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    Original Airdate: May 9, 1982
Writer:Juliet Packer
Director: Gwen Arner









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

Special Appearance: Michael Learned (Olivia)

Co-Starring: Leslie Winston (Cindy)

Guest Starring: John Considine (Dr. Coleman), Richard Gilliland (Jonesy), Kip Niven (Reverend Tom Marshall), DeAnna Robbins (Aimee Godsey), Morgan Stevens (Paul Mathews Northridge), Penelope Windust (Bernadene Norris), Tony Becker (Drew Cutler), Joanna Kerns (Doris Marshall),

Featuring: Angel Rhodes (Virginia), David Friedman (John Curtis), Gwen Van Dam (Nurse)


"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."


Mary Ellen marries Jonesy but then discovers sheis unable to bear more children. Ben and Cindy welcome the birth of their 2nd child. Aimee Godsey has difficulties finding her place as she matures into a woman. The family celebrates Mother's Day.


  "We would all spend other Mother's Days apart from her, but nothing has ever separated us from my mother's vibrant love, which continues to reach out to us across the miles and across the years."

Show Notes:

  • DeAnna Robbins plays the role of Aimee Godsey previously played by Rachel Longaker.


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 counter melody. This style would remain for the first 3 specials from 1982. Time: 1 minute 3 seconds  


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