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The Waltons

Season 2 Episode 13

The Bequest

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 29, 1973 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Grandma finds out she has inherited $250 and decides to share her wealth. Mary Ellen experiments with being a blonde and uses Jim-Bob as a test case. The local church desperately needs a new roof.

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  • The Root of All Evil

    Esther comes into some money and the others set about spending it for her. This is a really good twist on the show's usual material. It's reassuring to see how the Waltons become a regular American family as soon as money is offered, especially the children. Ben and Jason squabbling over their share of the spoils is spot on.

    Ellen Corby puts in another sparkling performance, from grief at her friend's death to joy at being able to send John-boy to college, with a whole lot of brooding in between. Esther's decision to pay for the church roof is a given, and her gift of three dollars to each of the children makes for some fascinating twists and turns.

    Of course, the moment the family starts spending the money it becomes obvious the cheque will never arrive, and the writers don't disappoint. Mary Ellen's hair-lightening experiment is the best bit, although we don't get to see the inevitable telling-off.

    Is fifty dollars really that much for a church roof? The Waltons raised more than that by themselves in 'The Deed'. There seems to be quite a big congregation at this church. Surely a few coffee mornings would do the trick?

    At the end of the day, money does often bring out the worst in people, but human nature requires us to crave it, and that is something even the Waltons cannot change. Good stuff indeed!moreless
Anne Carol Pearson

Anne Carol Pearson


Guest Star

Eunice Christopher

Eunice Christopher


Guest Star

Cindy Eilbacher

Cindy Eilbacher

Martha Rose Coverdale

Recurring Role

John Ritter

John Ritter

Rev. Matthew Fordwick

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Opening Narration: As much as every member of our family loved our day to day life, we all had moments when we were prone to consider what life would be like if we had a million dollars. Most of the time those moments of avarice were short lived, and quickly replaced by the real values that made up our lives. But one day a letter came which pushed every member of the family toward a new appraisal of what was really important in life.

    • Closing Narration: To their surprise and to our grief, time crept up on those two vigorous old people. I remember that my grandmother at 94 was still beautiful and wore violets in her hair. And as long as he lived, my grandfather insisted that he'd been kissed by every pretty girl who happened to come by our house. How innocent were those days, how rich we are to have known them.

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