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Season 7

Starring: Ralph Waite1, Michael Learned1 (1-15), Ellen Corby (1-3,6,9,10,14-16,20,232). Also starring: Jon Walmsley and Judy Norton-Taylor, Mary Beth McDonough and Eric Scott, David W. Harper and Kami Cotler. Executive Producers: Lee Rich and Earl Hamner. Created by Earl Hamner. Produced by Rod Peterson.

Earl Hamner (The Narrator).

Neil T. Maffeo (In Charge of Production 1,2), Edward O. Denault (Executive Production Supervisor 3-23), Claire Whitaker (Story Editor), Claylene Jones (Associate Producer), Jerry Goldsmith (The Waltons' Theme), Serge Haigneré (Director of Photography 1-10,12-23), Gene Talvin (Director of Photography 11), Carl Braunger (Art Director 1,2), Howard E. Johnson (Art Director 3-6), Ed Graves (Art Director 7-23), Bill Mosher A.C.E. (Editor 1,5,8,9,12,17,20,23), Ken Zemke (Editor 2,4,7), Marsh Hendry (Editor 3,6,10,13,16,19,22), John P. Farrell (Editor 11,15), Marshall Neilan (Editor 14,18,21), Walter Alzmann (Unit Production Manager 1-7,9-21,23), Ralph Ferrin (Unit Production Manager 8), Ralph Ferrin (First Assistant Director 1,2,4,6), Walt Gilmore (First Assistant Director 3,5,7-9,11,13,14,17,19,21,23), John Barnwell (First Assistant Director 10,12,15,16,18,20,22), Norman Stevens (Second Assistant Director 1-8), Ernie Santell (Second Assistant Director 9-23), Pam Polifroni (Casting), Ron Jeschke (Set Decorator 1,3-17), Jim Cane (Set Decorator 2), Barbara Down (Set Decorator 18-23), Arden Cleeland (Costume Supervisor), Shirley Brewton (Costumer), John McDonald (Costumer), Fred Westcott (Property Master), Harlan Riggs (Production Sound Mixer), Victor Guarnier (Sound Effects Editor), Dick Kupper (Sound Effects Editor 1-5,19-23), Jack Wheeler (Sound Effects Editor 6-8), John Jolliffe (Sound Effects Editor 9-13), Tom Burke (Sound Effects Editor 14-18), Ken Runyon (Music Editor), William Reynolds (Makeup Artist), Edith Lindon (Hair Stylist), Doris Hamner (Technical Consultant), Richard Chaffee (Script Supervisor 1-21), Robert Gary (Script Supervisor 22,23), Merle Miller (Electrical Gaffer), Jim Buchanan (Key Grip 1-13,15), Fred Arney (Key Grip 14,16-23), Rod McManus (Camera Operator 1-8), Bill Swearingen (Camera Operator 9-20), Richard Hutchings (Camera Operator 21), Joel King (Camera Operator 22,23), Al Rohm (Construction Coordinator), Jim White3 (Transportation Captain 1-4), Panavision®, Color by Movielab, Sandy Dvore (Main Titles), Filmed at The Burbank Studios Burbank California, Produced in association with Amanda Productions Inc.

Copyright © MCMLXXVIII [1978] Lorimar Productions Inc. (1-12)

Copyright © MCMLXXIX [1979] Lorimar Productions Inc. (13-23)

1 In the episodes where they both appear, Michael Learned and Ralph Waite alternate (roughly speaking) for first billing.
2 Ellen Corby is credited across all episodes but only appears in those indicated.
3 Spelled on episodes 1 and 4 as "Wite".

In many ways, Season 7 is the season of change in The Waltons and marks a watershed between two different eras of the show. Richard Thomas as John-Boy had already gone, of course, and Ellen Corby as Grandma was now in a much reduced role (in fact, it was only at Will Geer's insistence that Lorimar brought Corby back at all). What nobody knew at the end of Season 6 would be that we had also seen the last of Grandpa. Sadly, Will Geer died of respiratory failure on the evening of April 22, 1978, after being hospitalized for a month shortly after filming of the previous season had finished. Mercifully, Lorimar (a company never shy of the blatant recasting of characters) chose not to replace him. Indeed, the first episode ends with a sincerely meant (but ultimately rather artificial) segment where the individual characters pay tribute over Grandpa's (and, by proxy, Will Geer's) final resting place.

