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    Original Airdate: November 21, 1993
Writers:Claire Whitaker and Rod Peterson
Director:Harry Harris

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Main Cast: Ralph Waite (John); Michael Learned (Olivia); Richard Thomas (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 Appearance: Ellen Corby (Grandma)

Also Starring: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey) and Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey)

Special Guest Stars: Tony Becker (Drew), Steven Culp (Jeff Dulaney), Lisa Harrison (Toni Walton), Kate McNeil (Janet Gilchrist), Peggy Rea (Rose), Leslie Winston (Cindy) Mary Jackson (Miss Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Miss Mamie Baldwin)

Guest Starring: James Karen (Assistant D.A. Al Sampson), Stanley Grover (Sheriff Gilmore), Christian Cousins (Clay)

Co-Starring: Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Grant), Emily Ann Lloyd (Katie), Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), Peter Fox (Reverend Moseley), Rachel Longaker (Aimee Godsey), Joseph Chapman (Newsman)


"The symbol of family for all of us, this old house, remained the center of our lives even though we children had moved away. I was living in New York City, and Elizabeth was traveling abroad. All my other brothers and sisters made their homes within a few miles of Waltons Mountain. For me, coming home was remembering what was real and meaningful, even when outside events turned everything upside down, the way they did in November of 1963."


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.


  "That Thanksgiving, with all its heartache and uncertanty stands out as one we will never forget. As far as I know, my mother and father never again talked of moving from the house where we'd all grown up. It still stands, generous in its love, filled with memories, and always ready to welcome us home."

Show Notes:

  • As the love interest for John-Boy, Janet Gilchrist/Walton appears here for the first time and would play a major part in this trio of movies. She is an editor for Harper’s Bazaar magazine.
  • Cindy appears for the last time.
  • Yancy Tucker appears for the last time.
  • Peter Fox had previously played Reverend Hank Buchanan in the original series' Seasons 6 and 7. He now plays Reverend Moseley/Mosely.
  • Aimee Godsey is being portrayed by the original actress, Rachel Longaker, for the character's final appearance in The Waltons.
  • Mary Ellen is the mother of two children, Clay and Katie. No mention is made of the whereabouts of John-Curtis or the fact that Mary Ellen could not have children after her accident on her honeymoon with Jonesy.
  • Ben and Cindy have lost Virginia. Cindy wants to adopt but Ben is against it. No mention is made of the whereabouts of Charles 'Charlie' Benjamin, their first-born son.
  • Two of Jason and Toni's three boys are named after country-western singers, Roy (for Roy Acuff) and Merle (for Merle Haggard). The third boy's name is not mentioned.

Additional Credits:

  Music: Alexander Courage Director of Photography: Chuck Arnold. Art Director: Ray Markham. Edited by Bob Bring A.C.E.. Produced by Sam Manners. Based Upon Characters Created by Earl Hamner. Earl Hamner (Executive Producer), Lee Rich (Executive Producer), Bruce Sallan (Executive Producer), Max Stein (Unit Production Manager), Edward Vaughan (First Assistant Director), Jim Fitzpatrick (Second Assistant Director), Barbara Miller C.S.A. (Executive In Charge of Casting), Theodore S. Hann C.S.A. (Casting), Tom Pedigo (Set Decorator), Art Lipschultz (Property Master), John Inzerella (Make-Up Artist), Linda Leiter Sharp (Hair Stylist), Doris Alaimo (Women's Costumer), Patrick Norris (Men's Costumer), Jules Mann Stewart (Script Supervisor), Mitch Binder (Production Consultant), Mark Ulano (Sound Mixer), Diane Griffen (Music Editor), Gregory Sill (Music Supervisor), Jeremy Hoenack C.A.S. M.P.S.E. (Supervising Sound Editor), Camera and Lenses by Panavision®, CFI (Laboratory and Opticals), Sound Trax (Sound Editing and Recording), Anderson Video (Post Production Facility), The Lee Rich Company, Amanda Productions in association with, Warner Bros. Television, Warner Bros. Pictures. © 1993 Warner Bros. Television.

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