The Empty Nest (First aired: 21st September 1978) (two hour episode)
This was the first episode following the death of Will Geer, and consequently Zeb "Grandpa" Walton was written out during this episode, with John explaining how empty the house feels without Grandpa and he comments just how much he misses his father. We see each of the other family members trying to come to terms, not only with Grandpa's sudden death, but also the death of Flossie Brimmer. Olivia is reminded of her good friend, Flossie, when she receives a present from Patsy Brimmer. It is her aunt's ring, which Patsy felt Flossie would like Olivia to have to remember her by.
John is also quite disheartened after he is offered a very big contract, but feels he needs to turn down because his business is just too small. He is quite angry and insulted at being called a two bit operator by the man offering the contract. John tries to think of a solution, and decides to try to band together with several other smaller operations, and take the contract this way. He heads down to the city to sign the deal but is unable to see Mr Sarver, who is quite obviously trying to avoid John. John decides to stay at a hotel to try and see Sarver later, and whilst there he realises just how much he misses his Liv, and rings her, asking her to join him. Olivia feels that she can't leave home right now though. Grandpa has just died and his birthday is coming up. She feels that Grandma needs her. Grandma gives her the message loudly and clearly though, when she puts down a suitcase in front of Olivia and says "Go!".
In the meantime, Erin has taken on a job in Charlottesville and she and Mary Ellen, decide to find a suitable apartment. Although Olivia and Grandma are unhappy about the girl's decision, Elizabeth is more than happy to finally have a room to herself. The two girls have pangs of homesickness though from their first night in the big city, finding things very quiet without their big family around. They head home after Erin quits her job when her boss arrives drunk on her doorstep, posing as her father.
Ben has run into trouble too. He is trying very hard to take Grandpa's place but things just seem to go wrong for him. In the end he gives up on the order his father had left him in charge of, until Grandma tells him to keep perservering. He goes back to the problem and does indeed finish the order.
Corabeth has yet another business venture in the back of the store, when she sets up a tea room and moves the billiard table out. Ike isn't very impressed though, and finally, after many ups and downs, she moves the billiard table back in and suggests a compromise. Ike is happy once again.
After being "fobbed off" by Mr Carver's secretary many times he finally arrives on the doorstep and demands to see him. Mr Carver is so impressed with John's initiative that he offers John a position, but they realise it will mean the family leaving the mountain. They decide that perhaps they will move to the city and leave Ben in charge of the mill, although Elizabeth is unhappy about moving too. Grandma has decided that she would like to spend Zeb's birthday at his grave and the whole family head up the mountain and plant seedlings around the gravesite. Each family member talks to Grandpa and John comes to the realisation that he cannot break away from his mountain home just yet because he feels Pa everywhere.
Written by Rod Peterson & Claire Whitaker; directed by Philip Leacock.
Guests: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth), Michael Conrad (Matt Sarver), Lou Frizzell (Joe Murdoch), Jay W. MacIntosh (Betty Lou Sarver), Peggy Rea (Mrs Boren), Sima Conrad (Secretary).
NOTE 1: It is mentioned that Grandpa had died six months ago while planting seedlings. His grave stone says "Zebulon Walton 1865-1941".
NOTE 2: Who should pop up as Mary Ellen and Erin's landlady but Peggy Rea, who will return to Waltons Mountain as the girl's Cousin Rose in season 8.
NOTE 3: The character of Flossie Brimmer was written out because the actress playing her, Nora Marlowe, had also died during the summer hiatus.
The Calling (First aired: 28th September 1978)
Miss Mamie and Miss Emily have a young cousin staying with them, Mary Francis Conover. She and Jim Bob Walton meet when a kite he is flying becomes tangled up in a tree. Mary Francis climbs the tree to get the kite down, while Jim Bob is trying to find it by following the string. He comes across both the kite and Mary Francis stuck near the top of the tree. Jim Bob is in love. The two of them have a wonderful time together, but there is something that Mary Francis is not telling him.
Corabeth is appalled at finding that Jim Bob and Mary Francis are dating, because she has discovered that Mary Francis is not one of their kind. What she means is that she is Catholic. She is also preparing to become a nun and is here on Waltons Mountain to really think about and confirm her decision. Obviously her friendship with Jim Bob, and his devotedness, is making her question whether it is really the decision that she wants to make. Two nuns from her school arrive at the Baldwin home to talk to Mary Francis about her thoughts. Mary Francis realises how Jim Bob feels and Sister Scholastica encourages her to talk of her decision with him. Although he is broken hearted, Jim Bob does realise that her calling to be a nun is similar to his own longing to be a pilot and he accepts her decision.
In the meantime Ben comes across a man by the name of Beau Pauley, and likes him, so he offers him a job at the mill. He seems to work well and is always singing, but he is also a man who likes his secret nips of alcohol. Ben finds that he has to sack him, however, after the two arrive home late one night from the Dew Drop Inn and Beau trashes the mill trying to find more alcohol.
Written by Kathleen Hite; directed by Gwen Arner.
Guests: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth), Jeanette Nolan (Sister Scholastica), Mitzi Hoag (Sister Theresa); Bruce French (Beau Pauley), Stacey Nelkin (Mary Francis Conover), Peter Fox (Hank Buchanan).
