The Waltons

Season 6 Episode 21

The Ordeal (1)

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 16, 1978 on CBS

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  • The Guilt Trip

    Another season, another Walton in hospital. They do seem to suffer more than most in this family. This time, it's Elizabeth, who falls off a log stack and breaks both her legs whilst trying to rescue a bird. There's quite a lot to get through, so I'll be writing a separate review for each half. Bet you can't wait...

    Much like 'An Easter Story', the plot is built around whether the stricken character will ever walk again. Thing is, this is The Waltons, so you kind of know she will. Even at the time, I can't believe there were many who would have thought otherwise.

    Much more intriguing are Ben and Jim Bob's reactions after realising they may have been the cause. True to form, Jim Bob goes all sulky and tries to run away, while Ben gets a job and showers his sister with gifts. John is incredibly hard on them, seeing as it's his yard and he should have checked the log stack was safe before wandering off to chat to Ep. As the saying goes, you can delegate authority, but you can't delegate responsibility. Elizabeth should also have known better than to clamber around in a timber yard.

    I absolutely loved the crazy herb lady. She'd have made a great recurring character, especially seeing as everyone in the village seems to know her. The actress who plays her, Virginia Gregg, was actually the schoolteacher in the original Spencer's Mountain film.

    There's some tidy acting this week. Eric, in particular, is absolutely on form with the guilt. He looks so meek standing there in his long johns you can't help but love him. He's also looking very hench these days, as witnessed in his dip at the pool. Certainly not the skinny kid from those early seasons. I guess that's David's role now.

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