Mary Ellen goes on a pill-popping bender while Elizabeth helps Yancy with his divorce. It's hard to believe this is the same show that gave us 'The Calf' and 'The Literary Man', but I guess we have to move on...
The A-plot isn't bad, but it does feel a bit out of place. Judy does her best, but neither she nor the director are able to handle Mary Ellen's behaviour. Still, after barely appearing in the season between her wedding and the birth of her son, it's good to have the Waltons' eldest back in the thick of it. I agree with the other reviewer that Jason has taken over John-boy's role. When he tackles ME about her addiction, I can almost hear Richard's voice.
Our newlyweds from last season are now on the verge of splitting up. With the help of the Baldwins, Elizabeth takes it upon herself to get them back together. I know Yancy stories are intended as a bit of light relief, but divorce is a serious subject and it's a shame to see it treated like this. Besides, there's no way Sissy would have stayed a whole two years if she doesn't like livestock in the house.
There's no Esther this week, but Curt makes a rare appearance and announces he is being posted to Pearl Harbour. If you didn't already know he was being written out, you certainly do now.