I do agree for the most part with "oldshowzfinatic" in his review of this episode. It was a fun show. It is even more fun seeing this first season again (or maybe for the first time for me). It is interesting to note the opening, the subtle differences (like the colour of Olivia's hair and how she mellowed over the soming seasons) and seeing how young these kids were at first and how quickly they grew up and changed. It was also fun to hear John Boy admit in a final voice over from a couple of episodes back that he knew he could be cruel and arrogant. Richard Thomas was very good in that role which is brought to even brighter light later on by the lackluster John Whiteman.
Throughout the series it is great to see so many guest stars who later went on to great success. Plus if you look up some of the names of some guests you did not think you knew you realize that you have seen them numerous times since. In this episode it is nice to see a young and naive John Ritter and also Collin Wilcox as a preacher woman not too long after her "To Kill A Mockingbird" turn.
The only thing I take issue with here is that the new preacher did not perform his first sermon drunk. He swayed his new parishioners and the rest the day after when he was merely hungover.
5 seasons. That's how long they can withstand him. But who I to say that? Maybe it got unbearable somewhere in the 3rd season, but back to this AWESOME EPISODE! This has got to be one of my pesonal all time favorites in the entire Walton series! I think that the overall most funniest part is when the newcomer Reverend Fordwick goes with Zeb to an innocent sit in with the Baldwin sissies, not knowing that they're really serving him is bootleg whiskey. And then he becomes drunk of course and sadly, goes to his first sermon like that. I EXTREMELY recamend this episode! ~Old Shows Finatic