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(1971–1981)

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Season 7

21 Sep. 1978
The Empty Nest
Grandpa Zeb (Will Greer) has died and everyone is mourning. Neighbor Flossie Brimmer has also died. Mary Ellen and Erin move to Charlottesville into an apartment to be on their own. John tries to get a large lumber contract.
 
28 Sep. 1978
The Calling
A cousin of the Baldwin sisters visits. She is preparing to be a nun. Jim-Bob falls for her. Ben hires someone to help at the mill. Turns out he is an alcoholic and causes more problems than he helps.
 
12 Oct. 1978
The Moonshiner
Boone Walton returns. He was convicted of moon-shining. Jason promises to keep watch on him. Also, Daisy Garner returns to the mountain. She and John-Boy never married.
 
19 Oct. 1978
The Obsession
Mary Ellen starts taking pills to stay awake, and then to sleep. Yancy is seeing Cissy Tucker. She issues an ultimatum.
 
26 Oct. 1978
The Changeling
Elizabeth is turning 13 years old - not quite a child, not quite a woman. Strange things begin to happen due to her being unsettled. Jason has a job giving love advice on the radio.
 
2 Nov. 1978
The Portrait
Erin meets a painter who wants to paint her portrait. He is troubled by events he was in Paris.
 
9 Nov. 1978
The Captive
Corabeth Godsey feels trapped by her unchanging life on Walton's Mountain. She begins to drink.
 
16 Nov. 1978
The Illusion
Verdie Foster's daughter Esther returns to the mountain. Graduated with honors from college, she cannot find a job. Erin helps her get a job at Pickets Plant. Ike Godsey puts up a board of the local boys in the war.
 
23 Nov. 1978
The Beau
A former boyfriend of Grandma's comes to visit. He understands her struggles with a stroke. Elizabeth is upset that someone seems to take Grandpa's place.
 
7 Dec. 1978
Day of Infamy
Mary Ellen packs to go to Hawaii to join Curtis at Pearl Harbor. However, news spreads of the Japanese attack, and the United States is involved in WWII. Mary Ellen receives bad news about Curtis.
 
14 Dec. 1978
The Yearning
A new minister joins the community at Walton's Mountain. Elizabeth helps him settle in, and begins to fall for him. Erin helps the Balwin sisters with their memoirs.
 
28 Dec. 1978
The Boosters
Ben starts an autocourt venture with Corabeth. Then they find out the government stops all new constructions. Ben comes up with a clever plan to use old cabins. Meanwhile, Yancy takes a mail course to become a barber.
 
4 Jan. 1979
The Conscience
Jason expresses doubt to the army recruiters that he could ever kill a person. Ben is embarrassed by his hesitation to serve. Meanwhile, Jim-Bob cannot wait to serve.
 
11 Jan. 1979
The Obstacle
John-Boy asks his family to help Mike Paxton, a friend who was recently handicapped. They show him being in a wheelchair is not the end of his life and show him how to adjust. Erin helps him get a job at Pickets.
 
18 Jan. 1979
The Parting
Olivia is always tired these days. When a rest does not help, she sees a doctor and learns what is wrong. Jim-Bob tries to show that he can do more than just work on machines.
 
25 Jan. 1979
The Burden
While Jim-Bob is working underneath a car, it falls and Jim-Bob has a close call with death and decides to become a minister. Elizabeth catches bugs for a school project and keeps them in the house.
 
8 Feb. 1979
The Pin-Up
Ben has a new camera. Erin walks in the room with shorts and cute top. She poses coyly, and he takes a picture. The picture becomes a pin-up for the soldiers at Camp Lee. Since losing Curt, Mary Ellen is overly protective of John Curtis.
 
15 Feb. 1979
The Attack
Ike has a heart attack and is hospitalized. The Walton family children help out by running his store for him. Ben and Jim-Bob make molasses due to the sugar shortage.
 
22 Feb. 1979
The Legacy
Ashley Longworth returns to Emily Baldwin. Ashley Longworth Jr, that is. Miss Emily blends her beau with Ashley Jr and sometimes loses reality. Erin and Ashley begin a relationship. Elizabeth wonders if she should wear a bra.
 
1 Mar. 1979
The Outsider
Ben surprises his family by bringing home a woman - his new bride. It takes a while, but the family welcomes her. Corabeth Godsey wants Ike to purchase a fountain she remembers so well from her youth.
 
8 Mar. 1979
The Torch
An old girlfriend of John Walton buys the Drew Drop Inn where Jason works. John stops at the Drew Drop and re-meets her. She still has feelings for him, but he still loves his wife. Ike Godsey opens a canteen for the soldiers.
 
15 Mar. 1979
The Tailspin
Jim-Bob finds out he is not eligible to fly in the Air Corps due to bad vision. He realizes he can join to work on the planes even if he cannot fly them. Mary Ellen has doubts about starting to go out again.
 
22 Mar. 1979
Founder's Day
The town prepares for a Founder's Day Celebration. Who settled there first? The Baldwins, the Waltons, or the Godseys? Jason has to prepare a piece of music for graduating from the Kleinberg Conservatory.
 

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