When the Walton family finds an abandoned young girl on their doorstep, they soon learn she is deaf and mute. With John Boy’s help, she learns sign language and eventually saves the day when she leads the family to a missing Elizabeth.
The Walton family gets a taste of life outside of the mountain when a group of carnival folk get stranded on the mountain.
Wanting to prove he has what it takes to help provide for his family, John Boy goes with his father and his friends on a hunting trip. However, while out hunting, John Boy doesn't feel comfortable taking the life of the game. At home, Mary Ellen is starting to question her tomboy way of life when she has the chance of buying either a fancy new dress or a catcher's mitt.
Wanting to submit one of his stories to a magazine, John Boy secretly borrows a typewriter from the Baldwin sisters after Olivia tells him not to. And to make matters worse, not realizing that it is in the shed full junk, Mary Ellen mistakenly sells it to a junk man and ultimately goes on a wild goose chase in order to retrieve it for John Boy.
When the new pastor (Rev. Fordwick) arrives on the mountain, he stays with the Walton’s and starts to lock horns with John Boy regarding his sermons. Instead of the belief of putting the fear of fire and brimstone in the congregation’s heads, John Boy believes that compassion and forgiveness is a better lesson to teach. Eventually, John Boy and Rev. Fordwick come to understand one another and start to respect each other.
After running away from a C.C.C camp, Gino arrives on Waltons Mountain with a chip on his shoulders, and with the help of the family, he eventually learns to trust others.
When a Jewish family arrives on Walton's Mountain after fleeing Nazi Germany, they want to leave everything about their culture and religion behind them. This becomes slightly difficult when Jim-Bob and a friend accidently through a rock through their window. When their son wants to celebrate his upcoming Bar Mitzvah, his father has to overcome his fears of religous persecution in his new country.
When distant cousins of John's arrive on the mountain, they say that they will be staying long enough to get a letter that tells Job where he could find work. However, after an extended stay, the letter never arrives and the family wears out their welcome with their dishonest ways.
When a relative of the Baldwin sisters attempts to turn their recipe into a successful bootlegging operation, John Boy thwarts his work.
While working towards a bonus for finishing a neighbor's apple harvest, the Waltons are worried about Mary Ellen being distracted by a wanderer when she should be helping the family with the harvest, because they might have to forfiet the bonus if they're not on time with the picking.
After objecting to Miss Hunter teaching his daughter evolution because of how he considers it to go against the teachings of the Bible, Lutie Bascomb threatens her to make her stop her lesson plan. Then after having too much to drink, he decides to teach Miss Hunter a lesson by setting the school house on fire and ultimately dying in the blaze.
When Jenny Pendleton, an old school friend of John Boy, comes back to the mountain, they fall in love. But when her father and stepmother follow her there, her father is killed in a car accident, she goes back home with her stepmother. While this is going on, Mary Ellen is trying to make a lot of money raising and selling bullfrogs.
A family of Gypsies find themselves stranded on Waltons mountain, and John Boy invites them to stay at there house while they are there. While there, the family reluctantly accepts medical help from Grandma when their son ends up getting sick.
Verdie Grant, a neighbor of the Waltons, has always longed to learn how to read and write. In order to suprise her daughter at her college graduation, she asks John Boy to teach her how - as long as he doesn't tell anyone that she is illiterate. However, Elizabeth finds out about it and manages to spill the beans about it, and when Verdie finds out about it, she thinks John Boy told someone and blames him. Things eventually get straightened out and John Boy and Verdie continue on as teacher and pupil.
When John Boy writes letters for the local blacksmith and friend Curtis Norton to send to his mail-order bride, they have some explaining to do when she arrives on the mountain thinking that Curtis wrote the letters. As this is going on, Olivia finds freedom in riding a bicylce around the mountain when she goes to do her errands.
After winning a Bible quiz, Sarah, a friend of John Boy, is given permission by her strict mother to go see a movie with him. However, feeling trapped, she makes advances towards John Boy and after being rejected by him, Sarah runs off and tells John Boy that she plans on eloping with a townie.
When Olivia develops polio before Easter, the family rallys around her to help in her recovery. As she works towards her goal to walk again by the mountain's Easter Celebration, Olivia hopes that her dedication inspires her children to fulfill the potential dreams.
This is the conclusion to the first part of An Easter Story in which Olivia overcomes her polio.
Really wanting to take Marcia Woolery to a dance, John Boy has to choose between that and taking elderly neighbor Mrs. Mackenzie to see the ocean one last time. On the homefront, Grandma helps the children nurse a bird back to health.
As John Boy hikes to a cabin to work on his writing, he discovers an old friend who is expecting a baby and eventually goes into labor. With John Boy's help, she delivers a healthy baby.
After doing some work for a wealthy widow, John is accused of stealing some expensive silver, especially after he buys new tires for the truck and refusing to say where he got the money for his purchase. The mystery is resolved when Mrs. Clayborne's son admits to selling the silver in order raise money for his mother.
While doing some fruit harvesting, the Walton children and their neighbor Verdie become friends with a wandering migrant worker and his son. While the man and his son are on the mountain, Jodie wishes that he could have a life of stability with a family and begs his father to stay on the mountain to be around Verdie.
The county fair has come to Walton's Mountain! For the festivities, Grandma prepares a quilt to enter in one of the competitions and Ben raises and ulitmately sells the pig for the greased contest. Also at the fair, the family runs into Olivia's old beau, a well known and rich politician, who is there campaigning to become the area's Assemblyman.
While trying to make money to buy a car to drive when he starts college, John Boy gets a job as a rent collector for a cold-hearted landlord, and almost immediately begin to butt horns due to their beliefs. On the home front, Erin finds an orphaned fawn and begins to take care of it after feeling neglected by the boy of her dreams.
As he prepares to take his scholarship exam for college, and anticipating seeing his girlfriend, Martha Rose, John Boy seems to be on top of the world. However, he soon stumbles, thanks to an injury at the saw mill that leaves him with blurry vision, something he doesn't mention to his family. During his exam, he is unable to finish because of how bad his vision is due to what happen and must have an operation to remedy the problem. And thanks to the persuasion of Miss Hunter and John Boy's family, he is able to retake the exam after his surgery.
The conclusion of this episode finds the family not happy about having Thanksgiving without John Boy home to celebrate with them. He then suprises them by being able to come home for the holiday and that he got the college scholarship.
When Miss Hunter has to visit family unexpectedly, the school board hires a young, inexperienced teacher to fill in while she is gone. However, almost immediately the students begin to resent her, because of her strict teaching style. Things continue to go on like this until Olivia steps in to give her some advice about educating the young minds on Walton's Mountain.
When Grandma gets a letter saying she will be inheriting some money, she begins to worry and wonder how she will spend it. In the end, she ultimately doesn't receive anything, because that money had to cover bills of the person who bequeathed it to her. While this is going on, Mary Ellen decides that she wants to try being a blonde and tests her hair color on Jim Bob, only the results don't turn out the way she expects.
When a pilot delivering air mail has to make an unplanned stop on Waltons Mountain due to engine trouble, he has to spend a few days there in order to get things fixed before taking off again. While he is there, the pilot's wife tracks him down and the Waltons find out some secrets that he wanted to keep hidden, and ultimately faces. Before he takes off again, to express his thanks, he gives Olivia a surprise plane ride.
When Rev. Fordwick starts to court Miss Hunter, John Boy gets jealous and tries to break up the couple to ease his broken heart.
When Jason learns that his friend Seth is dying from leukemia, the rest of the family and his friend help him come to terms of what is happening.
When Olivia finds out she is pregnant, the family is both happy and surprised about the upcoming arrival of the new arrival. However, as time wears on, Elizabeth starts to feel jealous and thinks that Olivia won't love her the same once the new child is born. In the end, Olivia unfortunately miscarries and loses the baby.
When the Walton's invite an oprhan to spend some time with them on the mountain, he takes an instant liking to Curtis Norton, a blacksmith. With the child's help, Curtis and his wife are able experience what it's like to be parents and they eventually adopt him.
As John Boy gets ready to graduate, the family saves up to buy him a new suit for the ceremony. However, when the family cow dies, John Boy doesen't feel right keeping the suit and takes it back so the family could use the money to buy a new cow.
When a traveling salesman talks Olivia into buying a collection of 50 classic books, the family has a hard time getting the books because of how he spent the money that was the down payment on a doll for his daughter.
When John Boy finds the perfect car to buy so he can drive to school, the owner of the car refuses to sell it to him for the work that he did to clean up his property because it belonged to his dead son. The man ultimately agrees to part with the car when he comes to terms of his son dying.
When Aunt Martha Corinne comes to the Walton's for help keep a road from being built through their property, a fight breaks out between the family and the construction company.
