Premiered November 21,1993.
"For me, coming home was remembering what was real and meaningful, even when outside events turned everything upside down, the way they did in November of 1963"
|John-Boy delivers a commentary on the evening news.
|John-Boy introduces Janet to his parents.
Elizabeth arrives home right after John-Boy. She runs into her old boyfriend Drew Cutler (Tony Becker). His wife has recently left him and it's obvious that he's still interested in Elizabeth.
|Elizabeth arrives home after & embraces her mother.
Mary Ellen is having trouble as a single mother. Her husband Jonesy is serving in Vietnam, his absence has taken a toll their kids.
Ben is frustrated working at the family lumber business. He feels that John is holding back the business and undercuts his father. This causes a falling out between the two, and Ben quits. At the same time, Ben and his wife Cindy (Leslie Winston) are still grieving over the death of their daughter Ginny. Cindy would like to adopt, Ben doesn't want to discuss the topic.
|John & Ben argue about how to run the family lumber business.
Middle sister Erin (Mary Beth McDonough) is divorced and working as a substitute teacher. Assistant Principal Jeff Dulaney (Steven Culp) is impressed with her work and offers her a full-time teaching position. But Erin isn't sure the job would allow her time to raise her three kids. Jeff is in a troubled marriage (his wife cheated on him & left) and there's a mutual attraction between he and Erin.
But their personal dramas pale in comparison to what happens a few days before Thanksgiving. President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas. The entire family is shocked and crushed. John-Boy is called to report on the aftermath in DC. Janet and the family are worried he won't make it back in time for Thanksgiving.
|Elizabeth and Verdie (Lynn Hamilton) grieve & comfort each other when they learn of JFK's assassination.
I mentioned in a previous post that my younger self was a fan of The Waltons...up to a point. I quit watching around the time that Richard Thomas departed and Will Geer died. I never saw A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion until now, it has several problems.
|Olivia & Elizabeth talk over coffee.
|Olivia adjusts a photo of Grandpa Walton. He's gone, but his presence (and Will Geer's) is still felt in this reunion movie.
|A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion is available on dvd.
|Grandma Esther smiles at Thanksgiving dinner.
|The family joins hands for a Thanksgiving prayer.
J.A. Morris' rating:
2 pumpkin pies.