The Waltons

Season 6 Episode 17

Spring Fever

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 12, 1978 on CBS
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  • The Gloves are Off

    9.5
    At last! An episode where the Walton brothers (or two of them, at least) actually behave like brothers. This is the home life I remember: bickering, scoring points off each other, but ultimately still looking out for one another.

    The opening narration refers to Jim Bob and Ben as the Waltons' two young stallions, and this pretty much sets the tone for the hour. It's impossible not to like Ben, but he does behave like a bit of a knob this week, picking on Jim Bob then swiping Patsy from under his nose. JB strikes back though, and the two of them are soon at full-on loggerheads. The girlfriend swap is brilliant. It's a shame they couldn't have used Darlene, but Ruby is a fine replacement.

    This week's subplot concerns Mamie Baldwin, who rather randomly decides her time is up and asks Zeb to sort out her will. Zeb, of course, did much the same thing himself once, so he is better placed than most to pick her up. This sets up some pretty memorable scenes: Zeb and Jason playing croquet in their whites, then the whole gang singing on the back of a haywain. In the end, though, it's a simple fishing trip that snaps Mamie out of her glumness.

    Ben and Jim Bobs' fight has been brewing since the start, and it's great fun when it comes. The wrestling on the ground is good value, but if you look closely, you'll spot that it's two stuntmen rather than David and Eric. Wouldn't want to spoil those good looks.

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