Ep.12 - The Estrangement

  Original Airdate: December 4, 1975
Writers: Michael Russnow & Tony Kayden
Director: Harry Harris


  Vera Walton arrives on the Walton family's doorstep when her marriage begins to crumble after she and her husband are forced to move from the country to the city. Wade can't make a go of the adjustment and has been distancing himself from his wife. Ben tries his luck selling seedlings to customers through magazine ads.


  "Sometimes people's lives would become entwined with ours for a brief time and then because of change or growth or the passage of time their lives would take different paths and we would never see or hear of them again. But there were occasions when people we had known in the past would reappear. I remember one such occasion, and it took us completely by surprise."



Vera Walton arrives by cab with her infant son Boys. She can't get the the hang of living in the city. She that her husband Wade has changed since they were forced to leave the Mountain

John-Boy arrives home late after supper. Vera blames Him for feeling Wade head with ideas

Wade gets off his shift at work and is met by an associate who asks him to hold on to an "order" in the back of his truck for a bit. When he arrives back at his house he is surprised to see John and John-Boy waiting for him and to hear the Vera had left him and has put her self up at the Walton's house. He is keeping up a strong appearance but he is over his head with work and the moonlighting he is doing to make ends meet. He sends the Walton men home with the message for Vera to return home.

At work the next day, his manager calls him to his office to discuss the drop in his job performance. Wade gets hot headed and quits his job as a lathe worker. Back at home his friend tells him that they need to make a run with the "order". John-Boy meets him at his house later and learns that he has been running moonshine for his Uncle Boone. Sheriff Bridges arrives and arrests Wade for running moonshine. When John-Boy reports the situation to his father he tells him to find Boone and demand that he get Wad out of jail. John-Boy brings Wade back to the Walton’s home after he is released but Wade’s initial attempt to reach out to his wife end’s in failure. John gives him an ultimatum with an offer to work in his new mill until he can get his lube and family back in order. Wade storms off for a long walk and returns after the family including Vera have sat down for dinner. Wade has made up his mind that maybe he and Vera were never meant for life in town and he promises to build the home on the side of the mountain he always promised for Vera. The news comes as a welcome relief to his wife and he joins them at the table.

Secondary Story:


Ben engages the help of Jim-Bob and Elizabeth to help him in his tree farm enterprise. He ships off his small saplings to customers throughout the southern states. Unfortunately he has send them before they were robust enough to be transplanted. When the customers complain Sheriff Bridges come to put a stop to Ben’s operation.


  "In time Wade earned enough through his wages at the mill to open his own woodcarving shop in the house he had long planned to build. Now that he was able to follow the work he loved most he became the husband and the father he had always planned to be on the day he and Vera were married."

Episode Notes & Interesting Facts:

  • This is the second appearance of Wade and Vera Walton. They previously appeared in The Conflict (s3-ep1). They are Kin who are forced off their Blue Ridge mountain home when the parkway is built through their property.
  • They now live in Brightwood.

Additional Cast:


Guest Stars: Lindsay V. Jones (Vera), Richard Hatch (Wade)with: John Crawford (Sheriff Bridges), Burton Gilliam (Paulson), John Bellah (Corky), Tom Bush (The Worker), Paul Linke (Pete)

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