The Waltons

Season 7 Episode 15

The Obstacle

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 11, 1979 on CBS
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  • The Wheels

    8.5
    John-boy's former nemesis, Mike Paxton, spends some time with the Waltons after wounding himself in the war. His injuries have left him in a wheelchair, so the family must help him overcome his gloom and find his place in the world. Cue much rampbuilding and general cheery behaviour.

    It's a cute enough story, and it's one of a long, long line in which the Waltons take in a guest and straighten out his problems. It just doesn't make sense that it's Mike Paxton. The script makes out he was John-boy's best mate, when in fact he was a complete tosspot who bullied John-boy at college and randomly shared a bedsit with him once.

    That aside, there are some good moments. I liked the way Esther latched onto Mike. You could see the empathy in her eyes. I also liked Judy's performance. She's much more convincing as a nurse than as a mother.

    Meanwhile, Ben and Ike decide to do their bit for the war effort by singing and dancing for the troops. Their routine is truly awful, and I spent most of it cringing behind the settee, thanking the Lord the rest of the family was out. Inexplicably, the talent scouts like it, and they invite Ben and Ike to perform at their barracks, which they duly do. So, now you know how America won the war.

    Pick of the bunch: Mary Ellen Willard (Judy Norton)

    Alternate title: The Comeback

    Score: 8.4