Additionally, Michael Learned had been finding the relentless grind of the production schedule arduous for some time. After the expiry of her previous contract, she had renewed for this season based on the understanding that she didn't have to complete the full nine-months shooting schedule. Relieved by her (as it turned out, temporary) departure from the show, Learned turned up on her last day of shooting armed with a wreath carrying the slogan: "In loving memory of Michael Learned's career – may it rest in peace"! On screen, it was explained (in the 15th episode, The Parting) that Olivia had developed TB and needed to spend time away from home in a sanitarium.

Also leaving the series was Curt, Mary Ellen's husband, played by Tom Bower. Presumably, the events of the episode Day of Infamy were supposed to be one of those surprise "bombshell" moments. But given it was 1941 and we had been told previously (in The Obsession) that Curt was being posted to Hawaii, I imagine few viewers weren't able to guess the likely fate awaiting him... Things would have been far more powerful if the Producers had omitted to tell us the specific location of the posting and just said that it was "abroad" (and not called the episode anything as blatant as Day of Infamy!) Having said that, the episode (broadcast on the exact day – December 7 – of the original attack on Pearl Harbor) is excellent, and a real tear-jerker. The last scene, where John reads a posthumous letter from Curt to his young son, John Curtis, is particularly wrenching.

Aside from the various exits from the show, on the way into the series was the bright 'n' breezy (and very pretty) Cindy, Ben's new bride. Playing likeable Cindy, Leslie Winston would take her place comfortably and easily around the dinner table and remain for the rest of the show's run.

Behind the scenes there was a major change too. Andy White departed as producer, and Rod Peterson, a former writer on the show (in partnership with his wife, Claire Whitaker), took over at the helm.

Two of the better stories this season both deal realistically with problems of addiction. In The Obsession, Mary Ellen gets her doctor friend (and ex-fiancé) David Spencer to surreptitiously supply her with some medicinal help to get through her final nursing exams, and ends up becoming hooked on that disastrous combination: amphetamines and sleeping pills. Later on in the season, in The Captive, Corabeth Godsey starts to feel her life is passing her by and begins drinking secretly to cheer herself up. Buoyed up with false confidence, she makes a specious decision to open an expensive dance studio with fees that are way above the means of her neighbors, and so nobody attends.

Another thought-provoking episode is The Illusion which deals with the color issue. Verdie's college-educated daughter, Esther, comes back home from the city having failed to find work in her chosen career. She spitefully blames her mother for encouraging her on a "white man's" path in life and instilling an unattainable dream inside her. The story puts both points of view across and ends with Verdie reminding her daughter, "We get knocked down a lot, but they can't count us out till we stop getting up."

As usual, some stories are less successful. The pragmatic Jim-Bob getting religion in The Burden is even more unbelievable than when Erin got the same delusions back in The Burn Out. David Harper (playing Jim-Bob) tries hard to "sell" the story, but in the end the implausible script fails him.

The special Halloween episode The Changeling would have been more credible if the ghostly events spooking the household weren't shown explicitly, and the viewer themselves left to guess whether they are: (1) indeed genuine, or (2) a plea for attention from Elizabeth, or perhaps (3) a prank by the boys. As we actually see the supernatural happenings, the audience can only assume they are genuine poltergeist activity (!) making this the strangest and most offbeat episode in the entire Waltons canon.

The final few moments of the season are a montage of shots of the cast of the series laid over a rather long (and syrupy) poem by Earl Hamner. This sequence has an air of finality about it, seemingly indicating that there were serious doubts amongst the production team that the show would be renewed for a further run.

The Empty Nest

Episode # 7.01 (143)1 – double length  {S7,D1,sA}
Written by Rod Peterson and Claire Whitaker
Directed by Philip Leacock
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast September 21, 1978, CBS   (UK: February 5 & 12, 1980, BBC2, in two-part version)

With: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey), Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin). Guest Starring: Michael Conrad (Matt Sarver), Jay W. MacIntosh (Betty Lou Sarver), Lou Frizzell (Joe Murdock), Dick Whittington (Mr. Pringle), Pearl Shear (Zuleika Dunbar), Peggy Rea2 (Mrs. Boren), Sima Conrad (The Secretary). Featuring: Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis).