NOTE: There are some very funny scenes in this episode. One is where Corabeth feels she must warn Olivia that Jim Bob is going out with that Catholic girl, and Olivia replies that Corabeth might try praying for tolerance. Naturally Corabeth is appalled. The other is where the Baldwin sisters are entertaining one of the nuns. One calls the other "Sister" then, when the nun looks up, she realises her mistake and becomes quite flustered as she tries to explain that the two women do call each other "Sister" all the time, but they are not nuns, nor Catholic, but are in fact, sisters!
The Moonshiner (First aired: 12th October 1978)
Boone Walton comes back into the lives of the Walton family when he is found guilty of selling bootleg whisky but Jason offers to pay his fine and accept responsibility for the elderly man. Jason mentions how difficult it has been since the government moved him off his mountain home, when the mountains were the only way of life he had ever known and felt comfortable with. The judge agrees to suspend the sentence. Boone works at the mill, but Grandma and Olivia are very unhappy about having him around their family. Jason gives Boone a sip of the recipe, which Grandpa had kept hidden, and after a taste, declares that he would like to meet these special people.
The Baldwin ladies are in quite a dither though...they have a crisis on their hands. They have lost The Recipe recipe! Boone is able to help them out though, for which they are most indebted.
Boone is overstaying his welcome at the Walton home though. Jason finds him building a still in the mountains so that he can pass on his secrets to the younger Walton generation, and John is unimpressed when both Boone and Jason arrive home drunk one night. Finally Boone arrives one night, repays the fine Jason paid for him, and asks for his freedom.
Finally Daisy Garner and her daughter Melissa, return to the Walton home to return John Boy's engagement ring. Corabeth discovers that Melissa is the child of an unwed mother and is most indignant and will not let Aimee play with her, calling her a "love child". When Elizabeth innocently asks what a "love child" is, Olivia rallies to defend Daisy, and approaches Corabeth telling her that Melissa should not be punished for the sins of her mother. After all, Corabeth and Ike were focussed on Aimee when they adopted her, not her parents.
Written by Jeb Rosebrook; directed by Lawrence Dobkin.
Guests: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth), Rachel Longaker (Aimee Godsey), Helen Kleeb (Miss Mamie), Mary Jackson (Miss Emily), Morgan Woodward (Boone Walton), Ford Raineey (Judge), Deirdre Lenihan (Daisy Garner), Brandi Tucker (Melissa).
The Obsession (First aired: 19th October 1978)
Cissy Tucker, Yancy's young wife, finds that living in the mountains is just far too primitive for her and she takes steps to leave him. Elizabeth goes searching through Judge Baldwin's old law books to find out how Cissy can get her divorce.
Mary Ellen becomes addicted to amphetamines, which she has persuaded Dr David Spenser to let her have. She just wants them for a few days so that she can spend all her time studying to pass her nursing exams. She is longing to join Curt and feels that passing these exams will do the trick. She has a small accident though, which alerts her family that something is wrong and she confesses to taking the pills. Finally she is able to have some much needed rest and passes her exam.
Written by Juliet Packer; directed by Gwen Arner.
Guests: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth), Rachel Longaker (Aimee Godsey), Helen Kleeb (Miss Mamie), Mary Jackson (Miss Emily), Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker); Deirdre Lenihan (Daisy), Cissy Wellman (Sissy), Christopher Woods (David Spenser), Tom Bower (Curt Willard).
The Changling (First aired: 26th October 1978)
Strange goings on happen in the Walton home as Elizabeth apprensively approaches her 13th birthday. She is torn between the prospect of becoming a woman, or staying a little girl. She is also moody, a fact that her parents discuss and are concerned about, and while Elizabeth secretly listens, a vase moves, falls and breaks. Other similar, strange things continue to happen and Corabeth suggests maybe it is a poltergeist. Things reach crisis point when at Elizabeth's party, Aimee starts telling a ghost story and all sorts of things happen. Olivia tells the frightened Elizabeth that it is she who is controlling all the weird things and that she must let it all go now. Elizabeth confesses to being afraid of growing older and watching her parents grow older and die. When Olivia is able to reassure Elizabeth, things return to normal.
While all this is going on with Elizabeth, Jason has been given the job of being "Cousin George, the man you turn to when you hit a bump on the rocky road of love". People write into him about matters of the heart, and he has to form answers. Because he feels inexperienced, he turns to Mary Ellen and Erin for help. Corabeth turns to "Cousin George" however for help of her own. Corabeth would like to see Ike become more cultured, and Ike isn't at all impressed. Finally Jason becomes uncertain of the advice he is dishing out, and admits to his audience that he is just a country boy with not much life experience. Needless to say, he is out of a job soon after, but his family is proud of him for realising and admitting his inexperience.
Written by Robert Pirosh; directed by Lawrence Dobkin.
Guests: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth), Rachel Longaker (Aimee Godsey), Russ Marin (Mr. Larkin), Patrick Gorman (Denby), John Perryman (telephone repairman), Kathy Ritzke (First Girl), Kelly Louise Lynn (Second Girl).
NOTE: This is another episode which the Family channel chose not to show. Perhaps it is the ghost content which went against there policy. Who knows. TNN however, have aired it several times.
The Portrait (First aired: 2nd November 1978)
Erin is feeling somewhat restless about her life when she meets a very handsome stranger, a painter, Derek Pembroke, who has come back from Paris after being in the war. Pembroke is quite a puzzling man. He is obviously disturbed about something. When Erin finds him painting in the woods he is drawn to her and asks for permission to paint her. It seems though, that she may remind him of someone in his past. He finally persuades her to come to his house and begin the painting. What she finds when she get there is a mural painted depicting war scenes. he wishes to paint Erin's face there as well. When he kisses her though, he calls her Gabrielle. She is so confused by his actions and words that she runs back home.
