List of The Waltons episodes

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The following is a list of episodes and movies for the television show The Waltons.


Series overview

SeasonNo. of


Season 1: 1972–73

The time is 1933–1934, during the Great Depression in the United States.[1]

EpNo.TitleOriginal airdate
11"The Foundling"September 14, 1972 (1972-09-14)
The Waltons shelter a deaf girl (Erica Hunton) left by her mother on their back porch because her father is insisting on institutionalizing her. While they search for her family, they also begin teaching her sign language, which she uses to help Elizabeth when an emergency arises. 
22"The Carnival"September 21, 1972 (1972-09-21)
A traveling carnival comes to Walton's Mountain, but the children choose to sacrifice the money they had saved for it so that Grandma can replace her broken glasses. When the troupe becomes stranded by their dishonest ringmaster, John and Olivia allow them to stay temporarily in their barn, and the family is rewarded with a private show. 
33"The Calf"September 28, 1972 (1972-09-28)
The Waltons' cow gives birth to a bull calf, which John decides must be sold for truck repair money, much to the disappointment of his children. He is able to buy it back after he learns the man he sold it to plans to butcher it. 
44"The Hunt"October 5, 1972 (1972-10-05)
John-Boy is anxious to prove himself on a turkey hunt with his father and two friends, but finds he can't shoot a turkey, which he equates with premeditated murder. He has no trouble killing a bear who attacks his father. 
55"The Typewriter"October 12, 1972 (1972-10-12)
John-Boy borrows an antique typewriter from the Baldwin sisters, so he can submit a proper manuscript to a magazine. Mary Ellen inadvertently sells the typewriter to a traveling junk dealer. Fortunately, Sheriff Bridges is able to help her track it down. 
66"The Star"October 19, 1972 (1972-10-19)
A meteorite crashes through the roof of the Baldwin sisters' "Recipe" room, which they take as some kind of sign from their dead Papa. Grandpa Walton takes it as a sign of his own impending death; Ben takes it as a sign he will win the fourth grade spelling bee; and an unscrupulous relative of the sisters first plans to exploit the meteorite for financial gain, then tries to steal their "Recipe machine"
77"The Sinner"October 26, 1972 (1972-10-26)
A young preacher (played by John Ritter) comes to Walton's Mountain fresh from seminary, where he has learned the currently popular fire and brimstone style of preaching. He happens to be a relative of the Baldwin sisters, and after a visit succumbs to the effects of their "Recipe". His tee-totaler church superior fires him, but after he humbly apologizes to John-Boy for his hypocrisy, Grandpa and John convince the congregation to look at the forgiving side of the gospel and accept him. 
88"The Boy From the C.C.C."November 2, 1972 (1972-11-02)
A troubled teenager from Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan whose father was murdered by a gangster, runs away from the Civilian Conservation Corps to Walton's Mountain. The Waltons take him in and teach him that he can trust some people, and he doesn't have to fight (literally) for everything he gets. 
99"The Ceremony"November 9, 1972 (1972-11-09)
A Jewish Nazi-refugee family moves to Walton's Mountain from Germany. Expecting to find similar antisemitism in America, the bitter, distrustful father, Professor Mann, chooses to protect his family by hiding their faith, and cancels plans for his son's impending bar mitzvah. The paranoid couple rebuff the Waltons' every attempt at visitation. John Boy discovers the family secret, and helps the boy find a rabbi, while the others open their home for the ceremony. Grandpa convinces the father not to deny his faith, and to honor his son by attending. 
1010"The Legend"November 16, 1972 (1972-11-16)
John's buddy from World War I comes to visit. But after the man accidentally sets a grass fire for which Jason is blamed, and wounds the family dog on a hunting trip, John discovers his friend has not put away the horrors of the war and gotten on with his life. 
1111"The Literary Man"November 30, 1972 (1972-11-30)
A.J. Covington (David Huddleston), a wandering, well-read man claiming to be a writer, comes to Walton's Mountain, befriends John-Boy and helps him with his writing. But A.J. must come to terms with the fact that, after an initial success, he has spent most of his life in search of "the big story", but has avoided actual writing for fear of failure. 
1212"The Dust Bowl Cousins"December 7, 1972 (1972-12-07)
John's cousin and her family seek refuge in Walton's Mountain after losing their Kansas farm to the Dust Bowl, but her husband has developed a bad attitude toward misfortune and taught their son that the world owes them something. 
1313"The Reunion"December 14, 1972 (1972-12-14)
The Baldwin sisters' cousin Homer (Denver Pyle) comes to visit, and they plan to hold a family reunion. But Homer steals their batch of over 100 jars of the "Recipe" intended for the reunion, and runs off, planning to sell it in Charlottesville; then the sisters sadly discover all their invitations returned, because the addressees are either dead or unlocatable. The Waltons make up for the failed reunion with a family visit to cheer the disappointed sisters. 
1414"The Minstrel"December 21, 1972 (1972-12-21)
A young wandering musician visits the Mountain. Mary Ellen plans to run away with him, thinking that she is in love with him, and that he will help her fulfill her dreams of travel and adventure. She learns a hard lesson when he tells her he won't be "tied down" by anybody and leaves without her. 
1515"The Actress"January 4, 1973 (1973-01-04)
A famous stage and screen actress's car breaks down in Walton's Mountain, forcing her to stay at the Walton home. Contrary to the front she puts up, she is out of work and money, due to her agent getting tired of dealing with her prima donna attitude. After she learns a humbling lesson, the Waltons help her regain her confidence, and organize a town performance to help her raise money to repair her car. 
1616"The Fire"January 11, 1973 (1973-01-11)
After learning that schoolteacher Miss Hunter is teaching evolution to his daughter, a religious fanatic breaks into the Baldwins' house and steals some Recipe, then gets drunk and beats his daughter. He then uses the remaining Recipe to burn down the school, killing himself in the process. Ike Godsey lets Miss Hunter use some extra space in his store for temporary classrooms, until the county can build a new school. Olivia contacts the girl's mother, who had earlier run away from her abusive husband, and the woman comes back to take care of her daughter. 
1717"The Love Story"January 18, 1973 (1973-01-18)
Jenny Pendleton (Sian Barbara Allen), whose mother died years ago, runs away from her father and new stepmother, back to her deserted house in Walton's Mountain. Jenny and John-Boy meet and fall deeply in love, but she is soon traumatized by her father's sudden accidental death, and ultimately moves away with the stepmother. 
1818"The Courtship"January 25, 1973 (1973-01-25)
The Waltons are visited by Olivia's uncle, Cody Nelson, a bank accountant near retirement, but put out of work by the bank closings. They attempt to cheer him up by introducing him to a local widow, whom he courts. Afraid to commit to her upon learning of her four marriages (including a divorce), he finally resolves to ask her to marry him. The Reverend Fordwick performs the ceremony in the Walton house, and the couple remain happily married for life. 
1919"The Gypsies"February 1, 1973 (1973-02-01)
A gypsy family, stranded in Walton's Mountain during a thunderstorm with a broken wagon, break into the Baldwin sisters' house for shelter. Since they have a sick baby, the Waltons allow them to temporarily camp on their property. Grandma is able to heal the baby. 
2020"The Deed"February 8, 1973 (1973-02-08)
The Waltons discover that their ancestors never filed for legal title to their land when a lumber company tries to claim the Mountain. They must raise two hundred dollars to obtain the deed, forcing the entire family to chip in. Against his father's wishes, John-Boy decides to take time off of school to work in the city of Wheeling. On payday, he is robbed of his week's pay by two men while leaving a tavern. Fortunately another day, he encounters the same men again, and asks a nearby policeman to arrest them. 
2121"The Scholar"February 22, 1973 (1973-02-22)
Verdie Grant asks John-Boy to teach her how to read and write, on the condition that he keep it a strict secret. She is motivated by the desire to travel to Richmond to see her youngest daughter Clarie graduate from college. A misunderstanding causes Verdie to assume John-Boy betrayed her confidence, and she angrily stops the lessons, despite his attempt to explain. She relents after she has to ask him to read Claire's letter to her, which implores her to come to the graduation. She completes the lessons and makes the trip to Richmond, becoming a good Walton family friend. 
2222"The Bicycle"March 1, 1973 (1973-03-01)
Frustrated with the burden of her domestic obligations, Olivia buys a used bicycle, which awakens some of her dormant dreams as she starts singing in the church choir again. Meanwhile, John-Boy helps blacksmith Curtis Norton (Ned Beatty) woo a "mail-order bride" by ghost-writing letters for him. When the city-raised girl arrives with big dreams, she becomes disillusioned with Curtis' bucolic ways, becomes angry when she discovers John-Boy wrote the letters, and cancels the engagement. Olivia's experience reminds her that dreams don't always work out, and don't replace the benefits of family. She convinces the girl to accept Curtis and loans her the bicycle to go after him. 
2323"The Townie"March 8, 1973 (1973-03-08)
John-Boy's friend Sarah Jane Simmonds (Sissy Spacek) wants to marry him to escape her strict, overprotective mother, but he rejects the idea. She then secretly dates the "townie", a spoiled rich boy named Theodore "Ted" Albert Claypool Jr. (Nicholas Hammond), who drives a LaSalle coupe, and exasperates John-Boy by expressing admiration for John Dillinger. He steals money and a gun from his father, and takes Sarah Jane off to Maryland to elope. John-Boy pursues them and finds them both injured outside the overturned LaSalle. Ted pulls the gun on John-Boy and tries to take the Walton truck, until John and Ted's father show up. 
2424"An Easter Story"April 19, 1973 (1973-04-19)
In a two-hour special, Olivia is stricken with polio after returning from church in February. When pain and fatigue turn into numbness and paralysis, she faces the prospect of permanent disability with courage, encouraging her children to fulfill their dreams. While John-Boy checks into applying to the University of Virginia, he takes the opportunity to seek out a doctor who specializes in the treatment of polio, having contracted it himself once. He tells John-Boy of an unorthodox, experimental treatment to fight the paralysis. Olivia tries the exercises, against the realistic / pessimistic advice of the local doctor. They at first give her hope of recovery by Easter, but then she becomes discouraged and resigns herself to life in a wheelchair when they ultimately don't work. But shortly before Easter, she dreams that Elizabeth calls out to her for help, and she gets up out of bed. She attends the Easter sunrise service with her family, celebrating the apparent miracle. 

