The Waltons

Season 3 Episode 6

The Romance

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 10, 1974 on CBS
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Olivia enrolls herself in an art class at night, and her teacher makes romantic advances. Mary Ellen is rebuffed by her boyfriend and grandmother when she expresses a desire to become a doctor.

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  • The Art Class

    First up, it's nice to see an Olivia-themed episode for a change. I knew there had to be more to life than cooking, sewing and fretting. This week's story sees her join an evening class for artists, only for her tutor, Joshua, to take a less than subtle shine to her.

    To get to the class, John-boy teaches Olivia to drive. Her first driving lesson is hilarious. That's some skill to drive at that speed round the garden without hitting anyone or anything. Luckily, she picks it up in no time at all and has her license by the end of the week. Ah, the good old days!

    I didn't think much of the bloke playing Joshua, although I note he went on to become quite a prolific actor. His affection for Olivia seems very forced and there's no chemistry whatsoever.

    Esther is even more crabby than usual this week, spouting on about how women should stay at home and do dishes. Must be great fun to play a character like this.

    And Mary Ellen now wants to become a doctor. This is an idea she'll stick with for the rest of the series, although we'll have to wait until the TV movies for it to happen. What was with that annoying boyfriend though? Come on Mary Ellen, you can do better than that. Bring back GW!

David Selby

David Selby

Joshua Williams

Guest Star

Ysabel MacCloskey

Ysabel MacCloskey

Mrs. Riddle

Guest Star

Iris Korn

Iris Korn

Mrs. Hallett

Guest Star

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    • Opening Narration: Life on Walton's Mountain never seemed more stable than when I was 18 and in college. It was comforting to know that the family was always there, knowing exactly what they were doing, and accepting it as the right and necessary way to live. Each of us has a secret life, private dreams and aspirations and fantasies that we are hesitant to share with others. I had always associated my mother with our home, and thought the boundaries of her life were within the walls of that house. Then, one day, I happened to stumble across my mother's private dream.

    • Closing Narration: The mountain colored our lives when we lived in its shadow, and even after, when the course of our lives led us far away. Wherever I may be, with the coming of night, also comes the whisper of those long-ago voices.

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