Corabeth has taken some of Pembroke's paintings as collateral for credit and she asks Olivia and Mary Ellen to have a look at them. Olivia believes that the painter is talented, but they both feel that the paintings are rather ominous and depressing. Mary Ellen discovers more about Pembroke when she notices a painting at the psychiatric ward of the hospital. She is told that the artist who painted the picture is considered dangerous and is refusing treatment. Mary Ellen arrives home to discover Erin missing. Her father looking for her and finds her with the disturbed young man. He finally breaks down and relates the horrors he has lived through in Paris, including having his love, Gabrielle, die in his arms.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Jim Bob are trying to capture a wild bird to give Grandma as a pet. They end up buying her a canary though, but they cannot get it to sing. Finally it does sing when Jason and Grandma begin singing a song.
Written by John Dunkel; directed by Ralph Senensky.
Guests: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth), Jared Martin (Derek Pembroke), Don Dalesandro (Doctor), Lucia Stalser (Student), Janine Franklin (Singer).
The Captive (First aired: 9th November 1978)
Poor old Elizabeth is trying to be taught by all her brothers, since John had proclaimed that she can only drive with a responsible adult. She is yelled at firstly by Jim Bob, followed by Ben, then finally Jason has a go. The two who have the most effect though, are the Baldwin sisters, and their driving lesson goes well until Elizabeth manages to stop by driving through the Walton vegetable garden fence. Needless to say, John is not happy.
Corabeth is trying to make sense of her life by trying to make the general store into a glamourous store like she knew back in Doe Hill. Her family is finding her rather erratic at the moment though, but Elizabeth puts this down to the possibility that Corabeth may be going through the change of life. The truth though is that she is having a problem with alcohol. When Ike does not support her efforts, she declares that instead she will become an interior decorator. Finally she decides that she will open a dance school in Rockfish. Ike does not take kindly to the fact that decisions have been made and contracts have been signed, without his consent or knowledge.
It is John and Olivia who begin to suspect that she is drinking, but things come to a head when she is driving home and has run off the road, because she is drunk, and Elizabeth is forced to drive the rest of the way home. John demands to know why Elizabeth is driving. She tries to cover for Corabeth, but it is Aimee tells the truth...that her mother is drunk. Corabeth finally asks for help in dealing with her problem, and Ike and Aimee reaffirm that they will stand by her and help her too.
Written by Ray Cunneff; directed by Ralph Waite.
Guests: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth), Rachel Longaker (Aimee Godsey), Helen Kleeb (Miss Mamie), Mary Jackson (Miss Emily), Bronia Wheeler (Woman).
The Illusion (First aired: 16th November 1978)
Racial intolerance raises it head in several forms on Waltons Mountain during this episode. Ike is displaying his Roll of Honor for the Waltons Mountain community men who are serving in the war. Verdie Grant Foster notices that the names of the black men or "coloreds" as they were known, are separate from those of the white men. Verdie is a little concerned too, to find that her letter to her daughter has been returned and is stamped "address unknown". Olivia is about to join the other white women who are rolling bandages, and she suggests that Verdie could get the colored women together to form their own group for the war effort. Erin and Jason actually run into Esther walking home to Verdie's and Verdie is astounded to hear her say that she is home to stay. She apparently had been a very successful business woman.
There is a lot of talk about J.D. Pickett changing his plant into a defence plant and many people are trying to get jobs there. Erin has been employed there, but she finds conditions there very difficult. Erin thinks that Esther Grant would be a perfect person to work there, employing the right people for the right job. It comes out though, that Esther has had some difficult times with white people refusing to put her into a position where she could hire and fire white people, even though she was quite qualified and brilliant at her work. Finally Erin and Esther persuade Pickett to give her a go. Verdie also makes her view known to Ike when she announces that he should put her son's name in the right spot, or else take it off the Honour Roll altogether!
Written by John McGreevey; directed by Walter Alzmann.
Guests: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth), Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Foster), Todd Bridges (Josh Foster), Joan Pringle (Esther Grant), Lewis Arquette (J.D. Pickett).
The Beau (First aired: 23rd November 1978)
An old beau of Grandma's makes contact with her, expressing his condolences on Zeb's passing. He seems to understand exactly how she feels, having gone through the similar experiences of losing his life partner, and also having suffered a stroke some years before. The older couple begin dating, much to Elizabeth's dismay. Grandma seems to look on the relationship more as a friendship than anything else, but Marcus Dane seems to be looking ahead to making a new life with Esther. She, on the other hand, comes to realise that her heart is on the mountain and with Zeb.
When Corabeth announces to Jim Bob, that petrol rationing is about to be introduced, he considers the possibility of being able to fuel cars with alcohol. He persuades Yancy Tucker to use his moonshine still to make this alcohol. An alcoholic fuel is finally made and Jim Bob's car does indeed run with it. John, however, is concerned about the fact that they made the still in the first place, irrespective of the fact that it was designed and built to make fuel. Finally, during the last few minutes of the show, we are told that Chance came upon the still and is now in the barn drunk!
Written by D.C.Fontana & Richard Fontana; directed by Gwen Arner.
