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FIRST SEASON (1972-1973)
- The Foundling 9/14/72
A small deaf girl is abandoned at the Walton home. They lovingly care for her and teach
her sign language, but their attention causes a crisis for Elizabeth.
- The Carnival 9/21/72
A carnival troupe comes to Walton's Mountain. When the manager absconds with the money,
four members are stranded at the Walton house. They thank the Waltons with a private
- The Calf 9/28/72
The family cow, Chance, gives birth to a healthy calf, but John announces that it must be
sold to make ends meet. Elizabeth and Jim Bob hide the calf to save it. John relents and
the family keeps the calf.
- The Hunt 10/5/72
John Boy prepares to go on his first hunt and distresses over taking an animals life.
During the hunt he saves John's life from an attacking bear. Meanwhile, Mary Ellen debates
over a new dress or a baseball mitt.
- The Typewriter 10/12/72
John-Boy borrows an antique typewriter from the Baldwin sisters so he can send a story to
a magazine. Mary Ellen mistakenly sells it to a junk man, but through diligence, gets it
back for her brother.
- The Star 10/19/72
When a meteorite falls on the Baldwin's house, Zeb believes his time has come. The Baldwin
sistes are hoaxed by their cousin until Zeb and John come to the rescue.
- The Sinner 10/26/72
The Reverand Matthew Fordwick comes to Walton's Mountain and upsets the family with his
strict and forceful preaching. He innocently samples "the recipe," and John
helps him to be accepted within the community.
- The Boy From The CCC 11/02/72
Gino, a boy from the slums of New York City runs away from a CCC Camp and learns about
trust and love from the Waltons.
- The Ceremony 11/09/72
A Jewish family, escaping refugees from Nazi Germany, come to Walton's Mountain for
safety. Their 13 year-old son loses respect for his father in the sons attempt to maintain
his religious beliefs and practices.
- The Legend 11/16/72
John's old army buddy,Tip Harrison, tries to cover his lack of success with childish
actions and comments culminating in an accidental fire and the shooting of Reckless.
- The Literary Man 11/30/72
John-Boy's truck breaks down and he meets the author, A. J. Covington. John-Boy
jeopardizes a timber contract badly needed by the family.
- The Dust Bowl Cousins 12/07/72
The Walton's distant cousins arrive on the mountain and immediately upset everyone's life
by their shiftless and dishonest ways.
- The Reunion 12/14/72
The Baldwin sisters and "The Recipe" play a pivotal role in this story involving
their unscrupulous scheming cousin. Homer Lee Baldwin.
- The Minstrel 12/21/72
Mary Ellen meets a traveling troubador, Jamie, and neglects her responsibilities of
helping to pick fruit.
- The Actress 1/04/73
When her car breaks down, the famous and extravagant actress, Alvira Drummond, finds
herself stranded on Walton's Mountain. The children, especially Mary Ellen, are fascinated
by her "Hollywood" ways.
- The Fire 1/11/73
A young girl's father objects to Miss Hunter teaching Evolution. During a drunken rage he
burns down the school and is killed in the fire.
- The Love Story 1/18/73
John-Boy falls in love with Jenny Pendleton who returns to Walton's Mountain. Jenny's
father and new step-mother follow her to the mountain. Her father is killed in an auto
accident and Jenny returns home with her step-mother. John-Boy suffers his first lost
- The Courtship 1/25/73
Olivia's Uncle Cody Nelson comes to visit with the Waltons and finds love with a woman who
has been divorced four times.
- The Gypsies 2/01/73
A Gypsy family is stranded, but the leader refuses to accept help from the Waltons and his
pride almost costs the life of his baby son.
- The Deed 2/08/73
It seems that the Waltons never officially registered the deed to Walton's Mountain. In
order to help pay the legal fees, John-Boy leaves home for a job in the city. He meets new
friends, gets mugged and earns a reward to help the family keep their home.
- The Scholar 2/22/73
A neighbor lady, Verdie Grant, asks John-Boy to teach her to read and write. He agrees to
teach her as he helps Elizabeth. Things go wrong, however, and feelings are hurt. Author,
John McGreevey won an Emmy for this story.