With the conclusion of this episode, Martha Corinne and her family decide to move into the new house offered to them by the Government for using their land for a new highway.
When an annual cross-country race approaches, and John Boy becomes somewhat disappointed to find out that a friend will be racing a thoroughbred, mainly because he was planning on racing his mule Blue. Once he starts to train the mule, the rest of the family enthusiastically help him out and Grandpa gives him some tips on what to do in the race. Not only does John Boy and Blue beat his friend and the thoroughbred, they win the race.
When Jim Bob feels left out at school because of how Jason and Ben are now hanging out with the older kids, and nobody seems to listen to him at home, he runs away. When John Boy learns that Jim Bob is gone, he goes out to find him and misses a lecture of one of his favorite writers. However, when John Boy finds Jim Bob, John Boy learns why he ran away and also gets a chance to meet that writer.
When Olivia starts taking art classes in Charlottesville at the urging of John Boy, she begins enjoying herself and the class, especially when they got to an art gallery. However, when Olivia realizes that the instructor has feelings for her, she stops going to class and eventually has to tell him that on Walton's Mountain is where she belongs and where she wants to be. And while this is going on, Mary Ellen spends some time with a boy who hopes to become a doctor one day. When she tells him that her aspirations are to work in the medical field as well, she is disappointed to find out that he is against it, and so is Grandma.
When Mary Ellen is invited to a college dance with one of John Boy's friends, she buys a second-hand evening purse, not knowing there is a valuable ring still inside of it and the previous owner wants it back. When she decides to wear it to the dance, the ring falls off of her hand, but she doesn't realize it until she is back home. When she realizes the ring is gone, John Boy takes her back to the college so she can find it and return it to the woman who owns it. When she returns the ring, Mary Ellen feels bad for the trouble she caused for wearing it to the dance.
When John Boy finds a football player at school cheating during a test, he is unsure what to do, turn him in, or receive a failing grade himself. What makes things worse is that another student also sees the player cheat. When John Boy defends the player at a hearing, he is able to help change the system that was currently in place. Meanwhile at home on the mountain, Jason catches Ben smoking, and with the help of Grandpa, is able to assist Ben in kicking the habit.
When Mr. Ted Hanover, a stockbroker from New York and his family move to the mountain to live a simpler life, his family doesn't like the slower paced life on Walton's Mountain. After conversing with the family for several days, the Walton's find the new family, with the exception of Ted, to be too uptight and snobbish, especially when his children show disrespect to Olivia.
When John Boy is on spring break, he meets a girl by the name of Daisy in a book store and agrees to be her partner in a week-long dance marathon. When Olivia finds out what he plans on doing, she forbids him from making a fool of him self dancing for so long, but he decides to dance anyway, making Olivia see that John Boy is old enough to make his own decisions. However, after a few days, John Boy has his fair share of dancing, finds a new dance partner for Daisy, and goes back to Walton's Mountain.
Feeling like a novice writer because of simpleness of work, John Boy becomes thrilled when Olivia sends his book to be published. However, after he starts bragging about his book becoming published in his class, a letter from the company saying that they'll publish his book for a small price and ultimately tells the truth about his published book on a campus radio program. While this is taking place, Jason becomes "discovered" by Bobby Bigelow, a musician passing through Walton's Mountain, and is ecstatic when Bigelow tells him that the next time his is in the area, Jason has a place in the band.
Needing to earn some money to help pay for his education, John Boy takes on a job reading to Ruth a young woman who recently became blind. However, not long after, John Boy finds that Ruth is sabotaging his attempts of drawing her out of her shell. He then gives her a piece of his mind when Ruth rejects a present that Mary Ellen spent a lot of time making, causing her to realize what she has been doing to all the people in her life. Then, when Ruth and her mother go to the mountain to apologize, they get invited to a picnic and Ruth ultimately attempts to save Elizabeth when she falls into a nearby pond.
When deciding he wants a change in his life, John leaves Walton's Mountain to work in a Norfolk shipyard. However, while John is rooming at a boarding house, a fellow boarder feels that he is vying for the attention of the landlady, Mrs. Champion, John starts to get in trouble. Ultimately, a visit from John Boy helps him realize that where John belongs is on Walton's Mountain.
Upon hearing that Mason Beardsley, a friend of Grandpa will be coming to the mountain for a visit, the family starts to get things ready for his arrival. When Mason arrives without his wife, he tells everyone that she'll be arriving in a few days, but ultimately she never does. Ultimately, when Mason's son arrives, the Walton's learn that his wife died two years before and he never accepted her death.
As Grandpa's birthday approaches, he has a heart attack and is told by the doctor to take it easy, meaning that he will be missing a lecture at John Boy's university about Tahiti. After hearing that, Grandpa starts to lose the will to live, but ultimately he starts to get better when John and John Boy move him into a tent outside under his favorite tree. To make up for missing his birthday, the family make him a birthday cake and John Boy is able to get the slides and notes on the lecture Grandpa missed and show them to the family.
When Ben befriends a girl by the name of Nancy, trouble ensues when the girl tells him about how her mother ran away when Nancy was young, and wasn't dead like everyone on the mountain thought. When she tells Ben that she learns her mother lives in Charlottesville, they steal John Boy's car to go see her. Upon their arrival in Charlottesville they find Nancy's mother, and while they're in a diner talking to her, John Boy's car gets hit by another car. When they return home, John Boy gets a visit by the sheriff to find out what happened to his car when the truth comes out and John Boy is able to sort out what happened to everybody involved.
When John's cousin Corabeth comes to visit the family on Walton's Mountain after the death of her mother, she intends to stay a short time, but after awhile, Corabeth makes herself at home at the Walton's house. However, after a little while, Ike becomes attracted to her, even though they have very different personalities and he ultimately proposes to her. After overcoming a battle of nerves, Ike and Corabeth get married. While this is occurring, Erin feels she doesn't know where she belongs in the family since she is the middle child. In trying to find out about her self, she meets a girl who is self conscience about her looks and Erin ultimately helps her style her hair and be comfortable with herself and ultimately helps the girl win a competition.
After John tells Grandpa that he should take it easy since his heart attack, he and Grandma move out of the house to house sit for a friend. This however comes at a bad time, since John needs help at the mill and ultimately has to hire some help. After this doesn't work out, John goes to the house where Grandma and Grandpa are and ask them to come home and tell them how much they are needed there.
When an orphaned child of an old friend of Olivia comes to the mountain to get married, things don't get off to a good start for Young Olivia and Bob, her fiancé from the city. After a few days on the mountain, Bob tells Young Olivia that he will in no way be apart of a country wedding, due to his misconception of country people. Upon hearing what he had to say, the Walton's decide to call off the Shivaree they planned, but fail to tell Ike and Yancy about the call off. After Olivia calms Bob and tells him about the mountain customs, Young Olivia and Bob get married and are sung to by the Walton’s and their friends.
As Jason's high school graduation approaches, John and Grandpa express their wishes that he join them at the mill, but he would rather attend a nearby music conservatory. Also, at the encouraging words of Miss Hunter, John Boy decides to write a boy about life on the mountain.
When Grandpa wins a statue donated by the Baldwin sisters from Ike's store, problems arise at home. Upon seeing the statue, Grandma decides to looks like an old girlfriend of Zeb's and demands he get rid of it. After numerous arguments over the statue, Grandpa finally agrees to get of the statue and the family throws it in Drucilla's Pond. Also, upon hearing that a publisher is interested in one of John Boy's stories, the Baldwin sisters ask him to read the story to them, since it is based on the romance between Ashley Longworth and Miss Emily. However, upon learning how the story ends, the sisters become distressed and John Boy changes the ending to make them happy.
While Jason is writing a song that he hopes he can perform with Bobby Bigelow's band, Ben believes the song will be better as a duet. When Ben suggests that Jason sing with Sally Ann, a girl from school he has a crush on. However, as Jason and Sally Ann start singing, they realize they have a lot in common and the young girl misinterprets Jason's feelings for her and thinks he loves her. When Ben catches her kiss Jason, he believes Jason stole his girl, but John Boy helps Ben realize Jason doesn't have feelings for Sally Ann. Ben eventually apologizes to Jason and then goes to a dance with Sally Ann and Jason goes with a girl from school to the same dance.
As John and Olivia's 20th wedding anniversary approaches, the children decide to paint a picture of the house and paint themselves in various places in it as a special present to their parents. Meanwhile, John and Olivia decide to commemorate the special day by renewing their vows. Meanwhile, at school, John Boy volunteers to be an escort to Madeline Bennett, a visiting writer, when she comes to speak at the university. Once her speaking engagement is done, a romance between them begins and John Boy decides abruptly to leave school to be with her. However, as he thinks about leaving, John Boy decides against it and stays in school to finish his education.
