton. Hank stops the car a distance from the house so the author can make a ‘grand entrance’. As John-Boy gazes toward the house he sees the family performing their daily jobs and observes his mother digging around some of her flowers. He creeps up behind her while the family gathers behind him. With his hand touching hers Olivia realizes her prayers have been answered, her eldest son is finally home for the first time in a year.

    That night around the supper table John-Boy talks about his life in New York City while John sits at his desk, deep in thought pondering the lack of work at the mill. When John-Boy visits John Curtis, who has taken over his old bedroom, John-Boy reminisces about his growing up days in this room. Mary Ellen comments about their father saying, ‘We come from a very proud line.’ John-Boy adds, ‘Stubborn, too’.

    With little work at the mill, John tells John-Boy he may look for work at the defense plant. John-Boy tells his father that he thinks his proper place is with his family, much to John’s irritation. Later, John grumbles to Olivia about how his son tried to tell him what he should do. Olivia compares the conversation with how he talks to Grandpa, and how Grandpa becomes angry as a result. In the morning John-Boy talks with his mother and father about the possibility of reopening the old Guthrie Coal Mine. In the meantime, Grandpa scurries off on Old Blue (the mule) to Willis and Allie’s house, a couple that needs help from Zeb who needs to be needed. John and John-Boy visit Mr. Guthrie and, to their surprise, find Verdie working for the gentleman. Talking with the owner of the coal mine, they inquire about looking into the possibility of fixing up the mine.

    With Mr. Guthrie’s permission John and John-Boy look over the mining site while Elizabeth explores the area. Ep thinks someone has broken into the mine but discovers the Waltons inspecting the tunnels. Suddenly, after emerging from the depths of the mine, the three men hear Elizabeth cry out for help. They find her fallen down an abandoned mineshaft. John-Boy is lowered down by a rope and rescues the uninjured Elizabeth.

    That night Jason returns home without Erin. Out in the shed as he prepares for bed, John-Boy sees Hank Buchanan drop off a very tired Erin. He speaks out to the Reverend about the mystery surrounding Erin’s secret job. The next day John, John-Boy, and Ep summarize to Mr. Guthrie the repair costs necessary to reopen the mine. He agrees to the contract with a handshake. Later Ike, Ep, Harley, Ben, John-Boy, Easy Jackson, and other local men gather at the Waltons to discuss their thirty-five-dollar-a-week jobs at the mine. But Grandpa is not included in the discussion and feels left out. John-Boy follows Grandpa to the barn to ask him why he did not participate in the meeting. Zeb says that it is none of his business. When John tells Grandpa he will not allow him to work underground, Zeb says he will not be his waterboy.

    Part 2

    Taking a work break Grandpa tells Allie and Wallis that ‘there isn’t much in this life except love and hard work, and that’s about the size of it’. Work is in full force at the mine as John, John-Boy, and Harley inspect the shaft. Unexpectedly they find water leaking from above and rumblings emanating from overhead.

    Late that night Olivia asks John-Boy to find Erin who is unusually late returning from work. He drives to Miss Fanny’s who reluctantly tells John-Boy that she is at James R. Dolworth’s house. Driving to his residence John-Boy finds Erin taking care of the man’s two children. When John finds out his daughter has been a ‘server-girl’ for a single man he becomes extremely upset with Erin. She finally admits that she has been working the extra job to pay back the money they spent raising her and all the things they gave up because of her. John does not know what to say especially during these troubling times.

    At the Foster’s, Harley stares off into space as Verdie asks what is wrong. He ignores her, not wanting to worry her about his concern of the weak points in the mine. At Norfolk, John-Boy calls Mr. Johnson after finishing his investigations of the city. He has completed his formal assignment but wants approval to return to the Mountain in order to follow up on something he feels that is important. Mr. Johnson agrees to the special assignment.

    At the beginning of the workday John tells the other men he will enter the mine alone. Harley believes John is trying to protect everybody from danger. He follows John into the mine as the other men gather behind him. When John realizes what they have done, he tells the men to leave. But without warning the fault gives way to its weaknesses and traps the men under tons of dirt and rock. Arriving from Norfolk to a deserted camp John-Boy is perplexed at what he finds. Suddenly he sees smoke emerging from the tunnel. He runs into the mine to verify his worst fears. Running back out, he pulls the emergency siren. In a few minutes Sheriff Bridges drives up to find a delirious and stunned John-Boy emerge from the disaster area. The two reenter the mine to begin digging out the trapped men.