Guests: Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth), Arthur Space (Marcus Dane), Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), Lisa Lindgren (Tanya Bowman).
Day of Infamy (First aired: 7th December 1978)
This episode is set not long before Christmas in 1941. Mary Ellen is discussing with Olivia, her move to Pearl Harbour to be with Curt. Other family members and friends are talking of their own plans for the day and the coming times. During the afternoon though, news comes across the radio, that Pearl Harbour has been attacked. Not knowing whether Curt has been involved or not, all the Walton family members head home to wait for further news.
As the war hits home to Waltons Mountain, each of the Walton boys discuss which of the forces they would like to join. Olivia comes to realise that the war now means that she will need to watch her boys head off one by one to the war. John makes it clear though, that for the time being he needs their help at the mill. War is officially declared on Japan, and Verdie arrives to say that her Jodie was only injured during the bombing. When Jim Bob arrives home it is with a telegram for Mary Ellen, telling her the grim news, that her husband, Curt, has been killed whilst taking care of others wounded in the attack. Grandma comes out with a letter addressed to John Curtis, from his father, which had been given to her keeping before Curt went off to war.
We meet Cindy, for the first time, in this episode, as she arrives to pick Ben up for their date. Olivia doesn't seem very impressed with her, telling John that she looks "suggestive".
Written by Paul Savage; directed by Harry Harris.
Guests: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey), Lynn Hamilton (Verdie), Robin Eisenmann (Cindy), Tom Bower (Curt Willard), Norman Andrews (Theatre Manager), Sid Conrad (Professor), Walker Ed, Art Gilmore and Bud Hiestand (Announcers).
NOTE: Breaking with the "Goodnight John Boy" tradition, this episode contained no goodnights.
The Yearning (First aired: 14th December 1978)
The new Minister at Waltons Mountain just moves into his new home, when he has to move out again, due to a skunk which has taken up residence under his floor. He moves into the Walton home. During his time here he becomes aware that Elizabeth has a crush on him. At first he thinks that it is Erin who likes him, but gradually he comes to realise that it is Elizabeth. He talks to her telling her that she is like a sister to him and that the gifts she left for him made him feel like he was being visited by a little elf. Needless to say, Elizabeth is mortified!
The Baldwin ladies are busy trying to translate "Papa's diaries" into a book called "The Ballad of the Baldwins". They also consider the possibility of turning this book into a movie, with Bette Davis playing Miss Mamie and Katharine Hepburn playing Miss Emily. We learn here that Miss Mamie also had a beau, named Octavius Fairweather. During the reading of the diaries, it comes to light that Ashley Longworth had written Miss Emily a letter, but her Papa had sent him away and hidden the letter where she never would find it. Because she is so angry with the Judge, she removes his portrait from the wall, but in doing so, she discovers the letter tucked in behind it. The letter from Ashley explains that he is being sent away, but that he has left her a token of his affection in the tree where they first kissed. When the sisters and Erin reach the tree, they discover the ring Ashley had left for Miss Emily.
Written by Juliet Packer; directed by Nell Cox.
Guests: Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth), Helen Kleeb (Miss Mamie), Mary Jackson (Miss Emily), Sean Thomas Roche (Reverend Andy March).
The Boosters (First aired: 28th December 1978)
John Walton is upset when Ben begins to make decisions about the mill, without consulting him. Ben, on the other hand, is upset by John's attitude and moves out of home, into Zuleika Dunbar's boarding house (the old boarding house of Flossie Brimmer) and tries a business venture of his own. He and the Godsey's discuss the possibility of developing an open court, but although they get the loan, and the support of the Waltons Mountain people, with the exception of John Walton, they are not able to go ahead with their development because a War Department has deemed the venture non essential. Not to be stymied though, Ben then proposes that they move some of the housing from the old Guthrie Mine site, which they do. Although it is not the success they had hoped for, they do eventually find tennants for the cottage and Ben returns to the Walton Lumber Mill as manager, with John offering him $25 a week with room and board thrown in.
The subplot has Yancy Tucker earning a Bachelor of Barbering by correspondence. Although Ike presents Yancy with his diploma, and a barber chair, nobody is game to let Yancy show off his skills on them.
Written by Robert Pirosh; directed by Harry Harris.
Guests: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth), Helen Kleeb (Miss Mamie), Mary Jackson (Miss Emily), Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), Pearl Shear (Zuleika Dunbar), Llynn Storer (Man 1), Gordon Hodgins (Man 2).
The Conscience (First aired: 4th January 1979)
John Boy is currently serving in London, as an army reporter with the Stars and Stripes newspaper, and both Ben and Jim Bob also wish to follow his lead and join up. Ben is told by his father that he is needed at the mill though, and Jim Bob is simply too young to join up, so he heads off to get an army tattoo. His parents aren't too happy when he finally tells them, and John reminds him that he will need to live with the tattoo, and his mother's opinion of it, for the rest of his life.
On the other hand, Jason is being pressured to join up, but is trying to put off the decision until he graduates. He is concerned about the possibility of having to kill another man, and Mary Ellen discusses the possibility of his becoming a conscientious objector, given his feelings. Ben is upset about Jason's decision, and when two local boys overhear Jason's plan, they begin taunting him and eventually Ben forces the issue and a fight breaks out.
Jason is torn between doing what he feels is right, or going along with what everyone else is doing. John discusses his own feelings of killing during war times, and also reminds him that Zeb also fought in a war, and mentioned the reasons why. With this food for thought, Jason heads up the mountain and finally comes to decision that he will finish College, then will join up in the army.
