The Waltons

Season 2 Episode 10

The Thanksgiving Story (1)

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 15, 1973 on CBS
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John-Boy anticipates a visit from his girlfriend and his pending college scholarship exam. He has an accident in the sawmill and his vision is burred. He is unable to finish his test and eventually must undergo surgery. Meanwhile, Jason helps the Baldwins prepare some 'recipe,' Mary Ellen performs in a school play, and Ben and Grandpa go turkey hunting.moreless

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  • The Adoption

    9.0
    This is a single, feature-length episode on the DVD so I'll post the same review in both halves if that's alright.

    First up, I'm not sure why the producers decided to make a feature-length episode midway through the season, but I'm glad they did. Having the extra fifty minutes gives the various threads far longer to play out and the whole episode feels like part of a serial.

    I do like the way it's plotted. The first half is all about Jenny Pendleton coming back and John-boy applying for college, with his accident a minor mishap at the start. Then, after several bouts of concussion, John-boy's health takes centre stage, and he winds up sitting his entrance exam in hospital. It's not as tense as it should be, but it does throw a suitable spanner in the works. At the same time, there are several side plots: Ben goes hunting with Grandpa, Jason hangs out with the Baldwins and Mary Ellen gets a part in the school play.

    Jason's plot is superb. I laughed out loud when the Baldwins said they wanted to adopt him. I'm still laughing as I write this. Brilliant acting and great reactions by all the cast. More scenes like this please!

    Mary Ellen vs Martha Rose is fast becoming a bit of a fixture. This week, they both compete for the same role in the school play, mainly because GW Haynes is the leading man. The audition is brief, to say the least, and the play itself is dreadful - pretty much as I remember my school plays. I did like GW with his stick-on beard though.

    Good use of the recurring characters this week. Great to see Matt Fordwick again. If you're after a feel-good episode with just a little drama, you should definitely watch this.moreless
Helen Kleeb

Helen Kleeb

Miss Mamie Baldwin

Ellen Corby

Ellen Corby

Grandma Esther Walton

Mary Jackson

Mary Jackson

Miss Emily Baldwin

Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas

John-Boy Walton

Judy Norton

Judy Norton

Mary Ellen Walton

Eric Scott

Eric Scott

Ben Walton

Sian Barbara Allen

Sian Barbara Allen

Jenny Pendleton

Guest Star

Diane Shalet

Diane Shalet

Eula Pendleton

Guest Star

Keith Atkinson

Keith Atkinson

Proctor

Guest Star

Cindy Eilbacher

Cindy Eilbacher

Martha Rose Coverdale

Recurring Role

Mariclare Costello

Mariclare Costello

Miss Hunter

Recurring Role

Victor Izay

Victor Izay

Dr. Vance

Recurring Role

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    • Opening Narration: Next to Christmas, I suppose you'd have to say that Thanksgiving was our favorite time of the year. We may have been poor in worldly possessions but at Thanksgiving, more than any other time, I think we knew, we really knew, how great was our abundance. It wasn't until the cold November of my 18th year however, that I fully understood what abundance meant. It was a time of terrible questioning for all of us, and when it was over, we all knew a bit more about Thanksgiving.

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