Grandpa has a coronary; and although mild, it causes him to lose the will to live. As he begins to focus on how he feels physically, he suspects he may not make it through the scarring incident. Grandma on the other hand refuses to believe that he even needs the prescribed medication and begins living in denial. When things come to ahead with grandpa's request of John-Boy, it causes the family to rally around him using some rather unconventional methods in an effort to remind him he is stronger then the attack.
Did You Know?
Grandpa Walton is celebrating his 73rd birthday, and the year is 1935, which means he would have been born in 1862. However, after he dies his grave marker shows he was born in 1865. See more
[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal
The spring of 1935 was a particularly good one on Waltons Mountain. Peach blossoms exploded in a pink mist and the mallards built their nest early along the Rockfish River. Spring's arrival was so magnificent that it left us unprepared for anything that might in any way deny the beauty of life.