The Waltons help prepare the house for the return of an old friend of Zeb Walton's, Mason Beardsley. He and his family had left Waltons Mountain five years before. When he returns though, it is without his wife. He says that she will be joining them shortly and continues to make plans of things they will do when she arrives. When Mason's son arrives though, he says that his mother has been dead for two years but his father had never accepted her death.