The Waltons

Season 1 Episode 18

The Courtship

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 25, 1973 on CBS
8.2
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Olivia's uncle, Cody Nelson, comes to visit with the Waltons and finds love with a woman who has been divorced four times.

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  • The Divorcee

    8.5
    Another week, another romance. This time, it's the turn of Olivia's uncle, Cody Nelson. And, this time, we do have a happy ending.

    The story is fairly straightforward: the Waltons introduce Cody to a divorcee named Cordelia Hunnicot and watch with disapproval as love blooms between them. It's helped along by a good performance from Danna Hansen as Cordelia, and by a few unexpected twists and turns.

    As so often with television, the wedding is ridiculously rushed. I'm not a fan of these living room weddings: there are at least two churches in Walton's Mountain so why not use one of those? Still, it was at least far from obvious that Cordelia would say 'yes'.

    The episode takes place against the backdrop of the American government having shut down the banks to stave off a financial crisis. According to a well-known online encyclopedia, this places the episode in the days leading up to 13th March 1933, which is exactly the same time as 'The Typewriter' took place. No sign of said typewriter though. Not even a mention.

    And did anybody else think Uncle Cody looked like Gandalf? I kept expecting him to put on his hat and go riding off on a horse...

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Helen Kleeb

Helen Kleeb

Miss Mamie Baldwin

Ellen Corby

Ellen Corby

Grandma Esther Walton

Mary Jackson

Mary Jackson

Miss Emily Baldwin

Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas

John-Boy Walton

Judy Norton

Judy Norton

Mary Ellen Walton

Eric Scott

Eric Scott

Ben Walton

Eduard Franz

Eduard Franz

Cody Nelson

Guest Star

Danna Hansen

Danna Hansen

Cordelia

Guest Star

John Ritter

John Ritter

Rev. Matthew Fordwick

Recurring Role

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    • Opening Narration: It was spring on Waltons Mountain, that special time when all of life seeks and finds its own renewal and strength. A time when the season, like the mountain, calls back those whose lives have taken them so many miles and years away from the land. One of those who was called back in that spring of 1933 was my mother's uncle. His name was Cody Nelson and he'd come all the way home from Cincinnati, Ohio.

    • Closing Narration: Cody's bank did re-open, and he was hired back to his old job in the Accounting Department. There he remained until his retirement a year later. Great Uncle Cody died in 1953, and Cordelia followed him within six months. There are many who believe that she died of a broken heart.

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