As business starts to pick up for John, Grandpa gets sick and is unable to fill a larger milling order. Trying to fill the order themselves, the Walton boys are unable to do so, and Ike rallies their neighbors to help out.
As Rev. Fordwick and Miss Hunter prepare for their upcoming wedding and short honeymoon, Olivia and John Boy prepare to take their places as teacher and preacher while they are gone. While both Olivia and he are nervous, John Boy is concerned that he doesn't know what to speak about. However, as he observes his family and friends during the week, John Boy is able to find the inspiration needed to speak in front of the church congregation.
When a dean at Boatwright University becomes concerned with John Boy's physics grade, he has Lyle, a young genius tutor him. When he asks John Boy to take him home for the weekend to experience family life, Lyle and the rest of the Walton's begin disagreeing, especially when the young man expresses his beliefs regarding religion. When the family starts planning a church bazaar to help out a neighbor, Lyle unexpectedly has to help out, resulting in the Walton's learning that he is actually a nice young man with a good sense of humor.
When a fighter comes to the Walton’s home looking for work, room and board, Olivia and Grandma aren’t happy when they learn he is a fighter. However, their view of him changes when they learn he plans to use his winnings to build a church for his congregation.
As John's high school reunion approaches, he is reluctant to attend, since he feels that his classmates have become more successful than him. However, when he and Olivia are at the party, he soon finds out that his classmates are envious of how he has a loving wife and family.
When a journalist comes to the mountain looking to write a guide book of Virginia, John Boy takes him to talk to the Baldwin sisters. However, when some secrets regarding their father come to light, Miss Mamie and Emily are embarrassed and vow to become recluses. Fortunately, upon further investigation, John Boy and the journalist find records clearing Judge Baldwin's name, making the sisters happy.
At work and in school, Jason works himself ragged and is ultimately unable to enjoy his hobbies. It is only after several weeks that he decides to slow down in all the work he does. Meanwhile, John Boy finds work at the school library.
When John Boy is sent to the local fair to cover the story of a wing-talker, he becomes intrigued with her and invited her to come up to Walton's Mountain to stay with the family for a few days. From that point on, things get emotionally entangled when the girl starts getting flowers and thinks they were sent by John Boy. However, the truth comes out and she learns that Jim Bob is the young man who has a crush on her.
When young Olivia comes back to Walton's Mountain after the death of her husband, she asks Olivia and the rest of the family for help to get over her loss. Unsure of how to help the grieving young widow, it isn't until Calico, the family's old cat, delivers a litter of kittens that helps young Olivia come to terms of Bob's death.
When the Walton's cousin Vera leaves her husband, she goes to stay with them, telling the family that Wade doesn't love her anymore. Upon learning Vera is with her family, Wade confesses to her that he was only making some extra money running moonshine made by his uncle. After Wade gets arrested for running the shine, he realizes that he and Vera weren't at home in the city and they ultimately move to Walton's mountain, where Wade begins to work for John.
When Mary Ellen is sent a letter from the Nursing School at the University of Virginia, she tries to take a test to be let in the program, only to learn she needs to take Chemistry and Algebra to be prepared for the nursing course load. After being turned away, she goes to Nora Taylor, the county nurse, for tutoring in those subjects. When she offers to help Nora with her work in exchange for learning the subjects, Mary Ellen soon sees that becoming a nurse in order to help the folks of the mountain is what she was meant to do.
Wanting to prove he is a mature adult, Ben decides to moves out and ultimately begins working at a competing lumber mill, only to find out he’s being used to get a lucrative lumber contract from the railroad. Seeing the mistake he made, Ben returns home to help his family win a contract from the railroad.
After being teased by Erin and Ben for not looking like the rest of the family, Jim Bob begins to suspect that he might not be a Walton. As he begins to ask questions on whether he could have been adopted, Jim Bob learns that several people on the mountain remember clearly remember the day he was born and he learns about the difficulties Olivia had while in labor and was never talked about afterwards. To make him feel better, John Boy takes Jim Bob to the county records office so he for himself that he is truly a Walton and to learn about his birth.
When John Boy decides to organize a re-enactment of the Battle of San Juan Hill, Grandpa sternly says he will have nothing to do with it, because of how he embellished his old stories of what his duties where in it. However, a special guest to the re-enactment informs Grandpa that he truly was a hero in the battle in his eyes.
When a fire breaks out at the Walton's home, the children are scattered around the mountain, staying with their generous neighbors as John, Olivia, and their grandparents rebuild the house.
With the conclusion of this episode, the Walton children are able to come back to the rebuilt house, happy to be together again.
Upon dropping off John and Olivia off at a bus station, John Boy comes across Muffin, a young girl who ran away from home. After taking her to Walton's Mountain, the family learns that she is only trying to raise money to get her con man grandfather out of jail.
After Grandma arrives home from visiting a sick friend, she immediately starts planning Mary Ellen's quilting, a custom that announces when a young lady is ready to accept gentlemen callers. However, when Mary Ellen finds out what Grandma has planned, she refuses to partake in the custom, which causes a rift between her and Grandma. It isn't until when John Boy explains Grandma's intentions of planning the quilting that Mary Ellen finally agrees to attend the gathering.
When Grandma finds out that the old Whitley house is about to be demolished, she teams up with the Baldwin sisters to help save it so all the community can use it for various functions. However, not realizing that Grandma wants to save the house, Grandpa is in favor of tearing down the house and salvaging some of the better lumber from the house, resulting in a huge argument between the couple. To make matters worse, John Boy has to write an editorial for his school paper about whether or not the house should be saved. Ultimately, Grandma and Grandpa mend their fences and the Whitley house gets remodeled.
When Selina Linville, an old flame of John Boy's, comes back to Walton's Mountain, the two start going together. However, things aren't the same between them, especially when Selina calls John Boy a coward when he won't go with her to write about the Spanish Civil War. Things ultimately get better when John Boy speaks his mind and tells Selina that he's already fighting a war, a war against the depression and asks her to stay on the mountain and transfer to Boatwright University. Also, while this is going on, Elizabeth feels that her new friend Ariel is always bragging about what beautiful things she has to make her feel jealous. However, when Elizabeth learns that Ariel is an orphan and lives with her aunt, she isn't mad and still wants to be friends with her.
When John Boy finds the perfect stories to put in the first edition of his paper, the family is worried about the repercussions the backlash could have on the individuals involved and ask him to not print them. When he and his family reach a compromise regarding the stories, John Boy publishes his first edition of The Blue Ridge Chronicle. Also, Ike and Corabeth learn they are unable to have children of their own after Corabeth announces she is pregnant.
After Dr. Vance announces his intention of leaving Walton's mountain because of being unable to pay his taxes, Grandma gets sick with an acute appendicitis and ultimately needs an operation. While she is in the hospital, Mary Ellen feels bad for misdiagnosing Grandma's symptoms. After Erin is hired as a switchboard operator, she and her boss are able to track down Dr. Vance to take him to the hospital to tend to Grandma, who eventually makes a full recovery. After that, Dr. Vance realizes that the citizens of Walton's Mountain need a doctor and ultimately decides to stay where he is.
When Jason learns that his scholarship at Kleinberg Conservatory will be cancelled due to budget cuts, he is forced to get a job at the Dew Drop Inn, much to the displeasure of Olivia and Grandma. While at work one night, Jason meets Red Turner, the father of his old friend who died when both boys were younger. When Jason learns that Red left the music industry after Seth died, he tries his best to get him to start singing again. When Red agrees to sing again, Jason is able to get the Dew Drop Inn to be the venue for his comeback.
When a well known evangelist comes to the Mountain to lead the annual revival, Olivia hoped that upon hearing his sermon, her children, mainly Ben, and John will decide to become baptized. As things wear on, Olivia begins to understand why John has never gotten baptized and becomes happy when Ben decides to get baptized with Yancy in the river.
When John Boy prints excerpts of Hitler’s book in his newspaper, Reverend Fordwick leads a revolt and decides on burning books printed in German. However, when John Boy and Mrs. Brimmer show him that one of the books he plans on burning is a Bible, Reverend Fordwick realizes that his actions were wrong and soon apologizes for acting in haste. Meanwhile, Erin enters a beauty pageant and unfortunately doesn't win something which she blames John Boy for. Also, while working in the hospital, Mary Ellen meets an intern whom she falls in love with.
When Ike decides to have a dance in the hall he would like to renovate, a prowler almost makes him call off his plans.
After Mary Ellen and David Spencer announce their engagement, the Walton's scramble to throw an engagement party for the couple, only to have it crashed by Curt Willard, the new county doctor. After butting head when it comes to treating the residents on the mountain, Mary Ellen soon finds herself attracted to the bachelor doctor, leaving her to question her feelings for her fiancée.