Season 2: 1973–74

The year is 1934, during the Great Depression in the United States.[1]

EpNo.TitleOriginal airdate
125"The Journey"September 13, 1973 (1973-09-13)
Maggie McKenzie (Linda Watkins), an elderly neighbor in failing health, asks John-Boy to take her to Virginia Beach (where she had first arrived in America from Scotland) but he has plans instead to take a girl to a dance. He finally breaks his date and and takes Mrs. McKenzie to the shore, where she relives memories of her honeymoon. 
226"The Odyssey"September 20, 1973 (1973-09-20)
Needing some alone time, John-Boy hikes up the mountain to a deserted cabin, and there finds his friend Sarah Jane Simmons (Sissy Spacek) hiding, nine months pregnant. She has run away from a well-to-do family in which her mother had placed her, on the promise that they would educate her. But they were only interested in using her as their servant, so she ran away and married a young man who has gone looking for work with the Works Progress Administration. John-Boy and Sarah are stranded by a rainstorm, and he must deliver the baby. 
327"The Separation"September 27, 1973 (1973-09-27)
The Waltons' electric power is shut off when they are unable to pay the bill. Sent to buy candles, Grandpa Zeb comes up with a better solution: he offers to do a house repair job for the Baldwin sisters, for cash and the use of their car to pay the bill in Charlottesville. They accept, provided he takes them with him. Worried sick, jealous and angry when he is gone all day, Esther refuses to listen to his explanation. Zeb leaves the house, sleeping on the pool table in Ike Godsey's store. Zeb and Esther's pride escalates to the point that he talks of leaving her for good, until Olivia suggests Grandma attend the upcoming square dance, where the caller is Zeb's old rival for her affection. 
428"The Theft"October 4, 1973 (1973-10-04)
A wealthy widow accuses John Sr. of stealing some family silver after he has done a repair job for her. He suspiciously has come into some extra money, and refuses to say where he got it because he has sold his wedding ring to a pawn shop. It turns out the family's son has actually taken and sold the silver, hiding from his mother the fact that their wealth is gone. 
529"The Roots"October 11, 1973 (1973-10-11)
Harley Foster, an unemployed auto mechanic turned migrant worker, comes to the mountain with his young son Jody with whom he has been traveling the country. Verdie Grant takes an interest in him and the boy, and asks John-Boy to play matchmaker. He gets Ike Godsey to hire Harley as a mechanic. Jody longs to settle down, and Verdie wants him to go to school. But Harley will have none of it, and angrily decides to leave immediately. In desperation, the boy steals some money from Ike's till so that Harley will have to stay put. After Jody confesses, Harley changes his mind, apologizes to Verdie, and stays in Walton's Mountain. 
630"The Chicken Thief"October 18, 1973 (1973-10-18)
John-Boy faces a dilemma when he sees Yancy Tucker steal two chickens; if he remains silent, the law considers him complicit. Yancy has been playing Robin Hood, giving the chickens to people worse off. He promises to return the chickens so that John-Boy is off the hook, and as he does so, the chickens' owner is shot in the leg. Now Yancy is in jail, until John Sr. figures out that the chicken farmer accidentally shot himself. 
731"The Prize"October 25, 1973 (1973-10-25)
Olivia's childhood sweetheart Oscar Cockrell comes to visit. He is a politician running for the state legislature, and unhappily married. The Waltons go to the county fair, and Oscar is one of the judges. Olivia wins a five dollar first prize for her cake, and Ben loans his pig, given to him by Yancy Tucker, for the greased pig contest. The farmer who catches the pig (Dana Elcar) recognizes it as one of his own from its earmark, and demands either the pig back, or five dollars. Oscar wants to pay the money for Olivia, but she gives Ben her prize money. 
832"The Braggart"November 1, 1973 (1973-11-01)
Hobbie Shank, a teenage orphan, stays with the Waltons for a while. John-Boy begins to dislike him. Hobbie's skill at baseball attracts talent scouts and a chance at the big leagues, until an accidental fall threatens his future. 
933"The Fawn"November 8, 1973 (1973-11-08)
In the first of several episodes directed by Ralph Waite, Erin finds an orphaned baby deer in the woods and intends to keep it as a pet, which the law doesn't permit. As soon as they return the fawn to the woods, a pair of poachers are caught shooting it, so Erin gets to keep it a bit longer while it recovers. The game warden offers Erin a compromise: instead of releasing it into the wild, he can put it in a wildlife preserve where she can visit it. She finally understands releasing it is best. In a parallel story, John-Boy gets a job as rent collector for a local landlord, and learns the man is dishonorable and miserly. His rents are higher than many tenants can pay in full, and he refuses to make needed repairs. He refuses to pay John-Boy's five percent commission since the shortfall in collections exceeds this, and fires him. John-Boy recovers his commission by making the repairs with Jason, and gives the man his change. 
1034"The Thanksgiving Story"November 15, 1973 (1973-11-15)
In another two-hour special, Jenny Pendleton (Sian Barbara Allen) returns for a visit with her stepmother. John-Boy is hit on the head by a plank while working the saw mill. He conceals his dizziness and blurred vision because he wants to take an entrance exam for Boatwright University, but he cannot finish it. He has an operation to remove a blood clot from his brain. After the operation, Miss Hunter persuades the college to allow him to re-take the exam and he is accepted, winning a scholarship. 
1135"The Substitute"November 22, 1973 (1973-11-22)
When Miss Hunter is called away by a family emergency, the school board (on which John sits) hires a substitute teacher to fill in. The Waltons house the young woman, who has excellent teaching credentials, but lacks interpersonal skills and eats her meals alone in her locked room. She counsels John-Boy not to write so emotionally. Her strict teaching style is so insensitive to individual children's needs, that half of them refuse to go to school. John is appointed to resolve the issue with her, but she resigns. Olivia convinces her not to distance herself from people, and she changes her methods. When she leaves, the children are sorry to see her go. 
1236"The Bequest"November 29, 1973 (1973-11-29)
Grandma receives a letter informing her that an old friend has died and bequeathed her $250, which she decides to share with the family and church. The family uses John-Boy's current college fund to replace the broken water heater, since Grandma has promised to replace the fund. But then another letter comes, with the news that the deceased woman's medical debts exceed her assets, so the bequest cannot be honored. Grandma is ashamed and afraid to face John-Boy, until he tells her that he loves her no matter what. 
1337"The Air Mail Man"December 13, 1973 (1973-12-13)
The evening before Olivia's birthday, an air mail pilot (Michael Glaser) is forced to make an emergency landing in the Walton's pasture, and stays the night with them until he can fix his plane. He hides the fact that he has run away from his pregnant wife, until she comes looking for him. After discussing his fears of fatherhood with John, he decides not to leave her, and gives Olivia a short ride in his plane before returning to his wife. 
1438"The Triangle"December 20, 1973 (1973-12-20)
John-Boy's teacher, Miss Hunter, meets with him to critique an essay he is writing about a special person in his life, but does not realize he is actually writing about her. Meanwhile, Rev. Fordwick starts regularly dating Miss Hunter and takes her to the community picnic, making John-Boy hurt and jealous. 
1539"The Awakening"January 3, 1974 (1974-01-03)
Growing pains cause havoc on Walton's Mountain. Grandma's upset as her 68th birthday approaches, qualifying her for an "Old Age" pension, and she frustrates everyone by refusing to get help for dizziness and a hearing problem. John Boy craves private, quiet space for an office in an attached cabin, but Mary Ellen is told she can use the same space as her bedroom. A visiting college boy Mary Ellen encounters at the lake, plunges her into confusion when he kisses her, despite being several years older. 
1640"The Honeymoon"January 10, 1974 (1974-01-10)
John takes Olivia on a belated honeymoon. 
1741"The Heritage"January 17, 1974 (1974-01-17)
A mysterious stranger (Noah Beery) comes and samples the Waltons' hot spring water, then returns to offer John $5,000 to sell the mountain, claiming he wants to retire on it, but John is unwilling. Later, the man admits he represents developers who want to build a tourist resort on the mountain, and increases the offer to $25,000. Now John leans toward accepting it, thinking they can keep the house. Even though his ancestors are buried on the mountain, John knows the money will greatly benefit his family, especially for John-Boy's education. When the man returns to close the deal, he raises the offer to $30,000, informing them the developers want to remove the house, and offer John a job as a hunting/fishing guide. After much anguish, he finally decides his family's heritage mustn't be sold. 
1842"The Gift"January 24, 1974 (1974-01-24)
Jason's close friend Seth Turner (Ron Howard), who shares his love for music, carves a recorder from an apple tree branch Jason gives him, and offers to teach Jason how to play it. He learns that he has been stricken with leukemia and has only a year to live. Jason, and Seth's mother, take it extremely hard, but after the initial shock, Seth and his father resolve to make the most of the time he has remaining. Seth carves Jason's name in the recorder and gives it to him to remember him by. 
1943"The Cradle"January 31, 1974 (1974-01-31)
Olivia is pregnant for the eighth time, and fears bringing another child into the world during the Depression. Elizabeth at first is unhappy to learn she won't be the baby anymore, especially after being taunted about it by Jim-Bob; but then looks forward to a baby sister. But it is not to be when Olivia miscarries
2044"The Fulfillment"February 7, 1974 (1974-02-07)
The Waltons bring home Stevie, a troubled young orphan, to stay with them temporarily. Meanwhile, Ann, the wife of town blacksmith Curtis Norton (Victor French),[2] is told she will not be able to bear children. She stays in denial of this, as Curtis and Stevie take a liking to each other. Olivia doesn't want to force the idea of adoption on Ann, but John-Boy tells Ann that love isn't like money, in that one can't save it up for the future. She changes her mind, and the Nortons adopt Stevie. 
2145"The Ghost Story"February 14, 1974 (1974-02-14)
The Waltons bring Luke, a boy whose mother he loved very much has died, into their home while Ike gives John-Boy a "spirit board", which his writer's curiosity leads him to investigate. As he and the children play with it in several sessions, the "spirit" apparently delivers the fragmentary message "Luke .. must not ..." A series of circumstances then seem to conspire to prevent the family from getting Luke on a train to go to his father. Then they hear on the radio that a serious accident has derailed the train. 
2246"The Graduation"February 21, 1974 (1974-02-21)
John-Boy's high school graduation finally approaches, and the family buys him a new suit for the occasion. Then Chance the cow dies, and John-Boy sells the suit back over his father's strenuous objection, to give him the cash to replace the cow. Grandma and Olivia replace the suit by altering the tweed suit Grandpa was saving for his burial. 
2347"The Five Foot Shelf"March 7, 1974 (1974-03-07)
When a traveling salesman comes selling the 50-volume set of Harvard Classics, Olivia makes a $3.00 down payment, since they will replace some of John-Boy's required college books, and help satisfy her occasional desire for adventure. She also allows the salesman to stay in the barn. But instead of ordering the books, he uses the money to buy his daughter a doll from Ike's store. When John and John-Boy figure out his deception, John demands the money back, but decides to just banish him and write it off as a lesson learned when he sees how desperation has overridden the man's ethics and sense of pride. The man's conscience finally wins out: he persuades Ike to buy the doll back and returns the money to the Waltons. After this, Olivia decides to still buy the books. 
2448"The Car"March 14, 1974 (1974-03-14)
John-Boy looks to buy a car which he will need to get to college. On a tip, he offers to repair the storm damage to the home of a reclusive couple in exchange for the beautiful car they keep in their garage. The man grudgingly accepts, but proves unwilling to part with the car because it belonged to his son, who is dead. After his wife threatens to leave him, and John-Boy gets him to talk about his son, he relents. 

