The Waltons

Season 9 Episode 9

The Whirlwind

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 22, 1981 on CBS

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  • The Dew Drop Inn

    A cracking story, a strong subplot and an engaging guest actor make this a very enjoyable hour. It's first and foremost a tale of Mary Ellen and her future husband, Jonesy, but it begins with a runaway car and a crash, so I have to give points for that.

    The main plot is brisk and absorbing. This isn't the first time ME has found love since becoming a widow, but it is the most convincing. It's as much about Mary Ellen coming to terms with Curt's death as it is about her feelings for Jonesy, but Richard Gilliland is so likeable you can't help but root for his character. John Curtis returns after several weeks away, and the little fella even gets lines. Nice! As with most Walton love stories, a wedding is planned and called off before the episode ends, putting ME level with Erin for cancelled engagements.

    Some of the lines seem a little out of place. Mary Ellen has always loved science, yet seems not to have heard of the constellations. And Jonesy reacts with shock when he sees John Curtis, even though Jim Bob and Rose have just been discussing him. All rather strange.

    The subplot is class. Jason buys the Dew Drop Inn, only to find it needs more work than thought. In true Waltons style, his siblings and their partners pitch in and help, and it opens to a full house. The Dew Drop is such a part of this show, it's hard to believe it didn't appear until Season Five. At least it's in good hands now.

    Although this episode introduces the infamous 'Curt is alive' thread, I'm ignoring that for now. I don't want to spoil what is otherwise a very decent hour.

    Pick of the bunch: Arlington Jones (Richard Gilliland)

    Alternate title: The Five-Foot Shelf (referring to Jason and co. restoring the Dew Drop Inn)

    Score: 9.4

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