Written by Michael McGreevey; directed by Gwen Arner.
Guests: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey), Hal Bokar (Sgt. Gates), David Hunt Stafford (Lieutenant Billy Streeter), Sean Michael Rice (Bert), Wayne Northrop (Jeb), Edwin Owens (Drill Sergeant).
The Obstacle (First aired: 11th January 1979)
Mary Ellen and Erin arrive at their home with a letter from John Boy, and just in time to see Ben and Ike rehearsing an act which they plan to audition for the USO. The letter from John Boy, who is based in London and is now writing for the "Stars and Stripes" newspaper. John Boy mentions that he is concerned about his old college friend, Mike Paxton, who has been injured during the war, but has not written back to him. As Mike has been transferred to a hospital near Richmond, Mary Ellen decides to find out what she can about Mike's condition. She discovers him in a wheel chair, and his doctor tells her that Mike is ready to leave hospital but is very concerned about other people's reactions to him. Mary Ellen suggests that he come to stay at Waltons Mountain with her family.
He arrives at the Walton home to find a family who are happy to help build his confidence in himself and who tell him a few home truths about feeling sorry for himself. Both John and Olivia have several jobs which they wish Mike to help with, and being useful brings back some of his confidence. His new found confidence takes a bit of a beating though, when he approaches J.D. Pickett for a job. Pickett says that until he can drive himself there, and walk up to the office, he will not give him a job. Naturally the Walton family band together to help Mike comply with these conditions and he is finally able to manage to do what Pickett asks of him. J.D. reluctantly gives him a job.
In the meantime Ike and Ben continue with their rehearsals and after some very nervous moments, they audition their act with great success.
Written by Curtis Dwight; directed by William Bushnell Jr.
Guests: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Dennis Redfield (Mike Paxton), Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis).
(First aired: 18th January 1979)
John Walton is working away from his family and Olivia is becoming very concerned about how the workload is affecting him and his health. Olivia is a bit concerned about her own health too. Neither John nor Olivia are really comfortable being apart from one another so Jason suggests that perhaps John could take Olivia with him on his next business trip, which he does. At Charlottesville, when John realises that Olivia's forehead is quite hot, she suggests that the pair of them drive over to Alberene and see her Aunt Kate's doctor. The Doctor gives John the all clear, and Olivia too, after doing some tests, but we see the Doctor and Aunt Kate exchange glances as John and Olivia leave.
John takes Olivia on a surprise vacation to the beach, where the two can rest and relax. They arrive home, both feeling much better, however before they have even unpacked, Aunt Kate arrives to tell them that Olivia has the early stages of tuberculosis and must go to a sanitorium near Alberene. The family is devestated but realises that she does need to go.
Olivia is ready to leave the next morning, with Aunt Kate, and she heads downstairs to find her family looking very down. She tells her family to just pretend that she is off to Ike's to buy groceries, instead of looking so forlorn. Jim Bob has been practising a song, Beautiful Dreamer, on an accordian given to him by Zuleika Dunbar, and he plays it for his Mama just as she is leaving, then can't hold back a hug. The others all follow with hugs and kisses of their own and finally, Olivia and Aunt Kate leave.
It is during this episode that Elizabeth is learning to cook, with Grandma teaching her, but her cake doesn't quite taste the way Elizabeth believes that Grandma's does. She wonders what she is doing wrong, and finally Grandma takes a bottle from a cupboard and lets Elizabeth in on the secret ingredient which she has always added to this cake...a little of "the recipe".
Written by Kathleen Hite; directed by Harry Harris.
Guests: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth), Neva Patterson (Aunt Kate), Booth Colman (Dr. Caldwell), Barbara Tarbuck (Sales lady).
NOTE 1: This episode was the final one for the season which Michael Learned appeared. She reappeared intermittently during the final two seasons.
NOTE 2: Aunt Kate, we are told, is Olivia's mother's younger sister.
Burden (First aired: 25th January 1979)
John Walton is concerned that Jim Bob is getting a bad reputation because he has been running around with bad company since Olivia left home. Corabeth is very nearly a victim of Jim Bob's reckless driving when he nearly runs into her outside Godsey's Hall. Being Corabeth, she heads straight to the Walton home to tell John just how fast and recklessly his son was driving. Jim Bob hears the tail end of her complaints and defends himself by saying the brakes weren't working. John orders him to fix them. Jim Bob does so, but just jacks the car up so that he can get under the car to look at the brakes, and suddenly the jack gives way with Jim Bob underneath. The family is able to move the car off Jim Bob and he escapes unhurt, but believes it is a sign from God to do something constructive with his life and to stop with the wild ways.
And so, Jim Bob decides to become a preacher. This is announced to both Jim Bob's family and the church congregation, by the new minister on Sunday morning. Jim Bob receives a lot of teasing from his family about his newly chosen career, but continues to believe that he is meant to become a minister. He does run into trouble though, when he goes to enrol in ministry courses, and finds that he needs to have an undergraduate degree first!