- The Bicycle 3/01/73
Local blacksmith, Curtis Norton, has had John-Boy write letters to his bride-to-be. When
she arrives on Walton's Mountain, life and Curtis are much different than she expected.
Meanwhile, Olivia is feeling new pangs for freedom and something "different" in
- The Townie 3/08/73
John-Boy's friend, Sarah, sees him as a way to escape her"trapped" life with her
demanding mother. When John-Boy rejects her advances, she runs off and plans to elope with
- The Easter Story 4/19/73(two hour episode)
The entire family suffers a crisis when Olivia is stricken with polio. Dr. Vance
prescribes the accepted treatment, but Olivia does not get better. John-Boy learns of a
new treatment practiced by Sister Kenny and the family tries it to success in time for the
SECOND SEASON (1973-1974)
- The Journey 9/13/73
Maggie McKenzie would like to see the ocean once more. John-Boy takes her but must miss an
important dance. Grandpa helps the children save an injured bird. Earl Hamner makes his
only appearance in the series as Maggie's husband. The director of this episode, Harry
Harris, who would eventually direct almost 50 episodes, was nominated for an Emmy award.
- The Odyssey 9/20/73
John-Boy heads for a mountain retreat and finds an old school mate who is expecting. The
baby arrives with John-Boy's help. The mule, Blue, makes his first appearance.
- The Separation 9/27/73
The family struggles with a financial crisis and the electricity is turned off. Grandpa
sets out to raise some money but tells no one about his plans. Grandma becomes angry and
Grandpa moves out. The bill is paid and the angry grandparents make-up at a barn dance.
This story was provided by Ellen Corby.
- The Theft 10/04/73
A wealthy widow, Mrs. Clayborne, accuses John Walton of stealing antiques while he was
working in her mansion. John needed new tires and he hocked his wedding ring to buy them.
He refuses to tell anyone where the money came from. The mystery is finally solved when
the Clayborne son admitts to selling the goblets to raise money for his family..
- The Roots 10/11/73
Harley Foster and his son Jodie are introduced to the series. Harley roams the countryside
doing odd jobs. Jodie has had no formal education. Verdie Grant takes a strong liking to
Harley and eventually pursuades him to stay on Walton's Mountain.
- The Chicken Thief 10/18/73
John Boy accidently sees a family friend, Yancy Tucker, stealing chickens and must decide
whether to turn him in to the sheriff. Yancy has been helping poor friends but is arrested
and charged with shooting the chicken's owner. All is resolved when the owner admits to
falling and shooting himself.
- The Prize 10/25/73
The County Fair has come to Walton's Mountain. Grandma has entered a quilt in the
competition. Ben sells a pig for the greased pig contest and Olivia's old suitor, now a
politician, visits the Fair.
- The Braggart 11/01/73
Hobart Shank, a teen-age orphan, returns to the Walton home while John attempts to get him
a contract as a professional baseball pitcher. He falls out of the treehouse and breaks
his arm losing his chance at fame. The role of Hobie is played by author John McGreevey's
- The Fawn 11/08/73
John-Boy secures the position of rent collector for a hated landlord while Erin, who is
disappointed by her knight in shining armour, nurses an orphaned fawn back to health.
- The Thanksgiving Story 11/15/73(two-hour episode)
As Thanksgiving approaches, John-Boy anticipates a visit from his girlfriend and his
pending college scholarship exam. He has an accident in the sawmill and his vision is
blurred. He is unable to finish his test and eventually must undergo surgery.
- The Substitute 11/22/73
An inexperienced but brilliant young substitute teacher wrecks havoc in the Walton's
Mountain School. Because of her insecurity, she refuses advice from anyone until olivia
- The Bequest 11/29/73
Grandma receives news that she has inherited $250. She decides to share her wealth only to
find that she will actually receive nothing. Mary Ellen experiments with being a blonde
and uses Jim-Bob as a test case.
