The Waltons

Season 2 Episode 21

The Fulfillment

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 07, 1974 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Waltons bring home an eight-year-old boy named Stevie, who is an orphan, so he can experience a family setting. Stevie forms a bond with blacksmith Curtis Norton.

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  • The Obvious Ending

    Not the greatest episode. Despite a decent guest star, the story is bland, the acting is flat and the ending is very predictable.

    Not for the first time, the Waltons take in a disadvantaged child. This one is an orphan named Stevie, who comes from the same children's home as Hoby Shank (the decidedly grown-up orphan from 'The Braggart'). The reference to Hoby is good, but there's little else to enjoy in this tale. Stevie does little more than drag down the mood in the house; he is too rude to be likeable but not mischievous enough to be interesting.

    Curtis Norton, the blacksmith from 'The Bicycle', is back, although played by a different actor. While I seldom approve of shows switching actors like this, I confess I do prefer this bloke. His name is Victor French and he is notable for appearing in 'Spencer's Mountain'. Sadly, his on-screen wife is played by the same actress as before and she still hasn't shelled out for acting lessons.

    As soon as I tell you that Ann and Curtis can't have children of their own, you'll know straightaway that they end up adopting Stevie. The plot doesn't disappoint. Admittedly though, the scenes where Curtis plays the hopeful father are the best of the hour, especially the piggyback fight.

    Anything else? Oh yes, Jason has a two-minute subplot in which he decides to stay up late but gets bored and goes to bed. Most. Pointless. Subplot. Ever.


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    • Opening Narration: The Depression years were hard ones for just about everyone in the country. Our family had little money and few luxuries, but we did have food on the table and clean clothes to wear, even if they were mostly hand-me-downs, and a bountiful supply of love to sustain our household. Other families were not as fortunate as we were, and I remember how my mother and father occasionally invited a child from the Jefferson County Orphanage to share our life on Walton's Mountain.

    • Closing Narration: The Depression lingered on, hard times continued, but somehow the love that was most important to us on Walton's Mountain extended itself to others, and love is what the Nortons gave to Stevie, and he to them.

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