The Waltons

Season 3 Episode 1

The Conflict (1)

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 12, 1974 on CBS
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The Conflict (1)
Aunt Martha Corinne Walton's home is in the proposed right-of-way for the Blue Ridge Parkway. All of the Waltons come to her aid and try and stop the contractor. During a skirmish with the contractor and deputies, John-Boy gets shot.

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  • The End of the Road

    An absolute cracker to start the third season. Action, tension, some wonderful acting and a fresh and original ending.

    The premise is fairly straightforward. John's cousin and his family have been told they must leave their land to make way for a new highway. Rather than go quietly, they decide to stand and fight. John, Zeb and John-boy must choose whether to stand by their kin or stay on the right side of the law. It's a gripping story, and one which must have happened many times over back then.

    Guest actress, Beulah Bondi, gives a brilliant performance as the family matriarch, Martha Corinne. In fact, I'd go as far as to say she owns this episode. Martha Corinne's steadfast refusal to yield to the government is what drives the story, and when she orders her family to stand their ground, they willingly take up arms.

    The Waltons have always come across as rather rustic, but here they are the ones trying to drag their cousins into the modern world. It's a great turnaround. Up in the mountains, the world does seem that much older, and by the time the gun battle comes along, it doesn't feel at all out of place.

    For once, the story ends sadly. We are led to believe that John will persuade the state government to leave his cousin's land alone, but his appeal fails and Martha Corinne is forced out of the home she built seventy years before. Seeing her sweep the floor for the last time is a touching and powerful scene and, for me, helps make this the best installment so far.


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    • Opening Narration: When I was growing up on Walton's Mountain, I had a tendency to think of myself and my immediate family as the only Waltons, but that wasn't true; we were part of a great clan. There were other mountains and many other Waltons who lived farther up in the Blue Ridge. They were part of the family who's way had scarcely been touched by the passing of time. We were a family born to share a kinship with the seasons, always gratefully accepting that which the land gave, but living in the knowledge that weather and misfortune could take it away. One summer we were to learn that man also could take away what the land had given.

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