The Waltons

Season 3 Episode 21

The Choice

12
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 06, 1975 on CBS
9.6
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John wants to expand the mill and call it Walton and Sons, but Jason wants to study music and tries for a scholarship. John-Boy is told he should write a novel.

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  • Trouble at t'Mill

    9.5
    I don't know why, but I love Jason-based episodes. It's probably because there are so few in these early seasons. This one pits Jason's dream to become a musician against John's plan for him to take over the family business. The timing couldn't be worse for poor Jason: John and Zeb decide to build a new mill just as he finds out he is eligible for a musical scholarship. It's a straight fight between chasing your dreams and taking the practical option. This is Hollywood, of course, so I'm sure I don't need to tell you which side wins.

    For me, this is very much Jason's coming-of-age episode. Until now, he has been a schoolboy with an ear for a tune. Now, he has a plan and a mission. Jon Walmsley puts in a thoroughly convincing performance, probably because he is so interested in music himself. Top marks to him! I found it slightly annoying that the writers chose to have John-boy start his novel this same week, but I guess it's better than having a meaningless subplot.

    The plans for the new mill sound good. I look forward to seeing how that works out. Luckily for John (and for Jason), Ben seems very keen to join the family business. We were told he was 'almost sixteen' a few weeks ago, so presumably they won't have long to wait.

    Line of the week goes to Mary Ellen, when Esther tells her that John-boy and Jason deserve their talents because they are boys. 'Grandma, I think I'm going to scream if you finish that sentence'. Class.

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    • Opening Narration: One of the things that I find distressing about life today is that people don't really seem to enjoy their work anymore. When I was growing up on Walton's Mountain my father and my grandfather loved their work and they instilled a respect for work in each of us. But I recall one time when my brother Jason had to make a choice—a choice that was difficult for him, but even more difficult for my father.

    • Closing Narration: Almost all of us chose careers that took us away from Walton's Mountain, but no matter how far any of us traveled in later years we always came home, and while we were away my mother and father were always with us, in our hearts, and more importantly, in our attitudes toward life.

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