An unknown person is walking around Walton's Mountain at nights and causing worry. Ike opens Godsey's Hall and Jason decides to hold a community dance. The town meets the unknown stranger and welcomes him in.
A mining company comes to town and wants to buy land. They make it sound helpful to the community and John-Boy and the Godseys sell their land. John-Boy finds out the truth and tells the neighbors not to sell their land.
John takes a job away from home to make more money. At the job, everyone in the office fears the manager who makes life miserable for all. John leaves because it is no way to live or work. Elizabeth is a tomboy.
The Waltons find out Sheriff Ep is a decorated war hero and John-Boy wants to write about it. Ep wants to keep it quiet. Also, an old friend of Ep's comes to visit. Jim-Boy likes to talk to her about cars and war.
Grandma is in the hospital and Grandpa wants to bring her home. He is forbidden to visit in the hospital because she needs her rest. (Ellen Corby in real life had a stroke and was not able to perform.)