    Inside the cave Harley regains consciousness to find many of the other men partially or fully covered with fallen debris. As others waken they help to uncover the buried men.

    Mr. Guthrie and Verdie are among the first to arrive. John-Boy asks the owner to find the plans of the mine in order to determine what is located behind the fallout. Hank Buchanan, Olivia, Mary Ellen, Corabeth, and others soon also arrive to help with the rescue. Hank is helping Ep with the digging when Grandpa and Willis arrive to spell the two diggers. Soon Grandpa uncovers someone’s helmet that was caught in the downfall. When Olivia runs out of the office with the correct plans she hears more rumbling from the tunnel. Another cave-in has brought more debris down. Looking at the maps, Ep and John-Boy realize that the mineshaft that Elizabeth fell into earlier could likely lead to the other side of the cave-in. When investigating the new site, they agree their best way to rescue the men is to dig from this shaft. As the women help from the surface the men dig underground in this new direction.

    Thinking people will blame him Mr. Guthrie lays all the blame on John-Boy for approaching him with his scheme of reopening the mine. Corabeth joins Mr. Guthrie with her own blame and fear.

    Thelma soon brings more men to help with the tunneling. The trapped men continue to wait, knowing only a limited amount of air remains in the pocket underneath the ground that they lay. John-Boy emerges from the shaft to see his mother stare blankly at him. After a rest John-Boy and his grandfather return to digging. Grandpa finally breaks through the barrier. He reaches his hand inside to find the head of one of the trapped men. Grandpa climbs through to find the head to be that of his son. The weary men are carried out to a thankful group of friends and family.

    "In time the debris from the cave-in was cleared away, and once the mine was made safe it provided employment for local men until the vein of coal was exhausted. Today the mine has been sealed off and those dark, hollow rooms under the earth are silent, and empty, and depleted. The near-trajedy brought the people of Waltons Mountain closer together and in our own family it healed the rift between my father and my grandfather. I had come home again, and there would be much to remember and to write about when I returned to New York".

    Ben: Goodnight Daddy.
    John: Goodnight Ben. Goodnight Pa.
    Grandpa: Goodnight Son.
    John: Goodnight John-Boy.
    John-Boy (downstairs) : Goodnight Daddy. 'Night everybody.

    Also appearing -
    Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Jow Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards); Cyrus Guthrie (Lloyd Nolan); Harley Foster (Hal Williams); Verdie Foster (Lynn Hamilton); Rev. Hank Buchanan (Peter Fox); Sheriff Ep Bridges (John Crawford); Fanny Tatum (Sheila Allen); Allie (Helen Page Camp); Willis (Sandy Kenyon); Nurse Nora (Nancy Priddy); Mr. Johnson (Walter Brook); Thelma (Dorothy Shay); Daisy (Deirdre Lenihan); Burt (Lynn Storer); Merle (John Perryman); Easy Jackson (Britt Leach); man at Bus Depot (Ed Diemer); Miss Emily Baldwin (Mary Jackson); Miss Mamie Baldwin (Helen Kleeb); James (Jim) R. Dolworth (Rick Beckner); Mr. Preston (Don Tuche).
    Special guest: John-Boy (Richard Thomas).


    • Lieutenant Robert C. Adams authorized payment for the army order to Camp Lee.
    • The Guthrie Coal Mine Company operated until 1935.
    • Harley Foster was hired as watchman when the coal mine first shut down.
    • James (Jim) R. Dolworth lives at 312 Hazel Avenue, Rockfish, Virginia. He is a foreman at the chemical company in Waynesboro.

