Episode 7 - The Move
Writer: Kathleen Hite.
Director: Harvey Laidman.
(no music credit)
was a time when our family world seemed to be in constant motion. The movement
of people to and from the mountain contrasted sharply with the serenity we had
known there for so many years. Perhaps because we were so close to it we didn't
recognise the certain signs that an old era was ending and a new day we
couldn't even envision, was in its dawning".
Ben sails into the eastern shore of the U.S. after
months in a prisoner-of-war camp. He reminisces with a buddy about the war and
wonders if his new plans will be accepted once he returns to Walton’s Mountain.
As Erin prepares to leave for a much-needed weeklong vacation in Atlantic City, New Jersey,
answers the telephone, not telling Cindy its Ben. Ben is in Norfolk, Virginia,
and wants Cindy to meet him there. She prepares for the trip, but remembers she
does not have enough gas coupons for the trip. Erin
graciously gives her the coupons reserved for her trip, so Cindy can reunite
with her husband.
While packing for the trip Cindy tells John
that she is worried about seeing Ben after all this time. John relates when he
was away from Olivia during World War I, and reassures her that all they need
is to spend some time together in order to reacquaint themselves with each
washes her car, Cindy drives off to see Ben. Erin
decides to spend her vacation reading the novel War and Peace, after
already reading the first five pages. Jason helps his father unload Ben’s new
desk off the truck. John has expanded the office and has decided to make Ben a
partner at the mill. He is confident Ben will want to join him in the family
business. Ben departs the ship, finally locating Cindy among the crowd. They
run to each other, then kiss and hug. That night, as they lay in bed, Ben
announces he wants to become an engineer, attend college, and move away from
the Mountain. He says it will be ‘a whole new life for us’. Cindy just wants to
be with him.
Ben and Cindy drive up to the house to find Virginia on the porch.
The family soon swarms around Ben to welcome him back. He then walks to the
mill where John is working. After hugging John shows Ben the new sign he is
making, “Walton’s Mill – John & Ben Walton, Prop.” Ben smiles but is
obviously uncomfortable at his father’s idea. After supper, Cindy and Ben walk
into the mill in order to tell John their plans. However, John first shows them
the plans he has drawn to expand the shed. Ben interrupts his father, telling
him that he has plans to become an engineer and attend college through the G.I.
Bill. John is disappointed but tries not to show it, saying he is surprised at
the decision but won’t stand in their way.
Erin is reading a book when J.D. Pickett knocks
on the front door. He insists she meet an Army Procurement Officer on Friday
because she knows all the details. Erin
refuses. Rose assertively leads him out of the house. John drives to Ike’s in
time to see Miss Mamie and Miss Emily also driving to the store. They heard the
good news about Ben’s return and ask John to welcome him home. Ike fills up the
gasoline tank to John’s vehicle while John, in confidence, tells how he really
feels about Ben’s decision. John was confident that Ben would be satisfied to
stay home and join the business. Just then a man drives up looking for Cindy.
It’s her father.
Back at the house Col. Henry Brunson talks
with John and Ben after greeting his daughter. He then walks to meet his
granddaughter. Brunson talks with Ben about how difficult it will be in
engineering school. With friends at California Tech, he hopes to be able to
enroll Ben at the school.
John is dressed in his suit, ready to visit
Olivia for the weekend. Ben and Cindy wonder if he is worried about them or
Olivia. Late that night, Ben walks into the mill, to find an order that he
decides to finish. Jason and Jim Bob find him there, thinking he still has
‘sawdust in his veins’.
On Friday, Elizabeth
tells Erin that J.D. and another man are
waiting for her downstairs. Capt. Bennett, the procurement officer, wonders
what he will do until she returns to work on Monday. He asks her to dinner,
promising not to talk business, and she accepts. Later, the Colonel calls Ben
to tell him that he has been accepted at Cal Tech. Just then John returns to
inform the family that Olivia has had a relapse. He is taking her to Arizona for her
recovery. Ben tells his father he will postpone college in order to run the
mill while he is gone. John refuses the offer, telling Ben that he must follow
his dream. John has decided to sell the mill.
John is packing clothes when Elizabeth enters with Grandpa’s old straw
hat. She helps her father organize his clothes into his suitcase. She hugs him,
upset that her momma is sick and her daddy is leaving.
Corabeth approaches Ben with a prospective
buyer. Mr. Gentry wants to expand the business to produce low-quality,
high-quantity products. Ben dislikes the approach, saying their business has a
reputation for ‘top-grade’ products made with ‘honest dealings and good
John reluctantly agrees to let the rest of
the family join him when he drives to Olivia. The Baldwin
sisters visit with a going-away present of the Recipe so he will be reminded of
home. Soon Corabeth walks up anxious for John to see another possible buyer.
Walking to the mill John finds Ben putting up the newly made sign. He says
selling the mill would be like selling a part of Grandpa, John, and the family.
was not the end of a dream for Ben, the world was out there if he ever decided
to go and find it, but he had discovered another world just as important, and
it consisted of Cindy and Virginia and hard work done with love and pride. It
was a vast and fulfilling world, right there on the mountain, and nobody
understood that better than our father".
Jason: 'Night Erin. Goodnight Jim Bob.
Jim Bob: Goodnight Mary Ellen. Goodnight Erin.
Erin: Goodnight John Curtis.
Mary Ellen: He's asleep!
Erin: I'll tell him in the morning then.
Olivia is working at the Red Cross in Washington, D.C.
Ben graduated third in a class of six students.
An inn is located at Monticello Mountain.
This is the last episode where Ralph Waite appears on the
closing months of World War II, Congress passed the GI Bill that changed
American society forever. The program guaranteed education, housing and
business loans to 15 million veterans. The GI Bill helped create the largest
middle class in the world, whose achievements helped turn America into an
Information about the book War and Peace is found: http://www.online-literature.com/tolstoy/war_and_peace/.
Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire
Edwards), Cindy Walton (Leslie Winston), Rose Burton (Peggy Rea), Miss Mamie
and Miss Emily Baldwin (Helen Kleeb and Mary Jackson), Virginia Walton (Clare
and Elizabeth Schoene), Col. Henry Brunson (Dan Frazer), J.D. Pickett (Lewis
Arquette), Capt. Bennett (Ed Couppee), Mr. Gentry (Len Wayland), The Sailor