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Season 9

Starring: Ralph Waite (1-8). Also starring1: Jon Walmsley, Judy Norton-Taylor, Mary Beth McDonough (1-12,15-222), Eric Scott, David W. Harper (4-223), Kami Cotler, Joe Conley, Ronnie Claire Edwards. Executive Producers: Earl Hamner and Rod Peterson. Created by Earl Hamner. Produced by Claylene Jones.

Earl Hamner (The Narrator).

Edward O. Denault (Executive Production Supervisor), Claire Whitaker (Executive Story Editor), E. F. Wallengren (Story Editor), Jerry Goldsmith (The Waltons' Theme), Robert Caramico A.S.C. (Director of Photography 1-18,22), Hugh K. Gagnier (Director of Photography 19-21), John P. Bruce (Art Director), Bill Mosher A.C.E. (Editor 1,2,6,9,12,15,18,21), Marshall Neilan (Editor 3,5,8,11,14,17,20), Marsh Hendry (Editor 4,7,10,13,16,19,22), Paul A. Helmick (Unit Production Manager 1-3), Walt Gilmore (Unit Production Manager 4-12,14-22), John Perry (Unit Production Manager 13), Xavier Reyes (First Assistant Director 1,2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22), Walt Gilmore (First Assistant Director 3), Roger LaPage (First Assistant Director 5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21), James Fitzpatrick (Second Assistant Director), Barbara Miller (Executive in Charge of Casting), Doris Sabbagh (Casting), Robert C. Furginson (Set Decorator 1-3), Toby Considine (Set Decorator 4-22), Fred Westcott (Property Master), Shirley Brewton (Costumer), Jerry Herrin (Costumer), Bill Reynolds (Makeup), Dorothy Andre (Hair Stylist), Craig Felburg (Production Sound Mixer), Victor Guarnier (Sound Effects Supervisor), Echo Film Service (Sound Editing 1,2,4-22), Dave Elliott (Sound Editing 1,2,4-22), Tom Burke (Sound Editor 3), Ken Runyon (Music Editor), Doris Hamner (Technical Consultant), Mitch Ackerman (Production Supervisor), Panavision®, Color by Metro Color, Sandy Dvore (Main Title), Filmed at The Burbank Studios Burbank California, Produced in association with Amanda Productions Inc.

Copyright © MCMLXXX [1980] Lorimar Productions Inc. (1-10)

Copyright © MCMLXXXI [1981] Lorimar Productions Inc. (11-22)

1 For episodes 9 onwards, in Ralph Waite's absence, the actors playing the Walton kids (i.e. Jon Walmsley through Kami Cotler) move up to "Starring".
2 Mary Beth McDonough is credited across all episodes, but does not appear in episodes 13 and 14.
3 David Harper is credited across all episodes, but does not appear in episodes 1 through 3.

Season 9 of The Waltons was late to hit the airwaves after being affected (as with much other programming) by a Screen Actors Guild strike over pay – it was late November when the show finally premiered, rather than in September as normal. Looking back at old listings, critics were certainly losing interest in the show – it now only sporadically featured in "Tonight's Highlights" selections, and plot synopses (if they were given at all) were usually very brief. Also both the CBS network and individual stations were choosing to pre-empt the show on a much more frequent basis than a few years previously; a sure sign that confidence was waning. In the all-important Neilsen audience ratings, the show had gradually dropped over the years until it was now around 30th position. However, this season showed a slight recovery as the show had failed to even find a place in the overall Top 30 in the previous two years.

There were changes in the production team. Rod Peterson moved up to Executive Producer (a mainly supervisory role), and former long-time Associate Producer, Claylene Jones, moved to full Producer.

The season expands the idea (started last season) of showing both the wartime action involving members of the family, as well as the more soap-oriented bits back on the mountain. The idea wasn't new or unique and had been used both on British TV (A Family At War) and Australian (The Sullivans). Unfortunately, this approach does seem to stretch the budget a bit. The jungle and POW camp in the South Pacific where Ben is caught and imprisoned; the park where John-Boy defuses the mine; the camp in Paris where Jason is based for a while; the wooded areas Jason patrols through in Germany... All these are rather too obviously filmed in the same places as serve for Walton's Mountain itself. Thus the sense of the series "opening up" and breaking away from Virginia – which is what the Producers presumably intended – is never really achieved. The lack of money shows up in the POW camp in another respect too: it (rather luxuriously) seems to hold only five inmates and, it must be said, the camp scenes aren't always played with the seriousness they warrant (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence this ain't!) And while the viewer is contemplating these problems, he/she might also be wondering why Jason's pacifist streak has all but disappeared. Indeed, he's seen in gun-to-gun combat with German troops in The Triumph, for instance.

