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.

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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.

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22 January 1981 (USA)  »

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When Ben tells Jason not to count on the mill money, the second half of his sentence is spoken by a voice much deeper than his own and was clearly dubbed in by someone else. See more »

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Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] As World War Two was gradually consigned to the pages of history books, life on Waltons Mountain began returning to normal. Store shelves bulged with food and other goods that had been scarce during the fighting, and families were reunited as the young men headed home. But peace didn't necessarily mean an end to turbulence. Life would always, somehow, manage to keep us off balance.
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Beginning of 2-parter they shouldn't have made
23 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This review cannot be written without spoiling some of the elements for new viewers. For anyone planning to watch this episode soon, I am purposely leaving out some key elements.

The Whirlwind begins with Jim-Bob hitching a ride with a friendly young man named Jonesy. Jonesy's brakes fail presently and after careening down the mountain road, the car overturns. In true Hollywood fashion, the two are essentially unharmed. We later hear that as Mary Ellen tried to revive the stranger, Jonesy felt like he fell in love with her at first sight.

We veteran viewers know that almost every romance on film or TV involves one or both people hating or greatly disliking the other when they first meet. The Waltons certainly exploited that plot device on numerous occasions, including this episode.

Meanwhile, Jason is hurt that the family was quite negative about his exciting news that he purchased the Dew Drop Inn, which had been shut down some time ago. He works hard at trying to fix it up for a scheduled re-opening.

Late in the episode comes the visitor who leads us to the important plot in the story, one that is the principal plot in the next episode. This is where I need to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it. Since the show is over 30 years old, I figure most people reading this remember elements of it.

A young woman arrives from Florida, with a picture Mary Ellen identifies as Curt. But the picture was taken recently, of a man living in Florida. It would be easy to dismiss her claim that it is Curt except for the fact that she tells about how he once wrote a letter addressed to Mary Ellen, but didn't mail it. If it isn't Curt, how on earth would the woman have known anything about the Waltons? I didn't like the family's attitude toward Jason's big plans. It seemed like Mary Ellen changed her mind about Jonesy way too quickly. But the big negative was the entire plot about Curt possibly being alive. This smacks too much of a soap opera instead of The Waltons.


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