He returns home and gives all his worldly possessions to his brothers and sisters, then decides to leave home to spread the word of the Lord. On his way he runs into his old friend, who is drunk, and tricks Jim Bob into fighting with him in the Church, then ridicules him for being "holier than thou". At the Walton house, they have found the note Jim Bob left for them, and Grandma is left feeling guilty that she may have encouraged him to leave. John goes searching for Jim Bob and Jim Bob finally tells him that he has been feeling guilty over so many things that have happened to his family: his Mama and Grandma getting sick, and Grandpa's and Curt's death. He feels responsible for these things, and thinks that if he were a better person, none of them would have happened. With John now realising where Jim Bob's problems are coming from, he is now able to comfort his younger son and reassure him that these things were nobody's fault.
Written by E.F.Wallengren; directed by Harry Harris.
Guests: Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth), Ivor Francis (Professor Hoadley), Tony Moran (Tinker), Nolan Leary (Reverend Bradshaw).
NOTE 1: Corabeth claims that her brother Albert, is a minister.
NOTE 2: The Reverend Bradshaw, the new minister on Waltons Mountain, is introduced in this episode.
NOTE 3: During this episode, Grandma gives Jim Bob a bible which has the following inscription: "To our beloved Esther on the day of your baptism, July 11, 1883. Love, Mama and Papa."
(First aired: 8th February 1979)
Ben has taken up photography as a hobby and to finish a roll of film, he takes a snap of Erin, dressed in very short shorts, and lounging on the piano stool. When they are developed, Ike has seen them and suggests that Ben send them into the local newspaper, which he does, completely forgetting that the snap of Erin is in there too. It is the photo of Erin that is published, and on the front page too, no less, and with the title of "Jefferson County Cutie"! Needless to say, John and Olivia, who has also seen the picture, are very upset with both Ben and Erin for allowing this to happen. Erin, however, begins to receive many letters from lonely soldiers at Camp Lee. John, on the other hand, is dismayed when he arrives down at the camp on business, to find that Erin's photo is in just about every soldier's locker.
Mary Ellen is having her own problems following her return to work. She feels that she should not work in case something happens to him. She regards John Curtis as being her link to her husband, Curt, who has recently died. Following the accidental death of another young child at the hospital where she is working, she heads home and is distraught that nobody seems to know where John Curtis is. Corabeth returns him and Mary Ellen leaves her job to once again become a full time mother. John tells her that she can not, and should not, make John Curtis her whole life. David Spencer also visits her, to try to get Mary Ellen to return to the hospital. They both accuse Mary Ellen of being over protective.
Back at Camp Lee, Lieutenant Oler asks John if Erin would be able to visit the Camp to attend a dance, but John will not agree until Mary Ellen points out that he is being overprotective. The Lieutenant finally arrives on the doorstep, hoping to change John's mind and finally he does relent, after being reassured that nothing at all will happen to Erin. The whole camp looks on her as being the beautiful girl next door. After Erin leaves, Mary Ellen discovers John Curtis missing, and they finally locate him on the bridge at Drucilla's Pond.
Written by Juliet Packer; directed by Larry Stewart.
Guests: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth), Christopher Woods (David Spencer), Carol Jones (Joanne), David Hinton (Private), Kevin Lee Miller (Private Wallace), Kip Niven (Lt. Clarke Oler).
NOTE 1: Carol Jones will return to Waltons Mountain in the season 9 episode "The Victims" where she plays Laurie Ellis.
NOTE 2: Kip Niven would also return to the Mountain, in "The Beginning" (Season 9) playing the new preacher Tom Marshall.
(First aired: 15th February 1979)
We learn that Ike is concerned about food shortages and the rationing which is occurring due to the war and these pressures cause Ike to have a severe heart attack. He is taken to hospital where David Spencer tells him that he will recover providing he rests. Corabeth is still concerned though, because apparently her father was told a similar thing following a heart attack, but he died shortly after. She determines that she and Ike should sell the store and buy a cottage near the sea where Corabeth can care for Ike.
The younger Walton children look after the store while Ike is in hospital, and Ben and Jim Bob decide that as there is a shortage of suger, they could make molassess from sorgum which grows on the mountain. They find it very hard work though, for rather a small return.
When John visits Ike, he is told by Ike that it is Corabeth who wants to sell the store, but he really doesn't. He makes a will which he asks John to be Executor for and tells John that he has been the best friend he ever had. Ike discovers Corabeth's real feelings towards him when she tells him that she has been lost without him. Ike agrees to sell the store, to placate Corabeth, and we see some men looking over the store with the intention of buying it.
When Ike and Corabeth arrive home, he is greeted by the Walton children and learn of the help they have given him in the store. The couple tell the children that they plan to sell and move, but when the man buying the store begins to outline the "improvements" he intends to make, Ike puts his foot down and says that he would rather keep working than live out the rest of his life in a rocking chair, simply waiting to die. Corabeth realises that his heart is on Waltons Mountain and agrees to stay there in the store too.
Written by E.F.Wallengren; directed by Harry Harris.
Guests: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth), Christopher Woods (David Spencer), Merie Earle (Maude Gormley), Lew Brown (Ed Whipple), Stanley Grover (Bill Shyder), Kenny Marquis (Clarence).
(First aired: 22nd February 1979)
Erin sets off to help the Baldwin ladies write their memoirs. The sisters are discussing how much space should be devoted to Ashley Longworth. While Erin is walking to their home she is splashed with mud by a passing car, the driver of which hops out to apologise. He tells her that he is heading to the Baldwin home, then introduces himself as Ashley Longworth. Miss Mamie claims that he is the image of his father, and Miss Emily simply faints, believing him to be the much loved Ashley Longworth, who courted her so long ago.
