A woman accuses Jim-Bob of fathering her unborn child. He is prepared to marry her, but it turns out she is not pregnant. Jason is still in Europe entertaining troops, and Ben is still in a prison camp.
Ben and another captured solider are led from camp on an unknown trip. Turns out they are taken to American soldiers and the Japanese solider surrenders. Jason doesn't want to get married right away, and Toni is upset. (August 1945)
Jonesy arrives in town and meets Mary Ellen. They have a whirlwind romance and plan to marry. Mary Ellen receives some surprising news about Curtis after all these years. Jason buys the abandoned Dew Drop Inn and reopens it.
Mary Ellen travels to Florida. Curtis is still alive, wounded and different. They talk and realize the marriage is indeed over. Erin and Picket come to blows and she quits. Jonesy talks Picket into rehiring Erin for a better deal.
Stanley Perkins is retired and returns to the mountain to see Rose. He helps the community but is really falling apart. His sister arrives to take him home, but the community helps him realize he still has things to offer for work.
Another new minister begins at Walton's Mountain. The church is in disarray, but he gets the community involved. The Walton family finds out Toni is a Jew and are unsure of how to react. Toni questions her own faith.
Corabeth returns to her family home to help a dying aunt. Her twin Orma Lee visits the mountain. (She is played by Ronnie Claire Edwards.) Orma Lee is quite the opposite of Corabeth. Elizabeth wants to visit Olivia and John in Arizona.
John-Boy needs a job. At the university, he convinces them to let him set up a television media program. He hosts a television spot. Jim-Bob builds a television so they can see the show. Zuleika tries to come between Rose and Stanley.
Corabeth finds a romantic letter in Ike's belongings and wants a divorce. She says she could not forgive him; he says he forgave her. Turns out he knew about her visits with former friend. Drew and Elizabeth celebrate one year.
Rose and Stanley plan to get married. Rose finds out she has a heart condition and tries to break it off. He does not mind staying on the sidelines of life with her. Cindy gets a job but soon realizes she wants to be a stay-at-home mom.
A new company starts in the area and wants to sell wood to the Waltons. Erin and he fall in love. Jim-Bob and Ike try to find metals in the mountains to make money, but they find illegally dumped waste.
John-Boy returns to New York with a new book - that is not good. He returns to the mountain to write more. Meanwhile, the Baldwin Sisters plan a class reunion. When no one attends, the community becomes their guests.