Also, the excuses for the absence of key characters are now getting extremely contrived. The viewer must still be wondering why Olivia didn't return to the mountain with the restored-to-health John-Boy; after all, she joined the Red Cross simply to be near him in hospital. Now, eight episodes into the season, we are told the off-screen Olivia has had a relapse – her TB has returned – and she needs to be incarcerated in an Arizona sanatorium. What's more, John is moving to be beside her, thus providing a dual reason for the absence of both of the parental characters. Though, in fairness, unlike Michael Learned, Ralph Waite (as John) had no particular problems with the artistic content of the show and was always willing to return as long as the show would occasionally bend around other projects he wished to pursue.

So, Cousin Rose remains, to provide a parental presence, but viewer reaction to her grandchildren, Jeffrey and Serena, had proved largely negative, so the pair are absent and reported to be back with their (reformed and remarried) father.

Aside from the problem of absent parents, other relationships are presented in an annoyingly staccato fashion – they are started and then left dangling for several episodes, usually with the other half of the love interest supposedly somewhere "around" but not actually seen on screen. This doesn't just happen once, it affects all the (serious) new pairings: Mary Ellen and Jonesy; Rose and Stanley; Erin and Paul Northridge; and Jason and Toni, who are twice seen to announce their intention to marry, in different episodes, then do nothing about it.

This season, The Carousel is one of the better episodes. On the death of her father, Cindy finds papers in his possession indicating she was adopted. The search for her real mother leads her to Washington. It's a step-by-step detective tale which actually makes logical sense, free of the massive leaps of logic and intuition that tend to spoil these sort of stories.

The season also features another story where a Walton attempts to track down an absent family member. This episode involves the resurrection of a major character whose death was dealt with, rather conclusively, in the poignant episode Day of Infamy some seasons earlier. The Tempest is regarded as one of those episodes of The Waltons that people wish hadn't happened. But, folks this is Lorimarland (also the makers of insane super-soap Dallas in which idiotic plots abounded) and dead people don't necessarily have to stay dead. The story follows Mary Ellen's discovery that her husband Curt – supposedly killed at Pearl Harbor – is still alive and living incognito in Florida. It turns out that Curt survived Pearl Harbor (why Mary Ellen received an official communication that he was killed in the action is never explained) but couldn't bring himself to return to Mary Ellen and John Curtis because he thinks he's "not a whole man". For a while the viewer is left to wonder whether Curt's problems are physical or psychological, but with the repeated use of euphemisms like, "I can never be a real husband," the truth dawns that Curt is too embarrassed to return to his family because his, er, "man bits" were blown off at Pearl Harbor (he walks with a painful limp too, so the viewer doesn't forget). This plot would have been ludicrous even with the original actor (Tom Bower) available to play Curt, but add into the mix a replacement actor who neither looks nor sounds like the original and you've got a real turkey on your hands.

An indication of more desperation from the production team is the episode The Pearls. This sees Corabeth's younger – and very different – sister visit the mountain. That sounds fine, but the gimmick here is that the story is: (1) a comedy (I use the word loosely) and (2) Ronnie Claire Edwards plays both parts. So, to avoid expensive opticals every few minutes whenever the two meet, Corabeth herself has to be engineered to be away from the mountain most of the while. But, near the end, there is just the time (and budget) for the inevitable, clichéd split-screen effect as the two meet. Oh, and to prove this Really Is Comedy, they throw in an (admittedly well-directed and edited) slapstick escapade which involves the destruction of half the store. I can appreciate that the Producers wanted to try something different, but is this really The Waltons?

There are some stupid moments in other episodes too. In The Hot Rod, the Baldwin ladies find a large secret room in their house hidden behind a panel. In all their many years there, we are expected to believe they never noticed the discrepancy in their house's interior versus exterior dimensions? The room even seems to have an exterior window! Ludicrous moment #2: when Rose visits the doctor with angina in The Heartache (geddit?) she is told to do everything to alleviate the condition except lose weight!

