The Waltons

Season 9 Episode 2

The Outrage (2)

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 27, 1980 on CBS

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  • The Pardon

    I can't work out whether this episode was written as a two-parter or not. The air date is the same for each half, but the second part has its own opening narration. Either way, this isn't as good as the first half.

    Harley's prison dilemma continues. The scene where he gets taken away from a tearful Verdie is excellent, and seeing John locked up on his account comes as something of a shock, but the way the story resolves itself is ridiculous. Basically, John goes to visit the president in Georgia, and the president not only takes time out from fighting the war to meet him but signs an on-the-spot pardon for Harley. It doesn't seem very likely.

    The Godseys' story is also resolved weakly. Ike decides he wants Corabeth back at the shop and she says 'yes'. That's about it. Much more interesting is Elizabeth's subplot, where her horse breaks its leg and Cindy shoots it dead. A bit random but suitably dramatic. This leaves Elizabeth free to see Drew. To show how much he cares, Drew buys the horse's foal and suggests they raise it together. Crafty bugger! Young Tony Becker has grown loads since last season, both in height and at the shoulder. He looks quite the man when he shows up at the door in his blue shirt.

    The latter part of the episode deals with the death of President Roosevelt, and has a subdued and slightly surreal feel to it. The camera visits each group of characters in turn to show their reactions, then ends with the family watching the funeral train as it passes. John's closing line, "Goodnight Mr President", has become something of a series classic.

    Pick of the bunch: Drew Cutler (Tony Becker)

    Alternate title: The Fastidious Wife

    Score: 8.3