Miss Emily continues to think that Ashley Jr is really her suitor and begins wearing her hair and clothing, as if she were a young girl again. In the meantime though, Ashley Longworth Jr. becomes interested in Erin and the two plan to see each other. It is complicated by the fact that Miss Emily refuses to believe that this Ashley here is not the same one as she loved so long ago.
John finally contacts Olivia when he becomes concerned about both Erin and Elizabeth. Elizabeth has been fretting about her looks and wonders whether she should begin wearing a bra, while Erin is upset after Ashley fails to arrive for a date. The truth is that his car is stuck in the mud after he and Miss Emily took a short cut! Fortunately Elizabeth's worries are alleviated when John arrives home from visiting Olivia, with a very pretty camisole for her.
Ashley arrive first thing the next morning to explain everything to Erin and while they take a walk they are spotted by Miss Emily, who arrives at her and Ashley's secret place to find Ashley Jr. and Erin kissing. Naturally she is very shocked and upset. The pair try to explain it all to Miss Emily and Ashley tells her that she was his father's first love, and gives her a letter that his father wrote to her before he died.
Guests: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth), Helen Kleeb (Miss Mamie), Mary Jackson (Miss Emily), Jonathon Frakes (Ashley Longworth Jr.).
NOTE 1: The story idea for this episode was by Michael Learned.
NOTE 2: We learn that Ashley Longworth Senior was in the diplomatic corps.
NOTE 3: We see Jonathon Frakes again as Ashley Longworth Junior in other episodes of The Waltons. He would go on to become very well known for his Star Trek movies, in which he played the part of Commander William T. Riker.
(First aired: 1st March 1979)
Ben arrives home around 3 o'clock one Saturday morning, loudly blowing the car horn. After carrying a young lady, who nobody in the family have met before, over the threshold of the Walton home, he happily announces to the family that he and Cindy, were married in Maryland, where they didn't need to wait for a license. Cindy tells his family that she loves Ben and is looking forward to having brothers, sisters and a grandmother, and with that Cindy throws her bouquet, quickly picked up off the floor by Elizabeth, and the young couple head out to the shed, leaving a very dazed family watching them leave.
At breakfast the next morning, John's main concern is what he should tell Olivia, and he insists that Ben ring her immediately, before she hears it from someone else. John also explains to Ben that the family is disappointed that they were left out of the wedding. Ben rings Olivia, tells her, then sets about making breakfast for his new wife, and assures both John and Olivia that they married because they loved each other, not because Cindy was pregnant. The family decide to prepare a special celebratory dinner and give the young couple several gifts to start their new life together with.
Problems quickly arise for the newly weds though, when Ben begins to tell Cindy what to do all the time. He dislikes that she used her own money to buy a record player, and insists that she will only use his money to live. Cindy is from a wealthy family though, and says that her father sends her an allowance each month and she should be able to use it. After several more "teething problems" Ben announces that Cindy will be leaving, but Grandma marches him out to the shed and helps the pair see that while they do love each other, they also need to respect each other, as she and Zeb did all those years ago. They need to learn to give and take. Cindy says that she agrees...it's alright for Ben to give his opinion, but he needs to allow her to fix up their home in a way that they both agree on.
Meanwhile, Corabeth has received a letter from a relation telling her that a fountain from an old estate that she used to remember during her childhood at Doe Hill is now for sale. She wants Ike to buy the fountain for her, but when Ike comes home with the fountain, which he has bought for just $15, Corabeth says that it is not the same one she remembers and to get rid of it. Ike doesn't listen to her though and goes ahead restoring the fountain and setting it up properly. He takes Corabeth out for a night stroll, shows her the fountain, and she is taken back to her childhood memories once more.
Written by Robert Pirosh; directed by Philip Leacock.
Guests: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth), Lesley Winston (Cindy).
NOTE: Lesley Winston joined the regular cast of The Waltons in this episode. She would continue to appear until the end of the series, and also appeared in each of the movie specials. Ben and Cindy were married in 1942.
(First aired: 8th March 1979)
Jason is concerned when the owner of the Dew Drop Inn, Thelma, sells her business and moves to California. He is worried that he may not be able to pay for his expenses if the new owner does not keep him. He meets the new owner, who does agree to keep employing him, but only after she has heard him play. She mentions her plans to refurbish so naturally, Jason mentions his father's lumber business. It is only when John arrives to discuss the arrangements that he realises that it is Callie May, an old school friend. It is Ike who remembers that John and Callie May dated after problems between Olivia's parents and John. As John and Callie May start the renovations though, they argue, because each has their own ideas.
The family becomes concerned when Callie May seems to have her sights set on stealing John away from Olivia. Mary Ellen tells him that she knows what it is like to feel lonely. Callie May has a change of heart though after a confrontation with Ike and meeting John's family. She tells John that even though Olivia is away from him, she is really still with him.
Written by Rod Peterson; directed by David Wheeler.
Guests: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth), Lesley Winston (Cindy), Dorothy Tristan (Callie May Jordan), Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis), Christopher Carroll (Sergeant), Wyatt Knight (Soldier 1), Daniel Zippe (Soldier 2).
