The Waltons

Season 3 Episode 15

The Birthday

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 19, 1974 on CBS

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  • The Tent

    So, 1935 has finally arrived and all is well in the Walton household. Until Zeb has a heart attack, that is.

    To be fair, it's only a mild heart attack, but the realisation that Zeb and Esther will not last forever has certainly struck home. With Zeb laid out in bed, the story focuses firmly on Esther and how she deals with the prospect of loss. It's another heartfelt performance from the wonderful Ellen Corby.

    Not for the first time, Zeb stays in bed and decides that his time is up. The same thing happened in 'The Star', so this shows good continuity by the writers. The family is having none of it, of course. They move him to a tent in the garden to celebrate his birthday, which turns out to be just what he needs (although certainly not what the doctor ordered). As so often, the story then wraps itself up very quickly and we're onto the 'goodnight' scene in a matter of minutes.

    Other than Ike, this season has been very light on recurring characters. We've yet to see Ep, Matthew, Emily, Mamie, GW, Flossie, Yancy, Maude or Dr Vance. This week is also a light one for the children, with no subplots to speak of - unless you count Jason tripping over Jim Bob's scooter. Teehee indeed.

    Pick of the bunch: Esther Walton (Ellen Corby)

    Alternate title: Spring Fever (it's stated in this episode that Zeb's birthday takes place in the spring)

    Score: 8.8