6 - The Last Ten Days
(8 January 1981)
Writer: Marion Hargrove.
Director: Bernard McEveety.
(no music credit)
"In all our lives there are moments we are meant
to remember for ever, in every small detail and shading. To my family on Waltons Mountain such a moment came in the late
summer of 1945. The war in Europe was over,
the worst of the Japanese war still lay ahead. On that hot Sunday in August an
unexpected visitor came to Waltons Mountain, brought by the notion that
something was wrong with my brother Jason who was waiting to be shipped home
Toni Hazelton unexpectedly drives to the
house, telling the women she is worried about Jason. She can’t put her finger
on what is wrong, simply has a ‘feeling’. She departs to the Baldwin’s
house in order to drop off a present that Jason sent them. Cindy joins
John-Boy, telling him she is troubled about Ben. John-Boy reassures her that
everything will be okay. But Cindy isn’t sure.
In the middle of the night, Norm sneaks up to
Ben who is caged in solitary confinement. Ben devours the food that his buddy
brings him. Norm is worried that the Japanese may execute the prisoners, since
the war is going badly for them. Corporal Kiyono opens the door, finding Ben
asleep. The soldier thinks he heard voices. Ben says he was only dreaming.
Miss Mamie and Miss Emily love the flower
vase that Jason sent them. It is an exact replica of the one he knocked off the
piano. Suddenly, the telephone rings but Miss Emily waits too long to answer
it. On the other end, Corabeth wonders why the Baldwin’s
are not home. She tries again. This time Toni answers to learn that Jason is
home. Toni drops the phone, runs out of the house, and drives to the Walton’s.
The family warmly greets Jason as Toni drives to Jason’s embrace and kisses.
Later, John returns home to find Jason asleep on the sofa. He is home for
thirty days, before shipping out to the Pacific.
Back in camp, Ben and Norm are handcuffed for
a work detail involving shovels. Ben thinks it is to shovel ditches. Norm
thinks the shovels might be used to dig their graves.
Elizabeth drives Drew to Charlottesville supposedly to pick up a
bicycle wheel. Drew is deep in thought, aggravating Elizabeth when she talks to him without a
response. Instead of walking to the bicycle shop, Drew walks toward the U.S.
Army Recruiting Station. Drew says he wants to become a jet fighter after
learning that a Lockheed P80 Shooting Star flew four hundred forty five miles
from Dayton, Ohio to LaGuardia Field in sixty-two
walks off in disgust.
Jason and Toni kiss and kid each other. Toni
says her father was a pessimist until he became married. Jason doesn’t think
they should marry now because he may be away for two or three years. Toni
abruptly leaves, tired of waiting for Jason. She states, “We’re through!” The
women talk about how Toni is prowling around Jason, hunting for a husband.
John returns to say an important radio
message is about to be announced. The family learns that an atomic bomb has
just been dropped on Hiroshima.
The family can’t believe the news. Later Ike prepares a grocery order for Mary
Ellen and John-Boy. Ike says he is worried that the Japanese haven’t
surrendered because (maybe) they have their own atomic bomb. John-Boy responds
that soon everybody will have one.
Drew tells Elizabeth he wasn’t allowed to volunteer,
unable to acquire permission from his parents. He asks Elizabeth to borrow Jim Bob’s aviation books
so he can read them. Elizabeth
tells Drew to ask Jim Bob whenever he returns for a leave. She walks away,
telling Rose she doesn’t know what she ever saw in Drew. Rose doesn’t believe
her. Jim Bob walks up, after receiving another weekend pass.
sisters are surprised to see Jason inside Ike’s store. They invite Jason for an
afternoon visit, asking him to bring Toni. But Jason informs them that they are
not speaking. The sisters secretly plan some matchmaking. Later, Jason arrives
to unexpectedly find Toni sitting in the living room. They have little to say
to each other, directing their comments to the Baldwin’s.
Miss Mamie finally insists that they address their conversations to each other.
Toni calls him a ‘cad’ but Jason knows she is still ‘crazy about him’. She
angrily leaves. Jason asks for some of the Recipe, instead of his glass of ice
Cindy finds John still awake, working in the
living room. She knows he also has Ben on his mind, finally breaking down in
his arms that she is terribly worried. At the same time, Corporal Kiyono, Ben,
and Norm run into a Japanese outfit. The Corporal convinces the men not to kill
his prisoners. Ben and Norm are allowed to live, knowing they will be killed at
a later time.
Erin shows Elizabeth
new hairstyles from London,
England. Elizabeth decides to try
one in order to find how Drew will react. John turns on the radio to find that
the Japanese are killing prisoners when facing possible defeat. Cindy leaves
the room and John says, “Damn!” Rose approaches Cindy telling her, “I just
won’t believe that anything has happened to Ben! I just won’t!” Drew bicycles
to the house to discover Elizabeth
with a sophisticated hairdo. He stares at her. Immersed at her new look, Drew
Ben and Norm stumble along until an Allied
outfit is seen. The Japanese soldier flags down the troop, and then unchains
his prisoners and says, “I am your prisoner.” Ben realizes he has been leading
them to safety.
With the family anxiously waiting around the
radio for an important announcement, the Baldwin
sisters, Toni, Ike, Corabeth, and Drew join them. As President Truman begins
his speech John says, “Say it Harry!” Truman then announces the surrender of
the Japanese. Everybody celebrates that World War II is over. Toni orders Jason
outside, hoping for a marriage proposal. Jason says he now needs time to court
her. Toni can’t believe it, but agrees. Just then the telephone rings. Mary
Ellen relates to Cindy and everybody that Ben is on the telephone, alive and
safe. Cindy talks with her husband, filled with emotions.
"The words of blessing were also a memorial, for
lost, missing in action somewhere in that war was the world we had grown up in
- my father's world, and Jason's. Gentle and generous, naive, and optimistic.
Some other sort of world would begin on Wednesday morning. Until
It's the middle of August and it feels like a Christmas carol, 'Peace on earth,
goodwill to men -
John-Boy: - from Heaven's all-gracious King -
Elizabeth: -the earth in solemn stillness lay, to hear the angels sing'.
John: Goodnight everybody.
The Baldwin sisters have a
relative named Cousin Maribelle.
Toni Hazelton appears to be twenty-three years old
(according to Mary Ellen). She is a four-stripe staff sergeant.
The local romantic spot on the Mountain is Wet Nose Rock.
Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire
Edwards), Cindy Walton (Leslie Winston), Rose Burton (Peggy Rea), John-Boy
(Robert Wightman), Miss Mamie and Miss Emily Baldwin (Helen Kleeb and Mary
Jackson), Toni Hazelton (Lisa Harrison), Drew Cutler (Tony Becker), Norman
(Jordon Suffin), Corporal Kiyono (Sab Shimono), The Sergeant (James Saito),
Radio Announcer #1 (Walker Edminston), Radio Announcer #2 (Bud Hiestand).