Friday, August 26, 2011

Waltons 3.23: “The Woman”

Airdate: 2/27/75

John-Boy is in love, seriously in love, with an attractive older woman named Madeline Bennett, a visiting poet from New York City whom he is assigned to show around. As his parents celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows, John-Boy must ultimately decide his place in life when his paramour goes back home to the city; his choice, of course, is to remain on Walton’s Mountain.

A dramatic love story, with as tearjerking an ending as the show has seen. Soap star Laura Campbell is radiant as Madeline, if a bit one-dimensional. Final scene at the train station (where else), done without dialogue, might just be worthy of that of a classic black and white film – just not Casablanca.

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