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.



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Episode credited cast:
Mary Ellen Walton (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
The Narrator (voice) (as Earl Hamner)
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Jordan Clarke ...
Son Slater
Deputy Abe
Marshall Reed ...


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.

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8 November 1979 (USA)  »

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Another episode that needn't have been made
8 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one dealt with a sort-of convoluted way to get Olivia involved with the most serious matter of a young mountain woman who had been raped.

John and Olivia again visited the Red Cross in Charlottesville to try to find out the whereabouts of John-Boy. There was not yet any news, but the woman who was working on their behalf, out-of-the-blue, asked Olivia is she could visit someone who lived in the back country not too far from her home to find out why she had stopped writing letters to her serviceman husband.

Olivia goes up there with Mary Ellen, who of course was acquainted with the woman. When they drove up, the young woman, Darcy, ran into her house and, holding a shotgun, told them to leave her alone. They said they just wanted to talk and wound up getting her to open up and reveal that a while back a young man had raped her. She felt too ashamed to reveal this to anyone and this is why she didn't write her husband. She had no desire to report this to the law figuring everyone would just say it was her fault for leading him on.

Olivia goes to the sheriff's office and talks to the deputy (where's Ep?) who says that the law will need to go into the woman's history to try to figure out if they could build a case against the man by first showing that it wasn't her fault. Olivia is distressed that the law seems to not properly serve the victim, which of course, was the case then, more so than now.

It appeared the deputy had no desire to do anything without the woman coming in and filing a complaint--which seems correct. But we later learn that he went around and talked to the man who was accused. (Olivia had happened to learn who it was, then got it confirmed by Darcy on a second visit to her place.) This caused the young man to come around to the Walton home where he confronted Olivia in a threatening manner, accusing her of spreading lies about him.

I felt we were given a late-1970s storyline here, as Olivia is quite forceful in ordering him away and telling him to stay away from Darcy. The man retreated and, appears to have not had any desire to return to trouble her.

John learns about this, and confronts the man, basically ordering him to move away from the area for good, which the man agrees to do.

The resolution to how Darcy and her husband resolved this will not be detailed here, but it was done in a good way.

The minor plot dealt with Corabeth receiving news about the passing away of a favorite uncle. When Ike learns that he was rich and that she was a favorite niece, he speaks about becoming rich. Corabeth is most upset with him for thinking about this. The next we see of her, she is shopping for an expensive car, talking about buying a large home, and wearing expensive new clothing.

Ike, troubled by this, before they even learn if she really will inherit anything, goes to Jason for advice (John is out-of-town). Jason advises him to give her what she wants. As Ike goes along with this, talking to Corabeth about buying a winter home in Florida, she suddenly seems to realize she is spending too much and announces she will instead put most of her money into war bonds.

I thought the secondary plot one that could have been funny if written better. Instead it fell a bit flat. Other than one scene of her getting out of the fancy car while dolled up, we don't really get any sense of her going wild with her new-found wealth.

But a humorous plot alongside one dealing with the most serious subject of rape just isn't going to work. Here we had discussion about a rape that had occurred some time earlier, without the accused having any consequences other than being allowed to move away from the area, and the chief point seemed to be to allow characters to state some opinions about rape--that it isn't her fault, etc. I didn't feel this presented anything I hadn't heard before, and I mean heard before this episode first aired in 1979.

The disturbing subject matter is one I don't need to see on The Walton's, no matter how tastefully it is handled. On the whole, this might be my second choice on a short list of episodes that should never have been made. It didn't expand on the lives of the major characters, it wasn't enjoyable to watch, and much of it seemed like a 1970s-era debate about the general subject of rape.

For the record, my top vote for the episode that really shouldn't have been made dealt with Mary Ellen's post-war discovery of what really happened to Curt at Pearl Harbor.

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