A misunderstanding and plain stubborn pride causes a rift between the Walton grandparents.



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Episode credited cast:
Olivia Walton (as Miss Michael Learned)
Erin Walton (as Mary Elizabeth McDonough)
The Narrator (voice) (as Earl Hamner)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Call ...
Ancel Cook ...


When Grandpa spends the day with the Baldwin Sisters in order to make some money, he neglects to let anyone know where he is, causing Grandma and the rest of the family worry. Too proud to explain his absence to his wife, she jumps to the conclusion he was off enjoying himself, and orders him onto the couch. Grandpa packs up and leaves, feeling that at his age he doesn't need permission to spend his time as he sees fit. A local dance is the catalyst to reunite the sparring elders. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Drama | Family | Romance




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27 September 1973 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] Whenever I think back on Waltons Mountain and about my family, I remember mostly the feeling of love and a happiness we all shared. But, though the mountain never changed, there were times, rare times, when those we thought the closest found themselves at odds. It happens in all families, I suppose, and it happened one day in ours.
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Music by Percy Montrose
Performed by band at dance
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23 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

TITLE: The Separation Original Airdate: September 27, 1973 Teleplay: Richard Carr Story: Ellen Corby Director: Philip Leacock

PROLOGUE: "Whenever I think back on Walton's Mountain and about my family I remember mostly the feeling of love and the happiness we all shared. But though the mountain never changed, there were times, rare times, when those we thought the closest found themselves at odds. It happens in all families I suppose, and it happened one day in ours."

SYNOPSIS: Mary Ellen is looking forward to going to a dance at the Livery Stable. The Caller for the dance is Fred Hansen who Grandma used to dance with. Grandpa is a bit jealous of him but Grandma says she always saved the last waltz for Zeb. "My Wild Irish Rose". A man from the Jefferson County Electric Company arrives to turn off the power when the Waltons can't make their overdue payment. Grandpa goes off to buy some candles at Ike's store but on the way, he has the idea of offering to fix the Baldwin's drainpipes for $2.50 they agree and as part of the arrangement, they go into Charlottesville together. Grandma gets worried when he doesn't return as expected. The Baldwin sisters ask Zeb to make their final stop at Harper's Drugstore. They give him some of their Papa's 1925 batch of the recipe in exchange for which he gives them 3 chocolate sodas. Zeb buys some perfume for Esther for $0.39 Instead of listening to the powerless radio the children make shadow puppets on the wall of the living room. Grandma asks her son John if he has seen his father Zeb. John replies that he hasn't because he spent the day selling their hog. Grandma asks if they can look for Zeb. They make their way to the Baldwin house and are soon greeted by the return of the Baldwins and Grandpa from Charlottesville.

QUESTIONS: What was Esther upset with Zeb for? Why did Zeb sleep on the pole table? What did Zeb forget?

EPILOGUE: "We are all dancers, in each of us there is a need to move to the beat of music, to circle, to tempt, to embrace, and finally to move together in pairs. And when all else of 1934 is forgotten I will still treasure this house, this year, and this night."

MY THOUGHTS: This was a better one especially seeing Grandpa in the doghouse. I give this episode 6 weasel stars

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