- The Air-Mail Man 12/13/73
An air mail pilot, due to engine trouble, lands his plane in the Walton's meadow. With the
help of John, the plane is repaired and Olivia receives a surprise birthdat present, a
- The Triangle 12/20/73
John-Boy experiences heart ache when his teacher, Miss Hunter, begins a courtship with
- The Awakening 1/03/74
The two faces of age are keenly felt by Grandma, who is confronted by "old age"
as she prepares for her 68th birthday, and young Mary Ellen whose tender 14 years poses an
impossible barrier between her and a college student who lays claim to her heart.
- The Honeymoon 1/10/74
John and Olivia go on a belated honeymoon to Virginia Beach while John-Boy and Marcia
Woolery try to come to an understanding in their relationship.
- The Heritage 1/17/74
John is approached by an investor to sell the mountain as a tourist center. The offer is
generous and John is tempted until he realizes what their home means to the family.
- The Gift 1/24/74
Seth Turner, (Ron Howard), has a fatal disease and learns that he has just one year to
live. Jason learns to deal with one of life's hardest lessons, the death of a close
- The Cradle 1/31/74
Olivia learns that she is expecting and the children set out to make her and the baby a
variety of presents. Unfortunately, she loses the baby.
- The Fulfillment 2/07/74
The family brings home an eight year old orphan child, Stevie, so the boy can experience a
family setting. Young Stevie meets blacksmith Curtis Norton and an immediate bond occurs.
Eventually Curtis and his wife take in the boy.
- The Ghost Story 2/14/74
Olivia and Grandma have misgivings over the children playing with a Ouija board, but the
children continue playing with the board and try to "speak to the spirits."
- The Graduation 2/21/74
John-Boy prepares to graduate from high school in a new suit of clothes. The cow dies, and
John-Boy returns the clothes to buy another cow and he graduates in Grandpa's old suit.
- The Five Foot Shelf 3/07/74
George Reed, a travelling salesman, entices Olivia to buy a five foot collection of books
known as The Harvard Classics. He uses her down payment to buy his daughter a doll.
- The Car 3/14/74
John-Boy needs a car to travel to and from college and makes a deal with Hyder Rudge. As
John-Boy works at the Rudge home for the car, the man hides the auto and refuses to sell
it to John-Boy because it belonged to his dead son.
THIRD SEASON (1974-1975)
- The Conflict 9/12/74(two hour episode)
Aunt Martha Corinne Walton's home is in danger by the right-of-way for The Blue Ridge
Parkway. The entire Walton family comes to her aid and tries to stop the contractor.
John-Boy is shot during a skirmish with the contractor and deputies.
- The First Day 9/19/74
John-Boy encounters a variety of new challenges during his first day at Boatwright. Back
home, Jason feels the need to be the "oldest" and excel at school like John-Boy.
The other children object to Jason's attitude.
- The Thoroughbred 9/26/74
John-Boy enters the family mule, Blue, in the annual cross-country race and tries to win
Selena Linville's affections. Grandpa had won the race years before.
- The Runaway 10/03/74
Jim-Bob runs away from home after the school's pet guinea pig died while in his care.
John-Boy helps locate Jim-Bob but misses an important presentation at Boatwright.
- The Romance 10/10/74
Olivia enrolls in a night-school art class and the teacher makes romantic advances. Mary
Ellen decides to become a nurse.
- The Ring 10/17/74
Mary Ellen is attending a college dance and buys a used purse for the event. She lies
about finding a ring in the purse, intending to give it back following the dance.
- The System 10/24/74
John-Boy defends a fellow student (Richard Masur) who violates Boatwright's honor code
during a history exam. There were extenuating circumstances. Ben learns the hazards of
- The Spoilers 10/31/74
A dysfunctional New York family moves to Walton's Mountain. They cause havoc in the
Walton's household and eventually move back to New York City.
- The Marathon 11/07/74
John-Boy enters a dance marathon in Scottsville with a total stranger, Daisy Garner. What
started as fun quickly becomes drudgery and Olivia comes to the rescue.
- The Book 11/14/74
John-Boy learns that a collection of his short stories wil be published and Jason secures
a job with Bobby Bigelow and the Haystack Gang.
- The Job 11/21/74
John-Boy obtains a job reading to a young blind woman who is hostile towards him and the
world in general. After visiting Walton's Mountain, the girl realizes she has much for
which to be thankful.
