Writer: Claire Whittaker.
Director: Nell Cox.
(no music credit)
World War Two was gradually consigned to the pages of history life on
Bob hitchhikes home when Arlington Wescott Jones III picks him up. Jonesy tells
Jim Bob that he is traveling across the
At the house, Mary Ellen tends to his wounds while Ben and Jim Bob check out his damaged car. He learns that Mary Ellen is a nurse studying to become a doctor. Jonesy decides to help Ben in the mill in exchange for room and board, hoping to better get to know Mary Ellen. As Mary Ellen helps him to the sofa, Jonesy asks her if she believes in love at first sight. She ignores the question when he impulsively kisses her. She pulls back, finding John Curtis looking at them. Jonesy apologizes to her, thinking she is married.
Corabeth shows Jason the condition of the Dew Drop Inn, thinking that he will use it as a concert hall. But Jason tells her he only wants to play his tunes in the roadhouse.
Cindy and Elizabeth set up a cot for Jonesy in the mill office. He tells them he has met everybody except Mary Ellen’s husband. Cindy says she has been widowed for four years. When Cindy mentions that it’s too bad she has not met anybody, Jonesy responds, “We’ll see about that!”
In the morning, Jonesy arrives late to breakfast causing Mary Ellen to state that meals are served on time. Just then, Jason arrives with a sign announcing that he is reopening the Dew Drop Inn. The family is not supportive with his decision, and he regrets telling them. Later, Jason asks Corabeth permission to publicize the Dew Drop Inn’s reopening at the store. But Corabeth refusing, saying the ‘common highway hangout’ is not a proper advertisement at the family store.
Jim Bob has worked on Jonesy’s car for a week without getting it fixed. Jonesy has decided to take Johnnie on a picnic, and asks Mary Ellen to go along. He gives Mary Ellen a soapstone rock that he found by the river, saying he feels something special. Mary Ellen leaves, uneasy about how she feels toward him.
Jason talks with Ike about the condition of the Dew Drop, not sure if he will be ready to open on time. That night, Mary Ellen walks to the mill. She tells Jonesy that she had a wonderful day. Jonesy asks Mary Ellen if it would be okay to kiss her goodnight. Mary Ellen says, “What do you think I’m doing here?”
Jonesy makes breakfast telling everyone he
was known as ‘Worldwind Jones’, the chef of the Surf Side Café. Jason wakes up
exhausted after working most of the night. Mary Ellen walks in after sleeping
late. Jonesy reminds her that meals are served on time. They then kiss, as Erin
At Ike’s, a woman departs the bus, enters the
store, and asks Corabeth where she can find Mary Ellen Willard. At the same
time, Mary Ellen packs as
Rose, Mary Ellen, and Cindy open the door to find Betty Howell, who asks Mary Ellen if she recognizes a picture of a man she knows as Curtis Packer. Mary Ellen recognizes the man as her husband. Betty informs her that she took the picture a month ago. Mary Ellen refuses to believe the man is her husband, knowing that Curt would never stay away from her and his son.
The next morning, Mary Ellen stares at Curt’s medal when Jonesy enters her room. She suggests they postpone the wedding but Jonesy says he can’t wait.
Ike prepares to attend the grand opening of
the Dew Drop Inn when Corabeth makes him feel guilty for going to the
roadhouse. Ike suggests she go with him to keep him out of trouble.
"Mary Ellen thought that saying goodbye to Jonesy was the hardest thing she had ever done. But what lay ahead of her was to be even more difficult. The war was officially over but she had a private battle still to face".
Jason: Sorry, Jim Bob. I tripped over the waste basket.
Jim Bob: You just getting home?
Jason: It was hard closing up. Corabeth didn't want me to leave, she kept asking me to play her favorite piano roll.
Jim Bob: Yeh, so?
Jason: Moohlight Sonata.
Jim Bob: Goodnight Jason.
Jason: Goodnight Jim Bob.
Arlington Wescott Jones III (Jonesy) first appears in this episode. He is an only child, and has a college undergraduate degree in geology.
Jonesy bought his car in
Jonesy worked as a chef at the Surf Side Café on
Jonesy tells Mary Ellen that Uncle Wiggly is his favorite story.
Jason is reopening the Dew Drop Inn on October 6.
Willard is living in
Betty Howell works part-time at a general
Corabeth’s favorite piano roll is Moonlight Sonata. Information about the song appears at: http://www.8notes.com/scores/1754.asp.
Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire
Edwards), Cindy Walton (Leslie Winston), Rose