One of the most amusing moments for me is in The Triumph, where a homecoming Jim-Bob catches a lift from a farmer who is clearly a few kernels short of a cob – he travels around going nowhere in particular (he professes to know a shortcut to the nearest main road, but turns out not to) with a jar of liquor (which turns out to be plain water) for company. "You're nuts!" concludes Jim-Bob.

On the more serious side of things, the most poignant moment is probably from The Outrage as the people of Charlottesville gather silently to see the funeral train bearing Roosevelt's body slowly process from his house in Warm Springs back to Washington. "Goodnight Mr President," says John quietly.

The Outrage: Part I

Episode # 9.01 (190)  {S9,D1,sA}
Written by Rod Peterson and Claire Whitaker
Directed by Philip Leacock
Broadcast November 20, 19801, CBS   (UK: November 3, 1982, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Peggy Rea, Leslie Winston and Robert Wightman (John-Boy). Guest Starring: Hal Williams (Harley Foster), Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Foster), John Crawford (Ep Bridges), Tony Becker (Drew Cutler), Lisa Harrison (Toni Hazelton), Jordan Suffin2 (Norman), Charles Thomas Murphy (The Deputy), Jack O'Leary (Mac). Special Guest Star: Dick Sargent3. Featuring: Jason Moses (Josh Foster)4, Jack McCulloch (The Soldier), Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis), Clare and Elizabeth Schoene (Virginia).

1 Contrary to information given elsewhere, The Outrage was broadcast in two parts (not as a movie-length special) on the dates indicated.
2 aka Jordan Bennett.
3 Dick Sargent plays the Chief Petty Officer in Ben's camp.
4 Jason Moses is the third actor to play the role of Josh Foster.

On a trip with John, Harley confronts racial prejudice... and the prospect of prison when he's accused of a long-ago murder.

Josh Foster
Dick Sargent plays Ben's commanding officer

The Outrage: Part II

Episode # 9.02 (191)  {S9,D1,sA}
Written by Rod Peterson and Claire Whitaker
Directed by Philip Leacock
Broadcast November 27, 19801, CBS   (UK: November 10, 1982, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Peggy Rea, Leslie Winston and Robert Wightman (John-Boy). Guest Starring: Hal Williams (Harley Foster), Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Foster), John McLiam (Nathan Moore), John Crawford (Ep Bridges), Tony Becker (Drew Cutler), Lisa Harrison (Toni Hazelton), Jordan Suffin2 (Norman), Charles Thomas Murphy (The Deputy), Hank Brandt (The Aide). Special Guest Star: Dick Sargent3. Featuring: Jason Moses (Josh Foster), Hank Stohl (Radio Announcer), David Clover (The Patrolman), Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis), Clare and Elizabeth Schoene (Virginia).

1 Contrary to information given elsewhere, The Outrage was broadcast in two parts (not as a movie-length special) on the dates indicated.
2 aka Jordan Bennett.
3 Dick Sargent plays the Chief Petty Officer in Ben's camp.

John fights to clear Harley's name. The nation mourns when there is some sad news from Warm Springs.

Ep Bridges and a deputy with dubious motives
The townsfolk watch Roosevelt's funeral cortege pass by

The Pledge

Episode # 9.03 (192)  {S9,D1,sA}
Written by Kathleen Hite
Directed by Lawrence Dobkin
Broadcast December 4, 1980, CBS   (UK: November 17, 1982, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Peggy Rea, Leslie Winston, Mary Jackson, Helen Kleeb and Robert Wightman (John-Boy). Guest Starring: Richard Lineback (Sweet Billy1), Ellen Geer2 (Ronie3), Tony Becker (Drew Cutler), Bucklind Beery (Dr. Holliston), Dennis Robertson (Dean Clifford), Dick Christie (Sgt. Carey), Chip Frye (Charley), Laurence Lau (Young G. I.). Featuring: Robert Telford (Man at Grave), Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis), Clare and Elizabeth Schoene (Virginia).

1 Sweet Billy had previously appeared in The Diploma and The Starlet (both Season 8), although played then by Les Lannom.
2 Ellen Geer is the daughter of Will Geer. She had previously guested in The Ceremony in Season 1.
3 The character of Ronie Cotter had previously appeared in The Diploma (Season 8), although played then by Janette Lane Bradbury.

