John-Boy asks his family to help Mike Paxton, a friend who was recently handicapped. They show him being in a wheelchair is not the end of his life and show him how to adjust. Erin helps him get a job at Pickets.
Ben has a new camera. Erin walks in the room with shorts and cute top. She poses coyly, and he takes a picture. The picture becomes a pin-up for the soldiers at Camp Lee. Since losing Curt, Mary Ellen is overly protective of John Curtis.
Ashley Longworth returns to Emily Baldwin. Ashley Longworth Jr, that is. Miss Emily blends her beau with Ashley Jr and sometimes loses reality. Erin and Ashley begin a relationship. Elizabeth wonders if she should wear a bra.
An old girlfriend of John Walton buys the Drew Drop Inn where Jason works. John stops at the Drew Drop and re-meets her. She still has feelings for him, but he still loves his wife. Ike Godsey opens a canteen for the soldiers.
Jim-Bob finds out he is not eligible to fly in the Air Corps due to bad vision. He realizes he can join to work on the planes even if he cannot fly them. Mary Ellen has doubts about starting to go out again.
The town prepares for a Founder's Day Celebration. Who settled there first? The Baldwins, the Waltons, or the Godseys? Jason has to prepare a piece of music for graduating from the Kleinberg Conservatory.
John has been appointed to the local draft board. John convinces a young soldier who went AWOL to return to his unit and the boy is subsequently lost when a troop ship is torpedoed. The boy's father wants revenge. Also, there's bad news about John-Boy.
The family members all seem involved in the war effort. John helps with the draft board. A soldier who signed up because of John is killed in the war, and the father wants to take revenge. Bad news about John-Boy.
Rose arrives at the Waltons' home with her grandchildren. The grandchildren always cause trouble and get into mischief on purpose. Jim-Bob and Ike build an air raid siren; Jeffrey finds it and causes trouble.
John has to prove he graduated from high school in order to continue getting contracts and security for government contracts. Mary Ellen becomes the nurse for the mountain folk when Nora is called into the service.
The parents who work at Picket's defense plant leave their children in the parking lot while the parents work. Olivia wants to open a day care in Picket's bar room for the workers. Guess who wins? Ike learns to dance.
Film makers film a documentary at Picket's Plant and make Erin the "star". She thinks she might have a future in movies; one of the assistants gives her the truth. The Baldwin sisters host a dinner for the soldiers. Jason helps.
Ashley Longworth Jr returns to the mountain. He proposes to Erin and she accepts. Problems arise when he says he does not want to be married in a church. Serena (Rose's granddaughter) follows Elizabeth all the time.
A soldier is sending his wife mail, but getting no replies. Olivia looks into it. Finds some something bad happened to the wife. Corabeth Godsey learns she will receive an inheritance. It is not what she expects.
A run (on foot) and ride (on horse) race is being held. Mary Ellen and Erin bet two guys that they will win. Elizabeth becomes a taskmaster in training Mary Ellen and Erin. Jeffrey gets a signed picture from a movie star.
Things begin to disappear from stores and homes as it gets closer to Christmas. Jeffrey meets a friend who is there for him when he needs it. He is the man taking things. On Christmas, he meets the Walton family.
Corabeth tries to sell a book at the store about being a perfect wife. She gives Cindy a book. She tries to follow all the instructions and ends up exhausted. Jeffrey and Serena find a pregnant cat and want to keep her and the kittens.