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    Original Airdate: February 22, 1982
Teleplay: Marjorie Fowler
Story: Marjorie Fowler and Claylene Jones
Director: Lee Philips



Main Cast: Ralph Waite (John); Robert Wightman (John-Boy), Jon Walmsley (Jason); Judy Norton Taylor (Mary Ellen); Mary Beth McDonough (Erin); Eric Scott (Ben); David Harper (Jim Bob); Kami Cotler (Elizabeth)

Special Guest Star: Ellen Corby (Grandma)

Co-Starring: Leslie Winston (Cindy), Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin)

Guest Starring: Richard Gilliland (Jonesy), Kip Niven (Reverend Tom Marshall), Morgan Stevens (Paul Mathews Northridge), Louis Welch (Ashley Longworth Jr.), Joanna Kerns (Doris Marshall), Richard Eastham (Mr. Wesley Northridge), Tony Becker (Drew Cutler), Jerry Douglas (George Porter), Lew Horn (Charlie)

Featuring: David Friedman (John Curtis), Angel Rhodes (Virginia), Kristina Callahan, Robert Dryer (Tom Hurley), Paul Bareslou, Chuck Lindsly (Joe Hurley), Clay Lilley


"In 1947 the world was slowly recovering from the devastations of World War Two. My brothers and I had returned home safely, but my mother who had been our strength, became ill and was forced to move to Arizona to recuperate. My sister Erin, who had had more than her share of misery in matters of the heart, fell deeply in love with a young man who had become Ben's partner in the lumber business. But the path of true love is strewn with pitfalls, even on Waltons Mountain."


As the family prepares for Erin's marriage to Paul Northridge, Ashley Longworth Jr. returns and complicates Erin's decision.


  "My sister Erin's wedding is as clear in my memory as it is in my mother's, although neither of us were there. And that fact has caused me to marvel many times at the power of the human heart over mere time and space. There was a special bond of love in our family which brought us to that small church to witness the beginning of a marriage that's as strong today as it was then."

Show Notes:

  • The writer Marjorie Fowler was the picture editor during the run of the series.
  • Produced in 1981 and immediately followed Season 9 the first 3 specials unofficially represent the 10th season of The Waltons.
  • Louis Welch takes over the role of Ashley Longworth Jr. originally played by Jonathan Frakes.
  • David Friedman takes over the role of John Curtis.
  • Angel Rhodes takes over the role of Ginny (Virginia)

Opening Credits

  These credits take a bit of a departure from the main series style. An animated logo turns into a TV tube shape where we see sepia toned images of the cast. The music is decidely different. It features a trumpet riff with heavy strings provided the couter melody. This style would remain for the first 3 specials from 1982. Time: 1 minute 3 seconds  


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