Stressed out from food shortages and overdemanding customers, Ike Godsey has a heart attack, and is rushed to the hospital in Charlottesville. Doctors orders: take it easy, or the next time he might not be so lucky. Corabeth, determined not to let a heart attack claim her husband’s life as it did her father’s, begs Ike to sell the store and move to Virginia Beach. Despite Elizabeth doing a superb job running the store, and the Walton boys making homemade sorghum molasses to make up for the sugar shortage, Ike decides against selling, telling everyone his customers have been just like family.
The Godseys, particularly Ike, take center stage here – their continued prominence indicates a heightened focus on the supporting players, as the primary cast members seem to be decreasing. Fine work by Joe Conley, particularly during his expected speech at the end. To all DYOers out there: pay heed to the instructions for how to make homemade molassess!
Last appearance of Maude Gormley, hilariously portrayed by veteran character actress Merie Earle, who would die in 1984 at the age of 95!