The Waltons

Season 4 Episode 10

The Loss

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 13, 1975 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • Pussy Galore

    So, it's been less than a season since 'The Shivaree', and already one of the newlyweds is dead. That's pretty harsh. It's also a strange choice of story for a topic like this. While it's good that the show is prepared to deal with tough themes like grief, the episode would have been so much better had it focused on a main cast member rather than a one-off character from last season.

    One thing I do like this week is the pace of the episode. The writing is tidy, and the scenes and reactions seem pretty realistic. Ben and Jim Bob grumbling about Olivia's constant crying is entirely in character, and even Esther tones down the crabbiness for a week.

    Unfortunately, Deborah White's acting once again lets the episode down. She was bad enough in 'The Shivaree', but she's even worse this time round. Her tears don't convince at all, and when she isn't crying she is far too perky. There's basically nothing in between.

    Of course, it wouldn't be 'The Waltons' without a subplot in which Elizabeth comes to empathise with the grown-ups in the main plot. This week's plot device is a dead cat. The pussy's passing might have been a little sadder had we ever seen the creature before, but seeing as it has never been mentioned until today, I was left wondering how any of them came to be so attached to it. That aside, it is a good performance from young Kami so praise where praise is due.

    My hunch? Bob faked his own death to get away from his wife's dreadful acting. As I say, it's just a hunch.

    Pick of the bunch: Ben Walton (Eric Scott)

    Alternate title: The First Casualty

    Score: 7.6

  • A painful example of when outside characters head into Walton's mountain.

    The Waltons works best as an ensemble cast interacting with each other. Unfortunately when you throw in a grieving widow without the emotional setup so that we in the audience care about the situation, we just want to run and hide. This is a sequel to a prior episode about a farcical wedding called "The Shivaree" from season 3. Now cousin Olivia must cope with that loss. The final result is basically to move on with life. Flashbacks replace character exploration and I couldn't help but find myself apathetic to the entire situation. This might have been a good idea on paper but it fails miserably when put to film.