The Waltons

Season 9 Episode 8

The Move

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 15, 1981 on CBS
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  • Ben's Crossroad

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    Ben is back from the Pacific and keen to get on with his life. To welcome him home, John makes him a partner at the sawmill. There's just one problem: Ben would rather go to college. It's much like 'The Choice', only this time the son concerned cancels his plans and stays put.

    The story works well, with Ben caught in two minds and John struggling to hide his disappointment. This is Ralph's last episode, so much is made of John's departure and the possible sale of the mill. Eric turns in his most mature performance to date, while Ronnie Claire is genuinely funny as the hapless estate agent. Having Cindy's hard-nosed father turn up partway through merely adds to the tension. John's retort, "colonels take time" is a classic. Nice touch also to get the Baldwin sisters over for the farewell.

    Erin gets this week's subplot, in which she has a stay-at-home holiday trying to hide from JD Pickett. It all goes to plan until an army procurement officer asks her to dinner. She agrees, of course: he has a pulse, and he's not a sibling or parent, so he ticks all Erin's boxes. Good fun to watch.

    There are a few bad moments. That greenscreen shot of Ben against the fuzzy San Francisco skyline is dreadful, and the scene where John is packing the car clearly has some dialogue missing. You can see mouths moving but nothing coming out. Minor complaints though.

    Lastly, it's good to hear Olivia mentioned again, even if it is to tell us she has TB. Best of the season so far.

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