A prospering Ben woos his boss's daughter, and Olivia plays matchmaker to Ep and his wartime sweetheart.
John-Boy travels to New York to learn the fate of his novel. Flashbacks recall his progress as a writer.
The unorthodox new pastor infatuates Erin.
A black orphan sheltered by the Waltons grows increasingly attached to John.
Charles tries to find a home for two children orphaned by a wagon accident.
Charles and Caroline are uneasy about the couple who agree to adopt James and Cassandra Cooper.
The strain of five youngsters living in one house takes its toll on James.
Monica and Tess help the Monroes, whose worst nightmare is realized when they discover that the baby they adopted years ago had actually been kidnapped and now his biological father wants him back.
In a neighborhood bar filled with many cynical and hopeless souls, Monica is given the overwhelming task of having to choose only one person whose life will be changed forever by a miracle.
While substitute teaching, Mike learns that one of the students is being neglected at home. Meanwhile, the townsfolk are riled when Mike introduces the theory of evolution.
Starvation among the Cheyenne hastens an increase in raids on settlers, and Gen. Custer and his men arrive to quell the outbreak.
Gen. Custer escalates the battle with the Cheyenne, culminating in the Washita massacre.
Sully leaves town to resign from his position as Indian agent and, on the road, finds an injured Loren, who's been scouting for property in the former Cheyenne lands.
As their wedding nears, Mike and Sully reflect on their relationship (via clips from previous episodes).
When Nellie moves to New York, Mrs. Oleson seeks a "replacement."
Doc Baker is apprehensive when his new associate arrives.
Laura's stay in Arizona is soured by her failure to land a tutoring job.
Albert tries to duplicate the stunts of an aging daredevil.
On the way to Albert's college, Charles and his son stop in Walnut Grove, where the family learns that has a virulent blood disease.
As residents of Hope Valley prepare to celebrate Christmas, intertwined stories explore the emotions and magic that connect them during the holiday season.
John has difficulty completing a Government contract when Ben takes a job in Norfolk.