The Waltons

Season 4 Episode 8

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 30, 1975 on CBS
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Mary Ellen and Erin both fall for—and quibble over—the same guy, a forestry student new to Walton's Mountain.

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  • The Impossible Angle

    8.5
    A slightly unusual episode, this, in that it begins with one story and ends with another. The first two thirds revolve around the latest wayfarer to pass the Waltons' way, while the latter two thirds focus on Olivia fostering a baby (yes, the stories do overlap).

    We've seen the boys fighting over a girl before; now we get to see Erin and Mary Ellen squabbling over a boy. It's quite entertaining, though sadly there's no catfight. Erin wins and she gets to snog the wayfarer, whose name is Chad. It's sad to think that if a university student were to kiss a fifteen-year old today he'd probably get locked up. Hell, these days you can't even send a text!

    Chad has the most seventies hair ever. Did anybody notice the way it kept changing between shots when he and Erin were in the pond? Teehee! There are also some unusual camera angles this week, including an impossible one of the kitchen from behind the worktop. The reverse shot shows this to be a solid wall.

    The baby makes an interesting distraction. My first thought was that it could have made an episode in itself, but to be honest, twenty minutes was enough. I'm not sure why the doctor thought Olivia might die if she had another baby. Sounds a bit drastic. In Spencer's Mountain she had nine children and was still going strong.

    So, this week we learn that Erin is fifteen. A few weeks back we heard that Jason was eighteen, which must make Mary Ellen seventeen and Ben sixteen. This more or less fits with what we've been told before, although it does make Jim Bob and Elizabeth quite a bit younger than the others. In real life, of course, Mary McDonough is only five months older than David Harper, but that's television, folks!

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    • Opening Narration: Our home at Walton's Mountain was far off the beaten track, but we were connected with the rest of the world by a picturesque back-country road, muddy or frozen in winter, hot and dusty in the summer, rutted always, the road brought us many adventures. Sometimes a herd of deer would leap in front of the headlights, or the pine forest dappled with newly-blossomed dogwood or red bud would refresh the eye and lift the spirit, and I remember one occasion when I met a stranger on the road, a casual incident which led to fireworks in the family such as we had never seen before.

    • Closing Narration: The cradle was never far back in the attic. It was used again and again as our own families grew, and I think she is never so happy as when one or all of her grandchildren come to visit in that house on Walton's Mountain.

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