Looking for a way to make the payment on his printing press, John Boy reluctantly sells his meadow, only to learn the company plans on mining the mountain for gold ore. Meanwhile, Mary Ellen fears she failed herself and Curt when she is unable to help him perform a tachometry on Martha Rose Coverdale. She then is able to redeem herself by delivering Rosemary and Rev. Forwick's baby.
After Ike turns to Jim Bob to fix his motorcycle, he is on Cloud Nine to find to learn that he can ride the bike whenever he feels like it. When Jim Bob learns of a motorcycle race that he plans on entering, Olivia isn’t thrilled about her youngest son’s plans, but eventually lets him race. Meanwhile, after learning they are unable to have their own children, Ike and Corabeth learn they are next in line to adopt a baby. However, when they are unable to adopt a newborn, they instead decide to adopt a young girl named Aimee.
When Aunt Martha Corinne comes to visit the family, they soon become upset when she demands they do things around the house her way. When Olivia learns of Aunt Martha Corinne's domineering ways, she subtly suggests she goes home to deal with her problems. Before John Boy takes her home however, Martha Corinne asks him to take her to the old homestead so she can visit the grave sites of their deceased family members. While there however, she has a small heart attack and is soon taken back to the Walton home, so she can be around family when she dies. Upon arriving back home, Martha Corinne becomes interested in the Pony Cart Ben is making and offers to paint the cart for him when he is done building it.
As the Walton's prepare for Christmas, John and Olivia fear that it might be the last one they have together as a family. However, bad weather soon puts a hamper on their plans to spend the holiday together; with Grandma and Grandpa being stranded in Charlottesville, John and Jason helping Rev. Fordwick fix the church roof, and John Boy trying to help Miss Fanny and her niece out of the freezing river, with Curt and Mary Ellen arriving to help out. After everything is cleared up, everyone, with the exception of Grandma and Grandpa, are able to arrive home late in the night on Christmas Eve. It isn’t until they come through the door early Christmas morning, does Olivia declare this to be the family’s best Christmas holiday she can remember.
When Sheriff Bridges begins campaigning to be re-elected, Glen Oldfield, an outsider comes to the mountain, intent on giving the sheriff some competition for the job. It doesn’t take long for the new man to begin charming the residents to make the sheriff fear that they will forget how faithfully he has served the county and how good a job he has done while in office. It is John Boy who soon discovers the newcomer’s intention of using the office of sheriff as a stepping stone into the State Assembly and then publishes the story in his paper; causing the man to lose the election to Sheriff Bridges. Meanwhile, Grandpa soon gets in his own argument when a store owner catches a wild mustang, intent on selling it that Zeb accuses him of chasing the animal off Walton land.
When Olivia becomes bored of how she is living her life, she wants to change her look; she decides to let Corabeth perm her hair. Thinking that she looks good after leaving Ike’s store, Olivia soon arrives home and when the family sees her new hair do, begins laughing and ultimately hurting her feelings. However, seeing that Olivia truly wants to do something different than what they do everyday, John takes her to a hotel in a nearby town for a little vacation. Meanwhile, when Grandma learns that Reverend Fordwick plans on letting Zelda Maynard play the church organ on Sundays, she becomes furious and threatens to change religions unless he withdraws his offer to Zelda. Grandma soon calms down and agrees to share the organ playing.
When Elizabeth begins having nightmares and to sleepwalk, the family starts to worry something might be wrong with her. They soon discover Elizabeth’s nightmare is of being stuck on a Ferris wheel, and is unable to get off. It doesn’t take long for John Boy to realize the root of her dream was when the carnival was in town, when Elizabeth got lost and was found in the river by the family. It is only with the help of the family that Elizabeth is able to remember what happened that day, and everyone learns she witnessed a carnival worker hiding some jewelry he stole from the Baldwin sisters, which they are able to recover. Meanwhile, Ben is having his own problem when he realizes that Erin and Jim Bob are taller than he is. Trying to find a way to grow a few inches, he decides to buy a pair of shoes that are guaranteed to help his height problems.
When Chad Morgan, an old beau of Erin arrives on the mountain, he surprises the Walton's when he tells them about purchasing some property to build a house on so he can marry Erin. Feeling that Erin is too young to get married at 16, John and Olivia try to dissuade her from accepting Chad’s proposal. Not listening to what they’re saying, the couple soon decides to elope. However, while they are on their way to the Justice of the Peace, Erin realizes that she doesn’t want to leave her family to get married like this, and soon asks him to bring her back home. Meanwhile, as Ike and Corabeth get ready to visit some relatives in a nearby town, they have Jason tend to the store while they are away. Leaving specific instructions behind not to give credit to strangers stopping in, Jason soon learns Maude Gromley wasn’t able to purchase on credit as well, only after selling her some flower seeds and paint. When Maude learns of the predicament Jason is in, she sends some of her paintings to the store in hopes of selling them to settle her bill.
With little work coming in the mill, money soon becomes tight, forcing John to take a government job in an office in Charlottesville. It doesn’t take long for John to find out working in an office isn’t for him, especially when he learns the employees are to work quietly at their desks and that they have to stay until the boss leaves. As John is trying to cope with his new job surroundings, Olivia tries to get used to him working in the city, and Grandpa not having Grandma around, especially when he thinks the children don’t want his company. When Elizabeth becomes interested in going along with Grandpa on his adventures, Olivia isn’t thrilled, and quickly tells Grandpa not to encourage Elizabeth to continue acting like a tomboy.
After Erin graduates from high school, she soon realizes that she doesn't know what to do with her life, unlike Jason, Mary Ellen and John Boy. Frustrated at the thought of being labeled by the family as “the pretty one”, Erin soon finds her the perfect career path to follow: while looking for a typewriter for John Boy to use to type his novel on, Erin soon finds one in working condition at a business school and offers to work as a receptionist and book keeper as payment of the typewriter. When John Boy realizes she is working at the school, he tells her that office work is what she is best suited for and soon makes a deal for her tuition with the person in charge so Erin can attend school there.
While researching how the Jefferson County "Doughboys" arrived home after World War One for his paper, John Boy discovers Sheriff Bridges was awarded several medals for his actions overseas. However, when John Boy asks for an interview, the sheriff is reluctant to answer his questions, since he doesn’t consider himself a hero, and because he doesn’t want to remember the killings and his lives being lost. Upon doing more research into the sheriff’s time in the military, John Boy is able to find an old flame of his who was an ambulance driver in the war, and ask her to visit the man. When she arrives, Sarah soon gets reacquainted with him. Meanwhile, the Walton’s Mountain Honor Day festivities begin and Ben makes a special memorial for his uncle Ben.
When John Boy wins a newspaper contest, he has the opportunity to cover the landing of the Hindenburg and interview a German immigrant for his newspaper. However, when he and the other onlookers attempt to save the passengers of the airship, John Boy soon realizes that he is unable to find the words to form an article to put in the paper. While this is happening, Curt finds that his new family is severely cutting into the time alone he would like to spend with Mary Ellen. When John and Olivia share that when they were first married, that they had the same problem, they suggest placing a potted plant outside their door to signify time they would like to spend alone. Mary Ellen and Curt soon go home to try this idea out to see if it can work for them.
Curt's sister comes to visit and soon drops a bombshell that she left her husband to pursue a singing career. When Jason stops by to meet Vanessa one day, a friendship is soon forged between them, thanks to their shared interest in music. When she is singing one night with Jason's band at the Dew Drop Inn, a well known singer arrives with his manager and decides to leave with them, ultimately breaking Jason's heart. Also, seeing that the circulation of The Blue Ridge Chronicle isn't growing, Ben and John Boy decide to print some of Grandpa's stories inside the paper.
When Hilary, a relative of the Baldwin sisters comes to the mountain, John Boy gets excited at the opportunity of getting her opinion on what Hitler’s actions in Germany, since she lives over there and is married a German business owner. However, he soon becomes frustrated when Hilary refuses to answer any of his questions. It soon appears that the reason why she refuses to be interviewed for John Boy’s paper is because of how she was running from the violence that Hitler’s troops are starting. Soon realizing that she can’t run from what is happening in Europe, Hilary decides to return to her husband in Germany to face the violence head on.
When John Boy goes to New York to find out if his novel was lost en route to the publishing house, he soon learns that it is in a pile of unread manuscripts. John Boy then is successful in convincing the publisher to print his book. When he returns to Walton's Mountain, John Boy informs his family about his novel being published, and that he plans on moving to New York to begin working on his next manuscript.
