Episode 21 - The Revel
(4 June 1981)
Writer: Scott Hamner.
Director: Harry Harris.
Music: Alexander Courage.
John-Boy leaves for New York City hoping for
good news that his current novel will be published. While in Belle Becker’s
office at Hastings House, Clayton Anderson tells Becker that the board members
rejected the Walton manuscript because it did not stand above the other war
novels on the market. At the
John-Boy enters his editor’s office, anxious to learn about his latest manuscript. But Belle Becker says it was rejected by the editorial board, and suggests he begin another novel. John-Boy, hoping to use the advance money for an apartment, becomes dejected upon hearing the negative news.
John-Boy and Mike O’Brien, an out-of-work
friend, get drunk at a bar and talk about moving to
John-Boy returns to an empty apartment,
finding O’Brien has left for a
Ben decides that his four siblings need to
draw straws to decide who will move into their parent’s room.
John-Boy learns at a job interview that he is a poor risk for a desk job because artistic people rarely stay for very long. Later that night, John-Boy’s typing on his typewriter awakens the landlady. They have words about the noise and the rent money.
Ike and Corabeth find that many of the
envelopes have been returned unopened, some saying “party deceased”. Corabeth
convinces Ike to hold them until positive responses are received. They do not
Miss Mamie and Miss Emily return to the store concerned that only a handful of letters had been returned. Ike confesses that the other responses had been returned for various reasons, and he had held them back hoping for better news. Ike tries to comfort the ladies, telling them to proceed with the party.
Having been thrown out of the apartment, John Boy carries his suitcase and typewriter on the street looking for work. He returns to the same bar where he had earlier passed out. The bartender remembers the scuffle, refusing to hire him. That night, as John-Boy sleeps on a park bench, his typewriter is stolen. The next day, he tells Belle Becker about selling his suitcase and clothes for money and losing his apartment. Belle says he has a ‘special talent’ but John-Boy admits he is ready to give up. Belle loans him enough money to return to the Mountain. She tells him to, “Get off your rear and get busy!”
Mary Ellen, Erin, Elizabeth, and Cindy
discuss John-Boy’s predicament when Jason announces he will leave for
John-Boy returns home and finds an empty
house. He sees the party announcement sent out by the
Corabeth requests that the
Miss Mamie: My sister and I had planned this party
as a celebration, - of the precious time that we have here on this earth.
Miss Emily: A tribute to all the beautiful things that make up our lives.
Miss Mamie: We have not been so much participants in life as observers, and we feel most fortunate to have lived in this special place, and time.
Miss Emily: Most especially do we treasure our friends, and memories.
Miss Mamie: It seems to us there are many memorable events - the turning of the seasons, the vibrancy of Spring -
Miss Emily: - and life renews itself with daffodils and crocusses blooming along a walkway; dogwood, redbud -
Miss Mamie: - and the indulence of Summer, and the coming of Autumn -
Miss Emily: - and the incredible beauty of a shower of golden leaves.
Miss Mamie: Having someone to love -
Miss Emily: - and someone who loves you in return.
Miss Mamie: And kisses are important -
Miss Emily: - most especially are kisses to be remembered.
Miss Mamie: We're here for such a brief time, but if we can make some sense out of life, and look at it with wonder and amazement, and leave some record of it behind for those who follow us, then we have made a contribution -
Miss Emily: - and it has all been worthwhile.
John-Boy (who has just arrived and is standing at the rear of the room): Amen!
Everyone welcomes John-Boy back home, and the celebration of life continues.
"I had returned to the mountain once again to find the inspiration I needed to write. Soon I was back in New York City laboring over another book, and because of the renewed courage they brought me I would never forget Miss Mamie amd Miss Emily and their zest for life. I hope that you'll remember this house as I do. The mystical blue ridges that stretch beyond it into infinity; the sound of voices drifting out upon the night air; a family waiting, and a light in the window. Good night!"
The Revel is the last episode of the television series. Numerous made-for-television movies follow the series.
The last day on Walton’s Mountain (as shown on the television series)
was June 4, 1946, according to the party invitations that
The Grand Ball at the
‘Revel’ is defined according to the dictionary as “1. To take great pleasure (I reveled in my hobbies.), 2. To make merry (Merrymaking.)”.
Corabeth attended the
Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards), Cindy Walton (Leslie Winston), John-Boy (Robert Wightman), Miss Mamie and Miss Emily Baldwin (Helen Kleeb and Mary Jackson), Belle Becker (Bettye Ackerman), Clayton Anderson (Robert Rockwell), The Personnel Director (Lew Palter), Mike O’Brien (James (Ingersoll), The Landlady (Treva Frazee), The Man in the Bar (Ted Jordan), The Bartender (Robert Ackerman).