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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  21. THE REVELATION (23 March 1978)
    Writers: D.C.Fontana and Richard Fontana. Director: Gwen Arner. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "When I was a boy I dreamed of what I would make of my life when the time came to leave the mountain. My journey took me to New York City where I became reporter for a press service, began work on my second novel and fell in love. I knew that the days of my life would be played out elsewhere, but as always, the events that took place on the mountain would shape and change the rest of my life"

    John-Boy walks to the back of the theatre where his girlfriend, Daisy Garner, has finished a performance. She meets him at the top of the stairs and they proceed to their favorite restaurant. Inside, the piano player asks John-Boy to sign his copy of the book Walton’s Mountain for his mother. The couple orders red wine while Daisy reminisces about how her life has changed since they first met at the marathon dance. John-Boy tells Daisy he wants to be with her all the time and proposes marriage. Daisy is hesitant to say yes because there are things about her that he does not know. But she finally consents. John-Boy calls home but is unable to reach the house when Erin says Mary Ellen is speaking to Curt who is at Camp Lee. He tells his sister to inform the family that he and his new fiancée will be arriving at the bus station tomorrow. Mary Ellen announces the big news to the family. Elizabeth’s friend George Simmons is asked to have supper with the Waltons. The two are setting up a lemonade stand at Ike’s store for five cents a glass.

    Mr. Johnson speaks with John-Boy about an assignment in London as a civilian correspondent for the newspaper Stars and Stripes. The young author can not believe he is being offered the job after just asking Daisy to marry him. Knowing she can not go with him, Mr. Johnson suggests they wait for a more opportune time.

    At the bus station John and Grandpa greet the couple. Grandpa warmly introduces himself to the young woman who says he was accurately described to her as ‘very handsome’. They stop at Ike’s store where Elizabeth meets her future sister-in-law. Daisy knows that if she can pass her inspection the rest of the family will accept her, too. Elizabeth gives Daisy a glass of lemonade, but tells John-Boy he owes her five cents. Grandpa stays behind to inspect the lemonade stand. The entrepreneurs are disappointed about only selling two glasses so far (while drinking six). Grandpa suggests advertising the pink lemonade at a special price of four cents and says he will ponder about what to do with the regular lemonade.

    After supper the family talk on the front porch with the couple. Daisy does not think her mother will attend the wedding because of a dispute resulting in them not speaking for three years. Jim Bob asks his father if he is going to give John-Boy a man-to-man talk before the wedding. John asks his eldest son if it is needed. John-Boy agrees ‘for old time’s sake’. John tells John-Boy that there is no secret to marriage. He recommends showing her that you love her, keeping the marriage fresh, and finding ways to surprise her.

    Grandpa visits the Baldwin sisters to ask them for some of the recipe even though he stopped by for some only last week. At Ike’s store Zebulon secretively pours the recipe into the regular lemonade and instructs Elizabeth and George to sell it only to men. After telling the children to add extra sugar to the pink lemonade, Grandpa also instructs them to advertise it only to women and children.

    John-Boy admits to his parents that he wishes Daisy’s mother could attend the wedding. They advise him to talk with her to see if he can bring mother and daughter back together. While Olivia and Daisy begin sewing the wedding dress Mary Ellen brings her son downstairs. He is hot and cutting a tooth for which a remedy from Grandma is being applied. Daisy is visibly sad about seeing the mother and baby together. John-Boy drives up to Mrs. Garner’s house and introduces himself as Daisy’s fiancée. He explains that she has been a successful dancer in New York City and attempts to mend their problems. Mrs. Garner realizes that the young man does not know the real reason why Daisy left. She does agree to see her tomorrow if Daisy wants to see her. While showing Daisy his old printing press John-Boy tells her what happened. Although uncomfortable about what he did, she agrees to visit her mother. The next morning Daisy and her mother greet each other. It is a tearful moment for Daisy when she sees a little girl at the foot of the staircase. She realizes it is her daughter that her mother has been raising after she put the child up for adoption. She had given birth to the baby out of wedlock. Daisy had not seen her daughter, Melissa, since the argument she had with her mother about whether to marry the baby’s father whom she did not love.

    Business is booming for the regular lemonade as men arrive in droves to buy the spiked beverage. Miss Emily and Miss Mamie sample the lemonade and find it somehow reminiscent of their papa. Corabeth decides to taste the drink much to the chagrin of Ike and Zebulon. She realizes what has happened and shouts, ‘Mr. Godsey! Zebulon Walton! Really!’

    Daisy emerges from the house to tell John-Boy what has happened. She tells him that three months before the marathon dance she had given birth. Now, Daisy has decided to remain with her mother in order to raise her daughter. She knows their marriage will not happen because she can not stand in his way. John-Boy says he is willing to grow with her. But Daisy knows they now have responsibilities that go in different directions. John-Boy says good-bye to the woman he loves. Later, he calls Mr. Johnson to find the job still available. He must return tomorrow to New York City for the new assignment. With sorrow in his voice, John-Boy asks his parents to look in on Daisy.

