The Waltons

Season 2 Episode 13

The Bequest

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

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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 bold plot and a bit of a break from the show's usual fare. For all their morals and virtues, it's reassuring to see how the Waltons become a regular American family as soon as money is on offer, especially the children. Ben and Jason squabbling over their share of the spoils is spot on.

    Ellen Corby puts in another sparkling performance as Esther, from grief at her friend's death to joy at being able to send John-boy to college, plus a whole lot of brooding in between. Her 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 on poor Jim Bob is the best bit, although we don't get to see the inevitable telling-off. I was banking on at least ten Bible verses.

    Is fifty dollars really that much for a church roof? The Waltons raised far 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!

    Pick of the bunch: Esther Walton (Ellen Corby)

    Alternate title: The Legacy

    Score: 9.6