I will have to watch this episode again. It has Virginia Gregg, who has an interesting "Waltons" connection, having being featured in the movie "Spencer's Mountain," which was the first film based on a work by Earl Hamner.
Season 6 is bittersweet to me because it is the last season with Will Geer as Grandpa. So sad!
I watched this episode yesterday on INSP. My absolute favorite scene is at the end when Elizabeth walks to Jim-Bob. When she reaches him and they hug, I just got really emotional. I was so happy that she was able to walk again. I knew throughout the episode that she would eventually walk again. I also like the scene where John goes down to the church and prays. I could not help but smile during that scene. One thing I did not like about the episode was that nasty woman Ada Corley. She is definitely not the type of person I would want as a neighbor. In every scene she was in, I found myself saying, "What a horrible woman!" There were times while watching this episode that I wished John-Boy had been there. I know Elizabeth would have loved having him with her during that time. And he went through something very similar when he got in a motorcycle accident, so he would have been able to help her through it. And I know that he would have gone to see her at the hospital every day. He would have read to her while she was in the hospital, and when she came home from the hospital, he would have gone in every night to say good night and give her a kiss. Another episode that he wasn't in that I wish he was in.
Post by maxwalton on Sept 30, 2016 23:49:44 GMT -5
I've been hooked on all things Jim Bob/Elizabeth ever since that first scene of the two in the hay loft in The Homecoming. The Ordeal was that penultimate expression of that special love bond between the two.
The Ben/Jim Bob relationship is also nicely framed in this episode. The contrast in their reactions to Elizabeth's accident is well written here. Ben's nature is to be proactive. Jim Bob's first instinct is always to run away. In the end, all that matters is how much they both worship their baby sister. It's rare for either of them to get to play the big brother role and I'm glad they both get the chance in this episode.
Ada Corley was a red herring. I remember the first time I saw the episode, I was thinking this was going to be another one of those episodes where the old folksy mountain remedy would do what modern medicine could not. Ada was sort of a very dark version of Yancy Tucker. However, I don't think it was necessary for Ada Corley to be quite as creepy. I found myself disbelieving Amy and Elizabeth would sneak out in the middle of the night like that to visit the weird old lady's place. Both girls seem too bright and well behaved for such an act.
When Amie starts screaming after the logs fell on ELizabeth, John and Epp act like they were standing in the trees waiting for some one to say "okay run now". Very fake.
Don't get me started on that goofy herbalist and the way she would smack the ground when she wanted something. That lady was kind of scary when I was little and watching it the first time through.
Cute pony though. I jumped up and down in my jammies during the "next week on the waltons" section cause I could not wait to see such a scrumptious looking pony and gosh knows I ended up loving them ponies.
I agree with literally all of this....except for maybe the jammies part.
Interesting information indeed. Probably using family situations as examples of personality changing was not the best strategy for that presentation. If I suddenly turned into Mr. Manners while setting the table, Mom's reaction would have been, "OK, what are you hiding from me?"
Jim Bob felt so guilty about what happened to Elizabeth and so did Ben. I love how at the end, Jim Bob encouraged Elizabeth to walk to him and she did. I don't think Mary Ellen should have gone off on Ben and Jim Bob at the Hospital the way she did.
It's okay episode. My least favorite scene is when they went to see Ada (the herb lady) My favorite scene is when Ben took Elizabeth and Amiee on a pony ride. How did the girls sneak out, without anyone notices they were gone? Wonder, how long took the family to notices that Elizabeth and Amiee was gone?