Episode 4 - The Premonition
(25 December 1980)
Director: Bernard McEveety.
Music: Alexander Courage
"The war with
Cindy has another reoccurring nightmare where men with guns and bayonets prevent Ben from approaching her. She screams, awakening the family who rush to her.
Ike tells Cindy no letters arrived from Ben. Cindy is interested to know if Corabeth ever had a premonition. Corabeth relates how her aunt woke up to predict her grandmother’s death.
Ben and Norman perform a surveying job, unaware that Japanese soldiers are watching their every move.
John-Boy knocks on the door of Simone’s closed bookstore. He presents her with chocolates, but admits he doesn’t have time to write her article. Simone says she cannot be bought and slams the door in his face.
John-Boy meets Jason at a French café where
Jason has ordered two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Jason is under
reassigned at the Replacement Depot. In the meantime, John-Boy suggests they go
fishing and tells Jason that he has asked to be discharged in
John reads the letter informing the family of
John-Boy’s decision to stay in
John-Boy and Jason walk along a dirt path after leaving their fishing spot. They talk with a French family of picnickers, and then decide to stop a small distance away. Suddenly an explosion is heard. A small boy has tripped a land mine, killing the child. John-Boy rushes to Simone’s bookstore, now willing to write the article after being sickened with the experience.
Cindy cleans the supper table when she sees
Ben standing on the stairs. She cries out, ‘Ben’, but the image quickly
disappears. Cindy feels something has just happened to Ben. The family is
concerned about her visions, suggesting she visit her Aunt Edna in
Ben and Norman continue surveying. Suddenly,
a Japanese soldier kills a
John-Boy meets with Simone to talk about how
he will learn first-hand the method to defuse bombs. John-Boy is attracted to
her, but Simone is hesitant to get involved with a soldier about to return
home. John-Boy tells her he will stay in
John-Boy is shown how to deactivate a land mine, assuming it is a real one. Luckily it is a dummy mine, after he fails the disassembly. The officer tells John-Boy how he needs an article written to attract people with demolition experience and to dispel the myth that anybody can defuse mines.
Ike and Corabeth deliver a telegram to Cindy
"Simone and I corresponded after I came home but
gradually the time between letters grew longer and longer. The next time I went
John-Boy: So am I.
John-Boy: Cindy says he is, that's good enough for me.
Simone Berringer lives in the back of her bookstore.
Drew Cutler’s dad was in the U.S. Navy.
Ben is Seaman First Class.
Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards), Cindy Walton (Leslie Winston), Rose Burton (Peggy Rea), Virginia (Claire and Elizabeth Schoene), John-Boy (Robert Wightman), Simone Berringer (Anita Jodelsohn), Norman (Jordon Suffin), Sgt. Norton (Ed Call), Major Sawyer (Woody Eney), The Soldier (Patrick Skelton), The French Man (Roger Etienne), The French Woman (Danielle Aubry).