18 - The Heartache
(14 April 1981)
Writer: Kathleen Hite.
Music: Alexander Courage.
"There was a growing independence in our family
as we grew older. With the years we became more individual, often holding firm
and differing opinions, approaching life from diverse directions. But let joy
or sorrow come to one, it always came to us all, to be faced, to be shared, to
be experienced together. When the Waltons needed to be a family we came
together as one".
Rose is babysitting John Curtis and Virginia
when she has heartburn. As she mixes baking soda and water, John Curtis runs
off. While at Jim Bob’a garage, Stanley Perkins inquires about new car tires
after thinking of going back on the road. On his way to visit Rose, Stanley finds John Curtis
standing by the roadside. At the same time, Rose and Ben frantically search for
John Curtis, unable to find him anywhere. By the time Stanley
drives up, Rose is near hysterics, but is calmed when Stanley tells her that he found the lost boy.
Cindy talks with Erin
about the possibility of a job. Ben overhears the conversation, saying he likes
the idea. That night while the boys eat dessert and the girls wash dishes, Stanley announces that he
has been promoted at the newspaper. He then asks Rose to marry him, with a
honeymoon at Niagara Falls
and a life traveling and enjoying life. Jason plays the piano as the happy
couple dance. The women talk about wedding plans, but Rose insists that she
will wear the dress they made for her and that nothing special will be done.
Rose reaches for more “bicarb” to settle her upset stomach. That night, after
Rose takes even more “bicarb”, Mary Ellen insists that when she visits Dr. Cole
for her marital blood test, she ask the doctor for medicine. The look in Rose’s
eyes show a worry about something more serious. At his office, Dr. Cole has
found that Rose’s problem is not heartburn, and suspects Rose realizes it, too.
He prescribes nitroglycerin for her chest pains, knowing they are warning signs
for an impending heart attack if she doesn’t slow down.
At the Baldwin
house, Miss Mamie and Miss Emily toast Stanley and Rose’s upcoming marriage.
They ask the couple to allow them the pleasure to use their house for the
wedding reception. Rose hesitates at giving an answer, saying things are racing
too fast. Stanley
notices a change, and comments about his concern upon returning to the house.
Rose insists that she likes her life just like it is, and does not want to
marry him. Stanley
says, “You don’t want to marry me?” Rose doesn’t answer and Stanley is perplexed. Rose enters her room,
clutching her pills. At breakfast, the family places a wedding present on her
plate but learn that Rose has cancelled the wedding. Rose suggests they return
the camera for their money back.
Cindy receives her best sale from Mrs.
Winslow since working at the fabric store. Mrs. Bassett says Cindy deserves a
raise if she will join her as assistant manager. Cindy hesitates, knowing the
position will take her away from her family. Cindy decides to think about the
offer and decide later.
Elizabeth tries to convince Drew while on the
telephone that she still loves him. Soon, Stanley
arrives to call on Rose. He presents her with the trophy they won at the Elk
Spring Dance, saying he has given notice at the paper and will be moving away
so he can forget her. She accepts his decision, although Stanley can’t believe she wants him to leave.
Returning to her room, Rose is distraught, crying at what she has done.
To forget her troubles Rose repeats
spring-cleaning, drafting Jim Bob and Elizabeth to help clean the house. As
Mary Ellen and Erin arrive, they find Rose scrubbing the floor, nearly
exhausted. Rose indicates her health is improving daily, but Mary Ellen seems
not to believe her. Later Cindy returns to find that her husband and daughter
The next day, Rev. Marshall visits Rose.
While sipping tea the minister bluntly asks Rose what she is concealing. Rose
explains what happened between her and Stanley, but Tom does not believe her.
Suddenly, she grabs her chest, and then looks for her pills. Mary Ellen brings
the medicine, announcing they are nitroglycerin for her heart condition. Rose
explains that she cannot stand people looking at her as an invalid. She states
she will not tie down Stanley
as a sick wife. Rev. Marshall says that Stanley
is entitled to know the truth. Mary Ellen drives Rose to Stanley’s apartment where Rose tells him that
she is suffering from a heart condition that necessitates her doing less.
Marriage to her would be like living life from the sidelines, but Stanley says he does not
care how they live. Rose leaves unable to be a burden on him.
Cindy brushes Virginia’s hair noticing that she changes a
little each day when she picks her up at nursery school. At breakfast, the
family pampers Rose while Cindy announces she isn’t returning to work so she
can spend as much time with her daughter as possible.
Stanley buys a pack of gum from Ike for a nickel
when Ike comments that he also has angina, a heart condition. Although he had
to take it easy immediately after the attack, he slowly was able to regain his
normal work schedule. Ike advises Stanley
that Rose isn’t troubled about cramping his style; she is worried about dying
on him. Stanley
joins Rose on the bridge across Druscilla’s Pond, telling her that he twisted
his ankle. He also has seen signs where he must slow down, and find a place to
watch the passing parade. Rose sees he is deceiving her, as he limps on the
wrong foot. Stanley
tells Rose that she could no more sit back than he could. For the last time, Stanley proposes to Rose,
knowing that she makes him feel young. At the Baptist Church,
Rev. Marshall joins the couple in holy wedlock with friends and family looking
"The road behind them had been rocky and uneven,
but we all felt the road ahead for Rose and Stanley would be in the best of
repair, paved as it would be with joy at each other, sharing with friends their
unfailing good humor and laughter. And for our family, when joy came to one it
came to us all".
Jim Bob: Is anybody awake?
Erin: What is it Jim Bob?
Jim Bob: I can't sleep, I guess I'm too excited about the wedding.
Erin: I think it's something else.
Jim Bob: Like what?
Erin: Like all the money you made selling Stanley the tires?
Jim Bob: I think that's pretty exciting.
Erin: Goodnight Jim Bob.
Jim Bob: Goodnight. Is anybody else awake?
Ike had his heart
attack three years ago.
Rose and Stanley won
the dance at the Elk Spring
Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire
Edwards), Rose Burton (Peggy Rea), Cindy Walton
(Leslie Winston), John Curtis (Marshall and Michael Reed), Virginia (Clare and Elizabeth Schoene), Miss Mamie and Miss Emily Baldwin
(Helen Kleeb and Mary Jackson), John-Boy (Robert Wightman), Stanley Perkins (William Schallert), Rev. Tom
Marshall (Kip Niven), Dr. Cole (Ken Sansom), Mrs. Bassett (Corinne Michaels),