Season 3: 1974–75

The time is 1934–1935, during the Great Depression in the United States.[1]

EpNo.TitleOriginal airdate
149"The Conflict"September 12, 1974 (1974-09-12)
In a two-hour episode, the family visits some of their hill-folk kin, the family of Grandpa's sister-in-law: Martha Corinne (Beulah Bondi), her son Boone (Morgan Woodward), and married grandson Wade (Richard Hatch). They are being forced off of their property by a Civilian Conservation Corps project to build a national park and federal highway. Grandpa supports them in their determination to take up arms against the government if necessary to defend Walton land, which puts him at odds with John-Boy. John tries with the help of Virginia senator Lucas Avery (Paul Fix) to appeal the state's decision to displace the family, but is unsuccessful. Martha Corinne finally relents when a marshal shoots John-Boy in the side. 
250"The First Day"September 19, 1974 (1974-09-19)
The whole family is excited about John-Boy's first day at Boatwright College, but hazing and bureaucratic red tape make it less than idyllic. Back on the mountain, Jason is finding it hard to step into John Boy's shoes at school and at home. 
351"The Thoroughbred"September 26, 1974 (1974-09-26)
John-Boy enters his mule, Blue, in a local race which Grandpa was the last Walton to win, and finds himself in competition with one of his wealthy classmates, who not only enters a thoroughbred horse in the race, but competes with him for the attentions of a female student, Selina, (Kathleen Quinlan), the granddaughter of the race's sponsor. John-Boy narrowly wins the race, and learns a lesson in good sportsmanship. 
452"The Runaway"October 3, 1974 (1974-10-03)
When the class guinea pig dies in his care, Jim-Bob can't get anyone to listen to his distress, so he runs away from home. John Boy misses a lecture by a famous travel writer to help look for him, but a chance encounter puts a positive spin on the day for the brothers. 
553"The Romance"October 10, 1974 (1974-10-10)
John Boy teaches Olivia to drive so she can fulfill a dream by taking an evening art class at college. She finds herself in a dilemma when the young male teacher becomes romantically attracted to her and makes advances during the class's field trip to a museum. He later comes to their home to apologize to her and John Sr. 
654"The Ring"October 17, 1974 (1974-10-17)
Mary Ellen is invited to a Boatwright dance by one of John-Boy's classmates. She buys a handbag from the local junk dealer, and finds an amethyst ring concealed inside it. Even though she knows who the handbag's owner is, she rationalizes that she can borrow the ring for the dance and return it later. She loses the ring in the ladies' room at the dance. John-Boy's girlfriend helps her retrieve it, at the cost of breaking university rules, which denies her eligibility in a prestigious sorority. Mary Ellen clears her conscience by returning the ring to its owner. 
755"The System"October 24, 1974 (1974-10-24)
John-Boy makes a new friend, played by Richard Masur, when he is asked to tutor a football player who is at risk of failing a history class and losing his scholarship. The son of a Pennsylvania coal miner, this young man intends to give back to his home community by becoming a lawyer. John-Boy is confident the boy has learned what he needs to pass an upcoming test, but finds him in a moment of insecurity glancing at his neighbor's test paper. The school's honor code and his good conscience demand that John-Boy, reluctantly, turn him in, but he successfully defends his friend against expulsion. 
856"The Spoilers"October 31, 1974 (1974-10-31)
After losing money in the financial crash, the well-to-do and snobby Hanover family from New York City move onto Walton's Mountain to take over their abandoned ancestral home. John and Olivia try to teach the idealistic Mr. Hanover and his wife farm living skills, but the spoiled and fresh children quickly make enemies within the Waltons and their school friends. Before the family finally leaves, the Hanover daughter gives Mary Ellen a stylish, turbaned dress from Paris. 
957"The Marathon"November 7, 1974 (1974-11-07)
On a whim, John-Boy decides to enter a seven-day dance marathon after meeting Daisy, a young woman who also enters. Olivia is angry about him entering such a grueling event, but eventually comes to terms with the fact that he is becoming an adult, responsible for taking care of himself. John-Boy discovers how brutally the marathon organizers treat the dancers, and how desperate Daisy is to win the prize money so she can leave Virginia for big-city life. Halfway through, he finally decides to quit. 
1058"The Book"November 14, 1974 (1974-11-14)
John-Boy stretches himself academically by taking an advanced writing class, but soon gets the feeling he's gotten himself in too deep. Meanwhile, his mother sees an advertisement for a publishing company looking for new authors, and gives them a sample of his work. They send a letter offering to publish him, with a contract which he signs over his father's warning. Since he is now a "published author", he gets a slightly swelled head in his writing class, and his professor sets up a radio interview in his class. John-Boy learns a hard lesson when he receives a bill with his delivered books; the company is a vanity press. He is ashamed, but decides to share the lesson he's learned with the interviewer (Gerald McRaney). In a subplot, Jason's musical talents are discovered by the agent of Bobby Bigelow, a modestly famous Virginia native country singer, who hires him to play in his band. 
1159"The Job"November 21, 1974 (1974-11-21)
John-Boy takes a part-time job reading to a young blind woman named Ruth, a former Boatwright student. He has reservations about keeping it when he learns how bitter, closed and afraid of the world Ruth has become from her disability and the recent death of her father. When he can't take it anymore, he leaves in anger, causing Ruth to reconsider her attitude. She decides to accept his invitation to come to Walton's Mountain, and Olivia prepares a family picnic at Drucilla's Pond. On the way home, Elizabeth foolishly walks on the bridge rail and falls onto the riverbank, knocking herself unconscious, and Ruth, all by herself, tries to rescue her. Ruth takes some training at an institute for the blind, returns to Boatwright and becomes a state social worker. 
1260"The Departure"December 5, 1974 (1974-12-05)
It's John Sr's turn to become restless, deciding to take a job in a machine shop in Norfolk, 90 miles from Walton's Mountain (in reality it's twice that distance), planning to return on weekends. This frustrates Olivia to the point of anger, and his absence is felt by the entire family, including John-Boy, who is encountering some academic problems at Boatwright. John finds he has to work overtime the first weekend, and has to contend with a jealous, bitter fellow worker and boarder named Stavros. When John-Boy drives to visit his father, John takes him to the local bar, where they end up in a fight with a stranger. John finally comes to his senses, and returns home with his son. 
1361"The Visitor"December 12, 1974 (1974-12-12)
An old neighbor who moved away five years earlier returns to his abandoned house, saying his wife will be coming soon. The Walton women and a friend clean up the house in anticipation of her return. But then the man's son arrives with the news that his mother died two years ago and his father has not accepted this. Also, Elizabeth has an imaginary friend. 
1462"The Birthday"December 19, 1974 (1974-12-19)
As his 73rd birthday nears, Grandpa has a heart attack. The family struggles to keep up his spirits, finally calling on his love for the mountain to help him recover. Against the hospital staff's advice, they insist on taking Grandpa home to recuperate in a private cabin in the backyard, which proves therapeutic. 
1563"The Lie"January 2, 1975 (1975-01-02)
Ben borrows John-Boy's car to take his girlfriend Nancy to a secret meeting with her mother who left home several years ago. Nancy swears Ben to secrecy because she is afraid of her embittered father finding out. The good deed gets Ben into serious trouble when a joy-rider temporarily steals the car and has a hit-and-run accident, and the victim records the license number. John-Boy pieces together what happened, and convinces Ben to come clean. The girl tells her father about the meeting, and John Sr. makes him realize he was afraid of losing his daughter, but that he has no need to fear of her contacts with her mother. 
1664"The Matchmakers"January 9, 1975 (1975-01-09)
John's unmarried cousin Cora-Beth Walton comes for an extended visit after the death of her mother. The family introduces her to Ike Godsey, who takes a liking to her and decides he is tired of the bachelor life. He takes her, John and Olivia to a first-class restaurant, and surprises John by proposing to Cora-Beth, and she accepts, despite her own reservations. Ike is enthusiastic about their future together, but Cora-Beth prim and reserved. When they both get "cold feet," John and Olivia must separately counsel and encourage them to proceed with the wedding. Reverend Fordwick marries them. Meanwhile Erin, as the family's "middle girl," feels neglected and unnoticed, so John-Boy treats her to a photographic portait session. 
1765"The Beguiled"January 16, 1975 (1975-01-16)
John-Boy is "beguiled" by Sis Branford, a rich, spoiled Boatwright student who almost has a traffic accident with him, ruining one of his tires. She also steals his chemistry notebook, which he desperately needs to pass an exam. She flirts and makes up with him, and he invites her home. She brings him a new tire, but frames Jim-Bob's friend for the notebook theft. John-Boy realizes she's only been using him as a play-thing and he tells her off. 
1866"The Caretakers"January 23, 1975 (1975-01-23)
Grandpa and Grandma feel cut off and disrespected by the family, and decide to move away to be temporary caretakers of another farmhouse. Without Grandpa's labor, John is forced to hire a mill hand, who proves clumsy and incompetent. After the grandparents encounter problems with the malfunctioning cookstove, radio, clock, and sink (not to mention lacking transportation), grandpa finally swallows his pride and agrees that they can move back, to the relief of all the Waltons. 
1967"The Shivaree"January 30, 1975 (1975-01-30)
The family hosts the wedding of Olivia's namesake, the orphaned daughter of a friend, to Bob Hill, a city boy from Richmond. Ike and Clancy plan a shivaree, a Blue Ridge tradition based on an old French-Canadian hazing ritual where the groom is kidnapped and left in the woods on the wedding night. After John-Boy explains this to Bob, who has little sense of humor and wants nothing to do with it, he and his father leave a message for Ike and Clancy, who are off on a hunting trim, warning them to cancel the hazing, but they don't get it in time and carry it out. Bob is so upset he tells his bride he thinks the wedding was a mistake, but the family fixes up the old cabin on top of the mountain as a honeymoon cottage and he relents. Ike and Clancy cause some tension by showing up again, but their intent now is only to serenade the young couple. 
2068"The Choice"February 6, 1975 (1975-02-06)
Believing the Depression will soon end, John and Zebulon have plans to expand the lumber business into "Walton and Sons", depending on Jason to be a major partner. But Miss Hunter has been encouraging Jason to develop his musical talents with professional lessons, and John-Boy to expand his writing skills by writing a novel. John-Boy is not so sure he is ready to write a novel, but Jason gets a piano teacher, who advises him to apply for a scholarship at a music conservatory. Jason wants to be a composer like George Gershwin. John is firmly opposed, believing Jason won't be able to earn a living with music. When he finally changes his mind and decides he wants his children to achieve their own life goals, John-Boy gets the inspiration to write the novel about his family. 
2169"The Statue"February 13, 1975 (1975-02-13)
Grandpa wins first prize in the church raffle: a statue of a young woman, donated by the Baldwin sisters. The statue is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's poem Annabel Lee, but bears an uncanny resemblance to Grandpa's old girlfriend. Grandma recognizes it too, which causes a bit of strife. Grandpa decides to use it to decorate his and Grandma's grave, but she says she'd rather be buried in the cow pasture, so Grandpa relents and has the children dump it in Drucilla's Pond. One of John-Boy's stories, a thinly veiled and somewhat unflattering portrayal of the Baldwin sisters, has been accepted for publication, but he must decide if publishing it would be worth the hurt it would cause to Miss Mamie and Miss Emily. 
2270"The Song"February 20, 1975 (1975-02-20)
Ben and Jason's relationship is strained when Ben suggests Jason hire a girl who Ben likes, Sally Ann (Erin Moran), to sing his new song with him in Bobby Bigelow's band. The plan backfires on Ben when Sally falls for Jason instead. Ben sulks and refuses to join the family at the performance, but listens to it on the radio. But Sally dedicates the song to Ben, which causes him to hurriedly come to the performance and make up with her. The song, Will You Be Mine?, was actually written by Jon Walmsley (Jason). Meanwhile, John and Zeb join other local men for a wagered tournament of pool at Ike's store, to the disapproval of their wives. 
2371"The Woman"February 27, 1975 (1975-02-27)
John and Olivia plan a repeat ceremony for their 20th wedding anniversary, and John buys Olivia a dress for the occasion. The children together paint a large picture of their house and family, as a surprise gift to their parents. Meanwhile John-Boy is assigned to welcome and escort around a comely visiting poet he had admired, during her several days at Boatright University. He becomes giddy and infatuated, impulsively packs his bags, and almost accompanies her back on the train to New York, finally coming to his senses only as she boards the train. Episode note: The woman who sells John, Sr. Olivia's dress is Gloria Stuart, the actress who played the elderly version of Rose Dawson Calvert in the 1997 film, Titantic MAC 
2472"The Venture"March 6, 1975 (1975-03-06)
Things are looking up on the mountain, and the Waltons take a $500 loan from the bank to buy some faster equipment for the mill. When Grandpa and then John Sr. fall ill, the family faces missed deadlines and may lose their home. John Boy pushes himself and everyone else too hard trying to keep up. Eventually he and Jason decide they must give up their dreams to help the family, until the community comes to their aid. 

