The Waltons

Season 8 Episode 3

The Kinfolk

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 27, 1979 on CBS

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  • The Delinquents

    Not for the first time, the Waltons' kinfolk turn up and start causing mayhem. This time, however, they're from Olivia's side of the family. It's not clear exactly how Rose and Olivia are related, but the term 'cousin' covers many things, so I guess the writers are leaving it open. Given how close they are supposed to be, it seems odd that Olivia knows nothing of Rose's husband or offspring, seeing as Rose must have been married while Olivia was still a child.

    Anyhow, the kids waste no time revealing their true colours. Serena is a thief and a liar, while Jeffrey is a rude, obnoxious brat. I had little sympathy for either. All that stuff with the chicken was very strange. It's shown at the end that Jeffrey's father used to beat him, but surely that would make him wary and respectful of adults, not mouthy and disobedient.

    Jim Bob's looking more grown up than ever. He's now taken to dressing like Ben, which is no bad thing. Much better than those old dungarees. He gets a subplot this week in which he helps Ike install a huge air raid siren - only to find out it was meant for Richmond. It's a good laugh, and thanks to Jeffrey, we get to hear it go off.

    As you may know, actress Peggy Rea previously played Erin's landlady in 'The Empty Nest'. This isn't the first time a one-off guest has gone on to become a cast regular, and it won't be the last. Tom Bower played the pilot in 'The Wingwalker' before getting the role of Curt Willard, while Morgan Stevens will play a bedridden soldier in 'The Waiting' before being cast as Erin's future husband.

    Pick of the bunch: John Walton (Ralph Waite)

    Alternate title: The Chicken Thief

    Score: 8.9