After hearing on the radio that England is at war with Germany, Olivia, Corabeth, and Sarah Bridges are called upon to select a new minister to replace Rev. Fordwick, for the Walton’s Mountain Church. Upon arriving at Boatwright University to interview several seminary students, Olivia and Sarah decide to give Hank Buchanan, a young minister with a rebellious nature a chance. However, upon his arrival on the mountain, gossip begins to spread like wildfire that he made advances toward Erin and that he enjoys playing cards, does Hank have to defend his actions and assure his congregation that he is indeed a man of God while enjoying the same things his new neighbors do.
When the family finds Josh, a young Negro boy, hiding in their barn, they soon learn that he walked to Virginia from North Carolina. While trying to figure out what to do with Josh, John and Olivia decide to let him stay with them temporarily, and soon discover how much they enjoy having the young man around. As time wears on, when the family realizes that Josh needs to be around other “colored” individuals, John reluctantly brings him to an orphanage for other Negro children. However, Josh soon returns to the Walton’s and gets into trouble with some of the older kids on the mountain. It was at this point that John and Olivia turn to Verdie and Harley for help in placing the young man with a loving family.
When Jason makes a delivery to a reclusive woman for Ike, he soon befriends her when she admits to a love of music. It doesn’t take long for Jason to learn she withdrew from life on Walton’s Mountain after her fiancé died and then shares his story about how he lost a good friend after he got sick to help Fern deal with her loss and to help her go back into the everyday life on the mountain. Meanwhile, when Ben finds himself without a job when Mr. Jarvis closes down his used car lot, he goes to Norfolk, looking for work. However, when John begins losing orders at the mill due to lack of help, Grandpa goes to find Ben and bring him home to help with the mill work.
When an elderly Indian and his grandson arrive at the Walton's home, seeking help in their search for an ancient Indian burial ground before he dies, Grandpa helps them search for the rock that will tell them where it is. They soon return; informing the Walton’s that the ground they are searching for is located under the family’s barn. However, when John refuses to the old man’s request to tear down the barn, he takes matters into his own hands and attempts to burn down the barn and is ultimately arrested. When he becomes ill during the trial, John and the other Walton men decide to search under the barn and find that the man was telling the truth, but not before he passes away.
When the Baldwin sisters decide to open up their cottage near the sea for the military to use, John and the family, minus Ben, go see what kind of work needs to be done. Upon their arrival at the cottage, they find it already in use by Lisa, a young college student, who soon reveals to the family that she left college, to get away from the memories of her father; who was killed in battle. Meanwhile, back on at home; Ben is trying to have a romantic afternoon with his girlfriend, only have their time together constantly interrupted.
After spending a lot of time with G.W., Erin is uncertain of her feelings for him. While the rest of the family accepts him as one of their own, she only considers G.W. a friend. Things get a little sticky for her when G.W. asks her to marry him. After turning down his proposal, Erin is still confused about her feelings and tries to talk things through with him, only to be informed that he enlisted in the army; causing some of the family to think his actions where due to Erin turning him down. However, after G.W. invites Erin to spend the weekend with him at the base, they are able to sort through their feelings and remain good friends.
As Mary Ellen's delivery date approaches, friends and family are abuzz with plans: the Baldwin sisters are planning a baby shower; Elizabeth takes it upon herself to choose baby names, and Curt and Olivia are trying to persuade her to have the baby in a hospital. Not long after their conversation, Mary Ellen and Curt go deliver a Cassie’s baby, who delivered stillborn. Not believing what they are telling her, Cassie begins making Mary Ellen uncomfortable by telling her several mountain superstitions that caused her to lose her baby, a feeling that she continued to have during her baby shower. At home not long afterward, Mary Ellen goes into labor and delivers a baby boy. Not long after, John Curtis is discovered missing from his crib, leaving the family frantic to find him.
In the conclusion of the episode, Curt, with the help of Olivia soon track down John Curtis, who was kidnapped by Cassie. After being persuaded by Olivia, she soon gives the baby back to Mary Ellen. Meanwhile, looking to earn more money, Jason begins to play piano for a vaudeville show, not realizing it realizing the main star is a stripper, leaving his mother and Grandma mortified. However, that job opened the door for a new position for him: accompanying a group of Gospel singers.
When Curt receives news that he has been called up for active duty in the army, Yancy decides to do his part and join up as well, and decides to let Ben tend to his animals while he is away. After he marries his sweetheart, Yancy soon goes down to the recruiting office to join up, only to be turned down for having flat feet. Meanwhile, as Erin is spending time with her boyfriend G.W., she learns that he is reluctant to go back to the base and begins to fear he joined up to make her proud. However, things get hard for Erin when Mary Ellen arrives home from seeing Curt at the base with news G.W. died in a training accident, and that he left her his land; stating that is in good hands.
As the war in Europe comes closer to home, the residents of Walton's Mountain have to get used to the Army setting up camp near Drucilla's Pond to practice their war maneuvers.
Irritated with life on the mountain, Olivia decides to go visit her aunt Kate. While there, the women realize the reason why Olivia is acting the way she is a result of her going through menopause. Before a bad storm hits the mountain, Jason decides to go get Olivia to take her home. Meanwhile, when Olivia refuses to sign some forms allowing Jim-Bob to get a job, he resorts to forging his mother’s signature. However, when Jim-Bob thinks that the reverend caught him in the act, Jim-Bob agrees to work for him to keep Olivia from finding out.
As the residents of Walton's Mountain gets ready for Christmas, the war in Europe continues to take its toll on several members of the Walton family when they take in a brother and sister who lost their parents during the air raids in London. During Olivia’s attempts to make the children open up about their experiences in London, her own children are trying to cope with their own problems that have arisen since the start of the war.
When Mrs. Brimmer’s family comes to Walton’s Mountain for a visit, Elizabeth begins to keep a journal on the goings on of the area. However, upon their arrival, the family hears in the news about the German invasion of Normandy, and Elizabeth’s imagination begins to run wild that the Brimmer’s are spies for the German military. As a result of her suspicions, Sheriff Bridges leads a group of men to speak to Mrs. Brimmer’s brother-in-law about the accusations against his family. Things soon get straightened out when he tells the men that before accusing someone of such acts, they should have more evidence that what a little girl believes to be true.
As the Walton family is busy with spring cleaning chores, Miss Emily rushes to the Walton’s one day, frantic that Grandpa helps her rid a beloved rose bush of aphids before it dies. However, when he arrives at their house, Grandpa finds that their grandfather clock has stopped working as well; and soon learns that Miss Mamie has taken what happened as a sign that this will be the last spring she will experience. While his words of encouragement to the woman don’t help lift her from her depression, an invitation to the Walton family annual picnic helps her find the joy she once had with her life. As this is happening, Ben and Jim-Bob begin to see each other as rivals, and try to impress each other’s girlfriend, only to come to blows.
With their 25th Anniversary around the corner, John and Olivia go to great lengths to keep each other in the dark as to what their presents a surprise to each other. Also planning something special for John and Olivia are their children; who are organizing a surprise party for them. However, when the big day comes, the kids are the ones getting a surprise when John and Olivia fail to come back home from having their anniversary photo taken. Realizing where they could be, Grandpa rounds up the kids and soon finds John and Olivia dancing in the gazebo he made for her. Meanwhile, Mary Ellen and Curt begin having marital problems, due to their time spent apart. However, the couple is able to spend quality time together when Curt is able to come to the party.
Wanting to learn about her family history, Verdie turns to Jason for help. Unsure of what to do, he turns to Grandpa for advice. It is when the trio arrives at the county courthouse they receive some shocking information regarding Verdie's great-grandparents that ultimately result in her finding the closure she was looking for.
After Elizabeth gets hurt when she is pinned under a pile of logs Jim Bob and Ben failed to tie down in the truck, Mary Ellen has to inform the family that a specialist has to operate on Elizabeth. Once she is out of surgery and the family learns that Elizabeth could have nerve damage in her legs, Jim Bob decides to run away, because of how guilty he is to have caused her accident, but decides to stay after Jason tells him that he should stay at home since Elizabeth will still love him no matter what.
The episode concludes with Elizabeth returning home from the hospital, unable to walk, even with braces on her legs. However, with some encouraging words from Jim Bob at school, Elizabeth is able to start walking again and soon makes a full recovery.
When John Boy learns from Olivia about how bad the job situation is on Walton’s Mountain, he promptly returns to write an article regarding what’s happening. Upon his arrival home, John Boy sets up a meeting with Mr. Guthrie, the owner of a local mine to discuss the possibility of reopening the mine to give the men on the mountain jobs. When things are arranged to repair the mine to make it safer, a cave-in occurs; leaving many men trapped underneath the rubble and John Boy looking for people to help save them.
In the conclusion of this episode, feeling left out while the younger men are repairing the mine, Grandpa works for an elderly couple and Erin finds a new job taking care of a single father’s children while he is at work. Meanwhile at the caved-in mine, John Boy is able to gather the families of the trapped men together in order to rescue their loved ones.
