Episode 14 - The Pearls
(12 March 1981)
Writer: Mary Worrell.
Director: James Sheldon.
Music: Alexander Courage.
"Like most adages it is tried and true that fate makes our relatives, choice makes our friends, and it calls to mind a time when a relative of Corabeth Godsey swept through Waltons Mountain like an autumn hurricane leaving both destruction and alike in her wake. All of this took place during a difficult period for Elizabeth who was entering womanhood but was feeling at times like a lost and lonesome child".
Ike waits for Elizabeth to walk up to the
store, needing her to mind the store while he drives Corabeth to the train at
Charlottesville. Corabeth must go to Doe Hill because Aunt Cordelia is once
again at death’s door. She must retrieve her aunt’s ‘genuine matched pearls’
from her sister Orma Lee. As the Godsey’s drive off, Jim Bob watches another
vehicle drive up to the store. The driver is surprised about the smallness of
Ike Godsey’s store. When a woman emerges from the car, Jim Bob is amazed at the
woman’s similarity to Corabeth. Orma Lee tells Vern Billy that she is here to
make good on her aunt’s deathbed request to patch things up with her sister
Corabeth. As Vern Billy drives off to buy cars, Orma Lee finds
At the supper table, the family talks about
having two Corabeth’s on the Mountain.
Ike opens the front door to find the
At the house, Rose prepares supper for Jim
Bob and Elizabeth, everybody else is gone. At the same time, Ike and Orma Lee
dress up for Bingo Night at the Dew Drop Inn. Later, at the Dew Drop, the
family sits around a table listening to Orma Lee’s mind-reading abilities.
(With previous help from
Rose tells the children that
Vern Billy returns, looking for Orma Lee. Ike and he get off on the wrong foot, irritating each other. They start to fight, but canned goods and sauerkraut befall both. Orma Lee walks in to find Vern Billy unconscious on the floor. She revives him as Ike wakes up. Orma Lee explains to Ike that the man is her fourth husband.
Rose readies a special supper of turkey,
dressing and cranberry sauce for
A taxi driver brings Corabeth back to the store. After setting her luggage inside the store, the driver comments about feeling glad to be alone for the drive back. Corabeth is surprised to see Orma Lee inside. They discuss Aunt Cordelia’s wish for them to reconcile before her death. They confess their differences and reminisce about childhood memories. Orma Lee gives Corabeth one string of their aunt’s pearl, while Corabeth gives her sister one half of the fine china. They appreciate their gifts and hug each other.
"It was a time of discovery for both families, that it is possible to choose relatives as friends. Corabeth and Orma Lee, and Elizabeth and her brothers and sisters found out that the family fabric gave from time to time, but the mending always made it stronger".
Jim Bob: Yeah
Jim Bob: I keep forgetting, I'll do it tomorrow.
Jim Bob: Oh yeah, which one is that?
Jim Bob: I thought I tore that one up.
Aunt Cordelia is the only sister of Corabeth’s father.
Corabeth and Orma Lee have a brother, named Frank.
The license plates on Vern Billy’s car are 59-8602 OK.
Orma Lee and Vern Billy live in
Orma Lee Walton Staleup’s first husband was
Jesse Roy Macon (carnival motorcycle performer), her second husband was
(unknown), her third husband was Stanley G. Olsen, and her fourth husband is
Vern Billy Staleup.
Jonesy is in
Cindy is visiting her mother in
From Greek myth ‘Adonis’ is a youth loved by Aphrodite for his exceptional beauty.
Ernie works for Jason at the Dew Drop Inn.
The taxi driver with the Star Cab Company
charges Corabeth nineteen dollars, fifty cents for the trip from
Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards), Orma Lee Walton Staleup (Ronnie Claire Edwards), Miss Mamie and Miss Emily Baldwin (Helen Kleeb and Mary Jackson), Rose Burton (Peggy Rea), Vern Billy Staleup (Taylor Lacher), Miss Edward’s Double (Candace Coster), The Taxi Driver (Rand Hopkins), The Bus Station Announcer (Llynn Storer).