- The Departure 12/05/74
Feeling that life has passed him by, John seeks work in a Norfolk shipyard but soon
realizes that the family needs him at home and he really wants to be there.
- The Visitor 12/12/74
An old friend of Zeb's mysteriously returns to Walton's Mountain without his wife. The
family comes to know that she died earlier but he will not acknowledge her passing.
- The Birthday 12/19/74
Grandpa is stricken with a heart attack and seems to be unresponsive to treatment. To
cheer him up, against doctor's orders, the family moves him to a tent outside so he can
communicate with nature.
- The Lie 1/02/75
Ben borrows John-Boy's car without permission to take a young girl to Charlottesville to
meet her mother. Unknown to Ben, the car was involved in a hit and run accident. The
Sheriff makes a call.
- The Matchmakers 1/09/75
Cousin Corabeth Walton comes for an unannounced extended visit. Ike Godsey is instantly
taken with her and they quickly marry. Erin enters the Jefferson County Sweetheart
- The Beguiled 1/16/75
John-Boy encounters a sassy but unprincipled girl whose selfish ways cause hard feelings
and suspicion toward Jim Bob's friend, Danny.
- The Caretakers 1/23/75
Grandpa and Grandma become angry with the family and move out to care for a friend's
house. Everyone soon realizes that their place is back home.
- The Shivaree 1/30/75
Wedding plans for a friend's daughter go awry when the mountain custom of kidnapping the
groom get out of hand.
- The Choice 2/06/75
John decides to expand the mill and call it Walton and Sons, but Jason wants to study
music and tries for a scholarship.
- The Statue 2/13/75
Grandpa wins a statue at a raffle at Godsey's store. The statue is a dead ringer for one
of Grandpa's suitors prior to Grandma. John-Boy writes a story about the failed romance
between Miss Emily and Ashley Longworth.
- The Song 2/20/75
Ben falls in love with Sally Ann Harper, but she has eyes only for Jason. John and Grandpa
enter a billiard competition at Ike's store.
- The Woman 2/27/75
While John and Olivia make plans for their 20th wedding anniversary, John-Boy falls in
love with an older woman and decides to leave the mountain with her.
- The Venture 3/06/75
John decides to expand his business by building a new mill. To meet a deadline for a big
order, he works day and night and gets pneumonia. While hospitalized, his friends finish
the mill, but he loses the big contract.
FOURTH SEASON (1975-1976)
- The Sermon 9/11/75
The Reverend Fordwick and Miss Hunter plan their wedding and honeymoon. Rev. Fordwick asks
John-Boy to deliver the Sunday sermon, and Miss Hunter asks Olivia to act as the
substitute teacher. It proves to be an interesting experience for both.
- The Genius 9/18/75
John-Boy's Dean asks him to take care of a 16 year old genius college student for the
weekend. It seems that Lyle is wonderful with science and math, but woefully lacking when
it comes to dealing with people.
- The Fighter 9/25/75
James Travis Clark (Cleavon Little), a young prize fighter from Richmond arrives on
Walton's Mountain looking for work. He lives in the Walton's barn while training for his
next fight. Grandma and Olivia are upset with the whole idea until they find out that
James is a minister.
- The Prophecy 10/02/75
John is not happy with the prospect of his high school reunion. By comparison, he feels
like a failure to his classmates. During their reunion dinner, John finds that he is
admired and envied by his friends and classmates.
- The Boondoggle 10/09/75
Famous reporter Porter Sims arrives on Walton's Mountain to write a guide to Virginia.
While going through Judge Baldwin's personal papers he finds information that shocks the
- The Breakdown 10/16/75
Jason is burning the candle at both ends. He is attending Klineberg Conservatory while
playing with the Haystack Gang and the Sunrise Gospleleers. He is doing nothing well and
finally decides to slow down. John-Boy takes a new job in Boatwright's library.
- The Wingwalker 10/23/75
John-Boy does a story on a female wing-walker who is performing at the local fair.
John-Boy invites her to stay at the Walton home and Jim Bob is soon madly in love with the
flyer. Maude Gormley gives Myrtle, the goat, to the Waltons.