1 Will Geer appears in old footage.
2 Peggy Rea would later go on to play regular Cousin Rose in Seasons 8 and 9.

As the family comes to grips with Grandpa's passing, John is invited to dinner and offered a lucrative job, but it means moving away from the mountain.

Grandpa's grave
Olivia dressed up for the evening

The Calling

Episode # 7.02 (144)  {S7,D1,sA}
Written by Kathleen Hite
Directed by Gwen Arner
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast September 28, 1978, CBS   (UK: February 19, 1980, BBC2)

With: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey), Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin). Guest Starring: Jeanette Nolan (Sister Scholastica), Mitzi Hoag (Sister Theresa), Bruce French (Beau Pauley) and Stacey Nelkin (Mary Frances Conover). Featuring: Peter Fox (Rev. Hank Buchanan), Marshall and Michael Reed (John-Curtis).

Jim-Bob falls hard for the Baldwin ladies' pretty young cousin who is visiting from a convent school, but her plans may not include long-term romance. Ben discovers he's taken on a millhand who has a drink problem.

Jim-Bob sports a new look
Trouble at mill: Beau Pauley

The Moonshiner

Episode # 7.03 (145)  {S7,D1,sA}
Written by Jeb Rosebrook
Directed by Lawrence Dobkin
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast October 12, 1978, CBS   (UK: February 26, 1980, BBC2)

With: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey), Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin). Guest Starring: Morgan Woodward (Boone)1, Ford Rainey (The Judge), Brandi Tucker (Melissa), Rachel Longaker (Aimee) and Deirdre Lenihan (Daisy).

1 Boone Walton had been previously seen in The Conflict in Season 3.

Convicted bootlegger Boone Walton has an unexpected friend: Jason, who hopes to guide him to a better life. John-Boy's old girlfriend, Daisy Garner, returns to the community, but with a little girl in tow.

Boone Walton in jail
Daisy Garner

The Obsession

Episode # 7.04 (146)  {S7,D1,sB}
Written by Juliet Packer
Directed by Gwen Arner
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast October 19, 1978, CBS   (UK: March 4, 1980, BBC2)

With: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey), Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin). Guest Starring: Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), Deirdre Lenihan (Daisy), Cissy Wellman (Sissy), Christopher Woods1 (David Spencer) and Tom Bower (Curt Willard)2. Featuring: Alley Mills (Nancy), Suzanne DeLapp (The Superintendent), Brandi Tucker (Melissa), Marshall and Michael Reed (John Curtis).

1 For his early appearances on the show, Christopher Woods is credited as Robert Merritt Woods.
2 This is the last appearance for Curt save for The Tempest in Season 9 where the character is played by a different actor.

Eager to pass her nursing exams, a tired Mary Ellen tries amphetamines as a study aid. Fed up with his lifestyle, Sissy Tucker leaves Yancy.

Mary Ellen gets hooked on pills
Temporarily a single man again: Yancy

The Changeling

Episode # 7.05 (147)  {S7,D1,sB}
Written by Robert Pirosh
Directed by Lawrence Dobkin
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast October 26, 1978, CBS   (UK: March 11, 1980, BBC2)

With: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey). Guest Starring: Rachel Longaker (Aimee). Featuring: Russ Marin (Mr. Larkin), Patrick Gorman (Denby), John Perryman (Telephone Repairman), Kathy Ritzke (1st Girl), Kelly Louise Lynn (2nd Girl), Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis).

Elizabeth's 13th birthday coincides with spooky events no one can explain. Jason becomes an "agony uncle" on the radio.

Elizabeth and things that go bump in the night
Strange happenings center on Elizabeth

The Portrait

Episode # 7.06 (148)  {S7,D1,sB}
Written by John Dunkel
Directed by Ralph Senensky
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast November 2, 1978, CBS   (UK: April 21, 1980, BBC2)

With: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey). Guest Starring: Jared Martin (Derek Pembroke). Featuring: Don Dalesandro (The Doctor), Lucia Stralser (The Student), Janine Franklin (The Singer).

