The Waltons

Season 1 Episode 25

An Easter Story (2)

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 19, 1973 on CBS
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An Easter Story (2)
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(cont.) The entire family suffers a crisis when Olivia is stricken with polio. Dr. Vance prescribes the accepted treatment, but Olivia does not get better. John-Boy learns of a new treatment practiced by Sister Kenny, which the family attempts.

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    Although this appears as two distinct episodes on here, it plays as one feature-length episode on the DVD, so I've written just the one review. Sorry to disappoint my legions of fans.

    Alright, so first up, this is a suitably dramatic ending for the first season. The beginning is particularly good, with Olivia getting shakier and shakier until she collapses into John's arms. There's no real suggestion that she might die, however. Instead, the episode focuses on whether she will be able to walk again after the illness. The recovery is as much about the rest of the family as it is about Olivia, and it gets quite intense at times. The way she simply stands up and starts walking at the end is slightly ridiculous, but up to that point the story is well paced and well acted.

    There are a couple of sub plots, both of which are good value: Jason wins a talent show and Mary Ellen goes to a dance with GW. The Waltons' re-enactment of the talent show is class, especially Ben and Jim Bobs' piece. Made me chuckle, anyway. It's always great to see GW, although the urge to take some scissors to that seventies hair is beginning to overwhelm me. Mind you, same goes for most of the cast.

    I do wish this show would sort its dates out. The last episode took place in March 1934 (which we know from the reference to John Dillinger escaping prison). This one begins in February 1934 and runs until Easter, which was on 1st April that year, yet Olivia was up and about for the whole of last week's show with no sign of illness. Grrrr!

    So that's it for the first season, folks. A thoroughly enjoyable show with some great stories and some very likeable characters. Stand-out episodes for me include The Typewriter, The Sinner and, of course, The Dustbowl Cousins. Damnit, I'm still not over Cousin Job!

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Helen Kleeb

Helen Kleeb

Miss Mamie Baldwin

Joe Conley

Joe Conley

Ike Godsey

Ellen Corby

Ellen Corby

Grandma Esther Walton

Mary Jackson

Mary Jackson

Miss Emily Baldwin

Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas

John-Boy Walton

Judy Norton

Judy Norton

Mary Ellen Walton

Don Collier

Don Collier

Dr. Miller

Guest Star

Joe Frank Carollo

Joe Frank Carollo

Tom

Guest Star

Anne Carol Pearson

Anne Carol Pearson

Admissions Clerk

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David Doremus

David Doremus

G.W. Haynes

Recurring Role

Victor Izay

Victor Izay

Dr. Vance

Recurring Role

John Ritter

John Ritter

Rev. Matthew Fordwick

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    • Closing Narration: My mother did go to the sunrise service that Easter morning, and there was a special joy in all our hearts as she stood, leaning on my father's arm, facing into the first glorious rays of the sun which rolled back the darkness and warmed the wakening world to new life and hope. Many Easters have passed since then, other springs have been slow to come, but inevitably winter has yielded to spring. The years have brought the full quota of blessings and trials, joys, and heartaches. The same old questions recur - Why my child? Why my wife? Why me? Why? And the search for answers has been taken up by new generations of grandchildren, but it's still reassuring for me to catch the echo of those dear familiar voices on that Easter, long, long ago

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