John-Boy goes to New York to pursue his writing career, and the Baldwin sisters plan a fancy dress ball -- but both plans go awry.
Mary Ellen interferes in the mountain tradition of promising young girls in marriage, and the frustrated groom retaliates by kidnapping Elizabeth. The Baldwins welcome their eccentric cousin Octavia.
Erin falls in love with a young lumberjack with a mysterious past. Ike and Jim-Bob hunt for uranium on Walton's Mountain.
Rose's wedding is nearly canceled when she discovers that she has a heart condition. Cindy takes a job and finds that she's happier at home.
Corabeth files for divorce over some old love letters. Drew wants a night with Elizabeth.
Jim-Bob builds a television set so that the family can see John-Boy's experimental television project. Rose's crash diet raises complications for herself, the family and friends.
A local girl is brutalized by her husband, and Mary Ellen and Erin are soon involved. Jim-Bob schemes to make money by selling war surplus goods.
While Corabeth is out of town, her sister comes to visit Ike. Elizabeth, feeling left out of the lives of her family, decides to run away from home.
A new minister comes to Walton's Mountain church and quickly disturbs the congregation. But he soon becomes an important member of the community, especially as he helps Jason and Toni make an important decision about marriage.
Stanley Perkins returns to Rose, but he's not well. A new singer at the Dew Drop pays too much attention to Toni.
Released from military service, Jim-Bob and his friend, Jody, refuse to settle down, until an accident forces them to see things differently. The Baldwin sisters discover a secret room.
The death of Cindy's father reveals she was adopted, and a search for her real parents begins. Due to the lack of attention from Drew, Elizabeth looks elsewhere for romance.
Mary Ellen finds Curt alive in Florida, but he's a very different man.
Mary Ellen is about to give up school to marry a restless young veteran when she gets the shattering news that her husband, Curt, is still alive. Jason re-opens the Dew Drop Inn.
Ben returns home from military service with plans to study engineering. Erin's vacation is disrupted when she gives Cindy her gas stamps and when J.D. Pickett claims he can't handle the business without her. John tells the family he must take Olivia to Arizona for her health.
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