Erin feels a strong attraction to a painter tormented by his experiences in war-torn Paris.

The troubled Derek Pembroke is drawn to Erin
Pembroke's mural featuring Erin

The Captive

Episode # 7.07 (149)  {S7,D1,sB}
Written by Ray Cunneff
Directed by Ralph Waite
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast November 9, 1978, CBS   (UK: April 28, 1980, BBC2)

With: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey), Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin). Guest Starring: Rachel Longaker (Aimee). Featuring:  Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis), Bronia Wheeler (The Woman).

Convinced that life has passed her by, Corabeth seeks solace in alcohol. Given a false sense of confidence, she opens a dance school in town.

Corabeth feels temptation from alcohol
Friends Aimee and Elizabeth

The Illusion

Episode # 7.08 (150)  {S7,D2,sA}
Written by John McGreevey
Directed by Walter Alzmann
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast November 16, 1978, CBS   (UK: May 12, 1980, BBC2)

With: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey). Guest Starring: Lynn Hamilton (Verdie), Todd Bridges (Josh), Lewis Arquette (J. D. Pickett). Special Guest Star: Joan Pringle (Esther). Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis)1.

1 Uncredited on titles.

Angry with the problems she's faced as a black person looking for employment, Verdie's college-educated daughter comes home to stay.

Verdie with her granddaughter Harriet
Verdie's daughter Esther

The Beau

Episode # 7.09 (151)  {S7,D2,sA}
Written by D. C. Fontana and Richard Fontana
Directed by Gwen Arner
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast November 23, 1978, CBS   (UK: May 19, 1980, BBC2)

With: Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey). Guest Starring: Arthur Space (Marcus Dane), Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), Lisa Lindgren (Tanya).

A friend from Grandma's youth comes a courtin'. Jim-Bob finds a patriotic new use for Yancy's old still.

Marcus Dane
Grandma is surprised by the appearance of an old beau

Day of Infamy

Episode # 7.10 (152)  {S7,D2,sA}
Written by Paul Savage
Directed by Harry Harris
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast December 7, 1978, CBS   (UK: June 2, 1980, BBC2)

With: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey). Guest Starring: Lynn Hamilton (Verdie), Robin Eisenman (Cindy1),  Norman Andrews (The Theatre Manager), Sid Conrad (The Professor) and Tom Bower (Curt Willard)2. Featuring: Walker Ed3 (Announcer), Art Gilmore (Announcer), Bud Hiestand4 (Announcer), Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis).

1 A revised version of the Cindy character (now played by Leslie Winston) would appear later this season as a regular on the show.
2 Appears in old footage only.
3 aka Walker Edmiston.
4 aka John Hiestand.

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor deals a stunning blow to America – and a personal blow to Mary Ellen.

A tearful Mary Ellen with John Curtis
Cindy: Mark I

The Yearning

Episode # 7.11 (153)  {S7,D2,sA}
Written by Juliet Packer
Directed by Nell Cox
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast December 14, 1978, CBS   (UK: June 9, 1980, BBC2)

With: Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey), Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin). Guest Starring: Sean Thomas Roche (Rev. Andrew March). Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis)1.

1 Uncredited on titles.

A skunk brings Elizabeth together with her first crush – the town's likable new minister. An old entry in Judge Baldwin's journal causes Miss Emily to remember her beau, Ashley Longworth.

The new minister, Andy March
A pensive Miss Emily

The Boosters

Episode # 7.12 (154)  {S7,D2,sB}
Written by Robert Pirosh
Directed by Harry Harris
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast December 28, 1978, CBS   (UK: June 16, 1980, BBC2)

With: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey), Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin). Guest Starring: Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker). Featuring: Pearl Shear (Zuleika Dunbar), Llynn Storer (Man #1), Gordon Hodgins (Man #2).

Weary of working for his father, Ben quits and moves into Zuleika Dunbar's boarding house. He takes out a loan and teams up with the Godseys to develop a town square and motel. Meanwhile, Yancy takes an unlikely correspondence course... in being a barber.