Walton's Mountain no longer has a doctor. After a fatality occurs, Mary Ellen is prompted to apply to medical school but she finds that doctoring is not considered a woman's profession.

Mary Ellen and John Curtis
Ronie Cotter

The Triumph

Episode # 9.04 (193)  {S9,D1,sA}
Written by Robert Pirosh
Directed by Philip Leacock
Broadcast December 18, 1980, CBS   (UK: November 24, 1982, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Peggy Rae, Leslie Winston, Mary Jackson, Helen Kleeb. Guest Starring: Mark McClure (Willis), Dana Gladstone (Lusco), Ken Wright (Slate), Davis Roberts (The Farmer), Eldon Quick (Parsons), James Nolan (Jenkins). Featuring: Brian Utman (The German Sniper), Jordan Suffin1 (Norman), Jack McCulloch (Jackson), Hank Stohl (The Lieutenant).

1 aka Jordan Bennett.

Jason faces a German sniper who doesn't know the war in Europe just ended. Back on the mountain, Ike is charged with violating rationing regulations.

Soldier Jason Walton
Jason in action in Europe

The Premonition

Episode # 9.05 (194)  {S9,D1,sA}
Written by E. F. Wallengren
Directed by Bernard McEveety
Broadcast December 25, 1980, CBS   (UK: December 1, 1982, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Peggy Rae, Leslie Winston and Robert Wightman (John-Boy). Guest Starring: Anita Jodelsohn (Simone Berringer), Jordan Suffin1 (Norman), Ed Call (Sgt. Norton), Woody Eney (Major Sawyer). Featuring: Patrick Skelton (The Soldier), Roger Etienne (The French Man), Danielle Aubry (The French Woman), Clare and Elizabeth Schoene (Virginia).

1 aka Jordan Bennett.

Alter Cindy has a chilling nightmare about Ben, the family learns he's been taken prisoner by the Japanese. John-Boy considers staying on in Paris after falling for a French girl, Simone.

Simone Berringer
John-Boy gets close to Simone

The Pursuit

Episode # 9.06 (195)  {S9,D1,sB}
Written by Michael McGreevey
Directed by Philip Leacock
Broadcast January 1, 1981, CBS   (UK: December 8, 1982, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Peggy Rea, Leslie Winston. Guest Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh (Kathy), Jordan Suffin1 (Norman), Frank Catalano (Augie), Richard Molnar (Billy), Dane Witherspoon (Clint), Jerry Fujikawa (Camp Commander), Hatsuo Uda (The Corporal), Ted Noose (Master Sgt. Bruner), Lisa Harrison (Toni Hazelton), Ken Michelman (Corp. Bergstrom), Jerry Hoffman (Lt. Saunders). Featuring: Clare and Elizabeth Schoene (Virginia).

1 aka Jordan Bennett.

A girl shows up on the mountain claiming she is pregnant with Jim-Bob's baby.

Jennifer Jason Leigh as Kathy Seals
Kathy has a baby fixation

The Last Ten Days

Episode # 9.07 (196)  {S9,D1,sB}
Written by Marion Hargrove
Directed by Bernard McEveety
Broadcast January 8, 1981, CBS   (UK: December 15, 1982, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Peggy Rea, Leslie Winston, Mary Jackson, Helen Kleeb and Robert Wightman (John-Boy). Guest Starring: Jordon Suffin1 (Norm), Sab Shimono (Corporal Kiyono), Tony Becker (Drew Cutler), James Saito (The Sergeant), Lisa Harrison (Toni Hazelton). Featuring: Walker Edmiston2 (Radio Anncr. #1), Bud Hiestand3 (Radio Anncr. #2).

1 aka Jordan Bennett.
2 Misspelled as "Edminston" on credits.
3 aka John Hiestand.

With the Japanese on the verge of surrender, Ben and his fellow POWs fear they'll be executed.

Ben in the punishment hut
An anxious Cindy is comforted by John

The Move

Episode # 9.08 (197)1  {S9,D1,sB}
Written by Kathleen Hite
Directed by Harvey Laidman
Broadcast January 15, 1981, CBS   (UK: December 22, 1982, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Peggy Rea, Leslie Winston, Mary Jackson, Helen Kleeb. Guest Starring: Dan Frazer (Col. Henry Brunson), Lewis Arquette (J. D. Pickett), Ed Couppee (Capt. Bennett), Len Wayland (Mr. Gentry). Featuring: Jerold Pearson (The Sailor), Clare and Elizabeth Schoene (Virginia).

