Item Description
The Thanksgiving Holiday is approaching and John-Boy is excited
for two reasons. Firstly he has been accepted by Boatwright
University to sit for their scholarship exam, without which he will
not be able to go to college, and secondly because his girlfriend
Jenny is returning to Walton's Mountain with her stepmother. Whilst
he is waiting, however, he has an accident at the family sawmill,
when a belt running the saw flies off, hits him in the head and the
impact forces him backwards into a pile of lumber. He is
unconscious for some seconds and brushes it off as just a scratch,
but as the days go on he experiences difficulty with his sight.
When he attends for the scholarship exam he is not able to finish
the exams because he can't see. When he finally sees the doctor, he
orders tests which show that John-Boy needs major head surgery to
release the pressure of the swelling on the optic nerves. The
secondary story in this episode provides much light relief as we
see Jason accepting a job with the Baldwin sisters. He arrives
there to begin the work, only to find that they want him to help
them make a special batch of the recipe so that they can send some
to President Roosevelt for his Thanksgiving present. Jason fears
his mother's wrath when she discovers what he has been doing, so
tells his father instead. Things come to a head though, when the
Baldwins consider that Jason is just like their "Papa" and decide
that they will offer to adopt Jason. Some very funny scenes follow
with the Baldwin ladies confronting John and Olivia with their
request, then another between John and the outraged, strong
Baptist, Olivia, who is trying very hard to feel Christian towards
the Baldwin ladies but who is absolutely mortified that her Jason
would be instrumental in making bootleg whiskey!  This was
aired as a 2 hour Special in 1973. It is recorded from original dvd
onto A Brand New DVD-R, and shipped in a paper sleeve...NO ART WORK