The Tailspin (First aired: 15th March 1979)
This episode opens with Jim Bob flying a paper aeroplane near his father, who notices that it is actually an English paper with an F on it. John is not at all happy with Jim Bob for failing English, especially when he discovers that his other subjects aren't doing well either. Elizabeth suggests that Corabeth might help, and Jim Bob reluctantly asks her. Things continue to go badly for Jim Bob when he is stopped by a police officer who noticed that he ran a stop sign. It is discovered that his license has expired, and a subsequent vision test shows that Jim Bob does not have the 20/20 vision he needs to become a pilot, the dream he has had forever.
The depressed Jim Bob decides that he may as well give up his dream and wants to quit school now and join the army, however John refuses to sign the papers. Further problems arise when John is visited by Corabeth who says she hopes that Jim Bob will return to his studies when he feels better. Jim Bob overhears and says many things which hurt Corabeth deeply. John is so angry with his son that he signs the forms. On his way to sign up Jim Bob meets Corabeth whose car has a flat tyre. As Jim Bob changes the tyre for her, she tells him about her own dreams and how they didn't come to fruition, but she is able to keep a part of her dreams alive by acting and speaking the way she does. She urges him not to give up his dreams completely. He arrives home, without enlisting, with an airplane propellor and announces that he is going to build an airplane in preparation for a new career.
The subplot sees an old friend of Curt's arriving to meet Mary Ellen. Chuck Turner is obviously attracted to her, but she tries to get Erin interested him. Erin finally persuades Mary Ellen that she is not interested in Chuck, although he is very nice, and finally Mary Ellen realises that she, in fact, is the one who has things in common with him, and enjoys his company.
Written by Claire Whittaker; directed by Walter Alzman.
Guests: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth), Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis), Kevin Geer (Chuck Turner), Barry Cahill (Buck Vernon), John Lawrence (Deputy), Jerry Hoffman (Dr. Canfield).
Founders' Day (First aired: 22nd March 1979)
Jason is struggling to compose a piece for his final music exams. The piece needs to be a classically based piece, but it just isn't going right. He keeps being interrupted by his well meaning family, and finally he arrives at the Baldwin's home, hoping for peace and quiet. They, however, are considering how their historical papers and other things should be looked after following their deaths, and the big question...Who should be entrusted with "the recipe"? They decide that perhaps a celebration for the pioneers of the mountain is in order. They have found an old document showing that their family was the first on the mountain. Perhaps it should be called Baldwin's Mountain, they claim. A little while later Ike Godsey comes up with a record from his family, which shows that it was his ancestor who was the first settler, and so perhaps it should be called Godsey's Mountain!
Grandma finally produces her own family relic, Rome Walton's diary, where it says that Fitius Baldwin arrived during Rome's "second freezing winter on the Mountain in the year 1766", bring with him "the finest whiskey he had ever tasted", and later that " Isaac Walton took supper during Rome's tenth year on the Mountain". Having settled this it is agreed that the Founder's Day celebration be held at the Walton home.
Jason continues to struggle with his composition, and finally confides in his father, saying that he is finding the rigid rules set down very confining. John listens and then tells him to follow his heart and so Jason finally comes up with a new composition with a more "mountain" feel to it, which he calls Appalachian Portrait. When Jason shows his professor at Klineberg Conservatory though, he is very angry that Jason has not followed the classical musical conventions stipulated. Jason invites him to the Founder's Day celebrations, an invitation that John also extends, but the Professor seems unbending. Elizabeth leaves him with a book, hoping to show him where Jason is coming from. Professor Bowen does finally arrive for the celebrations, congratulates Jason on his composition, which Jason then plays.
During Jason's playing of the Appalachian Portrait, there is a lengthy monologue by John Boy as a man describing his family and neighbours:
"Grandpa, in memory I touch your face, a distance from me now, I feel you near.
The Coyote will disappear from the earth, and the whooping crane will follow the passenger
pigeon, but you will endure through all of time. Grandma, I touch your hand, and when I do
I touch the past. I touch all the small ships that brought us to this country, and all the
strong brave women who faced a frontier and made it home.
(Olivia and John) - Strength and love came together here, so not the same they did not
seem a pair, bound together they were so much one, all I ever want is what they've had so
long, and lived so well.
(Jason) - A brother with an alien name, the ancient Jason went searching for the Golden
Fleece, our Jason makes voyages every day, and never leaves the mountain.
(Mary Ellen) - A first baseman grown to wife and mother, soft and stronger as she grew.
(Ben) - A temper always at the ready hides the best of him, but I know my brother as my
(Erin) - A pretty girl deepens into beauty, impatient for time to pass and bring her
(Jim Bob) - His head most often in the clouds causes the rest of him to stumble, but
seldom really fall.
(Elizabeth) - A little sister full of wonder and far enough behind to be a joy.
(Ike and Corabeth) - And closest family were our neighbors, linked to us in ties as
strong as blood.
(The Baldwins) - Gentility and graciousness lived there too, the past flowing into the present, the present blending with yesterday."
Written by Kathleen Hite; directed by Ralph Waite.
Guests: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth), Lesley Winston (Cindy), Helen Kleeb (Miss Mamie), Mary Jackson (Miss Emily), Dean Jagger (Professor Bowen), Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis), John Dayton (Music Student), Hank Stohr (Radio Announcer).
NOTE 1: The Waltons say that Rome Walton was the first settler on Walton's Mountain, arriving in 1765.
NOTE 2: The Baldwins say Fitius Baldwin was the first settler in the area.
NOTE 3: Ike says that his ancestor, Isaac Edelbert Godsey, was the first settler on