Episode 13 - The Beginning
(5 March 1981)
Writer: Kathleen Hite.
Music: Alexander Courage.
"The pattern of our lives was broken by the war and the old ways of the past became less a part of us when we returned home. So long as our mother and grandmother were there to shepherd us, the church was central to our lives. But without them on the scene some of the family found it easy to backslide, and as interest in the church slipped away it didn't seem possible that events would join to bring them back again".
A stranger enters the abandoned
The next morning, the family discusses the
church and their lax religious behaviors as of late. Miss Mamie and Miss Emily
are about to leave for the church when Jason and Toni arrive. Jason asks Toni
how long she is staying at the
Corabeth investigates the credentials of
their new minister at the church office in
At the church, Miss Emily confides in Tom
Marshall that her sister has sent away for a pet bird. As Tom,
Ike and Tom Marshall stand at the store
counter when Miss Mamie enters hoping that her sister’s surprise has arrived.
Ike says it has arrived. Tom is surprised to find it’s a dog, not a bird. He
joins Miss Mamie in the surprise to Miss Emily. At the
Tom Marshall is reviewing his sermon when Toni overhears. She talks to Tom about her problem with the Walton’s. Toni tells Tom that she calls herself a Jew but says, “Shouldn’t I know what that means?” Tom gives her a book written by Rabbi Nathan Leavitt, whom he met while in the military. Just then, Corabeth arrives to give him insight on providing for the needs of the community.
Miss Mamie and Miss Emily bring Dickey into
the store. Corabeth tells the sisters she is upset about Toni being Jewish,
thinking they don’t know. But, the
On Sunday, Jason plays the church organ while Toni enters the chapel. The family observes that Jason sits with Toni, assuming he’s made his decision to be with her, not the family. After services, Jason takes Toni on a picnic up on the Mountain. At Grandpa’s gravesite, Jason asks Toni to marry him. But she refuses, not wanting to separate him from his family. At the Dew Drop Inn, Ben confronts Jason about his decision. Jason pushes Ben down to the floor, but says that he is sorry and reaches out his hand. Ben takes his hand. Jason then runs out, hoping to convince Toni that their problem can be solved. They agree to find their answers together. Ringing the church bell, they announce to the community that they are getting married.
"It was a joyous night for Jason and Toni, the problems which they faced together were made smoother by the family, and by old friends who grew more interested in the things that brought them together, than those that might separate them. Truly, it was a beginning".
Jim Bob: That's the last bell ringing I'm going to,
have you all got that?
Mary Ellen: Sure, Jim Bob, go to sleep.
Jim Bob: I keep thinking the British are coming, it kinda gives me a headache.
Mary Ellen: Take an aspirin.
Jim Bob: I've just remembered, no more bells.
Jim Bob: My alarm clock?
Mary Ellen and Elizabeth (together): Goodmorning Jim Bob!
Tom Marshall is introduced in this episode as
the new minister of the
Toni Hazelton’s parents were killed.
The license plates on Toni Hazelton’s car are 37-853 VA.
Tom Marshall is invited to the home of Steve, Marcy, and Amber for supper on Wednesday.
Miss Mamie gives Miss Emily a pet dog named Dickey.
Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire
Edwards), Miss Mamie and Miss Emily Baldwin (Helen Kleeb and Mary Jackson),