Ep.3 - The Separation

  Original Airdate: September 27, 1973
Teleplay: Richard Carr
Story: Ellen Corby
Director: Philip Leacock


  "Whenever I think back on Walton's Mountain and about my family I remember mostly the feeling of love and the happiness we all shared. But though the mountain never changed, there were times, rare times, when those we thought the closest found themselves at odds. It happens in all families I suppose, and it happened one day in ours."




Mary Ellen is looking forward to going to a dance at the Livery Stable. The Caller for the dance is Fred Hansen who Grandma used to dance with. Grandpa is a bit jealous of him but Grandma says she always saved the last waltz for Zeb. "My Wild Irish Rose".

A man from the Jefferson County Electric Company arrives to turn off the power when the Waltons can't make their overdue payment.

Grandpa goes off to buy some candles at Ike's store but on the way he has the idea of offering to fix the Baldwin's drain pipes for $2.50 They agree and as part of the arrangement they go into Charlotteville together. Grandma gets worried when he doesn't return as expected.


The Baldwin sisters ask Zeb to make their final stop at Harper's Drugstore. They give him some of their Papa's 1925 batch of the recipe in exchange for which he gives them 3 chocolate sodas. Zeb buys some perfume for Esther for $0.39

Instead of listening to the powerless radio the children make shadow puppets on the wall of the living room. Grandma asks her son John if he has seen his father Zeb. John replies that he hasn't because he spent the day selling their hog. Grandma asks if they can look for Zeb. They make their way to the Baldwin house and are soon gretted by the return of the Baldwins and Grandpa from Charlottesville. On the way home Esther's anger leaves no opportunity for Grandpa to explain his actions. He decides to spend the night sleeping on Ike's pool table. In the morning the power is turned back on and Esther reralizes that she needs to take the first step in apologizing to Grandpa but when she arrives at Ike's store she learns that Grandpa has returned to the Baldwin's and Esther retreats back home as angry as ever. Grandpa has forgotten the perfume he bought for Esther at the Baldwins place. John-Boy meets Zeb on the road and he gives the perfume to him to pass on to Esther. Olivia has the idea to bring the two together at the barn dance. The whole family goes including Grandma who has a dance with her former dance partner Fred Hansen. Grandpa arrives to see the two dancing and in turn he asks Emily Baldwin for a dance but when the band begins to play "My Wild Irish Rose" Grandpa swallows his pride and asks Esther to dance to the song she always saved for him.


  "We are all dancers, in each of us there is a need to move to the beat of music, to circle, to tempt, to embrace, and finally to move together in pairs. And when all else of 1934 is forgotten I will still treasure this house, this year, and this night."

Episode Notes and Interesting Facts:

  • Ellen Corby (Grandma Walton) wrote this story.
  • The story and scenes from this episode were released as a 3-reel 3D Viewmaster set.

Additional Cast:


Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin), Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), John J. Fox (Mr. Harper), William Paterson (Fred Hansen), Ed Call (Electric Company Man), Ancel Cook (Anker Barnes)

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