Season 4: 1975–76

The time is 1935–1936, during the Great Depression in the United States.[1]

Episode #TitlePlotAirdate
73"The Sermon"John Boy is coaxed into preaching a sermon while Reverend Fordwick is away on his honeymoon. Meanwhile, Olivia teaches school for Mrs. FordwickSeptember 11, 1975
74"The Genius"John-Boy brings from college, a nerdy 16 year old genius to visit the farm. He has no social skills, does not like to play, talks only in facts and figures, is an agnostic, and everyone dislikes him. They finally accept the boy after he reluctantly fills in for an absent actor at the local talent showSeptember 18, 1975
75"The Fighter"A black prize fighter from Richmond starts work at the Walton farm, hoping to get physical exercise. Olivia and Grandma strongly disapprove of his profession, until learning that he wants to earn money to start a churchSeptember 25, 1975
76"The Prophecy"John wrestles with feelings of failure as his high school reunion nears. At the reunion dinner held at their farmyard, he finally realizes, however, that his other classmates envy him for his loving wife and familyOctober 2, 1975
77"The Boondoggle"A government writer comes to Walton's Mountain to write a Guide to Virginia. His meddling research uncovers dark secrets about Judge Baldwin's actions during the Civil War, which greatly upsets the sisters until they realize their father had acted out of humanitarian motivesOctober 9, 1975
78"The Breakdown"Exhausted after trying to multi-task, Jason learns the hard way that you can't do everything you want to do at once. Meanwhile, John Boy gets a job in the basement library at the collegeOctober 16, 1975
79"The Wing-Walker"John Boy and Jim Bob vie for the attention of a daring lady wing walkerOctober 23, 1975
80"The Competition"Mary Ellen and Erin both fall in love with a forestry student staying and working at their house, who finally kisses Erin before deciding she is too young and he had better move on, breaking her heart. Olivia decides that she wants another child, but the doctor advises against another pregnancy. He arranges, however, for the family to care for an orphaned baby girl temporarily until the would-be adoptive parents are fully ready. Although grandpa pretends to complain, the whole family enjoy the baby and regret having to finally release herOctober 30, 1975
81"The Emergence"Marsha Wollery, one of John Boy's high school flames, returns to the mountain. She plans on selling the family farm and giving the money to her arrogant and greedy big-city fiance. Meanwhile, Olivia fills in as a substitute teacher at the school, and buys inexpensive eyeglasses for a boy who badly needed them.November 6, 1975
82"The Loss"Olivia's niece returns to Walton's Mountain after the recent death of her husband. She grieves continually until finding some relief helping with a litter of kittens.November 13, 1975
83"The Abdication"As the United Kingdom's King Edward VIII abdicates his throne, John-Boy's friend A.J. Covington (George Dzundza) returns[3] to Walton's Mountain with a movie company, filming a movie he has written. A.J. has written a good story based on his prior experience on the Mountain, but has a poor ear for dialects and has his characters speaking stereotypical, "hillbilly" dialog which sets the onlookers laughing. John-Boy offers the director (Leonard Stone) some suggestions on how to fix this, so the man asks him to rewrite the problem dialogue. The director (and the film's stars) are so impressed with the result that he fires Covington and offers John-Boy a screenwriting job. John-Boy is upset that his friend was fired, so he "abdicates" the offer. In a subplot, Mary Ellen is romantically attracted to A.J.'s English assistant (Stephen Collins).November 20, 1975
84"The Estrangement"Young Wade (Richard Hatch) Walton's wife Vera and her baby return to Walton's Mountain, having run away from her unhappy marriage. She cites a drastic change in Wade's behavior since the government forced them off their property,[4] which causes her to suspect Wade is cheating on her. In fact, he is transporting moonshine for his grandfather Boone, and quits his other job in anger when his boss speaks to him about his declining performance. After the sheriff arrests Wade, John-Boy persuades Boone to bail him out, and John offers him a new job making use of his woodworking skills, he comes to his senses and patches things up with his wife. Meanwhile, Ben starts a home business shipping individual pine seedlings, but has to stop after the sheriff tells him the seedlings were all too immature to thrive, and furthermore he has no sales licenseDecember 4, 1975
85"The Nurse"Mary Ellen leaves home for the weekend to take her entrance exam for medical school. Unfortunately she finds she's not properly prepared. The county nurse offers to tutor her in the algebra and chemistry she needs to pass the test, in exchange for her help caring for a sick mother and her children. In the process, Mary Ellen tenderly breaks the news of her mother's death to her little daughter.December 11, 1975
86"The Intruders"Walton's Mountain ain't big enough for two sawmills! A rival sawmill comes to town and Ben begins working for them, not realizing he is undermining his father's business. Grandpa makes up for this by cleverly devising a plan to deliver Walton lumber faster than their competitor can, by floating their boards down the riverDecember 18, 1975
87"The Search"Olivia, Jim Bob and Elizabeth find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere, with a storm brewing, after having a flat tire, chasing after a hen into the woods, and encountering hostile bootleggers.January 1, 1976
88"The Secret"Jim Bob cannot find his birth record on file, and suspects he may have been adopted. On further investigation, he learns a secret: that he had a twin who had died at birthJanuary 8, 1976
89"The Fox"Ben plans on going into the fur business when a fox starts nosing around the farm. Meanwhile, Grandpa doesn't seem to want to go to the Spanish-American War veterans' reunion, even though he talks so much about his charge up San Juan Hill.January 15, 1976
90"The Burn Out (Parts I and II)"In a two-hour episode, a fire severely damages the second floor and kitchen of the Walton house. Having taken up the habit of smoking, John-Boy fears he may have started it by leaving a lit pipe, but the more likely cause is a space heater that Grandpa forgot to turn off. As John, Grandpa and John-Boy make repairs, the family must parcel out the younger children to friends and neighbors. John-Boy finally is able to restart the manuscript of his novel, which was destroyed in the fire. Ben moves into Yancy Tucker's cabin, oversleeps, and goes fishing with Yancy rather than arrive at school late. Grandpa stays at a boarding house whose women enjoy his storytelling. A traumatized Elizabeth doesn't want to return home from the Godseys.January 22, 1976
191"The Big Brother"A runaway girl gets the attention of the entire Walton family, who collect money for her bus travel home, except Grandpa, who knows a con artist when he sees one.January 29, 1976
92"The Test"Maude, who gave her goat to the Waltons earlier in the series, doesn't adapt well to her strict confinement in the retirement home, while Olivia gets a job as a seamstress in a high-end fashion store. Olivia resigns after the store owner wants her to take on too much responsibility and travel extensively.February 5, 1976
93"The Quilting"Mary Ellen refuses to follow the country tradition of making a quilt to announce her eligibility to date boys, and Grandma doesn't like her attitude. John Boy finally persuades Mary Ellen to go along.February 12, 1976
94"The House"Grandma begins a petition to save the old Whitley house, while Grandpa has been contracted by the county to tear the house down.February 19, 1976
95"The Fledgling"John Boy is offered an amazing printing press for an unbelievable price. He gets a full-time job to pay for the press, but begins to realize that he's working too hard.February 26, 1976
96"The Collision"John Boy meets with the wealthy Selina again, when she comes home from Vassar College. Her enthusiasm for the War in Spain and those reporting on the conflict cause John Boy to struggle to decide where he belongs: Walton's Mountain or Spain. As he tries to define courage, Selina's family's financial problems suddenly come to light, causing a change in her own plans. Meanwhile, Elizabeth is jealous of another schoolgirl who has fancier possessions.March 4, 1976