When John Boy and Daisy go out after one of her theatre performances, he proposes marriage to her, which she accepts after some hesitation. As the happy couple gets ready to go to Walton’s Mountain to share their happy news and prepare for the wedding, John Boy gets a job offer to write for the Stars and Stripes newspaper in London. While he thinks about the job at home, Daisy begins to reveal her past to John Boy and the rest of the family. Wanting Daisy to work out her problems with her mother before they get married, he soon takes her to her mother’s house. While there, John Boy discovers that Daisy had a daughter and that her mother has been raising her. At this point, Daisy decides to stay with her mother to raise her daughter; giving John Boy the opportunity to take the writing job in London.
As Grandma comes home after stroke, she finds that everyone is treating her like an invalid, making her unhappy. Ultimately, Grandpa learns the reason why she is so happy all the time and then puts her back in her place, making Grandpa happy when she called him an "old fool". Meanwhile, Elizabeth is having problems of her own when a boy at school starts having feelings for her, and Olivia tells her that while he may be overweight, that doesn't matter, what is inside is what counts.
Following the death of Grandpa, John confides in Olivia that the house isn’t the same with him gone, especially now that Erin and Mary Ellen have moved into an apartment in Charlottesville. Meanwhile, Ben begins growing a moustache like Grandpa’s, believing that it will garner him some respect. He soon begins helping John fill a large lumber that will help out paying a loan that was taken out by Grandpa to pay Grandma’s medical bills. While at Ike’s, he and Corabeth begin arguing over the use of the back room; since he wants to keep his pool table there and she would like to open a tea room in its space. During their discussion, Olivia walks in and soon is given a gift from Mrs. Brimmer’s niece and begins reminiscing with Corabeth about the time spent with their deceased friend. Meanwhile, at their apartment in Charlottesville, Mary Ellen and Erin begin to wonder what their family is doing at home.
In the conclusion, Jim Bob fixes up a jukebox hoping to sell it to Mrs. Dunbar for her rooming house while Ben is successful in filling the large lumber order. Elsewhere, John is able to convince other small lumber mills to form a co-op so they can compete against the larger companies, while Ike and Corabeth compromise on the use of the back room in the store. In Charlottesville, a surprise visit from Erin’s drunken boss leads the girls to return to the Mountain. The family then heads up to Grandpa’s grave to commemorate his birthday and then think back to events that happened while he was still alive.
When Mary Francis, the Baldwin sister’s young cousin comes to stay with them for a while, she soon befriends Jim Bob when he is able to get the kite she was flying out of a tree. Not long after that happens, they begin dating. As soon as Corabeth learns about the new romance, she becomes shocked, because Mary Francis is not a Baptist and will soon be joining a Catholic convent. It doesn’t take long for Mary Francis to begin to doubt if she is making the wrong decision. However, all it takes is a visit from two nuns from the school she will be attending to make Jim Bob see that Mary Francis’ calling is just like his dream of becoming a pilot and accepts the girl’s decision to become a nun. Meanwhile, when Ben hires a new worker to help out at the mill, he soon finds that the man is an alcoholic and has to let him go when he attempts to destroy the mill.
Upon his arrival on the mountain, Boone Walton gets in trouble by selling some bootleg whiskey. After Jason pays his fine and promises to keep an eye on the elderly man, Boone begins working at the mill after his sentence gets suspended. Upon his arrival at the Walton home, Boone comes to the rescue of the Baldwin sisters when they loose the recipe of their Recipe. However, it doesn’t take long for the old man to wear out his welcome, since Boone makes a still on one part of the mountain and comes home one night drunk with Jason. While this is going on, Daisy, John Boy’s old fiancée, comes to the mountain to return his ring. However, when Corabeth learns that her daughter Melissa came with Daisy, she refuses to let Aimee play with her, calling the girl a “love child.”
Wanting to pass her nursing exams in order to spend more time with Curt, Mary Ellen persuades David to give her some “pep pills” to help her stay awake long enough to study. However, she soon becomes addicted to them and eventually has an accident, prompting her to ask for help to overcome the addiction. When she passes the exam to become a registered nurse, Curt arrives at her graduation ceremony to surprise her. Meanwhile, tiring of life on the mountain, Yancy’s wife turns to Elizabeth for help in filing a divorce. Elsewhere, Jason sets up a swing for Melissa to play on at Daisy’s home.
It’s Elizabeth’s 13th birthday and strange things begin happening on the mountain. When Corabeth suggests that the events are caused by a poltergeist, John and Olivia quickly shoot down that idea, but begin suspecting that Elizabeth is controlling the odd things. Things soon reach a fever-pitch at her birthday party after Aimee tells a ghost story, and when a scared Elizabeth tells her parents that she is frightened of growing up, do things calm down. While this is happening, Jason gets a job at a nearby radio station as “Cousin George,” a radio personality who gives out advice to people who write about their problems. However, after realizing he has no experience in handing out advice about love problems, he soon gets fired.
When Erin meets a young painter who recently came home from the war, she becomes restless with her life on Walton’s Mountain. After meeting Derek, Erin’s family and neighbors find him to be a puzzling individual with his distrusting behavior. As they grow closer, Derek calls Erin by his old girlfriend’s name, causing her to run, confused by his words. It doesn’t take long for Erin and the rest of the mountain to learn about him; after Derek gives Corabeth some paintings as collateral for goods in the store, she, Olivia, and Mary Ellen see how depressing they are. Mary Ellen soon learns that he is a psychiatric patient from a veteran’s hospital who refused medical treatment and then left. When she arrives home to tell the family about what they learn Erin is gone. When they find her with Derek, he breaks down and tells them what he saw in the war and soon goes back to the hospital. Elsewhere, Elizabeth and Jim Bob purchase a canary to give to Grandma as a pet, but are unable to make it sing.
As Ike displays his Roll of Honor, a list Walton’s Mountain men who are serving in the military, Verdie notices that the black men aren’t listed near the names of the white men, but fails to voice her displeasure in the arrangement of the names. Her displeasure mounts when Corabeth suggests that the black women on the mountain should form their own Ladies Auxiliary to show their support for the troops, and she mentions that they are already doing their part for the war effort. Elsewhere, Erin runs into Verdie’s daughter Esther when she is on her way home from J.D.’s plant. After working there for a few days, Erin finds working conditions difficult and soon suggests to J.D. that Esther would make the perfect personnel director, except he is hesitant to hire her because of her color. After the girls persuade him to hire her, Verdie confronts Ike and asks him to put her son’s name in its rightful spot or take it off the Roll of Honor all together.
When an old beau of Grandma comes to visit, he passes on his condolences about Grandpa’s death. The two then begin getting close again, having shared similar experiences in losing loved ones and having health problems and start dating, much to Elizabeth’s shock. When he begins making plans to begin a life with Esther, she tells that while enjoying his company; she doesn’t want to leave her life and family on the mountain. While this is going on, Corabeth tells Jim Bob that the government plans on starting a gasoline rationing program. Thinking of ways to have cars run on something other than gas, he teams up with Yancy to distill alcohol that is safe to fuel cars with.
As Christmas is approaching Walton’s Mountain in 1941, Mary Ellen is getting ready to go to Pearl Harbor to be with Curt. However, her plans are put on hold when news is broadcasted on the radio that Pearl Harbor was attacked. Not know whether Curt died in Hawaii, Mary Ellen and the rest of the family head home to wait for news. In the meantime, Olivia becomes worried when the boys begin talking about what branch of the service they would like to join once American joins the war. Upon hearing that President Roosevelt declared war on Japan for the attacks, Verdie arrives at the Walton’s to tell them that Jody was still alive, that he only was injured in the attacks. Unfortunately for Mary Ellen, Jim Bob arrives with a telegram to inform her about Curt’s death. While this is happening, Ben goes on his first date with Cindy, much to the displeasure of Olivia.
When Ben begins making all the decisions regarding the mill, John becomes upset with him. However, once John gives Ben a piece of his mind, Ben takes offense and moves into Zuleika Dunbar's boarding house and decides to start up a business venture with Ike and Corabeth. While they are able to acquire a loan to open a string of guest cottages to house workers of a nearby factory, the war department informs them that due to the war, their project can’t proceed. Not to be discouraged, Ben decides to move the cottages from the original location and when they are able to get tenants, he goes back to work with John at the mill. As this is going on, Yancy makes up his mind to get a barbering degree, but nobody is willing to be his first client.
