The Waltons

Season 4 Episode 12

The Estrangement

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 04, 1975 on CBS
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  • Wading in at the Deep End

    8.5
    This isn't the most exciting storyline, but it's good to see Wade and Vera again, even if they are at loggerheads for most of the hour. There's no Martha Corinne this time, but she will be back for one last hurrah in 'The Pony Cart'.

    The story is pretty straightforward: Vera turns up on the Waltons' doorstep complaining that Wade is being mean to her, and it is up to the Waltons to get them back together. The best moment by far comes when Wade is threatening to break down the barn door and John hurls him to the ground. Go John!

    Alongside all this, Ben starts a business selling trees. Only problem is, he doesn't know s**t about trees, and his goods die in transit. I thought this was a really good effort by Ben, and I was sad John and Zeb seemed to view his venture as a joke. Ben is by far the most enterprising of the brothers, and the wee lad could do with a bit of encouragement.

    The writing is a little sloppy in places. For example, Wade and Vera keep talking about their new life in the city, yet their house seems to be on a dirt track in the woods. Also, the opening narration talks about folk from the past reappearing by surprise, yet it turns out John-boy saw Wade just two weeks earlier.

    Ep Bridges is back! Where have you been, mate? It's been two whole seasons since we last saw you. Welcome back to the mountain!

    Pick of the bunch: Wade Walton (Richard Hatch)

    Alternate title: The Separation

    Score: 8.4