    "Ahead of me lay all the fabled cities of the world. I was to come to know London, Paris, New York, and Rome as intimately as I knew the small Virginia towns. I would walk the streets of the great cities of Europe, visit their monuments and museums, and come to know their people. And with every step, the shadow of Daisy would walk beside me".

    Jim Bob: Think John-Boy will remember about those magazines?
    Jason: He usually remembers.
    Erin: Goodnight you two....
    Elizabeth: Yeah I got to get up early tomorrow.
    Erin: Why?
    Elizabeth: I just thought of a great new business I'd like to try.
    Grandpa: Do you need any help Elizabeth?
    John: Goodnight Pa....

    Also appearing -
    Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards); Mr. Johnson (Walter Brook); Daisy (Deirdre Lenihan); Mrs. Garner (Rachel Bard); the Baldwin sisters (Mary Jackson and Helen Kleeb); George Simmons (Steve Shaw); the piano player (Tommy Leonetti); the Reporter (Will Parker).
    Special guest: John-Boy (Richard Thomas).


    • Doubleday published John-Boy’s first novel Walton’s Mountain. (In reality, Dial Press of New York published Earl Hamner’s second novel Spencer’s Mountain in 1961. Random House of New York published his first novel Fifty Roads to Town in 1953).
    • John-Boy and Daisy first met in the episode entitled The Marathon (S3/9).
    • Daisy remembers the song Whispering that the band continued to play over and over again while they were dancing.
    • Mrs. Garner lives in Lynchburg.
    • John-Boy mentions to Daisy about the carpetbagger he exposed during the reelection of Sheriff Bridges and the excerpt of Mein Kamph by Adolph Hitler. Both articles were published in The Blue Ridge Chronicle. The article on the carpetbagger appeared in The Last Mustang (S5/12) and the story about Mein Kamph appeared in The Fire Storm (S5/5).

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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  22. GRANDMA COMES HOME (30 March 1978)

    Special Guest Star: Ellen Corby

    "Tonight we proudly welcome home Miss Ellen Corby as Grandma Walton".

    Writers: Rod Peterson and Claire Whitaker. Director: Ralph Senensky. Music: Alexander Courage.

    "A house alone has little meaning, it's the people that live there who bring it to life and give it character. All during my grandmother's absence our house and everyone in it seemed to long for her return. Grandpa never stopped hoping that she would come home, and finally there came a day when his prayers were to be answered".

    Grandpa is too excited to eat breakfast as he prepares to bring Esther home from the hospital. Mary Ellen explains that Grandma still can not speak after her stroke. After Zeb leaves, the family prepares the house for Grandma's return. At the store, Ike fills Jason's grocery list while Corabeth and the Baldwin sisters listen to Jason explain Grandma's speech problems. Miss Emily states that their Papa suffered a stroke, too. Back home John and Ben ready Grandma's rocking chair and reminisce how she rocked each baby in the old rocker. Suddenly, Jason hears the truck's horn blaring off in the distance. He yells out to everybody,'Grandma is coming home'. Everyone kisses and hugs her, glad that Grandma is finally home. At the supper table Grandpa says a prayer rejoicing at the reunion with his wife. Grandpa cuts Easter's meat when she is unable to use the knife. And when she is unable to talk, Zeb answers questions directed toward her. Elizabeth's friend Clarence joins the family for dessert of chocolate pie after bringing a pig named Jay-Bez for her 4-H project. John joins his mother on the porch, reminiscing about growing up with his brother Ben. John says, 'There is nothing to be afraid of in silence. Just being near each other is what really counts.'

    Grandpa readies their bed while Grandma brings her diary to the bed. When Zeb mentions that Zuleika Dunbar brought him a carrot cake while she was in the hospital, Esther does not become angry. Zeb wonders what is wrong. The Walton family gather at church services where Rev. Buchanan announce the return of Esther who helped build the church and is a pillar to her family and the community.

    On Monday morning Elizabeth is searching for Jay-Bez when Clarence returns the pig who has wondered back to his home. He asks Elizabeth to walk with him to school, but she says she is not ready. Olivia confronts Elizabeth about her white lie. She says the kids at school make fun of him because he is overweight. Olivia makes her catch up to him explaining he is her friend who has helped with her 4-H project. Erin and Mary Ellen perform the chores, not allowing Grandma to help. Later Miss Emily and Miss Mamie bring over a decanter of the Recipe that Esther willingly gives to her husband. Zeb can not understand her actions. The sisters bring Esther up-to-date on the goings-on with the Ladies Aid Society.