With John Boy stationed in London as a reporter for the Stars and Stripes newspaper, Jim Bob and Ben begin talking about their desire to join the military. However, when they are told by John why they can’t join up, Jim Bob goes to town to get an Air-Core tattoo. When John and Olivia find out about, they aren’t too thrilled and tell him he has to live with the decision of getting it and their feelings for the rest of his life. Meanwhile, as his graduation draws closer, Jason begins to feel the pressure to join up. Not happy at the contemplation of killing another person, he goes to the recruitment office to learn about becoming a conscientious objector. After being taunted by some guys who walk into the office and later by at home by Ben, Jason turns to John for advice and then decides to finish college and then join the army.
With all the work John has been doing away from home, Olivia has become worried about his health, since he is always tired. After looking to spend more time with John since he now travels so much, Jason suggests Olivia go along with him on his next trip. While they are gone, John becomes worried when Olivia becomes flushed and suggests they go to her aunt Kate’s doctor in nearby Alberene. When they return home her check-up, Kate shows up to break the bad news that Olivia has tuberculosis and needs to be taken to a sanatorium to treat it. Meanwhile, after cleaning out Zuleka’s attic Jim Bob comes home with an according, determined to learn how to play it while Grandma teaches Elizabeth how to cook
After Olivia left home, John has become increasing worried about how Jim Bob has been running with the wrong crowd. He soon gets into trouble with Corabeth when he almost runs her down. When she goes over to the Walton’s to give John a piece of her mind, Jim Bob overhears her complaints and attempts to defend what happened by saying his car had no breaks. After John orders him to fix the breaks, he gets trapped under the car when it falls off the jack that Jim Bob placed it on, and he is able to escape injury. At this point, he takes what happened as a sign that God wants him to change his ways, so he decides to become a preacher. However, when he finds out how much schooling has to be done in order to get a degree, he changes his mind. When John and Grandma find out what is causing Jim Bob to think this way, they soon have a heart-to-heart talk with him.
As Erin helps the Baldwin sisters write their memoirs, they begin discussing how much space should be devoted to Miss Emily’s old beau Ashley Longworth. After she goes home after hearing their discussion, Erin has a run-in with a naval man who splashes some mud on her dress. It is after he apologizes that he goes over to see the Baldwin’s, giving the sisters a shock when they see his face. When Erin arrives the next day, she quickly learns that the man is Ashley’s son and that he came to give Miss Emily a letter written by his father years ago. Meanwhile, Elizabeth is experiencing some growing pains, since she isn’t sure if she wants to grow up or stay a kid. At this point, John talks to Olivia on the phone about how Elizabeth is feeling, and she soon sends her daughter a special gift to help her feel better.
When Jason learns that the owner of the Dew Drop has sold the business, he becomes concerned about losing his job. However, once he meets Callie May, the new owner, his concerns are moved to other things: such as her intentions of stealing John away from Olivia when the children discover they dated for a while before John and Olivia got married. Callie then has a change in heart after a talk with Ike and meeting the rest of the Walton family and stops pursuing John. Meanwhile, Cindy, Elizabeth, and Erin help Ike transform his hall into a canteen for the soldiers at Camp Rockfish to relax at.
When Jim Bob is flying a paper airplane that he made out of a graded assignment, it lands near John. When he sees the poor grade that Jim Bob received on it, John tells Jim Bob that he isn’t happy to learn that he is failing English and doing as bad in his other subjects as well. When Elizabeth suggests that he go ask Corabeth for help, which Jim Bob reluctantly does. Unfortunately, things continue to go bad for Jim Bob when he gets stopped by a sheriff when he runs a stop sign and learns that his license recently expired. When he takes a vision test in order to get it back, Jim Bob discovers he needs glasses to help correct his vision. At this point, Jim Bob decides to quit school to join the army. However, when Corabeth talks with John about him, Jim Bob insults her, causing John to angrily sign the papers Jim Bob needs to join up. However, when Jim Bob is on his way to the recruitment office, he finds Corabeth on the side of the road with a flat tire. When he stops to help out, they have a heart to heart that causes Jim Bob to return home and go back to school. Also, an old friend of Curt comes to visit Mary Ellen and they soon realize they enjoy one another’s company.
As Jason struggles to complete his composition for his final exam, his family continually interrupts his work. When he goes to the Baldwin’s home in an attempt to find peace and quiet, the sisters are having a discussion about who should be entrusted with the recipe after they’re gone. At this point, they suggest the mountain should organize a celebration to honor the pioneers who first came to the mountain. Things get sticky when the sisters and Ike find documents that show each of their ancestors were the first to settle on Walton’s mountain, causing Ike and the Baldwin’s to want change the name of the mountain. Luckily, things get settled when Grandma brings out an old family journal showing once and for all that the Walton’s were the first to arrive on the mountain. After this, the Baldwin’s decide to have the celebration at the Walton home. Meanwhile, when Jason is able to finish his musical piece, his professor isn’t thrilled that it has a mountain sound to it. The professor then changes his mind on it when he arrives for the celebration and praises Jason for the job he did on it.
When Olivia comes back to Walton's Mountain from Arizona, where she was recovering from TB, the family begins filling her in on what has been going on around the mountain when a neighbor receives bad news about his son.
In the conclusion to the episode, Calvin Wakefield, attacks Jim Bob in retaliation to what happened to his son, Jason gets promoted to Sergeant for getting his recruits in gear, Jim Bob helps Aimee see how bad she has been acting since coming back from boarding school, and the Walton’s get both good news and bad news; Ben and Cindy are pregnant, and they learn John Boy is MIA.
When Olivia's cousin Rose and her grandchildren come to live with the Walton's, John and the kids soon learn that that Serena and Jeffery are somewhat mischievous. However, when Rose informs them about how the children's father used to abuse them and she took them away from that life the Walton's soon agree to let them stay on permanently at the house.
When Olivia and Cindy learn that there is no day care center for the children of J.D.'s women employees, they ban together with his workers in order to use his tavern during the day. Meanwhile, wanting to surprise Corabeth for their anniversary, Ike asks Rose to teach him how to dance, only to have Corabeth think he is cheating on her.
As they are waiting on news of John Boy, Olivia and John are confronted by his publisher asking for permission to print his current manuscript. After some hesitation, they ultimately agree to let the publishing house print their son's work. Meanwhile, Jeffrey has to come to terms of the family dog's death.
When John and Olivia go to the Red Cross office to see if John Boy has been found yet, one of the workers asks them to go check on the wife of a soldier overseas. When they arrive at the couple's house, they find she has been attacked and are able to get her husband home on leave to be with her. When Ike learns that Corabeth will be inheriting a large amount of money, he is able to convince her to invest it war bonds instead of on frivolous items. Later, John and Olivia get word from the Red Cross that John Boy has been found and will be taken to a hospital in Alexandria to take care of his injuries.
While staying on in Alexandria to be near John Boy, Olivia begins volunteering with the Red Cross. It doesn't take long before she befriends a wounded soldier in John Boy's room. When Olivia's friend is hesitant to visit with him, she soon arrives to see him. When John comes back to Alexandria to celebrate Thanksgiving with Olivia, John Boy begins showing signs of improvement.
When Jim Bob befriends a young woman whose husband is overseas while delivering her mail, he soon falls in love with her, only to have his feelings go unrequited. However, not wanting to loose Jim Bob’s friendship, they apologize for their actions and agree to stay friends, and Jim Bob is able to comfort her when she learns her husband died overseas. Meanwhile, while she goes out to earn a merit badge in the children’s group she and Jeffrey joined, Serena becomes lost in the woods, only to be found by John.
When Mary Ellen and Erin are heckled by two male co-workers at the plant, they decide to enter a Run and Ride race to prove that women have the ability to succeed in a grueling race. Ultimately wagering that they won't come in last, Mary Ellen and Erin finish the race second and are able to collect on their bets by J.D. and the co-workers. Meanwhile, Jeffrey becomes heartbroken when he learns that a movie star he likes doesn't sign her own autographed photos.
The Christmas season arrives on Walton's Mountain with a stranger and a rash of petty thefts. The Baldwin sisters attempt to reach out to the young man, only to have him run off when John arrives at the sisters' home. However, when Jeffrey comes across him in the woods, they soon become friends and he tells Jeffrey about Christmas traditions in Europe, causing Jeffrey to ultimately invite him to the Walton home for a Christmas celebration. When John and the rest of the family learn that he is an escaped POW who is half German, the family is hesitant to let him in, but John still invites him in, remembering the kindness the German fishermen showed John Boy after he was shot down in Europe.
As Ben begins spending more time working at the mill and less time with her, Cindy begins to feel that Ben doesn't love her now that she's pregnant. After talking to Corabeth one day, she is given a book to read on how to become the perfect wife. However, after she begins following the book's suggestions, Cindy soon collapses from exhaustion, putting her health and the baby's life at risk. It is only after she is put on bed rest for a week does Cindy tell Ben how she was feeling and the couple begins to talk about things between them. Meanwhile, Jeffrey and Serena find a pregnant cat and ask John if they can keep her and the one kitten they were unable to give away.
