The Waltons

Season 3 Episode 14

The Visitor

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 12, 1974 on CBS
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Zeb's old friend returns to Walton's Mountain without his wife. Elizabeth has an imaginary friend.

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  • The Denial

    An old friend of the Waltons comes back to the Mountain and starts patching up his house. To Esther's delight, he announces his wife, Delia, will be joining him a few days later. The Waltons all pitch in to help, of course, but it soon becomes clear something is wrong. It turns out his wife has died but he can't bring himself to believe it.

    It's a very sad tale, but it's a little too odd to be a tearjerker. Old man Mason's behaviour is strange from the word go, and the way the cast members keep going on about Delia makes it obvious something has happened to her. That said, I didn't expect her to have died. To complement the main story, Elizabeth makes up a friend of her own, much to the annoyance of her siblings.

    The bloke playing Mason puts in a very convincing performance, and I note he was quite a prolific actor in his day. His portrayal of an old man alone with his sorrow is very touching.

    I love the way nobody sells or lets houses in Walton's Mountain. When they move out, they simply leave their house empty and (presumably) buy another one. Wish I had that kind of money!

    Lastly, this title could apply to half the episodes in the series. I wonder why they chose it for this one?

John Beal

John Beal

Mason Beardsley

Guest Star

Madge Sinclair

Madge Sinclair

Minnie Doze

Guest Star

George Garro

George Garro

James Lee Beardsley

Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Opening Narration: Old friends were treasured on Walton's Mountain, and it was a pleasurable time when people who had moved away would come back to visit or to remain. I remember a time when friends, both real and imaginary, appeared in our village, and how those friends affected our lives.

    • Closing Narration: A short time later Mr. Beardsley was released from his search on this earth, and we all came to feel that he at last, found his Delia. As I look back now at all the lessons we were to learn on Walton's Mountain I recall with increasing gratitude that our parents and grandparents were there to shed light and make clear what we couldn't understand.

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