As Easter approaches and the birth of his first child nears, John-Boy reports on television about the moon landing. Elizabeth expresses her plan to return to a life on Walton's Mountain, and is upset to see Drew with a girlfriend. Miss Mamie and Miss Emily ask John to be the future steward for 'The Recipe.'moreless
John-Boy is irritated at his fiancée's aunt horning in on their wedding plans. Olivia pursues her education. John faces a conflict of interest on the county Board of Supervisors. Jason and Toni prepare for a new child.
Thanksgiving 1963 sees the family reunite under the clouds of President Kennedy's assassination and the knowledge that with a new house planned by John, this may be the last one in this house. The family meets John-Boy's city girlfriend. Corabeth still disapproves of Aimee's lifestyle choices. Erin is offered a teaching job, but is unsure how to do that and raise her three children.moreless
Elizabeth is saddened that most of the family will be away for Thanksgiving, but one-by-one the family trickles in to be together for the holiday. John-Curtis has an imaginary friend, and his identity catches the family by surprise.
Erin's upcoming wedding to Paul Matthews Northridge is put in doubt by the arrival of Ashley Longworth, Jr. Jonesy prepares to open his veterinary practice. Elizabeth hopes to get a Valentine from Drew.
John-Boy sees the future of media will change forever when he's given the chance to do television work for Boatwright University, while Jim-Bob tries to build a TV in time for the family to see the broadcast. Rose competes with Zuleika Dunbar for Stanley's affection.
Ben is taken on an unexpected trip by his captor, who turns him in to American forces. Toni is upset that Jason, just returned from France, doesn't want to get married before the war ends, but the fall of atomic bombs on Japan brings an end to both the war, and their fight.moreless
Jim-Bob, home for leave, is confronted by a girl he met who claims to be pregnant with his child. Jason is assigned to a unit entertaining troops still in Europe. Ben tries to keep his spirits high while in a Japanese POW camp.
Cindy's premonitions about Ben being in danger come true when word comes that he has been captured by the Japanese. John-Boy falls in love with a French girl, who runs a book shop in Paris, and agrees to write an article on the threat of unexploded mines.
Harley is arrested for an old crime, and John tries to help prove the original trial was biased. John-Boy and Toni try to locate Jason in France. Elizabeth is too busy with her horse to deal with Drew. Ike wants Corabeth to be more of a wife and less a business partner.moreless