    John and Zeb prepare to deliver a lumber order and drop off Olivia for some shopping. Zeb, however, will not allow Esther to join Olivia feeling it is too strenuous for her. Olivia admits to John and Zeb that she thinks Grandma is being pampered too much. Zeb places responsibility on taking care of Grandma with the children. Mary Ellen brings John Curtis out to Grandma on the porch so he can have his bottle. She leaves to take down the laundry from the clothesline. Ben hands John Curtis to Grandma while he goes off to fix the wheel on the carriage. Ben brings the baby carriage to Mary Ellen saying something is wrong with John Curtis. But Ben has placed Jay-Bez into the carriage unknown to Mary Ellen. She blows up at Ben. Later Grandma tries to answer the telephone with Erin on the other end. With mumbles coming from the phone, Erin thinks something is wrong. She calls Sheriff Bridges, asking him to find her parents. Later, Jim Bob takes Grandma on a ride in the car he just got running. In the meantime, Ben and Elizabeth run after Jay-Bez. When John, Olivia, and Grandpa return after getting Erin's message, they can not find Grandma. Soon Jim Bob drives up with Grandma and Elizabeth and Ben walk up with Ben covered with mud. John balls out the children for not properly taking care of Grandma. Esther unsuccessfully tries to explain that she is fine and enjoyed her ride in Jim Bob's car.

    Elizabeth and Clarence meet at the bridge so he can return Jay-Bez. Clarence admits he thinks she is beautiful but that he is just the 'fat kid' at school. Elizabeth tells him that 'it is what is inside that counts' and that he 'has a thin soul'. They agree to work together at Clarence's since the pig will not stay at the Walton's.

    Olivia asks Grandma to help snap green beans. Grandma is anxious to help. Esther tries to explain how she feels but Olivia can not understand her. Finally, Olivia hears, 'Need me?' and asks Esther, 'You don't think anybody needs you?' When Olivia says that the family does need her, they break down in tears. That night while Grandma sleeps Grandpa reads her diary, desperately trying to find what is wrong. In the morning John and Olivia find him in the kitchen still reading the diary. Grandpa finds that Esther has promised God that if he allows her to come home she will not be 'sharp-tongued'. Grandma overhears what Zeb says but is not angry. Grandpa says that before her stroke she would have walloped him. As Grandma leaves for the porch, Olivia explains that they all have been treating her like an invalid and that as people grow older they desire to feel needed. Grandpa follows Esther to the porch to say that he also made a promise that he would let her sit in the sun and not lift a finger, if God would let her come home. But Zeb tells Esther that he is going to break that promise when he says, 'Old woman, if you want any breakfast you better start sweeping this porch and earn your keep. And that's the way it's going to be from now on out!' Grandma grabs the broom and hits Grandpa. Zeb yells, 'Whoopee! You've come home, Esther, You've come home!' Grandma slowly responds, 'You old fool.' Nothing could have sounded sweeter to Grandpa than those words.

    "My grandmother had finally come home, and once again she became her old self, giving us the benefit of her wisdom and love. That old house will always live in my memory, espceially when it comes time to say 'Goodnight'".

    Jim Bob: This little piggy went to market.
    Erin: Goodnight Jim Bob.
    Jason and Ben: And this little piggy stayed at home!
    Elizabeth: Goodnight Jason, goodnight Ben.
    Mary Ellen and Erin This little piggy had roast beef.
    Elizabeth: 'Night Erin, 'night Mary Ellen.
    Grandpa: And this little piggy went wee wee wee all the way home to Clarences'.
    Elizabeth: Goodnight Grandpa:.
    Olivia: Goodnight Grandma.
    John: Goodnight Ma.
    Grandma (slowly): Goodnight, everyone.

    Also appearing -
    Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards); Miss Emily and Miss Mamie Baldwin (Mary Jackson and Helen Kleeb); Clarence (Kenny Marquis); Rev. Hank Buchanan (Peter Fox).


    • Clarence gives Elizabeth the pig Jay-Bez for her 4-H project.

    (Synopsis by William Atkins.)

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