Season 5: 1976–77

The time is 1937–1938, during the Great Depression in the United States.[1]

Episode #TitlePlotAirdate
97"The First Edition"The Blue Ridge Chronicle (John-Boy's newly founded newspaper) is open for business! The only problem is, the paper causes problems in the family as it includes a story about a local housebreaker, Ben. Meanwhile, Corabeth realizes she had only a "false pregnancy" and, believing she has disappointed Ike, almost deserts himSeptember 23, 1976
98"The Vigil"Grandma's struck ill. Trying to prove herself as a nurse, Mary Ellen treats her for influenza. But it turns out the problem is different—and life-threatening. Mary Ellen feels guilty over her misdiagnosisSeptember 30, 1976
99"The Comeback"Jason becomes the new piano man at the Dew Drop Inn, much to chagrin of Olivia and Grandma, who disapprove of drinking. He persuades a former bandleader to return to the stage, who had been sequestered, mourning the death of his son.October 7, 1976
100"The Baptism"A famous revival preacher is coming to town, and Esther and Olivia hope that John and Ben will be converted and baptised. John is struck by lighting during a storm, which some see as an omenOctober 14, 1976
101"The Fire Storm"John-Boy's attempts at keeping Walton's Mountain residents up to date with current events don't work out so well, especially after he attempts to put excerpts of Mein Kampf in his newspaper.October 21, 1976
102"The Nightwalker"A mysterious being stalks Walton's Mountain, seeming to spy on people. Jason books his band to play in Ike's new dance hall, but people are afraid to come. The prowler is finally found to be mute son of a new neighbor.October 28, 1976
103"The Wedding"In a double-length episode, Mary Ellen surprises everyone with the announcement of her engagement to hospital intern David Spencer. Meanwhile, a new doctor, Curtis Willard (Tom Bower) arrives to practice in the community, though he and Mary Ellen don't get along well. He dislikes her attempts to reorganize his office, and she feels he talks too bluntly to patients. But she comes to decide she doesn't really love David, and her love-hate relationship with Curtis ends up in marriage.November 4, 1976
104"The Cloudburst"John-Boy sells most of John-Boy's Meadow to pay off his printing press so he can continue the Blue Ridge Chronicle, deeply upsetting Grandpa. He then is alarmed at learning the company plans to buy up more small plots so they can do hydrauling mining in the community. Mary Ellen successfully delivers a woman's baby.November 11, 1976
105"The Great Motorcycle Race"Jim Bob uses Ike's motorcycle to enter a local bike race, to Olivia's great alarm. Meanwhile Ike and Corabeth go to the adoption agency to bring home their promised baby boy, but return instead with 10-year old Aimee Louise. Corabeth worries when Aimee does not immediately bond with them, but she finally shows affection.November 18, 1976
106"The Pony Cart"The irascible Martha Corrine Walton, in her 90s, makes an unexpected return to Walton's Mountain, and reminisces about her early life as the bride of a Civil War veteran. As John-Boy takes her to visit her husband's grave, she has a heart attack. Veteran actress Beulah Bondi won an Emmy for Lead Actress in a Single Performance for her guest appearance as Martha Corrine Walton in this episode.December 2, 1976
107"The Best Christmas"Olivia sets about making this Christmas 'the best we ever had', but a variety of emergency circumstances arise to keep each of the Walton children from coming home.December 9, 1976
108"The Last Mustang"John-Boy, as newspaper editor, gets tangled up in the coming sheriff's election, in which a handsome, polished stranger runs against the incumbent, down-to-earth Ep Bridges. When John-Boy refuses to endorse the new candidate, his staff threaten to retaliate by undermining the Waltons' lumber business. Meanwhile, Grandpa tries to help 'The Last Mustang' after it is captured and then breaks free again.December 16, 1976
109"The Rebellion"Olivia, yearning for change, contemplates cutting her hair. When John protests, she decides on a perm from Cora Beth instead, which is disastrous and ridiculed. Grandma, happy with things just the way they are, threatens to become a Methodist when she is asked by the preacher to share organ duties with one of her fiercest rivals. Grandpa lands in hot water when he tries to mediate the dispute.December 23, 1976
110"The Ferris Wheel"Nightmares begin to get the better of Elizabeth, who dreams she is trapped at the top of a carnival ferris wheel. She discovers she has been suppressing a traumatic memory. Meanwhile, Ben is concerned that he is not growing in height. *Note: This is the last episode Ellen Corby appears in until after she recovers from her stroke. Her first episode back is "Grandma Comes Home" (see below).January 6, 1977
111"The Elopement"Chad Marshall returns to Walton's Mountain and proposes to Erin. The Walton children, minding Ike's store, inadvertently extend credit to Maude Gormley. When John-Boy visits Maude about her store debt, he discovers she paints beautiful bird pictures.January 13, 1977
112"John's Crossroad"John gets a city job in Charlottesville, working in a stuffy government office for a tyrannical, controlling boss who is feared by his staff. They sometimes must stay overtime. Despite the money, John realizes the job is not for him, and quits.January 20, 1977
113"The Career Girl"Erin has finally graduated high school. Now she must decide where her future lies.January 27, 1977
114"The Hero"Honor Day brings about the surprising fact that Sheriff Ep Bridges had won medals for bravery in World War I. John-Boy locates a lady wartime ambulance driver who had been Ep's first love, and brings her to the community's memorial day ceremony.February 3, 1977
115"The Inferno"John-Boy wins a journalism contest. The prize: $25 and an all-expense paid trip to cover the landing of the Hindenburg. He returns home traumatized at having witnessed the disaster and trying to save victims. Meanwhile, Curt and Mary Ellen are frustrated at not having private time alone from the family.February 10, 1977
116"The Heartbreaker"Jason falls deeply in love with Curt's young sister, who joins as a singer with their band, not realizing that she takes relationships rather lightly, soon leaving him for another band member.February 17, 1977
117"The Long Night"Grandpa, after complaining loudly about conditions in the hospital, is banned by the staff from further visits with Grandma there. He feels down, until he discovers that Amie Godsey needs a grandpa.February 24, 1977
118"The Hiding Place"The Baldwin sisters' cousin has just come back home after 17 years of living in Germany. Because she keeps avoiding John-Boy's questions about current events in Germany, John-Boy thinks she's hiding something. Meanwhile, Jason joins the National Guard, against his mother's wishes.March 3, 1977
119"The Go-Getter"Ben becomes a used car salesman, smooth-talking customers to buy old clunkers, acting cocky, and making fun of Jim-Bob's jalopy. He sells a widow a car which soon breaks down, and out of guilt tries to repair it. Sheriff Bridges takes his date to a movie and to dinner at the Walton's, then they go off to get married.March 10, 1977
120"The Achievement"Having completed his novel, John-Boy sends it in to a publishing company; but worried after six weeks with no reply, he goes by bus to New York City to discover his manuscript lying in a stack waiting to be read. He meets with the publisher, a sympathetic woman who agrees to read his novel immediately. He also goes to meet his friend Daisy from Virginia, who now works as a taxi-dancer in a New York ballroom; they flirt, and she lends him a little money. While John-Boy reports this good news to his family, Mary Ellen and Curt also have special news of their own, she's pregnant!! *Note: This is Richard Thomas's farewell episode. He would make two more guest appearances before the role was recast to Robert Wightman. As John-Boy reminisces about his experiences, flashback clips are shown from previous episodes, including two from the original The Homecoming pilot, (in which Learned and Waite are edited in to replace Patricia Neal and Andrew Duggan, who played Olivia and John in the pilot).March 17, 1977

