The Waltons

Season 4 Episode 23

The House

16
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 19, 1976 on CBS
9.7
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Zebulon and Esther have conflicting desires for an old, abandoned house—she wants it preserved, while he wants to demolish it for the wood.

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  • The Rift (Part II)

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    Poor Esther. Last week she locked horns with Mary Ellen; this week she goes head to head with her husband of fifty years. It's not the first time she and Zeb have fallen out, of course, and at least this time nobody leaves home, but it's not really what the household needs right now.

    The reason for their clash is the future of an old house in Rockfish. Esther wants the building preserved, while Zeb wants to tear it down and salvage the fittings. The episode makes a good case for both sides of the argument, and the ending is pretty special, with Zeb and Esther showing once more just how fond they are of each other. I tend to think of conservation as a fairly new thing, but I guess there were always some who hated to see old buildings torn down.

    Jason gets this week's subplot. We don't often see him at college, so his recital makes a refreshing change. I love the way his mate, Hollis, says he can't play anything without the music in front of him, yet he knows how to play the first song Jason suggests off the top of his head. I'm also not sure why Jason doesn't head over to the Baldwins' to practise if it's too noisy at home: they said he could use their piano any time he liked, and they're in the episode anyway so it would have tied in nicely.

    I do like the bloke who plays Joe Wheeler, the county supervisor. The look on his face when the Baldwins start complaining is priceless. I note he also had a small part in the film 'Fletch', which was just about the only thing David Harper appeared in beside The Waltons. A small world indeed.

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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

Eric Scott

Eric Scott

Ben Walton

Michael Learned

Michael Learned

Olivia Walton

Jay Robinson

Jay Robinson

Professor Thaxton

Guest Star

Rusty Keller

Rusty Keller

Hollis

Guest Star

Sherry Hursey

Sherry Hursey

Felicia

Guest Star

Walter Brooke

Walter Brooke

Mr. Johnson

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The song Grandma wants Jason to play for her and which he later plays at the recital is "Carry Me back to Old Virginny". The next song at the recital is "Cindy (Get Along Home, Cindy, Cindy)".

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Opening Narration: On Walton's Mountain the changing of the seasons marked the rapid day-to-day growth of the younger members of our family. With all the process of change there were lasting values in our lives, as enduring as the mountain itself. But there came a time when our values were tested by events which came upon us without warning.

    • Closing Narration: The window was just the beginning. My father and grandfather parceled out the doors and mantels and paneling of the old Whitby house to our friends and neighbors. Somehow that bit of history in each of their homes brought us all a little closer together.

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