- The Competition 10/30/75
Chad Marshall, a handsome forestry student arrives on Walton's Mountain. Both Mary Ellen
and Erin are smitten and a competition develops between the sisters. Each is sure that she
is the chosen one. Mary Ellen finally realizes that Erin is truly in love.
- The Emergence 11/06/75
Marcia Woolery, one of John-Boy's old girlfriends, returns to Walton's Mountain with her
fiance to sell some inherited property. She plans to invest the money in her fiance's
proposed business. John-Boy exposes the fiance as a braggart and not in love with Marcia.
Olivia substitute teaches and helps a student obtain a pair of much needed eye glasses.
- The Loss 11/13/75
Olivia's young cousin, Olivia Hill, who was married in The Shivaree episode returns to the
mountain to grieve the sudden death of her husband. The family attempts to cheer her up
but to little avail until Elizabeth's cat, Calico, has kittens.
- The Abdication 11/20/75
The Walton family intently follows the abdication of King Edward while following the
activities of a movie company filming on Walton's Mountain. John-Boy renews his friendship
with A. J. Covington who is working with the movie company.
- The Estrangement 12/04/75
Vera Walton has left her husband Wade (Richard Hatch), and moves into the Walton home.
Wade has been abusive and is running moonshine. John offers Wade a job at the mill to help
the young couple get on their feet and get back together.
- The Nurse 12/11/75
While Mary Ellen nervously awaits word on her acceptance to nursing school, the family
prepares surprise good-bye gifts. She is accepted, but needs more work in math and
science. She studies with John-Boy and the county nurse, Miss Nora Taylor.
- The Intruders 12/18/75
Ben, angry,leaves home just when John and Grandpa enter a competition with another lumber
mill for a big contract. He unknowingly goes to work for the other firm. Grandpa devises a
clever scheme to get their lumber to market first.
- The Search 1/01/76
Olivia, Jim Bob and Elizabeth become lost on Walton's Mountain and experience many
challenges. Jim Bob saves the day using woodsmen skills taught to him by Grandpa. Story by
- The Secret 1/08/76
Jim Bob, convinced that he was adopted, searches out the details of his birth and finds
that he was part of a set of twins. His brother died at birth.
- The Fox 1/15/76
Grandpa likes to tell outlandish tales of his days with Teddy Roosevelt in the Spanish
American War, but balks at attending a reunion of the Rough Riders. Ben decides to go into
business trapping and selling animal skins.
- The Burnout 1/22/76 (two-hour episode)
The Walton's home is almost destroyed by fire and the children must live temporarily with
friends. John-Boy finds it difficult to begin the task of rewriting his lost novel.
- The Big Brother 1/29/76
John Boy meets a runaway girl, 12-year-old Muffin, who tells him that she was abused and
is trying to get to her mother. John-Boy takes her home and she fools everyone but
Grandpa. She is really a con artist
- The Test 2/05/76
Olivia is offered a job by a dress maker. She does very well and soon there is talk of
full time work. She is pleased with the attention, but soon realizes that she wants to be
home more than work. Maude Gormley is put into an old folks home and loses her zest for
- The Quilting 2/12/76
A quilting was to announce that a woman was of marrying age. Grandma is determined to have
one for Mary Ellen who is just as determined not to participate in what she considers an
- The House 2/19/76
Grandma wants to save an old house from demolition. Zeb wants the contract to tear it down
for the old wood. The two argue until Grandpa realizes the house holds sentimental
memories for Esther.
- The Fledgeling 2/26/76
John-Boy desperately tries to raise the down payment for an old printing press to publish
his own newspaper
- The Collision 3/04/76
Selena Linville returns to Walton's Mountain and lights a fire under John-Boy to go to
Spain and write about the rebel cause.
FIFTH SEASON (1976-1977)
- The First Edition 9/23/76
John-Boy publishes the first edition of The Blue Ridge Chronicle and makes his mother
angry by publishing a story about his brother Ben.
- The Vigil 9/30/76
Aspiring nurse Mary Ellen makes a diagnosis about Grandma's illness that almost costs
Esther her life.
