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Grandma returns from the hospital but the family does not let her do anything. (Ellen Colby recovered enough from her stoke to return to the series.) An overweight boy is interested in Elizabeth. (This is Will Geer's last episode.)
Did You Know?
This was Will Geer
's final appearance of the show. He died before production of season 7 began. The first episode of that following season, The Waltons: The Empty Nest
(1978), was dedicated to Geer's memory, and would feature a story line dealing directly with the death of Grandpa Walton in the series. Coincidentally, Geer's last appearance in this episode also marked the first appearance by Ellen Corby
's return, since her devastating stroke following the episode, The Waltons: The Elopement
(1977), when she lost a majority of her power of speech and the use of one side of her body, but would be featured occasionally even into the production of the movies after this famous epic series itself, was canceled. See more
[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal
A house alone has little meaning, it's the people who live there who bring it to life and give it character. All during my grandmother's absence our house and everyone in it seemed to long for her return. Grandpa never stopped hoping that she would come home, and finally there came a day when his prayers were to be answered.
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Words by Joseph Scriven (1855)
Tune CONVERSE by Charles C. Converse (1868) See more