The Waltons

Season 5 Episode 23

The Hiding Place

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 03, 1977 on CBS

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  • The Germans (Part III)

    An episode that manages to be fairly decent despite an awkward guest slot and a distinctly non-Walton theme. The plot revolves around Hilary von Kleist, a cousin of the Baldwins who is married to a German. I'm not sure whether it's the actress or the direction, but her lines are delivered very strangely. Watch it and you'll see what I mean.

    John-boy's obsession with the Nazis continues. His hounding of Hilary is pretty brutal, and he cannot accept that she might not want to talk about it. It's as if 'The Firestorm' never happened.

    Jason joining the National Guard is by far the best thing this week. His decision comes totally out of the blue and it leads to a great bust-up between him and his mother. Olivia has been staunchly against war throughout the series, so this is good consistency of character. Jason joins anyway, and he looks the absolute business in his new uniform.

    Last, but not least, Jim Bob buys an expensive car horn, then realises he doesn't have the cash to pay for it. His solution is to march down the street tooting the horn, whereupon a whole crowd of people follow him to the junkyard he bought it from. They spend so much money that the owner gives him a job. Completely bizarre but great fun.

    Appearance of the week goes to Judy Norton. She gets to speak two words.

    Pick of the bunch: Jason Walton (Jon Walmsley)

    Alternate title: The Premonition (a reference to Hilary's reaction when she sees Jason in his uniform, even though it's technically more of a flashback)

    Score: 8.2