1 This is Ralph Waite's last weekly episode of The Waltons. He returns in the 1982 TV movies.

The family learns that Olivia has had a relapse and has to enter an Arizona sanitarium. John decides to leave the mountain to be with her, but who will run the lumber business given Ben wants to study to be an engineer?

John faces leaving his business behind
Ben does not agree with his father's plans for him to run the mill

The Whirlwind

Episode # 9.09 (198)  {S9,D1,sB}
Written by Claire Whitaker
Directed by Nell Cox
Broadcast January 22, 1981, CBS   (UK: January 5, 1983, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Peggy Rea, Leslie Winston. Guest Starring: Richard Gilliland (Jonesy)1, Pamela McMyler (Betty Howell). Featuring: Debbie Richmond (The Waitress), Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis).

1 First appearance of Jonesy.

Mary Ellen treats a geology student after he is involved in a car accident. They fall in love and plan to marry, but unexpected news may alter their joyful plans. At a loose end after the war, Jason buys the Dew Drop Inn.

Jonesy has a car accident as is tended to by Mary Ellen
A new face on the mountain: Arlington Westcott Jones

The Tempest

Episode # 9.10 (199)  {S9,D1,sB}
Written by E. F. Wallengren
Directed by Gabrielle Beaumont
Broadcast February 5, 1981, CBS   (UK: January 18, 1983, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Peggy Rea, Mary Jackson, Helen Kleeb. Guest Starring: Richard Gilliland (Jonesy), Pamela McMyler (Betty Howell), Mo Malone (Estelle), Lewis Arquette (J. D. Pickett) and Scott Hylands (Curt1). Featuring: Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis).

1 Curt Willard had previously been played by Tom Bower.

Mary Ellen tracks down her husband, Curt, who was presumed dead after Pearl Harbor. She finds a very changed man.

Mary Ellen goes in search of her supposedly dead husband
Curt Willard: the second version

The Carousel

Episode # 9.11 (200)  {S9,D2,sA}
Written by Robert Pirosh
Directed by Herbert Hirschman
Broadcast February 12, 1981, CBS   (UK: January 25, 1983, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Peggy Rea, Leslie Winston. Guest Starring: Penelope Windust (Bernadene), Tony Becker (Drew), Anita Dangler (Mrs. Foley), Bill Erwin (Dr. Grover), Edward Bell (Mr. Nichols). Featuring: Philip Linton (Steve Prince), Michael Reed (John Curtis), Clare and Elizabeth Schoene (Virginia), Dan Frazer (Col. Henry Brunson)1.

1 Uncredited.

Alter her father's death, Cindy discovers she was adopted and sets out in search of her birth mother.

Cindy goes on a search to find her real mother
Dreams of the past trouble Cindy

The Hot Rod

Episode # 9.12 (201)  {S9,D2,sA}
Written by Scott Hamner1
Directed by Bob Sweeney
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast February 19, 1981, CBS   (UK: February 1, 1983, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Peggy Rea, Mary Jackson, Helen Kleeb and Robert Wightman (John-Boy). Guest Starring: Charles R. Penland (Jody Foster2), Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Foster), John Carter (Deputy Walt Hendrix), Jason Moses (Josh Foster), Tom Williams (Mr. Winthrop), Herb Armstrong (Cafe Owner). Featuring: Gordon Hodgins (Cafe Customer).

1 Scott Hamner is creator Earl Hamner's son.
2 Charles R. Penland is the third actor to play the role of Jody Foster.

A bored Jim-Bob's loutish behavior lands him in jail. A government agent finds the Baldwin ladies' still.

Jody Foster and Jim-Bob
Ike and the Baldwins discover a hidden recipe room

The Gold Watch

Episode # 9.13 (202)  {S9,D2,sA}
Written by Juliet Packer
Directed by Walt Gilmore
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast February 26, 1981, CBS   (UK: February 8, 1983, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Peggy Rea, Mary Jackson, Helen Kleeb. Guest Starring: William Schallert (Stanley Perkins), Carolyn Coates (Elvira Perkins), Lisa Harrison (Toni Hazelton), Curtis Credel (Johnny Calico), Terry Burns (Dr. Martin). Featuring: Virginia Peters (The Angry Woman), Robert Ritchie (The Man at the Bar), George Strattan (The Customer), Rex Benson (Mr. Cuthbert).