Yancy cuts Jim-Bob's hair
Zuleika Dunbar

The Conscience

Episode # 7.13 (155)  {S7,D2,sB}
Written by Michael McGreevey
Directed by Gwen Arner
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast January 4, 1979, CBS   (UK: June 30, 1980, BBC2)

With: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey). Guest Starring: Hal Bokar (Sgt. Gates), David Hunt Stafford (Lt. Billy Streeter), Sean Michael Rice (Bert), Wayne Northrop (Jeb). Featuring: Edwin Owens (Drill Sergeant)1.

1 Appears in old footage only.

Patriotically, Jason wants to represent his country but finds himself wrestling with the dictum: "Thou shalt not kill." Meanwhile, Jim-Bob gets a tattoo.

Jason has been in a fight
Jim-Bob with his secret tattoo

The Obstacle

Episode # 7.14 (156)  {S7,D2,sB}
Written by Curtis Dwight
Directed by William Bushnell Jr.
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast January 11, 1979, CBS   (UK: July 7, 1980, BBC2)

With: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey). Guest Starring: Dennis Redfield (Mike Paxton), Lewis Arquette (J. D. Pickett). Featuring: Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis).

Mike Paxton – John-Boy's old college room-mate – is disabled with a war wound and the family rallies to help him recover. Ben and Ike team up to entertain the troops.

Mike Paxton with Jim-Bob
Ike is apprehensive about the audition in front of the men from the USO

The Parting

Episode # 7.15 (157)1  {S7,D2,sB}
Written by Kathleen Hite
Directed by Harry Harris
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast January 18, 1979, CBS   (UK: July 14, 1980, BBC2)

With: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey). Guest Starring: Neva Patterson (Aunt Kate2), Booth Colman (Dr. Caldwell), Barbara Tarbuck (Saleslady). Featuring: Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis), Ellis Rabb (The Window Washer).

1 This is the last episode for Michael Learned as Olivia until the next season.
2 Aunt Kate also appeared in Season 6's The Milestone (played on that occasion by Louise Latham).

Olivia feels tired and unwell but a visit to the doctor results in unwelcome news.

John and Olivia at the beach
Olivia's Aunt Kate

The Burden

Episode # 7.16 (158)  {S7,D3,sA}
Written by E. F. Wallengren
Directed by Harry Harris
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast January 25, 1979, CBS   (UK: October 28, 1980, BBC2)

With: Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey). Guest Starring: Ivor Francis (Professor Hoadley), Tony Moran (Tinker). Featuring: Nolan Leary (Rev. Bradshaw), Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis), Michael Sheehan (The News Announcer).

With Olivia gone, Jim-Bob runs wild until a near miss with death convinces him he's meant for the ministry.

Jim-Bob wants to join the church
John comforts Jim-Bob

The Pin-Up

Episode # 7.17 (159)  {S7,D3,sA}
Written by Juliet Packer
Directed by Larry Stewart
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast February 8, 1979, CBS   (UK: November 4, 1980, BBC2)

With: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey). Guest Starring:  Kip Niven1 (Lt. Clarke Oler), Christopher Woods2 (David Spencer), Carol Jones (Jo Ann), David Hinton (The Pfc.), Kevin Lee Miller (Pvt. Wallace). Featuring: Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis).

1 Kip Niven would go on to play semi-regular character the Reverend Tom Marshall in Season 9.
2 For his early appearances on the show, Christopher Woods was credited as Robert Merritt Woods.

Erin accidentally becomes the pin-up of the local army camp. Both John and Mary Ellen have to learn lessons in not being overprotective.

Erin poses for a leggy photo
John Curtis, John and Mary Ellen

The Attack

Episode # 7.18 (160)  {S7,D3,sA}
Written by E. F. Wallengren
Directed by Harry Harris
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast February 15, 1979, CBS   (UK: November 11, 1980, BBC2)

With: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey). Guest Starring: Christopher Woods1 (David Spencer), Merie Earle (Maude Gormley), Lew Brown (Ed Whipple), Stanley Grover (Bill Snyder), Kenny Marquis (Clarence).