When Elizabeth meets the new school teacher, they soon become best friends, only to have Elizabeth not believe anything Hazel has to say when she learns the truth that she is dying from a brain tumor. As some of the younger school children begin talking about childbirth, Hazel decides to hold a special class to teach them, as well as their parents the truth on the subject, much to the horror of Corabeth. Meanwhile, as Ben fears becoming a father, Cindy goes into labor and delivers a girl.
After breaking a piece of equipment that belongs to John, Jeffrey thinks of a way to make some money to replace it, only to get into trouble with Ike and John. Meanwhile, Ben is getting restless staying at home while his brothers and friends are fighting in the war, especially after a soldier gives him a hard time for not enlisting. After talking it over with Cindy and John Boy, Ben decides to enlist in with the Seabees in the Navy.
When Cousin Zadok Walton comes to the mountain looking for Grandpa, the family comes to believe he plans on spending the rest of his life there before passing away. They soon learn that Zadok plans on leaving Boatwright University his apple growing techniques and will be receiving an honorary degree for his generous contribution. Meanwhile, Jason soon meets a new sergeant on the base and thanks to his music, they soon become friends.
When Miss Mamie learns she could lose her sight to cateracts if she doesn't have an operation, John enlists the help of Grandma to talk her into having the operation. She soon is able to convince the sisters that Mamie should have the operation and eventually returns to her sister's home in Buckingham County. Meanwhile, Elizabeth becomes interested in a boy at school, only to learn that his friend has feelings for her.
Having to hire some help at the mill to get caught up on the workload, John eventually has to fire Easy after he breaks Jim Bob's arm and some of the mill equipment. After some old mill equipment breaks down in the middle of filling an order, John goes out drinking with Ike and then falls into Drucilla's Pond. Realizing what he was doing was wrong, John then resolves to fix his milling equipment, only to see that his friends and competitors are helping get everything fixed. Meanwhile, Jeffrey is building a car to race in the All American Soap Box Derby.
While at Ike's store one day, Rose meets an old dancing partner from Baltimore and ultimately renews her friendship with him. The two eventually fall in love and plan on getting married, but Rose calls it off so he can take his dream job in California. Meanwhile, Jim Bob is having a problem of keeping Jeffrey's dog out of his clothes and decides to move into the barn's hayloft.
When John Boy comes home on furlough, he is having trouble remembering what happened the night of his plane crash. It is only when he looks at a model plane Jim Bob made that he is able to remember that night. Meanwhile, Ike gets called up for active duty. Thinking it is a mistake; Ike misses the date he is supposed to go for his physical and is ultimately arrested. When John shows up at the military office to help Ike out, they soon learn that a clerical error in Ike’s birthday is the reason why the U.S. Government wants Ike serving in the military.
When a Hispanic soldier Curt saved arrives on Walton's Mountain, he is met with prejudice by some soldiers stationed at a nearby Army base. Upon learning that he knew Curt at Pearl Harbor, Mary Ellen invites him to stay at the Walton home for a few days, and they eventually fall in love. Meanwhile, Corabeth crosses paths with an old beau and reminisce about old times before he goes overseas to fight in the war. After spending some time with him, Corabeth realizes just how much she loves Ike and eventually tells him so.
As Jim Bob and his classmates get ready for their graduation ceremony, he and the other boys surprise their parents by signing up for Military service. Meanwhile, Erin gets a letter from Ashley Longworth Jr., informing her about his marriage to an English woman.
A look back on the first eight seasons of The Walton's, the Walton family reminisces about the important events of their lives while preparing for Grandma's birthday.
On Walton's Mountain, Harley Foster, a co-worker of John's, is suspected of being an escaped convict who killed a man years before. In the following days, several problems ensue for Harley and John, but things turn out well, with President Roosevelt signing a pardon for Foster before he died. Also on the mountain, Ike and Corabeth are arguing over her wanting to work as a real estate agent, and Cindy is disappointed with the Walton girls for not letting help out around the house.
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.
In Germany, Jason and his men come across a young soldier who is able to translate for them when they come across a German Soldier shooting at them. Ike and Corabeth get in trouble with ration board for giving more groceries to the Baldwin sisters. A happy Jim Bob comes home to tell the family about the war being over in Germany.
While waiting for Ben to come from Japan, Cindy has a premonition something bad happens to him and later finds out that Ben was taken prisoner by the Japanese military. As he is working in Paris, John Boy finally agrees to write an article about how dangerous land mines are. After deciding to stay in Paris after being discharged from the service, he changes his mind after learning about Ben becoming a POW.
When Jim Bob arrives home unexpectedly with a girl named Kathy following not far behind, they soon learn that she is pregnant with Jim Bob’s child. Not believing Kathy is telling the truth; John has a talk with her and voices his concerns. After the truth comes out, Jim Bob and Kathy agree to remain friends. In Japan, Ben is being a handful for his captors who ultimately put him in solitary confinement.
As Jason and Toni, and Elizabeth and Drew are having relationship problems, the war with Japan ends when President Truman dropped a pair of bombs on major Japanese cities. While the Walton family celebrates the good news, Ben calls home to let them know about his safe return home very soon.
Coming home to visit the family from the Army base, Jim Bob gets a ride from Jonesy, a man passing through the mountain. After having an accident, he stays with the Walton’s as Jim Bob fixes his car. During this time the stranger and Mary Ellen fall in love, only to have their relationship put on hold by the news that Curt may still be alive in Florida. Meanwhile, Jason buys the Dew Drop Inn, and thanks to help of his family and Corabeth, is able to re-open the place with rousing success.
As Mary Ellen is in Florida, she and Curt realize things are no longer the same between each other. While she is gone, Jonesy decides to stay on Walton's Mountain and is ultimately given Erin's job at J.D.'s plant. However, upon realizing Erin is doing Jonesy's work for him, she gets hired back and Jonesy is ultimately hired as a professor at Boatwright University.
Upon her father's death, Cindy learns she was adopted as a child. Wanting her daughter to know her biological grandmother, she and Ben soon begin searching for her mother. Eventually, Cindy and Ben are successful in finding her mother, and are happy when she tells them she would like to keep in touch with her daughter and family. Meanwhile, Drew stays with the Walton's while his parents are gone for a few weeks.
After an old beau of Rose comes to Walton's Mountain unexpectedly, his friends soon learn that he spent time in a mental institution. When his sister finds out where he is, Stanley and his friends are able to convince her to stay in the area, where he finds a job at a local newspaper. Meanwhile, a country music singer recently hired at the Dew Drop Inn begins hitting on Toni, much to the displeasure of Jason.
When Elizabeth beings to feel neglected at home, she decides to go to Arizona to visit with her parents. However, when the rest of the family finds out her plans, Jason is able to convince her to stay home until Olivia is feeling better. Meanwhile, as Corabeth goes back home to visit a dying relative, her younger sister comes to Walton's Mountain, where she and Ike begin to hit it off.
As Erin talks with a friend of hers on a phone, her family soon learns that Laurie’s husband has become abusive since returning from the war. It is only after Kenny barricades himself inside his house that he realizes he needs help to overcome what he saw while serving in the Military, and agrees to go to a VA hospital to seek the help he needs. Meanwhile, thanks to some help from Ike, Jim Bob goes into the army surplus business.
Looking to keep Zuleika Dunbar away from her boyfriend Stanley, Rose begins to take desperate steps to keep him happy. Meanwhile, John Boy is given the opportunity to teach television courses at Boatwright University, only if the board of directors agrees to the new program.
After finding a letter addressed to Ike from another woman, Corabeth fears the worst and ultimately leaves her husband. However, they soon work things out and ultimately patch things up. Meanwhile, Elizabeth is facing her own relationship problems with Drew, with him suggesting they spend the night together to celebrate their anniversary.
When Stanley proposes to Rose, she happily accepts. But when she begins suffering from heartburn, she goes to the doctor and finds out that she has a heart condition that requires medication, Rose soon calls off their engagement. Heartbroken, Stanley leaves the mountain, but eventually comes back and with the help of Ike, he is able to persuade Rose to ultimately get married to him. Meanwhile, Cindy begins to work in nearby Charlottesville, only to realize how much she misses being around to see her daughter grow up.
When Mary Ellen learns that a dying mountain man has allowed a nearby man to marry his 14 year-old granddaughter, she decides to take the girl home to keep her safe, only to have the neighbor kidnap Elizabeth. Upon finding rescuing her from Job, Elizabeth helps him from receive a light sentence. Meanwhile, as this is occurring, the Baldwin sisters are excited when a favorite cousin comes to visit.