Stanley Perkins reappears in Rose's life, but he seems to be hiding a somber secret. To boost the ailing Dew Drop Inn, Jason plans to lay on some live music, but the singer is more interested in Toni than performing.

Stanley reveals some secrets
Toni Hazelton in uniform

The Beginning

Episode # 9.14 (203)  {S9,D2,sA}
Written by Kathleen Hite
Directed by Lawrence Dobkin
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast March 5, 1981, CBS   (UK: February 15, 1983, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Peggy Rea, Leslie Winston, Mary Jackson, Helen Kleeb. Guest Starring: Kip Niven (Tom Marshall), Lisa Harrison (Toni Hazelton).

Tom Marshall, the new minister, appears on the scene while Jason and Toni contemplate the problems of a Baptist-Jewish marriage.

The Reverend Tom Marshall
Toni and Jason up near Grandpa's grave

The Pearls

Episode # 9.15 (204)  {S9,D2,sB}
Written by Mary Worrell
Directed by James Sheldon
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast March 12, 1981, CBS   (UK: February 22, 1983, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Peggy Rea, Mary Jackson, Helen Kleeb with Ronnie Claire Edwards (Orma Lee). Guest Starring: Taylor Lacher (Vern Billy Stalcup). Featuring: Candace Coster (Miss Edwards' Double), Rand Hopkins (The Taxi Driver), Llynn Storer (Bus Station Announcer).

Corabeth's giddy, flirtatious sister sets the town buzzing. Meanwhile, Elizabeth is feeling left out of all the grown-up life around her.

Corabeth's outgoing sister, Orma Lee
Elizabeth is feeling the age gap

The Victims

Episode # 9.16 (205)  {S9,D2,sB}
Written by Juliet Packer
Directed by Lawrence Dobkin
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast March 19, 1981, CBS   (UK: March 1, 1983, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Peggy Rea and Robert Wightman (John-Boy). Guest Starring: Carol Jones (Laurie), Ben Andrews (Kenny), John Carter (Deputy Walt Hendrix). Featuring: Archie Lang (Buck Vernon1), Michael Joseph McDonough (Deputy Ernie Allen).

1 Buck Vernon had previously been played by Barry Cahill.

The Waltons help a woman whose alcoholic husband abuses her.

Knocked about: Laurie Ellis
Temperamental husband: Kenny Ellis

The Threshold

Episode # 9.17 (206)  {S9,D2,sB}
Written by Scott Hamner1
Directed by Herbert Hirschman
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast April 2, 1981, CBS   (UK: March 8, 1983, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Peggy Rea, Leslie Winston and Robert Wightman (John-Boy). Guest Starring: William Schallert (Stanley Perkins), Pearl Shear (Zuleika), Ivor Francis (Dean Beck). Featuring: Mindy Dow (Urania), Colleen Casey (Melpomene), Karey Louis Scott (Erato), Jonathan Woodward (The Young Boy), Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis).

1 Scott Hamner is creator Earl Hamner's son.

Rose has a rival for Stanley's affections, in the shape of Zuleika Dunbar. At Boatwright, John-Boy heads up the new television department.

Zuleika Dunbar with Stanley Perkins
Early television: John-Boy broadcasts from Boatwright

The Indiscretion

Episode # 9.18 (207)  {S9,D2,sB}
Written by E. F. Wallengren
Directed by James Sheldon
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast May 7, 1981, CBS   (UK: March 15, 1983, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Peggy Rea, Leslie Winston. Guest Starring: Tony Becker (Drew Cutler), Victoria Carroll (Nina Sue), Alvy Moore (Frank Sims). Featuring: Dana Craig (Deputy Bull).

A love letter addressed to Ike sends Corabeth steaming straight for the divorce court. Elizabeth contemplates her boyfriend Drew's invitation to spend the night with him.