1 For his early appearances on the show, Christopher Woods was credited as Robert Merritt Woods.

When a heart attack fells Ike, the Walton kids pitch in to keep his store going. Jim-Bob and Ben make a sorghum press to help with the wartime sugar shortage.

Ike suffers a heart attack
Jim-Bob makes molasses

The Legacy

Episode # 7.19 (161)  {S7,D3,sA}
Teleplay by William Parker, story by Michael Learned
Directed by Gwen Arner
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast February 22, 1979, CBS   (UK: November 18, 1980, BBC2)

With: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey), Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin). Guest Starring: Jonathan Frakes (Ashley Longworth Jr.1).

1 Ashley would appear again in The Lost Sheep in Season 8, again played by Jonathan Frakes. Louis Welch would then take over the role for the 1982 a wedding on Waltons Mountain telemovie.

Miss Emily thinks a handsome young officer is her beau of yesteryear, Ashley Longworth, although it's actually his son. Ashley's own sights lay in the direction of Erin.

Jonathan Frakes as Ashley Longworth
A tired Erin

The Outsider

Episode # 7.20 (162)  {S7,D3,sB}
Written by Robert Pirosh
Directed by Philip Leacock
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast March 1, 1979, CBS   (UK: November 25, 1980, BBC2)

With: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey). Guest Starring: Leslie Winston (Cindy1).

1 The Cindy character had appeared earlier this season in Day of Infamy and would stay as a regular on the show.

Everyone is speechless when Ben brings home his pretty girlfriend, Cindy, one night and announces they are married.

Ben and Cindy enjoy a moment together in Cindy's car
Cindy hogging the bath

The Torch

Episode # 7.21 (163)  {S7,D3,sB}
Written by Rod Peterson
Directed by David Wheeler
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast March 8, 1979, CBS   (UK: December 2, 1980, BBC2)

With: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey). Guest Starring: Dorothy Tristan (Callie), Leslie Winston (Cindy), Wyatt Knight (Soldier #1), Daniel Zippi (Soldier #2), Christopher Carroll (The Sergeant). Featuring: Michael and Marshall Reed (John-Curtis)

John's old flame, Callie May, buys the Dew Drop Inn. Meanwhile, the rest of the family hit on an idea to turn Godsey Hall into a canteen for the local GIs.

John's old flame, Callie May
Callie May and John run over the plans for the canteen

The Tailspin

Episode # 7.22 (164)  {S7,D3,sB}
Written by Claire Whitaker
Directed by Walter Alzmann
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast March 15, 1979, CBS   (UK: December 9, 1980, BBC2)

With: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey). Guest Starring: Kevin Geer (Chuck Turner), Barry Cahill (Buck Vernon), John Lawrence (The Deputy), Jerry Hoffman (Dr. Canfield). Featuring: Michael and Marshall Reed (John-Curtis).

Jim-Bob's dreams of becoming a pilot crash and burn when he learns his eyesight isn't 20/20. Mary Ellen is wooed by a soldier, but is she ready for dating after Curt's death?

Jim-Bob has an eye test
Mary Ellen

Founders’ Day

Episode # 7.23 (165)  {S7,D3,sB}
Written by Kathleen Hite
Directed by Ralph Waite
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast March 22, 1979, CBS   (UK: December 16, 1980, BBC2)

With: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey), Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin). Guest Starring: Dean Jagger (Professor Bowen), Leslie Winston (Cindy). Featuring: Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis), John Dayton (Music Student), Hank Stohl (The Radio Announcer).

The Waltons? The Baldwins? The Godseys? All three families vie for honors as the founding family of Walton's Mountain. At the Conservatory, Jason's project work fails to impress.

Corabeth Godsey
Dean Jagger as Professor Bowen examines Jason's work
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01 The Empty Nest (double length)

02 The Calling

03 The Moonshiner

04 The Obsession

05 The Changeling

06 The Portrait

07 The Captive

08 The Illusion

09 The Beau

10 Day of Infamy

11 The Yearning

12 The Boosters

13 The Conscience

14 The Obstacle

15 The Parting

16 The Burden

17 The Pin-Up

18 The Attack

19 The Legacy

20 The Outsider

21 The Torch

22 The Tailspin

23 Founders' Day