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The Waltons: The Pledge

After the death of Sweet Billy, Mary Ellen decides to go back to school to become a doctor. After being discouraged by her college advisor to take classes in another field, Mary Ellen gets some advice from Sweet Billy's sister to not give up on her dream. Meanwhile, the other Walton women get prepared for Jason's birthday party.

Episode Info

Episode number: 9x3
Airdate: Thursday December 04th, 1980

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Guest Stars
Ellen GeerEllen Geer
As Ronie
Tony BeckerTony Becker
As Drew Cutler
Bucklind BeeryBucklind Beery
As Dr. Hollison
Chip FryeChip Frye
As Charley
Dennis RobertsonDennis Robertson
As Dean Clifford
Dick Christie (1)Dick Christie (1)
As Sgt. Carey
Laurence LauLaurence Lau
As Young G.I.
Richard LinebackRichard Lineback
As Sweet Billy


When Mary Ellen is unable to help Sweet Billy when he is ill, she and John have to take him to the hospital, only to have him die en route. Feeling discouraged about what happened, Mary Ellen decides to go back to college to become a doctor. However, when her advisor looks over her schedule and sees the medical classes on it, he does his best to change her major to home economics or nursing. When she tells him that she already is a nurse and knows about taking care of children and a home, Mary Ellen goes home, slightly discouraged. However, after she talks to Ronie, Mary Ellen decides to continue on with her dreams of becoming a doctor and eventually goes back to the college admissions office to tell her advisor that she will do whatever it takes to get into the pre-med program in order to become a doctor to help the people on the mountain...

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorEarl Hamner, Jr.
Executive ProducerEarl Hamner, Jr.
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