Season 6: 1977–78

The time is 1939–1941, during the Great Depression in the United States, which is starting to feel the effects of World War II in Europe.[1]

Episode #TitlePlotAirdate
121"The Hawk"Grandpa and Jim Bob try to trap a hawk who's been terrorizing the Walton's chickens; while a new preacher comes to town, stirring up a big 'to do' among the ladies. The hawk seems a metaphor for the global threat of Fascism.September 15, 1977
122"The Stray"A young black boy is found in the Walton barn. Not knowing where he came from or who his parents are, the Walton's take him in for awhile. He is found to have traveled alone from North Carolina. He tries to help with chores and by catching fish. Although he begs to be adopted by the Walton family, Verdie and Harley decide it more acceptable to adopt him instead.September 22, 1977
123"The Recluse"Jason takes a job in Norfolk, where he makes friends with a reclusive woman, wanting to help her to come back into the world. John and Grandpa come to visit, and the three spend an evening at a bar featuring a hula dancer.September 29, 1977
124"The Warrior"An Indian man and his grandson come to stay with the Waltons and they make a shocking discovery: a sacred Cherokee Indian burial ground is beneath the Walton barn.October 13, 1977
125"The Seashore"Contracted to fix the Baldwin sisters' beach cottage, John will be gone for at least a week, so Olivia decides the whole family needs a vacation there. The Waltons meet an English girl there who seems to be hiding something she's not talking about, while Ben stays home to watch the farm house. The girl is revealed to be a Jewish refugee.October 20, 1977
126"The Volunteer"When Erin declines G. W. Haines's marriage proposal, he decides to join the U.S. Army. The Walton parents reluctantly let Erin go to visit G. W. overnight at his Army camp, where he makes unwanted advances to her. Maude Gormley sells her first painting at Ike's store, and offers more paintings for sale through an art dealer.October 27, 1977
127"The Grandchild, (Part I and II)Mary Ellen is taken to the hospital with only false labor, and the family and neighbors are relieved when she finally delivers a baby, John Curtis, some days later. She had been scared to death of omens after encountering a very superstitious woman. The woman, who had suffered a miscarriage, then kidnaps John Curtis out of jealousy. Meanwhile, a fire at the Drew Drop Inn leaves Jason jobless. He finds a job playing piano at a Charlottesville burlesque house, whose show Grandpa, Ben, and Jim Bob see. Jason later settles for a gospel band instead, to his mother's relief.November 3, 1977
128"The First Casualty"Curt is called into the U.S. Army Medical Corps and the first Walton's Mountain war casualty occurs, as G.W. is killed in a training exercise. Yancy Tucker hastily marries and then goes to enlist in service.November 10, 1977
129"The Battle of Drucilla's Pond"U.S. soldiers begin staging war games at Drucilla's Pond, killing fish and scaring the Waltons' cow into giving birth. Olivia enters her scenic paintings in a local art show, whereupon Grandpa secretly buys them back to keep.November 17, 1977
130"The Flight"Jim Bob becomes friends with a boy who says he's joining the Air Corps, but he seems to be hiding something. It turns out that he came to the area to check on his sister, who was adopted by a nearby family. Maude Gormley takes Elizabeth's goat, hoping that Elizabeth will come visit her.December 1, 1977
131"The Milestone"Olivia, during menopause, suddenly becomes emotionally fragile and runs away from her home, going to her Aunt Kate in her birth town for help. She had not visited there for many years.December 8, 1977
132"The Children's Carol, (Parts I and II")Two children, a brother and sister from London, whose parents were lost in a German bombing, are sent to live with the Baldwin sisters, but they are temporarily moved to the Walton's for Christmas. Olivia has a faith crisis, wondering how God could allow warfare. Meanwhile, Mary Ellen and her baby travel by bus to Curt's military base and rent a room there, but Curt, working long hours, has little time for them. He acts annoyed, and orders her to return to Walton's Mountain. The traumatized British children don't seem happy at Walton's Mountain and run away. Meanwhile, Jason considers giving up music in order to 'toughen-up' for his National Guard training. Jim Bob, using his homemade radio, miraculously locates the children's mother at a London shelter, and is able to have her talk to the elated children long-distance. A mugger robs Verdie as she is walking one evening.December 15, 1977
133"The Celebration"The Waltons are excited to find out that after two more payments, John will own the mill and be completely clear of debt. However, Ike has a financial emergency when he is unable to sell a large supply of refrigerators, so John agrees to lend Ike the money so his store will not be foreclosed. The ladies conspire to find a match for Reverend Buchanan; he shocks them by dating Marsha Woolery.December 22, 1977
134"The Rumor"When a bilingual Pennsylvania Dutch family moves onto Walton's Mountain, a neighbor circulates a rumor that they are German spies, especially after they show interest in Jim Bob's short-wave radio. John Sr. defends the innocent man, and hires him at his saw mill. The neighbors are finally convinced of the family's innocence after a suspicious package the family receives at Ike's post office turns out to be only medicine.January 5, 1978
135"Spring Fever"Ben and Jim Bob begin to act hostile toward each other, culminating in them competing to date each other's girlfriends. The family repaint the house.January 12, 1978
136"The Festival"Jason and Josh, the runaway boy who was found in the Walton's barn, become a great musical team, but some doors are closed to them because Josh is black. After they are excluded from the nearby town's festival, the boy's adoptive father, Harley, counsels him bitterly to not trust white people. However, Jason and Josh organize their own talent show instead.January 26, 1978
137"The Anniversary"John and Olivia's 25th Anniversary brings lots of surprises: the children do too well organizing a secret party, Olivia arranges for the installation of their first phone, and John builds her a romantic gazebo. At work, Mary Ellen reunites with the ex-fiance she jilted to marry Curt, while her absent Army husband is attracted to a lovely nurse. At the end of the day Curt surprises them all by coming home on a weekend pass, and the party turns into a late-night picnic on Walton's Mountain.February 2, 1978
138"The Family Tree"Elizabeth becomes pen pals with a soldier. The only problem: she says she's 18 and sends him a picture of Erin, saying it's her. Meanwhile, John Boy takes Verdie to a farmhouse to find information about her ancestors who had been slaves there, but they are rebuffed by the bitter widow who refuses them access to papers in her attic. Grandpa Zeb finally convinces the owner to allow them in the attic where they find items of great interest.February 9, 1978
139"The Ordeal (Parts I and II)"Due to Jim Bob and Ben's negligence, Elizabeth has a dire accident, tumbling off a stack of loose logs she has climbed on to reach a bird's nest. The family must help keep Elizabeth's determination high when the doctor is unsure as to whether she will ever walk again.
140"The Return, (Parts I and II)"John-Boy returns to Walton's Mountain on assignment to write a news story, after he receives a letter from Olivia saying that hard times have hit Jefferson County and jobs are scarce. John-Boy decides to reopen the Guthrie coal mine to create more jobs; his family will begin by doing carpentry to shore up the mine shaft. But, when many of the local men (including John, Jason, Ben, Harley, and Jim Bob) are trapped in a cave-in while exploring the site, John-Boy seems to be the person to blame.March 16, 1978
141"The Revelation"John-Boy proposes to Daisy in New York and she accepts, so they return to Walton's Mountain to make preparations. Then, a wartime assignment for John-Boy in London, and a secret about Daisy's past, cut their plans short. Daisy is revealed to have a young daughter, born out of wedlock and being raised by Daisy's mother in Lynchburg. Elizabeth opens a lemonade stand, and Grandpa spikes her product with the Baldwin's "recipe".March 23, 1978
142"Grandma Comes Home"Grandma finally returns home after being in the hospital for over a year. Grandpa is overjoyed, but thinks there is something wrong with his "old woman". *Note: This is Will Geer's last episode as he died before the show started its 7th season. This is also Ellen Corby's first episode back after suffering from a stroke during the latter half of the 5th season.March 30, 1978

Season 7: 1978–79

The time is 1941–1942, as the United States heads toward direct involvement in World War II.[1]

