Poor old Jason. When he started his course at the Kleinberg Conservatory back in 1935 he couldn't possibly have imagined he'd still be there seven years later. This episode does finally give him the chance to graduate, but not until he's finished that tricky last assignment. Just as he did at his recital in 'The House', Jason comes up with something cheery and contemporary. His professor is not amused.
I did like professor Bowen. First proper haircut we've seen on this show. Yes, it was obvious he would turn up to listen to Jason in the end, but he kept us guessing to the last. I also quite liked Jason's tune: much better than that dreadful 'Children's Carol' from last season.
While Walton No.2 is busy composing, the Baldwins decide to hold a fete to celebrate the founding of the village. We don't see much of the event itself, but the build-up, where the Waltons, Baldwins and Godseys each find accounts saying their forebears were the first to settle on the mountain, is rather good. We never do find out which account is right, but the name of the village doesn't change, so I guess they all come to terms.
The extra-long closing narration, with its summing up of all the characters, suggests this was written as a series finale, in which case it leaves quite a lot dangling. Aside from Jason finishing college, none of the Waltons gets any closure: Olivia is still unwell, Jim Bob has just lost his lifeplan and ME is left as a widow. Oh, and there's still a war on. Thank goodness for season eight!