The Waltons

Season 4 Episode 13

The Nurse

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 11, 1975 on CBS
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The family prepares to surprise Mary Ellen, expecting her acceptance to nursing school.

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  • The Suitcase (Part I)

    Only halfway through the season and Mary Ellen is already about to leave school. Time is speeding up on Walton's Mountain.

    As you may have guessed from the title, this instalment is all about Mary Ellen's dream to become a nurse. Once again, it's an episode of two halves. In the first half, ME must sit an exam to get into nursing school, where everything is pristine, orderly and white. In the other half, she turns her hand to the practical side of the job, nursing a dying woman in squalid conditions in a hut in the woods.

    It's an effective contrast between the two sides of nursing, and the death of the woman in the hut is handled very well. I did like the girl playing her eldest daughter. There's a nice nod to Spencer's Mountain when Mary Ellen has to learn a whole subject over the summer to pass her entrance exam (Clay-boy had to learn Latin in his summer holiday to get into university).

    I liked the send-off scene on the doorstep and I liked the way they were all so desperate to keep it a surprise. She certainly won't be losing that suitcase in baggage reclaim!

    Almost a week since I watched this and I'm still trying to work out why nurses need to know algebra...

Barbara Eda-Young

Barbara Eda-Young

Nora Taylor

Guest Star

Charlotte Moore

Charlotte Moore

Nurse Jenny Stevens

Guest Star

Jon Lormer

Jon Lormer

Lait Basham

Guest Star

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    • Opening Narration: The joy and pain of growing up came to each of us in different ways, but no one endured the experience alone. And so it was when Mary Ellen tried her first searching steps away from her childhood. It was a time of joy and pain for her, and for the rest of us as well.

    • Closing Narration: By summer's end Mary Ellen had been accepted at the School of Nursing of the University of Virginia. All of us watched her grow through those difficult weeks as she gathered the knowledge and maturity she needed. At the end of it, Mary Ellen knew that nursing was to be her life, and as long as she pursued it, it was rewarding to her and to everyone who knew her as a nurse and loved her as a person.

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