Episode #TitlePlotAirdate
143"The Empty Nest, (Parts I and II)"Life seems to be changing on Walton's Mountain after Grandpa's death. John Sr. struggles to handle a busy lumber contract alone. Erin and Mary Ellen move to a Charlottesville apartment, but then return home. John has the opportunity to take a job which would offer security, money, and a good life; but it requires the family to move to Richmond.September 21, 1978
144"The Calling"Jim Bob falls for the Baldwin's pretty Catholic cousin, who then breaks his heart by joining a convent. Meanwhile Ben hires a helping hand on the mill, not realizing he's a drunkard, sloppy and unreliable. John Sr. orders Ben to fire the man.September 28, 1978
145"The Moonshiner"Boone Walton, finally caught running his moonshine business, is convicted to a jail sentence. Jason offers to pay the fine and take Boone into his custody, hoping to reform the old man. Unfortunately, he steals the Baldwin sisters' still from their house. John Boy's former fiancee Daisy and her child visit briefly en route to New York City.October 12, 1978
146"The Obsession"Mary Ellen becomes dependent on amphetamines to keep her going during the stressful time leading up to her nursing exams.October 19, 1978
147"The Changeling"Strange happenings coincide with the coming of Elizabeth's 13th birthday. Meanwhile, Jason becomes the host of a new radio show, giving relationship advice. Cissy Tucker walks out on Yancey, tired of their messy house. Mary Ellen, drugged up, drives into a tree.October 26, 1978
148"The Portrait"Erin wrestles with feelings of love and fear toward an artist who has devastating memories of German-occupied Paris and who holds her hostage in an abandoned farmhouse where he has painted a mural.November 2, 1978
149"The Captive"Corabeth, not satisfied with her life, seeks refuge in alcohol. She aspires to open a dance school. Jim Bob tries to teach Elizabeth to drive.November 9, 1978
150"The Illusion"Verdie Foster's business-educated daughter, Esther, comes home and creates turbulent feelings with her revolutionary (for the 1940s) ideas about a black woman's place in society. Erin gets J.D. Pickett to hire Esther in his defense business.November 16, 1978
151"The Beau"One of Grandma's gallant old beaus, a widower from Richmond, comes to visit and begins to really bond with her. After several enjoyable evening dates, she feels he has serious intentions, and tells him in a note that she cannot leave her life to marry him. Meanwhile, Jim Bob and Yancy turn Yancy's still into a fuel maker to get more fuel for their cars and machines after gas is rationed, but the government writes them that the idea is not viable. Corabeth adds stylish hats to the store inventory.November 23, 1978
152"Day of Infamy"Just as Mary Ellen prepares to join Curt in Hawaii, Japan Attacks Pearl Harbor, forcing the U.S. into World War II and personally affecting Mary Ellen as well as Verdie, who anxiously await news of their loved ones there. (This episode was first aired on Pearl Harbor Day.)December 7, 1978
153"The Yearning"Waltons Mountain has a new minister and Elizabeth has a major crush on him, but she is devastated when he only wants to be pals. Miss Emily is astonished to find a long-lost note from an old suitor, hidden for decades behind her father's portrait, and another old message hidden in a tree.December 14, 1978
154"The Boosters"Wanting to make a profit off of the now heavy traffic near Walton's Mountain, Ben, Ike, and Corabeth decide to create an auto court (rudimentary motel) and 'boost' the community.December 28, 1978
155"The Conscience"Trouble breaks out in the community and the family when it's revealed that Jason is considering signing up as a conscientious objector. But Jim Bob can't wait to join the Air Corps, and gets a tattoo.January 4, 1979
156"The Obstacle"John-Boy's old college roommate Mike Paxton stays with the Walton's after he is injured when his ship is torpedoed by a German U-Boat. J. D. Pickett grudgingly agrees to hire Mike, after he learns to drive a car with handicapped-adapted controls. Ike and Ben perform a song-and-dance routine.January 11, 1979
157"The Parting"Olivia's visit to the doctor results in unwelcome news which forces her to leave the family for a while. Note: This is Michael Learned's last episode of the season. She will return in the 8th season opener called The Home Front.January 18, 1979
158"The Burden"When his car falls on top of him, nearly killing him, and Grandma criticizes him for speeding, Jim Bob believes it's a sign for him to enter the ministry. Meanwhile, Elizabeth bothers the family with her bug collecting.January 25, 1979
159"The Pin-Up"Intended as a joke, a somewhat revealing picture of Erin makes its way into the newspaper, instantly becoming a hit at Camp Lee, but John disapproves. An Army officer finally convinces John to let Erin visit the camp to boost the men's morale. Meanwhile, Mary Ellen is overprotective of John Curtis and neglects her career.February 8, 1979
160"The Attack"The Walton children offer to look after the general store when Ike has a heart attack. Confusion results when they mismanage the business. Ben and Jim Bob get into the molasses business. Ike agrees to Corabeth's demand that he sell the store, but then has second thoughts and changes his mind.February 15, 1979
161"The Legacy"Miss Emily's memories of her old beau Ashley Longworth are stirred up when his handsome son Ashley Jr. (Jonathan Frakes) arrives on leave from the Navy. Erin fumes that he has not shown up for their date, but it's only because he has gotten the Baldwin's car stuck in the mud.February 22, 1979
162"The Outsider"The entire Walton family is shocked when Ben announces that he's eloped with Cindy. The young couple settle into a shed on the property and have petty disagreements until the others convince Ben that he is overly bossing her and should back off. Ike buys Cora Beth a decorative outdoor fountain.March 1, 1979
163"The Torch"John's old high school flame buys and operates the Dew Drop Inn, while Elizabeth, Erin, and Cindy attempt to open a canteen for the soldiers on leave from the camp at Rockfish.March 8, 1979
164"The Tailspin"Jim-Bob's sky-high dreams of becoming a pilot crash and burn when he learns his eyesight isn't 20/20. Cora Beth tries to tutor him in classic literature. He gets prescription glasses, but won't wear them. He finally leaves to enlist in the Army, but at the last minute decides to stay home and study aircraft mechanics. Meanwhile a friend of Curt's from his hometown, stationed nearby, visits and after some hesitation, Mary Ellen joins him on a date.March 15, 1979
165"Founder's Day"The Waltons, Godseys and Baldwins compete to see who is the founding family of Walton's Mountain.March 22, 1979

Season 8: 1979–80

The time is 1943–1944, during World War II.[1]

Episode #TitlePlotAirdate
166"The Home Front, (Parts I and II)"John becomes the local draft board director while Erin tries to get a raise from J.D. Pickett.John must deal with a very angry father whose son, (that John drafted), dies on his troop transport headed for Europe, and with his own feelings of loss when he receives a telegram stating John Boy is MIA. Note: Michael Learned returns as Olivia in this episode.September 20, 1979
167"The Kinfolk"Cousin Rose and her two mischievous grandchildren arrive at the Walton's, causing some trouble around the house, including a brush fire. Ike and Jim-Bob build an air-raid siren.September 27, 1979
168"The Diploma"John discovers that he never received his high school diploma since he enlisted for World War I before he graduated. Unfortunately the Army refuses to do business with him if he cannot produce it. Mary Ellen takes over for the county nurse and must earn the trust of the backwoods people.October 4, 1979
169"The Innocents"Olivia decides to create a daycare for all of the children whose mothers are working at Pickett's Steel Plant, instead of Mr. Pickett's proposal to use the space for a tavern. Ike takes dancing lessons.October 11, 1979
170"The Starlet"A Hollywood director shooting a war film at Pickett's Plant, tells Erin she has a movie-making career. She and Mary Ellen decide to move to California after they realize the defense plants out there pay more than J.D. Pickett. But to Mr. Pickett's and the family's final relief, the girls change their minds after realizing the movie director was only flattering Erin. Meanwhile, the Baldwin sisters organize a party for soldiers at their home, but are disappointed when no one comes. No doubt the men thought it would be boring and old-fashioned.October 18, 1979
171"The Journal"With John-Boy Missing in Action, the manuscript he wrote prior to the assignment is waiting to be published, but John and Olivia must sign in John Boy's absence. Meanwhile they try to locate him through the Red Cross.October 25, 1979
172"The Lost Sheep"Ashley Longworth Jr. returns to propose to Erin, but after experiencing combat he seems to be different, and Erin is having a hard time adjusting to Ashley's 'dead' outlook on life. Rose's daughter gets in Elizabeth's hair.November 1, 1979
173"The Violated"Olivia, as a Red Cross investigator, is shocked when she discovers the reason a young soldier's wife is no longer responding to his letters. After the police seem indifferent, she and John Sr. must use tough language and threats to banish a young man who had earlier sexually violated the young wife. Meanwhile, Olivia anxiously awaits to see if John Boy has been located. Corabeth receives a large inheritance, buys a luxury car, and talks of retiring, but then changes her mind and invests in war bonds.November 8, 1979
174"The Waiting"The Waltons have their minds full with John Boy after he is found severely injured in a hospital in Europe and is then transferred to Washington D.C. Olivia moves there and becomes a Red Cross caseworker, and befriends a young amputee who has no family. *Note: Robert Wightman takes over the role of John-Boy Walton.* *This is also Michael Learned's last appearance in the original series. She will appear in 4 of the 6 movie sequelsNovember 22, 1979
175"The Silver Wings"Jim-Bob falls for an older woman, the wife of an Air Corps pilot, and spends time helping her do home repairs. After he gives her jewelry, she realizes he has become too smitten, and tells him they must just be friends; she then learns her husband was killed in action. Jim-Bob takes his first ride in a biplane. Rose's daughter wanders into the woods at night.November 29, 1979
176"The Wager"Mary Ellen and Erin try to prove they can do anything as well as men, so they enter the 1st Annual Run and Ride race in Rockfish. They eagerly exercise to train for the race.December 13, 1979
177"The Spirit"A series of thefts worries the community, while Jeffrey makes friends with a mysterious visitor on Walton's Mountain, an escaped German prisoner. Cora Beth's holiday pageant is cancelled.December 20, 1979
178"The Fastidious Wife"Cindy follows a book's advice on how to be a good wife, but ends up exhausting herself. Rose's grandchildren adopt a cat which has a litter of kittens.December 27, 1979
179"The Unthinkable"Jason realizes the full horrors of war when his Jewish fellow soldier reveals that his grandfather was killed in a Nazi extermination camp. Jason invites him to stay with the Walton family over the weekend.January 3, 1980
180"The Idol"Elizabeth makes great friends with the new progressive school teacher, Ms. Lamphere, until she discovers a disconcerting fact about her new-found friend. Meanwhile, Ben drinks as he anxiously awaits the delivery of his baby as the time gets close for Cindy. With Ben gone, the other Waltons must take Cindy to the hospital. The baby is born and named Virginia.January 10, 1980
181"The Prodigals"Josh and Jeffrey get into major trouble when they get involved in some crap shooting. Jeffrey steals money from Ike's store, and Josh is blamed for the theft. The truth finally comes out after Jeffrey tries to run away. Meanwhile Ben, although married, wrestles with whether to join the Navy.January 17, 1980
182"The Remembrance"Grandpa's childhood friend, the independent cousin Zadok, comes to Walton's Mountain to keep a 20 year-old appointment. Zadok wills his experimental orchard to the University, and gives the Waltons a family heirloom fiddle. Jason meets a beautiful young WAC officer on base, who at first is annoyed at him.January 24, 1980
183"The Inspiration"Grandma returns home and meets the new housekeeper, Rose. Miss Mamie refuses to have cataract surgery, so John and Mary Ellen move Grandma in with the Baldwins to convince the sisters that surgery is the right thing to do. Elizabeth tries different ways to get a certain boy to ask her to an upcoming dance, but ends up going there with another boy.January 31, 1980
184"The Last Straw"Everything is going wrong! That's what John thinks after his helping hand crashes the truck into the mill, Jim Bob breaks his arm, and the saw breaks down. So he quits the lumber business, and gets drunk with Ike.February 7, 1980
185"The Traveling Man"Stanley Perkins, an old beau of Rose's who danced the nights away with her back in Baltimore, comes to Walton's Mountain and proposes to her, even planning to buy a house nearby. However, she realizes he subconsciously prefers moving to California.February 14, 1980
186"The Furlough"John Boy returns to Walton's Mountain physically healthy, but mentally tormented by the fact that he can't remember the moments of the plane crash. Ike ignores his military draft notice, and is arrested for evasion.February 21, 1980
187"The Medal"Mary Ellen falls for a fiery young Mexican-American paratrooper whose life had been saved by Curt at Pearl Harbor. He gets in a scuffle with some sailors who insult him at the Dew Drop Inn. Meanwhile, Corabeth encounters a former admirer.February 28, 1980
188"The Valediction"Jim-Bob contemplates failing a school examination so he won't have to be High School valedictorian. Once he graduates, he and his classmates enlist in the military. Corabeth, as substitute teacher, suggests too frilly a graduation ceremony. Meanwhile, the Allies invade France, and all the Walton boys are sent overseas for active duty. Erin gets a "Dear Joan" letter from Ashley Longworth, Jr.March 13, 1980
189The Waltons: A Decade of The WaltonsThe family prepare for a surprise party to celebrate Grandma's birthday, and as they are doing so, they reminisce (via flashbacks) about various events in their lives.May 22, 1980

