The Waltons

Season 2 Episode 16

The Awakening

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 03, 1974 on CBS
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  • The Roses

    9.0
    Another entertaining hour, with most characters getting some action. The main plot sees Esther lose her hearing a few days ahead of her 68th birthday (placing her birth in 1866). Understandably, she begins to worry about getting old, but it turns out she merely has an ear infection. Phew!

    Grandma-themed episodes always score well on here, and this one is no exception. Once again, Ellen gives a heartfelt performance as Esther, cranking up the crabbiness in public but at the same time showing her character's sadness and fear. Top marks! Her birthday turns out much better than planned, and Erin's dreadful knitting provides some light relief, both for the characters and the audience.

    Mary Ellen, meanwhile, gets hormonal over a man and decides she isn't a girl any more. This is a rerun of 'The Minstrel', albeit with a lot less action for the guest actor, who appears once at the beginning of the episode and is never seen again. Still, it does mean we get to see more of the adorable GW Haines, who has decided he wants to be the man of Miss Walton's dreams. To modern eyes, Mary Ellen's encounter with the man at the beginning looks so very wrong. He spots her bathing, walks over, then starts kissing her, even though it's obvious she's a schoolgirl. Nowadays, even pausing for a look would be enough to get you locked up. Ah, the seventies!

    And GW presenting John-boy with a bunch of flowers. The fun I could have had with that ending...

    Pick of the bunch (no pun intended): GW Haines (David Doremus)

    Alternate title: The Birthday

    Score: 9.1