- The Comeback 10/07/76
Jason receives the news that his scholarship has been cancelled. He begins to hang out at
the Dew Drop Inn and tries to interest Red Turner, a musician, into making a comeback
since his son's death.
- The Baptism 10/14/76
Even with the presence of a famous evangelist, John refuses to visit the tent meeting or
- The Firestorm 10/21/76
John-Boy, trying to keep the community informed about the news in Europe, decides to print
excerpts from Hitler's "Mein Kampf'' in his newspaper. A great outcry ensues and the
town is torn apart over the issue of publishing unfavorable items in the Blue Ridge
- The Night Walker 10/28/76
A mysterious presence prowls through the night on Walton's Mountain. Ike Godsey opens
Godsey's Hall and Jason decides to have a dance for the community.
- The Wedding 11/04/76 (two-hour episode)
Mary Ellen surprises her parents with the announcement that she would marry Dr. David
Spencer. As the family makes preparations, a new doctor, Curt Willard, arrives and
- The Cloudburst 11/11/76
John-Boy sells "John-Boy's Meadow" to a mining company to meet payments on his
printing press. Ike and Corabeth follow suit. What everyone does not know, is that the
company plans to strip mine which will ruin the land.
- The Great Motorcycle Race 11/18/76
Jim-Bob enters a motorcycle race using Ike's old machine that he fixed up. Ike and
Corabeth decide to adopt a baby, but bring home a young girl.
- The Pony Cart 12/02/76
Aunt Martha Corrine Walton comes for a visit and soon interupts everyone's life. She helps
Ben make an old fashioned pony cart and comes to the realization that she is about to die.
- The Best Christmas 12/09/76
Olivia looks forward to this Christmas, the last when everyone will be together. The
weather, however, does not cooperate and the family is scattered until Christmas morning.
- The Last Mustang 12/16/76
The family is emersed in a controversial election for sheriff and grandpa fights to
release a wild mustang that he says was caught on Walton land.
- The Rebellion 12/23/76
Corabeth gives the bored Olivia a permanent that turns out badly. Meanwhile, Grandma is up
against new competition for playing the church organ.
- The Ferris Wheel 1/06/77
Elizabeth experiences nightmares surrounding an unremembered experience and Ben begins to
seriously worry about his height.
- The Elopement 1/13/77
Erin's first love, forestry student Chad Marshall returns and asks Erin to marry him. She
agrees, but John emphatically says no and the couple run off to elope.
- John's Crossroad 1/20/77
John applies for an office job in Charlottesville, but find it impossible to work under
the harsh direction of the office manager.
- The Career Girl 1/27/77
Erin's high school graduation seems to be very painful because she has no firm plans for
the future or a career.
- The Hero 2/03/77
Acting on a suggestion of Grandma's, John-Boy organizes a memorial to the Jefferson County
Doughboys of WW I. Sheriff Ep Bridges, a decorated hero, shows little interest.
- The Inferno 2/10/77
John-Boy travels to Lakehurst, New Jersey, to cover the landing of the Hindenburg and is
deeply affected by its crash. Curt tries to figure out how to have more private time with
- The Heartbreaker 2/17/77
Jason falls in love with Curt's sister, Vanessa, who left her husband to become a singer.
John-Boy begins to print sections of his novel in his newspaper.
- The Long Night 2/24/77
Grandpa announces that he will be bringing Grandma home from the hosptal. When the doctors
refuse, he causes a scene and is told not to come back. Aimee Godsey asks Zeb to be her
- The Hiding Place 3/03/77
The Baldwins' niece, Hilary Von Kleist, arrives from war-threatened Vienna; Jason joins
the National Guard over Olivia's objections.
- The Go-Getter 3/10/77
Hot headed Ben falls out with John and takes a job as a used car salesman. He seems a
natural until the family questions some of his sales techniques.
- The Achievement 3/17/77
After waiting for several weeks without acknowledgement about his novel, John-Boy goes to
New York City and visits the publishers, Hastings House. His persistence pays off and he
talks to an editor who eventually agrees to publish his novel. John-Boy returns home with
the good news but also announces that he would be living in New York. This was Richard
Thomas' last episode in which he appeared as a regular cast member.,He made several later
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