Season 9: 1980–81

The year is 1945 and 1946 during the end of World War II and shortly after.[1]

Episode #TitlePlotAirdate
190"The Outrage, (Parts I and II)"Harley (Verda's husband) is accused of a long ago murder and is reluctantly arrested by sheriff Bridges, while Elizabeth spends her time with a new horse. The D-Day invasion begins in France. John fights to clear Harley's name, traveling to Warm Springs, Georgia where he gets President Roosevelt to issue Harley an official pardon, just before the President's sudden death which is mourned by the nation.November 27, 1980
191"The Pledge"Mary Ellen attempts to enroll in medical school in order to become a doctor after the community's beloved 'Sweet Billy' dies, but she is discouraged by the school's sexist Dean. Meanwhile, Jason receives many presents for his birthday as he and John Boy fight in France.December 4, 1980
192"The Triumph"The war is over! But Jason and his squad must contend with a German sniper who doesn't know it's over, and Ben still deals with the Japanese in the Pacific. Jim Bob and his friend consider being conscientious objectors. Ike's store is robbed.December 18, 1980
193"The Premonition"John Boy falls deeply in love with a French girl in Paris. Cindy dreams she sees a vision of Ben, then learns that he and some of his fellow seamen are captured by the Japanese.December 25, 1980
194"The Pursuit"Jim-Bob comes home on furlough, but runs into trouble when a girl arrives claiming to be pregnant with his child. Mary Ellen finds the girl is only faking pregnancy. Meanwhile, Jason reunites with Antoinette (Toni) in Paris, and Ben and his navy buddies defy the Japanese commandant in the POW camp by raising a makeshift US flag.January 1, 1981
195"The Last Ten Days"Ben and his fellow POWs are worried they might be executed after the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki ensure an end to the war. Meanwhile, Jason and Toni have differing plans for their future together.January 8, 1981
196"The Move"Ben returns from the Pacific theatre and enthusiastically plans to go away to Engineering college. But he changes his mind and agrees to stay in the saw mill after the family receives unwelcome news: Olivia's tuberculosis has relapsed. She has to go to an Arizona sanatorium and John decides to go with her. Note: This is Ralph Waite's final episode of the series. He will appear in all 6 reunion moviesJanuary 15, 1981
197"The Whirlwind"Jason bites off more than he can chew when he buys the Dew Drop Inn and tries to repair it for reopening. Reopening night proves a success as the neighbors come and celebrate. Mary Ellen, believing her husband was killed at Pearl Harbor, accepts Jonesy's marriage proposal until she receives some shocking news that makes her break the engagement.January 22, 1981
198"The Tempest"Mary Ellen goes in search of her supposedly late husband in a little town in Florida after receiving information that a Curtis Packer was alive and was the spitting image of her own Curt. When she finds him, he initially pretends amnesia, then reveals his identity and admits that due to his injury in the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he cannot father any more children. He is also alcoholic. Meanwhile Jonesy is hired by J.D. Pickett and is immediately made Erin's boss, but she resigns, until Pickett begs her to return, offering a substantial raise. Jonesy then resigns, reunites with a returning Mary Ellen, and becomes a geology professor at Boatright. Cora Beth starts a realtor business and tries to convince the Baldwins to sell and move.February 5, 1981
199"The Carousel"Cindy's father dies and she discovers that she was adopted, so she goes about finding out about her past, eventually meeting her birth mother. Meanwhile, Drew moves in with the Waltons while his family visits his ill grandmother in Richmond, much to the delight of Elizabeth.February 12, 1981
200"The Hot Rod"Having just been discharged from the military, Jim-Bob and Jodie carouse and cause much trouble with their new 'hot rod' car until the sheriff straightens them out.February 19, 1981
201"The Gold Watch"Stanley Perkins, Rose's salesman beau, returns from his 'dream sales territory' out west. But he seems to be hiding some personal secret.February 26, 1981
202"The Beginning"Walton's Mountain receives a new minister who wants to reopen the church. Meanwhile, Jason and Toni consider marriage, but religious differences threaten their plans.March 5, 1981
203"The Pearls"Corabeth's flapper-like sister arrives and creates fun and concern in the community, while Elizabeth tries running away to visit her parents, who are at an Arizona sanitarium. She is found at the nearby bus station.March 12, 1981
204"The Victims"The Waltons involve the sheriff as they help rescue the battered wife of a violent veteran who has flashbacks of combat, while Jim-Bob is cheated as he tries his hand in the war surplus market.March 19, 1981
205"The Threshold"John Boy returns home, and tries out for a job in Boatwright University's brand new television department, but must convince the trustees with a speech. Meanwhile, Jim-Bob makes a TV set to watch John Boy. Another woman competes with Rose for Stanley's affections. Rose tries to lose weight, and the Walton girls make her a stylish dress.April 2, 1981
206"The Indiscretion"Ike and Corabeth come to blows after she finds old love letters and suspects Ike is seeing another woman. Drew boldly asks Elizabeth to spend the night together.May 7, 1981
207"The Heartache"Stanley Perkins once again proposes to Rose and she accepts. However, after she discovers she has a heart condition, she breaks the engagement, not wanting to keep him from his dream of traveling. Will they ever recover their relationship? Cindy discovers she dislikes working at the dress shop and would rather stay at the farm.May 14, 1981
208"The Lumberjack"Erin falls for the handsome son of a wealthy lumberman. Ike and Jim-Bob try a get-rich-quick scheme by hunting for uranium with a geiger counter.May 21, 1981
209"The Hostage"After Mary Ellen saves a minor from an arranged marriage, the Walton family must contend with a very disgruntled groom.May 28, 1981
210"The Revel"John Boy goes to New York City (again) to see if his third book is to be published; but after running into many obstacles, he returns home feeling like a failure. Meanwhile the Baldwin sisters plan an elegant reunion ball for their finishing school class.June 4, 1981

TV movies

Episode #TitlePlotAirdate
The Homecoming: A Christmas StoryOn Christmas Eve, 1933 the Walton family in rural Virginia prepares for the holiday. However, John Walton, who was forced to take work in another part of the state, hasn't returned home yet, and his family is becoming increasingly worried.December 19, 1971
A Wedding on Walton's MountainErin is excited about her upcoming wedding, though an unexpected visit from a beau from her past complicates matters.February 22, 1982
Mother's Day on Walton's MountainMary Ellen is about to get married, but, as Mother's Day approaches, she finds herself missing Olivia, who is still recovering in a sanitarium in Arizona.May 9, 1982
A Day for Thanks on Walton's MountainThe family, now dispersed, reunite at Walton's Mountain to celebrate Thanksgiving, while John Boy deals with writer's block, and newlyweds Erin and Paul plan to move out of the Walton homestead. Note: This is Robert Wightmans' last appearance as John Boy.November 22, 1982
A Walton Thanksgiving ReunionDuring Thanksgiving 1963, John Boy returns to Walton's Mountain from New York with his fiance Janet, and as the family comes together, they learn of President Kennedy's assassination. Janet resists John Boy's plan to maintain a home on the mountain for occasional visits, but relents when she realizes how much the area means to him. Elizabeth, home from the Peace Corps, fears that Drew has left her for another girl, but they end up reuniting. Note: Richard Thomas reprises his role as John-Boy Walton.November 21, 1993
A Walton WeddingJohn Boy and Janet are about to be wed on Walton's Mountain, though Janet's overbearing aunt, who has put herself in charge of planning the ceremony, may drive everyone crazy in the process; Grandma becomes upset at an article John-Boy wrote about her father.February 12, 1995
A Walton EasterIt is 1969 and John and Olivia are looking forward to celebrating their 40th Anniversary, John Boy and Janet are about to have their first child, and the entire family and community are looking forward to Easter.March 30, 1997


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The Waltons website". Retrieved April 6, 2011.
  2. ^ Curtis was played by Ned Beatty in season 1, The Bicycle.
  3. ^ Covington was played by David Huddleston in season 1, The Literary Man.
  4. ^ The Conflict, Season 3, Episode 1