Ike tries a change of image
Drew and Elizabeth have to make some decisions about their relationship

The Heartache

Episode # 9.19 (208)  {S9,D3,sA}
Written by Kathleen Hite
Directed by Herbert Hirschman
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast May 14, 1981, CBS   (UK: March 22, 1983, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Peggy Rae1, Leslie Winston, Mary Jackson, Helen Kleeb and Robert Wightman (John-Boy). Guest Starring: William Schallert (Stanley Perkins), Kip Niven (Rev. Tom Marshall), Ken Sansom (Dr. Cole), Corinne Michaels2 (Mrs. Bassett). Featuring: Michael and Marshall Reed (John Curtis), Clare and Elizabeth Schoene (Virginia).

1 This is the last regular episode for Rose though she would make a tiny guest appearance in A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion in 1993.
2 aka Corinne Camacho.

Rose and Stanley have found true love in each other's arms. So why does Rose want to cancel their upcoming wedding?

Rose hides some medical problems from Stanley
Stanley and Rose are married

The Lumberjack

Episode # 9.20 (209)  {S9,D3,sA}
Written by Carol Zeitz
Directed by Harvey S. Laidman
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast May 21, 1981, CBS   (UK: March 29, 1983, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Leslie Winston and Robert Wightman (John-Boy). Guest Starring: Morgan Stevens1 (Paul Mathews2), Richard Eastham (Wesley Northridge), Lew Horn (Mr. Franklin). Featuring: Vivian Brown (Roxie), Chuck Lindsly (Joe Hurley), Robert Dryer (Tom Hurley).

1 Morgan Stevens had previously appeared as Sam Stodder, hospital room-mate to John-Boy, in Season 8's The Waiting.
2 First appearance of Paul Mathews Northridge.

Handsome Paul Northridge, son of a wealthy lumber-mill family, falls for Erin.

Paul Northridge
Paul Northridge sets his intentions on Erin

The Hostage

Episode # 9.21 (210)  {S9,D3,sA}
Written by Marjorie Fowler
Directed by Herbert Hirschman
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast May 28, 1981, CBS   (UK: March 5, 1983, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Leslie Winston, Mary Jackson, Helen Kleeb and Robert Wightman (John-Boy). Guest Starring: Mary Wickes (Octavia), Gary Grubbs (Job Moonie), Fran Ryan (Eula Mae Moonie), Debbie Lytton (Sissie Crooks), John Crawford (Sheriff Ep Bridges)1. Featuring: Al Hopson (Rance Crooks).

1 The last appearance of Sheriff Ep Bridges.

When Mary Ellen harbors an underage girl from an unwanted marriage, the bridegroom seeks to take her back by force. Cousin Octavia visits the Baldwin ladies to help them sort out their lifestyle – but she has her own agenda.

Job Moonie takes Elizabeth hostage
Meddlesome Cousin Octavia and the Baldwin still

The Revel

Episode # 9.22 (211)1  {S9,D3,sA}
Written by Scott Hamner2
Directed by Harry Harris
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast June 4, 1981, CBS   (UK: March 12, 1983, BBC2)

Co-Starring: Leslie Winston, Mary Jackson, Helen Kleeb and Robert Wightman (John-Boy). Guest Starring: Bettye Ackerman (Belle Becker), Robert Rockwell (Clayton Anderson), Lew Palter (Personnel Director), James Ingersoll (Mike O'Brien). Featuring: Treva Frazee (The Landlady), Ted Jordan (The Man at the Bar), Robert Ackerman (The Bartender).

1 CBS cancelled The Waltons after this season so this was the last regular episode that was shown (the on-screen date of the Baldwin ladies' party was given as June 4, 1946). The following year (1982) saw three TV movie editions air on NBC.
2 Scott Hamner is creator Earl Hamner's son.

In New York, John-Boy's publisher rejects his latest novel. Broke, he ends up living on the streets. Back on the mountain, the Baldwins plan a party.

John-Boy sleeping rough
A world of their own: the Baldwin sisters
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01 The Outrage: Part I

02 The Outrage: Part II

03 The Pledge

04 The Triumph

05 The Premonition

06 The Pursuit

07 The Last Ten Days

08 The Move

09 The Whirlwind

10 The Tempest

11 The Carousel

12 The Hot Rod

13 The Gold Watch

14 The Beginning

15 The Pearls

16 The Victims

17 The Threshold

18 The Indiscretion

19 The Heartache

20 The Lumberjack

21 The Hostage

22 The Revel